"Children of Wrath" is the eighth episode and mid-season finale of the third season of AMC's Fear The Walking Dead. It is the twenty-ninth episode of the series overall. It premiered on July 9, 2017. It was written by Jami O'Brien and directed by Andrew Bernstein.
In a flashback, Ofelia crosses the border into the U.S. and makes her way through the desert. A spray of bullets lands around her as an unseen assailant shoots at her. She hides behind a tree, but the shooter finds her. It’s Jeremiah.
Jeremiah brings Ofelia to his truck and interrogates her. Ofelia asks for a ride, but Jeremiah says that “brown people” are not welcome at his home. She spits at him. He drives off.
Ofelia wanders through the desert and collapses, near death. She hallucinates and sees her father and Jeremiah rescuing her. Walker discovers her in this state. He gives her water and brings her to the Black Hat.
Walker examines Ofelia, bathes her and offers her food.
Back in the present, Madison chases Ofelia as she tries to escape the ranch. She punches and interrogates her for answers.
The next day, ranchers load dead bodies onto a truck. Jake and Alicia tend to the sick, which includes Nick. Madison informs everyone that Ofelia poisoned the militia’s coffee.
Madison holds Ofelia at gunpoint and forces her to drive to the Black Hat. Ofelia insists that the powder was only supposed to make the militia sick so that Walker’s people could take over the ranch without bloodshed.
Madison brings Ofelia to Walker and demands to know what the poison was. He tells her that the poison was anthrax but says that Nick will survive if he’s able-bodied. He warns that she and her family will die if they don’t leave the ranch.
Strand scavenges for food. He looks out a window and sees a sight to brighten his spirits: the Abigail, run aground.
Strand wades into the water and boards the Abigail. Infected roam throughout the boat. Strand kills all Infected with a spear gun, knife and gun.
Madison tells Jake that the poison was anthrax and that those who don’t die will be too weak to resist an attack. Jake orders Troy to gather the remaining militia, but Troy is the only one left. Madison suggests they recruit the ranchers but Jake tells her she doesn’t lead the ranch.
Jake eventually agrees with Madison’s plan to fight and instructs Troy to arm anyone who isn’t sick. Alicia suggests they try to negotiate with Walker again. Jake points out that they have no leverage to broker a deal. Alicia hatches a plan.
Strand finds a bottle of Champagne on the Abigail. He goes to the upper deck, gets out a satellite phone and uncorks the bottle.
Nick convinces Jake to uncuff him from his cot, assuring Jake that he won’t turn. As Nick goes to look for Jeremiah, Jake warns that Jeremiah has another side to him and Nick will end up disappointed.
Nick watches Jeremiah and several ranchers bury the dead in a mass grave.
Nick rips the floorboards of his adobe open.
Ofelia tells Walker that she cares about the Clark family and admonishes him for using anthrax without her knowledge. Walker maintains that she’s saving the lives of his people. They’re interrupted by a commotion outside.
The Nation rushes to extinguish a tipi fire started by Troy and a team of ranchers. As Troy’s team distracts Walker’s people, Madison and Alicia hitch the Black Hat reliquary to a truck and haul it off.
Nick digs a hole underneath the adobe floor. His shovel hits something hard.
Nick goes to Jeremiah’s house and confronts him with a skull that he found under the adobe. Jeremiah confesses that as the rivalry between the ranchers and the Black Hat escalated, the founding fathers of the ranch murdered three Hopi tribesmen, including Walker’s uncle. He says the skull belongs to Walker’s father, who Jeremiah killed when the man started to investigate his brother’s disappearance.
Madison and Alicia bring the reliquary back to the ranch. Walker follows with a host of soldiers.
Nick shows the skull to Madison and Alicia and relays the story he heard from Jeremiah. He also reveals to Alicia that Troy killed the Trimbols. Alicia accuses Madison of being heartless for standing with Troy despite the murder of Alicia’s friend. Madison declares that she’s too busy keeping everyone alive to have time for feelings.
Strand makes contact with a Russian cosmonaut who’s stuck in space. The Russian tell Strand the rest of the world is Infected.
Madison meets with Walker and offers to return the relics in exchange for peace and ownership of the ranch. She gives him the skull of his father. He rejects her terms and gives the remains back.
Madison informs her group that Walker still wants the ranch and is giving them until sundown the following day to vacate.
Strand gathers supplies then douses the Abigail in alcohol and lights it on fire. He starts to make his way north.
In the bunkhouse, Madison reveals to Nick and Alicia why she’s never taken them to her hometown in Alabama. Madison shot her alcoholic father when she was a child because he beat her mother. She resolutely insists she would do it again if it meant protecting her family.
Madison goes to Jeremiah’s house and explains to him that Walker is willing to offer peace in exchange for Jeremiah’s scalp. She puts her gun on his desk and urges him to kill himself. Making it clear he does not care about Troy and Jake, Jeremiah refuses and challenges Madison to do it instead, passing the gun to her. As Madison prepares to do so, Nick enters the room and quickly does the task instead, shooting Jeremiah in the head. Madison quickly begins to put a plan into action.
Jake and Troy run to Jeremiah’s house to find him dead, staged to look like a suicide by Madison and Nick. They remove Jeremiah’s body from the house.
Madison walks up to Jeremiah’s coffin in a barn.
Madison meets with Walker and places a backpack at his feet. He opens it and finds Jeremiah’s head inside. He nods at Madison and walks away with the head.
- David Agranov as Valery Stepanovich Vashchenko
- Unknown as Paul
- Unknown as Tintos
- Unknown as Salyan
- Mikes Estes as Walker
- Joseph (Alive and Zombified)
- Tintos (Alive, Confirmed Fate; Zombified)
- Salyan (Alive, Confirmed Fate; Zombified)
- Qaletaqa's Uncle (Confirmed Fate)
- Qaletaqa's Father (Confirmed Fate)
- Madison's Mother (Confirmed Fate)
- Jeremiah Otto
- At least 3 unnamed Broke Jaw Ranch militiamen
- At least 3 unnamed Black Hat Reservation residents
- Many unnamed Broke Jaw Ranch residents
- First (and last) appearance of Tintos. (Zombified)
- First (and last) appearance of Salyan. (Zombified)
- First (and last) appearance of Valery Stepanovich Vashchenko. (Voice Only)
- Last appearance of the Black Hat Reservation.
- Last appearance of Jeremiah Otto. (Alive)
- As of Jeremiah's death, all four founders of the Broke Jaw Ranch are now deceased.
- Last appearance of Joseph. (Zombified)
- Last appearance of Paul.
- Last appearance of The Abigail.
- This episode was aired alongside "The Unveiling".
- This episode marks the return of The Abigail, which was last seen in "Sicut Cervus".
- It was revealed on Talking Dead that Mercedes Mason (Ofelia) really did hallucinate Rubén Blades in the desert, so they decided to write it in the script.
- Vaschenko confirms to Strand that the outbreak is global.
- Walker is technically right about anthrax having no cure, there is nothing that can cure it 100% of the time. However natural un-enhanced anthrax, like the kind he harvested from contaminated animal hides, is actually very treatable with broad spectrum antibiotics like Ciprofloxacin.
- At the end of the episode the song "Stand By Me" remixed by Ki: Theory, was featured.
- The title may refer to Jeremiah Otto's children - Jake and Troy Otto, symbolising the wrath that Otto has towards the Native Americans at Black Hat, and the consequences of that being carried over to his heirs.
- Jeremiah's introduction episode and death episode share very similar titles, being "Wrath" and "Children of Wrath", respectively.
- When Nick shoots Jeremiah the sound of a spent shell casing can be heard hitting the floor. Nick is using a revolver, which does not eject the spent shell case after each shot the way automatics do.