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This article is about the Fear character. For other pages with the same name, see: Madison

I kept having these visions, of you... of Nick... back before everything went bad. (…) Los Angeles. (…) That was a long time ago. Probably still pretty rough out there. Probably a lot of people who could use our help. It's never gonna be what it was. That doesn't mean we can't start over.
―Madison to Alicia on starting anew back home.[src]

Madison Clark (née unknown), affectionately referred to as Maddie, is one of two protagonists and a survivor of the outbreak in AMC's Fear the Walking Dead. She serves as the protagonist from Season 1 to the Season 4 episode "No One's Gone", and is then reinstated as the protagonist following the Season 8 episode "All I See Is Red". Madison is a former guidance counselor at Paul R. Williams High School. She is the mother of Nick and Alicia, and the former wife of Steven Clark.[2] She is also the former wife of English teacher and colleague at school, Travis Manawa.

Later on, Madison becomes a resident and high-ranking member of the Broke Jaw Ranch community with her family, acting as Troy Otto's personal assistant and becomes second-in-command of the militia. Sometime after the Gonzalez Dam destruction, Madison encounters Althea and has a change of attitude, becoming the leader of the Dell Diamond Baseball Stadium community until its fall.

Although believed to have been killed during a noble sacrifice amid the stadium's fall by her family and loved ones, Madison miraculously survived the ordeal by hiding in a water tank and joined a mysterious group known as PADRE after she was saved by the leaders, where she became a collector, kidnapping children from their parents and resettling them into PADRE's community for a supposed better life. After meeting Morgan Jones and learning the fate of her own kids, Madison joins Morgan's Group and dedicates herself to righting her wrongs and taking down PADRE. Following Shrike's defeat, Madison becomes the new leader of PADRE and she seeks to rebuild it in the way that it was meant to be.

After the death of Troy Otto and seemingly sacrificing herself once again to save her friends, Madison is finally reunited with Alicia. Madison decides to return to Los Angeles with Alicia and Tracy Otto to help rebuild. Believing her to be dead, Madison's friends spread the story of her sacrifice and Madison's ideals of trying to build something better, renaming the organization MADRE in her honor.

Madison is considered a legendary figure among the members of Morgan's Group and her own, with them deeming her a massively influential, though impulsive and brash person who inevitably always puts her life on the line for her friends and family and miraculously surviving near-impossible circumstances.

Overview[]

Madison is intelligent and willful to the point she sometimes becomes forceful. She seems to quickly adapt to the new world she, her family, and her friends are now living in. Highly domineering, Madison likes being in control of situations, and is prone to feeling tense during disagreements with others or in situations where she is largely powerless. Even though she usually maintains a stubborn demeanor, Madison often becomes afraid and uncertain when the people she cares about (especially her family) are in danger. She has shown to have a ruthlessly dark and uncaring side, when she locked in Celia Flores with the infected and showed willingness to expel two refugees (Derek and Brandon), one of them wounded, to maintain the illusion of hope for her boyfriend, Travis.

The tragic circumstances Madison has had to rebound from in the years prior to the apocalypse have prepared her to survive once it actually occurs. Having lost her unborn daughter and husband forced her to deal with the reality of death, and the implied abuse she suffered at the hands of her father likely taught her that it is sometimes necessary to murder for protection. More recently, Nick's drug addiction and the methods (both physical and psychological) that he used to feed it seem to have taught Madison a great deal about learning how to read others and plot out her next move in relation to theirs.

Following Madison's supposed death and her joining PADRE, she has taken a darker turn, kidnapping numerous children from their parents and becoming indoctrinated into believing that it's for the best to not have a family. However, much of the old Madison still remains inside of her and she continues to deeply love her children despite PADRE's brainwashing, leaving her devastated when she learns of their fates. Madison believes that everything she's done means that she's "gone" now, but with nothing left to lose, she sets out to make right her wrongs by helping Morgan save his daughter.

Pre-Apocalypse[]

Montgomery, Alabama[]

Madison was born in Montgomery, Alabama in the early 1970's, and the daughter of a prominent local senator. Although her father was successful in his career, he was also severely alcoholic and abusive towards his family. As a result, Madison grew up in a family full of fear, uncertainty, and violence. She often witnessed her mother suffering from the violence, and she sometimes suffered from it herself, too. She took up a fight with her father as a teenager, and when the violence persisted as she grew older, she finally shot her father in the head in order to protect her mother from the violence.

El Sereno, California[]

Some point after her graduation in college she moved to El Sereno in California. Working at Paul R. Williams High School, she aided the students of the school in dealing with any difficulties they had during their time. Meeting and marrying construction worker Steven Clark, the two had three children: Nick, a second child who was born stillborn, and Alicia and lived in the El Sereno neighborhood. In later years, Steven commits suicide by deliberately crashing his car.[3] Sometime after, Madison meets divorcé English teacher Travis Manawa, and they begin a relationship, which lead them to being engaged and later married.

Post-Apocalypse[]

Fear the Walking Dead[]

Season 1[]

Content
"Pilot"

Madison is first seen after being called into hospital, after her son Nick, had been hit by a car. Despite the doctors believing it was a suicide attempt, Madison quickly realizes it was an accident due to her son's drug addiction. Asking her husband Travis Manawa to look after Nick, she leaves the hospital with her daughter Alicia to go to work at Paul R. Williams High School, also Alicia's school. During the drive, they both begin realize that Nick is becoming increasingly unstable and worry for his future. Upon arriving at school, Principal Art Costa welcomes her appearance, noting that a third of the school are not in attendance due to an unknown illness.

Before she can press the matter further, Tobias, a student at the school, enters through the front doors alerting the metal detectors on his way in. Madison takes Tobias to her office, confiscating the metal object - revealed to be a knife - and locks it in her desk. She talks with Tobias, who reveals that he is not carrying the knife due to being bullied, but rather due to being scared about the virus spreading around, at the time, five states in America. She rebuffs his explanation and sends him back to class. Madison is soon informed by Travis that his condition has improved, but that he is speaking uncontrollably about having seen one of his friends being eaten alive by Gloria, a story she dismisses as part of drug-induced delusions. Travis, unconvinced, investigates the derelict church in which Nick states the incident occurred in, finding large amounts of blood. Soon after, Nick escapes the hospital. When Nick is not found at his friends Calvin's house, Travis takes Madison to the church, where she is horrified to see the blood, before becoming further upset at the state in which her son was living.

Hours later, Nick phones, asking to be picked up from the waste ditch; upon arrival, an inconsolable Nick reveals he has killed Calvin in self-defense. When the search for Calvin provides nothing, Madison once again passes this over as another drug-induced delusion despite Travis's belief that something did indeed happen after finding the gun. However, when they get back into their car and begin to drive away, a now zombified Calvin walks towards them. Madison and Travis get out of the car, all whilst Nick screams at them to get back inside. Calvin goes to bite Madison, but is pushed away by Travis, all whilst Nick, now in the drivers seat of the car, begins to accelerate into Calvin. Despite hitting the car into Calvin, Calvin stands up seemingly unharmed. All three horrified, Nick reverses over him once again, pushing him over into a ditch. As the three embrace, Calvin turns his head, ready to attack again.

"So Close, Yet So Far"

Still shaken by the experience had with Calvin, Madison and Travis begin to panic with both not getting responses from Alicia and Christopher "Chris"; Travis' son. Upon returning and finding Alicia not at home, the three drive to Alicia's boyfriend Matt's house. Finding Alicia with an ill Matt, they soon realize he has been bit, and despite Alicia's reluctance that he is not contagious, Madison begins to realize that Matt will soon turn like Calvin, and they force Alicia to leave Matt. Upon returning home, neighbor Joanna Cruz confirms the illness is spreading, noting the lack of attendance at her daughter Gladys' birthday party, as well as Travis and Madison seeing neighbor Peter Dawson hastily putting his belongings into his car.

Meanwhile, Nick warns Madison that he will soon be suffering from the effects of drug withdrawal; pleading to her for more drugs. Madison reluctantly agrees and drives to the school, all not before reassuring an increasingly worried Travis - who is still unable to contact either Chris or his ex-wife Elizabeth "Liza" - that she will not leave him. Arriving at a seemingly empty school, she is startled by Tobias, who asks for his confiscated knife back. Madison gets the knife, along with the drugs, and agrees to help Tobias in gathering supplies. Whilst in the canteen, Tobias exchanges survival techniques with Madison, who is clearly still skeptical of the enormity of the event - "People forget that when civilization ends, it ends fast" - he tells Madison. They are interrupted by a zombified Art, who Madison - to no avail - tries to reason with. Art, unaffected after having been stabbed by Tobias, falls with Tobias down a flight of stairs, leading to Madison having to use a fire extinguisher to smash his head. The two, hearing further noises down the corridors, leave the school, with Madison returning Tobias to his house. He declines her offer to come with her and her family, and the two say goodbye.

Returning home, Madison gives Nick the necessary drugs. Breaking down in tears in the bathroom as she washes Art's blood from her clothes, Travis rings, informing Madison that he has found Chris and Liza, but are stuck in the city centre in the middle of a riot. Before she can reply, the network connection fails. In the night, Madison hears screaming, before seeing a now zombified Peter Dawson attack Joanna Cruz outside in the street. Telling Alicia not to watch, Madison guards the door, telling her and Nick that they are not leaving the house until Travis returns.

"The Dog"

Still waiting for Travis to return, the three play Monopoly, all whilst Madison begins to wean Nick from the drugs. As Madison and Nick argue over whether Travis will return, the power goes out, leaving the three in darkness. Soon after, a dog begins to bark, alerted at the zombified Peter Dawson's presence. Peter devours the dog, and soon after enters the Clark house, forcing the three to flee to flee into their garden. Meanwhile, Travis returns, with Liza, Chris and new companions the Salazar family, consisting of Daniel, an injured Griselda and their daughter Ofelia. Alicia, having got a gun from her neighbor Susan Tran's house, throws the gun over into the Clark household, which is give to Daniel, who kills Peter. Alicia, still in the Tran household, is attacked by a zombified Susan and soon saved; Madison having to comfort Alicia upon her realization that Matt too will be zombified. Madison and Travis then agree to leave El Sereno in the morning. That night, as everyone goes to fall asleep, Madison goes outside into the garden, watching her once close friend Susan through the fence. Liza joins her, and the two agree to be amicable for the sake of their families. Madison then decides to kill Susan, but is stopped by Travis, on the basis that a cure could be found.

In the morning, the families depart, the Salazar's deciding to go their separate ways. Madison then reveals that she has given Griselda some of Nick's medicine as she is injured, which angers Nick for prioritizing a stranger over him. As they depart, Susan's husband Patrick returns home, causing Madison and Alicia to chase after him to avoid him being bitten by Susan. They find Patrick staring in horror as his zombified wife wanders toward him. As he goes to embrace his wife, a member of the U.S. National Guard enters, shooting Susan in Patrick's arms. The group, including the Salazar's, are then ushered back into the Clark's house by the military, who subsequently cordon off the neighborhood. As they watch the dead being driven away in a lorry, including the entire Cruz family, Travis tries to reassure Madison, who shakes her head and walks back inside.

"Not Fade Away"

Madison struggles to comprehend and adapt to the newly arisen circumstances of having unacquainted company, both in the case of the army, and the Salazar's. Alongside Nick refusing to take his pills, this leads Maddie and Travis to argue. Chris later approaches Madison, showing her a video he took of a person outside the safe-zone being shot by the army. That evening, Maddie and Travis make up and have sex, followed by Maddie leaving the safe-zone to investigate Chris's claims. Outside, she finds the streets lined with dead bodies all with gunshot wounds to the head, with many of the dead seemingly having not been infected. Madison successfully evades a passing group of soldiers, before re-entering the safe zone.

Now suspicious of the army's motives, she speaks to Daniel about what she has seen, who compares such to when men came to his village in El Salvador when he was younger, killing anyone they saw. Daniel then reveals that Griselda and him are being taken by the army for treatment to Griselda's leg, and asks Madison to look after Ofelia if anything were to happen to him. Agreeing, they are interrupted by soldiers entering the house, who take Nick due to his unusual behavior from undergoing his process of weaning. Whilst Liza - now working with the army's medical team - tries to convince the head doctor Dr. Bethany Exner to not take Nick, this proves futile, and the army take both Liza, Griselda (refusing Daniel's request to accompany her), and Nick away, all to a background of distraught screams from Madison.

"Cobalt"

The following morning, Madison is still visibly distraught from Nick being taken, as is Chris, who argues with Travis and Madison, accusing Madison of getting involved in discussion about Liza's return when it does not involve her. Some time later, Madison finds her neighbor Susan's suicide note to her husband Patrick in Alicia's room, and walks over to the Tran's house, expecting to find Alicia there. Instead, she finds Daniel, Ofelia and a tied up Corporal Andrew Adams in the house's basement. Shocked, she demands to know what is happening; Daniel explains he has taken Adams hostage to find out information about Griselda's whereabouts. Daniel persuades Madison to support his decision to do this, linking in the fact that Nick too, can be found. Madison reluctantly agrees, but is shocked, after briefly falling asleep, to find Adams being beaten by Daniel. A distraught Ofelia, who used her and Adams romantic interest between one another as a rouse in the first place, leaves, soon telling Travis what is happening in the Tran's basement. As Travis arrives at the house, Adams repeats to Travis what he has told Madison and Daniel in the meantime, telling the trio of Operation Cobalt; the evacuation of military personnel from Los Angeles, and the "humane termination" of everyone else.

"The Good Man"

Madison and Travis are packing supplies when Alicia and Chris get back. They tell the kids that the Guard is pulling out and Alicia and Chris tell the adults they've seen the soldiers looting.

Alicia is scared and wants to know why, she says that she thought things were getting better and Chris wants to know what they're going to about Liza, his mom, and how they're going to do it. Travis doesn't have an answer for him straight away.In the basement of the Tran home, Andrew Adams is still tied to a chair with duct tape over his mouth. Daniel is standing over him and talking when Travis and Madison enter. Daniel tells Adams that he's found the arena, it's close to the base and that "We can use it." He's holding a pistol down by his side as he talks and Adams can't stop himself looking at it. Daniel turns to them and says that he thinks Adams has told them all he can. Madison and Travis argue with him, he says that he can't be allowed to escape because he will tell the soldiers before the families can get away. They continue to argue, finding reasons why Adams should not be killed.

Madison pulls off the duct tape so that they can hear what Adams is trying to say. He tells them that even though they know where the compound is they still need him to tell them where their people are inside it. Travis makes a decision - that Adams is coming with them. Daniel walks out without a word. Madison wants Adams in the pickup with Travis and not where the kids will see. When Travis asks if there's something she's ashamed of she tells him that he'd do anything if Chris were in danger. Travis doesn't answer her, but he's deeply troubled. Madison gets ready to go, she picks up car keys from by the mirror near the front door. She stops to look at the many marks on the wall there, recording the height of her children as they grew. Her own height and that of her husband Stephen Clark are also on the wall and she touches the penciled marks for a moment before leaving the house.

On the drive she tells Alicia to get in the car and then looks over at a man walking his dog. Ofelia asks "What?" and Madison answers that her neighbors don't know. Ofelia is bitter. "They did nothing when they came for us" she says, and puts her bag in the car. Neither she nor Madison go to speak to the man. Madison and the rest of the group are waiting for Daniel. He jogs into the underground car park and tells them that he's led "them" to the north gate and that the soldiers are distracted now. Ofelia is still not looking at him. Daniel sees that Adams is not there and is angry, he says to Madison "You see what doing the right thing gets you." when she sides with Travis. They make final arrangements to go and find Nick, Liza, and Griselda. Alicia and Chris are to wait here in the car park for them and are told to go to "the camp ground" if there's trouble or if they don't return. Chris argues with his Dad but accepts it when Madison asks him to take care of Alicia, she then hugs Alicia and tells her quietly to take care of Chris. They all troop off, with Daniel bringing up the rear and looking very angry. Alicia and Chris are left standing by the SUV. The families, led by Ofelia with some big bolt cutters, leave the underground car park up near the perimeter fence of The Military Hospital. Madison stares at the large group of Infected who are collecting by the fence a few hundred yards away. As Ofelia cuts a padlock from a gate Daniel remarks that "the hard part is done"; she asks him how they're going to get out if the Infected get in? Daniel replies that "That would be the harder part". Travis does remember to close the gate behind them as they go in. He's carrying the Tran's shotgun. Daniel has Adams' pistol and Madison a ball pein hammer.

Travis follows the directions through the building that Adams gave to him, he ticks them off out loud: a checkpoint and a sign marked Administration.

They find the holding cell area. There appears to be a couple of hundred people in there. They run along the cells asking for Nick and Griselda or for information about them. Some of the internees tell them they've seen Nick and the man in the suit, Maddy lets them out and gets more information, Daniel shouts that there's no time but the other three break the locks on as many cells as they can. Ofelia still has her bolt cutters and makes good use of them. (Off-screen) they leave the holding area looking for Nick and Strand, they arrive at a stairwell and though the window of the double doors in front of them they can see Nick. Looking through the glass panel of the door Nick can see Travis and Madison running towards him. On one side of the door, Madison et al are trying to open it with a hammer and a shotgun. On the other side Nick is looking through the glass panel while Strands wastes ammunition by missing headshots. The zombie horde continues to approach at its slow walk. Nick, watching his mother again attempting to move heaven and earth to save him, actually becomes calm and puts his hand against the glass. Madison touches the glass in the same way and they both appear calm for a moment. We see Liza running up behind them.

She tries her pass card over and over in the card reader until it works and the doors open in time to let Nick and Strand get through. There's not time to shut them to block the dead though and they follow the group down the stairs. hey pass through a kitchen that's been abandoned 1/2 way through preparing a meal, Liza leading the way. An infected man leaps out and grabs her. She is in real trouble until Ofelia steps up and dispatches the Infected man with her heavy bolt cutters. They all fight well - Madison with her hammer, Daniel with Adams' pistol and Travis with the butt of the shotgun. Liza and Ofelia, in particular, are an effective team. Madison gets taken by surprise, drops her hammer and is struggling until Nick (Nick!) picks it up and puts down her attacker. As they leave the kitchen, Strand somehow knows just where to find something to lock the doors behind them (a long mop handle) and walks calmly away from the doors as the dead approach it from the other side. "Who the hell are you?" asks Madison and Nick replies "He saved my life." Liza leads the way into the hospital ward area. The bodies of the critical patients are on the beds, each neatly tagged and each with a wound from the captive bolt device in the centre of their foreheads. Bethany Exner is still there, having taken care of her patients in the only way left to her. She is sitting and staring at nothing. Madison scavenges drugs while Liza asks Exner for the way out. Exner eventually tells her but refuses to go with them because there's "nowhere to go to". As the families leave Bethany Exner picks up the captive bolt device again and looks at it.

As they go where Dr. Exner has told them, Strand suggests to Madison that they go to his house, to his "home on the water". He says he has supplies and is prepared. As they leave the building, they see what's left of the bodies that have been incinerated. Ofelia and Daniel in particular are devastated by the sight of the pile of ash, bones, partially burnt bodies, and the bulldozer that was used to move it all around.

Back in the underground car park Travis calls out for Chris. They see that the car is not there and get louder, causing Daniel to tell them to be quiet and not attract the dead. Travis shoves him out of the way and ignores him. Alicia and Chris appear from a door at the far end of the car park. Travis, Madison and Liza greet their children while Ofelia sits down on the floor by a pillar, drained. Daniel calls out "We must go now". Andrew Adams appears, with a pistol and says "Salazar!". He points the weapon at Daniel and Ofelia gets up to intervene. She talks to him and tries to stop it escalating further until Andrew suddenly changes aim and shoots Ofelia instead.

Travis, overcome with rage and guilt, leaps on Adams and hits him over and over. We hear Liza say to Ofelia and Daniel - "It's okay." but Travis doesn't hear and doesn't stop. The whole group are stunned by his reaction which doesn't stop until Madison tells Travis to leave him, even Daniel does not intervene when Madison gets Travis to stop. Adams is badly beaten but still alive. he two cars, Madison's car in front, are on an almost deserted stretch of road. Daniel, Ofelia and Liza are in the back of Travis' pickup. Chris is in the front with Travis driving. Madison is driving her car with Alicia in the passenger seat and Strand in the back. They are discussing the best route to take to the sea; they pass some (undead) pedestrian traffic but see little else. Two of the main office blocks in the city are burning. At Strand's suggestion they turn left off the main road and onto the concreted LA river, where it all started for Madison and Travis and where Nick killed Calvin. There's very little water and no traffic at all. They pass a crashed and burnt out military helicopter with a badly burnt but still active Infected man or woman struggling to get at them from the wreckage. They can't see from down in the river, but an aerial shot shows us roads completely blocked with cars and many more fires. The concreted river bed is clear and straight though. It takes them to Strands home with no problems.

Strand lets them into the property with a code, he explains that there's a generator that starts automatically when the power goes off. They all go in, Liza and Daniel helping Ofelia who, while she is walking, is obviously in a lot of pain. Strands home is beautiful and looks very expensive; you can hear the sea and the sea gulls as you walk up to the house. Strand lets them in the front door asks them to help themselves to food. The group are very wary as they enter. Daniel, Ofelia and Liza go to sit in a family area. Chris and Alicia get a drink of water and Madison and Nick are outside, looking at the sea and talking. Madison tells Nick she's sorry, he asks "For what?" and she says it's for letting him be taken, but she shakes her head as she says it and the impression is that it's for more than that. Nick, doesn't feel she has anything to apologize for. He talks about his feeling that everyone is catching up with him - that now everyone is as lost as he has always been Liza finds Chris in the kitchen and tells him that Ofelia will be ok, and that she loves him. As they hug, Madison can see from Liza's face over Chris' shoulder that there's something badly wrong. Madison follows Liza out of the house and to the cliff path, after a few moments Travis follows Madison. She runs to catch up and Liza turns back to her when she calls. Madison asks what is wrong and Liza shows her that she's been bitten or badly scratched, just over her right hip. Madison asks what they can do and Liza tells her there's nothing and shows her the gun she has tucked into waist of her scrubs. Madison tries to argue with her, and when Liza asks here to do it for her says that Liza can't ask that of her. Liza calmly points out that Madison had asked the same thing of her a few days before. And Liza echoes what Madison said when she asked. "Don't make Travis do it. It'll break him." Madison eventually takes the pistol from her, just as Travis arrives. Liza convinces Travis to kill her to prevent her reanimation, Madison sees Travis kills her and later comforts Travis.

Season 2[]

Content
"Monster"

Standing on the beach at Victor Strand's house, Madison watches bombs drop in the distance as her and Travis prepare supplies for transport to The Abigail. They also grab Chris who is sitting by his mother Liza's corpse, catatonic. The three are picked up by Nick on the Zodiac and head towards the yacht. The group watches as the military firebombs Los Angeles and the raging inferno engulfs the land.

The next day, the group spots a small skiff overflowing with at least 20 passengers. The passengers beg for help, and Madison pleads with Strand to rescue the skiff passengers, but he refuses. Strand tells Travis and Madison that he has set a course for San Diego in the hopes of receiving help from the Navy or border patrol. Madison appeals to Travis to convince Strand to save the skiff, but Travis agrees that they cannot take on additional passengers.

Madison urges Alicia to stop listening to the radio and get some rest. Alicia refuses.

Madison hears Strand talking in the wheelhouse and is surprised to find him alone. He explains that he talks to himself to stay awake. Later, she joins Daniel on deck to discuss Strand's motives as he had bags packed before the bombs started falling.

On deck, the group gathers around Liza's body as Travis delivers a eulogy and is shocked when Chris violently pushes Liza's body into the sea and storms off.

Madison comforts Chris and defends Travis, saying she would have killed Liza if Travis hadn't. "I'll never let that happen to someone I love," she says.

She helps set up for dinner when Daniel catches a large fish. During the meal she and the others rush after Chris when he jumps into the ocean. He explains he just wanted to swim. During this time, they come across the skiff again; only now it is shot up and the people are gone. Strand hears another radar alert. "It could be no one, it could be the ones who did that," he tells Alicia and Madison, indicating the shot-up skiff. Strand tells Madison that they need a head start if they are going to outrun the approaching boat, revealing that it is incoming at 25 knots — faster than the Abigail can manage.

Once the group returns to the yacht with the skiff's log book, Strand powers up the boat. Madison tells Travis that whoever shot up the skiff is coming back for them.

"We All Fall Down"

She yells at Nick for endangering himself by jumping in the water after the wreckage of the sailboat, but when Travis reads the log book, they realize that there's a problem. According to the log, the military has already burned San Diego to the ground. Strand proposes they hide from the fast-approaching ship by retreating to the coastline. Travis suggests Catrina Island, which has a ranger station that may offer supplies and a short-wave radio.

As the Abigail approaches Catrina Island, Madison sees a light flash inside a house. Her, Travis, Nick, Alicia, and Chris get off the boat. They approach the house that she saw from the boat. A young boy — the one from the beach — runs out to greet them. Travis introduces himself to the boy's father, George Geary, and asks permission to dock for the night.

Inside the house, George's wife, Melissa, probes Madison about her job as a guidance counsellor and asks if she ever worked with younger children. Melissa introduces Madison to her teenage son, Seth. She begins to suspect her of something.

As they head back to the boat, Madison tells Travis that Melissa may have flashed the light on purpose. She speculates that Melissa wants to leave the island but is too scared of George to say so.

The next day, Madison tells Melissa that they are setting sail and asks if she had intentionally flashed the light to signal them. Melissa admits that she signaled them in the hopes that they would take Harry and Willa, since George and Seth are planning for the entire family to die together on the island.

Madison relays Melissa's request to Travis and insists they rescue Harry and Willa. "You're not taking them, Travis, you're saving them," she says. Travis reluctantly agrees to speak with George.

On the boat, Nick tells Madison and Travis that he found poison in George's office and predicts that George is planning on "Jonestown-ing" his family. They decide go through with taking the children with them.

They return to the Geary house to take Harry and Willa. Melissa is hurriedly explaining some of her children's quirks when George comes in. He angrily demands to know what is happening when the argument is interrupted by Harry. Something is wrong with Willa, he reports. Upstairs, Willa is found dead after ingesting the "power pills" from George's stash. Melissa cradles Willa, who opens her eyes, turns, and bites her. George agrees to let Travis take Harry but refuses to join them.

Travis' group sprints to the boat with Harry. Seth chases them down with his rifle and forces them to give Harry back. She watches as an infected Melissa walks toward the two boys on the on the dock, and Seth shoots Melissa while Harry's back is turned.

"Ouroboros"

Madison and Travis start to make love in their state room. The boat creaks to a stop. Travis determines that the engine malfunctioned due to a blocked water intake. He says the problem will require him to look under the boat. Madison urges him to wait until sunrise, but Strand and Travis agree that they cannot waste time.

Alicia shows Madison a spot on shore that is littered with luggage from the plane wreck. Alicia, Nick, and Chris insist on going to shore to gather supplies. Madison and Travis refuse to let them go but Daniel offers to accompany them. Alicia, Nick, and Chris board the Zodiac. Daniel tells Madison that Strand is planning to sail to Baja California and asks her to question Strand about his intentions.

Madison hears a noise and sees blood emerge from the spot in the water where Travis was swimming. Michael's body floats to the surface after Travis plunges a knife through his eye socket.

Madison confronts Strand about his secret plans and demands to know what is in Baja. Strand reveals that he has a safehouse with food, water, and concrete walls in Rosarito, Baja California, but explains that he has precious little time to get there. She demands that he take the entire group with him. They cautiously make a pact to trust each other, but threatens to throw him overboard if her family gets hurt because of his actions.

Madison informs Travis of Strand's Baja plans and tells him the house is their best chance at survival. Travis balks at trusting Strand, but Madison argues that they have little choice.

Madison sees the herd through her binoculars and tells Strand they have to move. Travis removes the last bit of sludge and a severed hand from the filtration system and fixes the engine. Strand powers the boat up.

When Daniel and the kids return, Madison informs the group that Strand has invited them to join him at a compound in Baja with food, power, and water. Strand refuses to let Alex and Jake board the ship. She has mixed feelings about letting on board. Travis insists that they at least tow Alex's raft to San Diego. Alicia and Madison bring water and blankets to Alex and Jake.

Strand dashes outside and cuts the raft loose. Madison objects, but it is too late. The raft drifts behind as the Abigail cruises south.

"Blood in the Streets"

A raft with two men and a bleeding pregnant woman approaches the Abigail. Travis, Daniel and Madison rush upstairs and interrogate the strangers. Madison assists Vida, the pregnant woman, to a bathroom. When commotion arises, Vida smashes Madison’s head against a mirror then ties her hands.

Vida rejoins the group with Madison. Alicia tells Madison that Nick wasn’t in his bed. Reed tells Jack to find the portable radio with Alicia so that they can contact their leader, Connor. Alicia assures Madison she will fix the situation.

Daniel asks Madison to distract Vida while he loosens his bonds. Madison asks Vida about the pregnancy. As Daniel works his bonds, Madison asks Vida if the baby has been moving. She baits Vida by wondering if a dead baby would turn inside her belly. Vida threatens to shoot Madison.

Connor boards the Abigail with two other armed pirates and admires the boat. He invites Travis and Alicia to join his community but says he has no need for the others. He grants Alicia’s request to transport her family safely to shore. Alicia and Travis are taken away. Reed and the bodyguards stay behind to guard the remaining captives.

Luis shoots the pirates with a rifle from his raft, and Madison stabs Reed with the crowbar during the melee.

Onboard, Madison tells Nick and Luis what happened to Strand. Luis refuses to cross the border without Strand. On the Zodiac, Madison pulls up to Strand in the Zodiac and hoists him aboard and heads back to the yacht.

"Captive"

Daniel tells Madison that they can use Reed’s relationship to Connor as leverage over Connor. They locate Connor's base by scanning the radar for a cluster of five boats. Madison steers The Abigail north. Luis orders Madison to turn the ship around, reminding her that they only have a small window of time to cross into Mexico. Madison refuses to abandon her family and asks Strand if she would’ve been better off leaving him in the water. Strand agrees to give Madison half a day to rescue Travis and Alicia.

Daniel advises Madison to let Nick and Chris help fight Connor's Pirates and urges her to stop treating them like children. Madison ignores his advice.

In the wheelhouse, Madison forbids Strand from sending Nick on any more errands. Strand argues that Nick knows how to survive and that he saw Nick’s potential within minutes of meeting him. Madison says Strand has never seen Nick in the throes of addiction and worries that Nick is using again. Madison forbids Nick from pulling any more stunts.

On the radio, Madison tells Connor that they’re holding Reed and will trade him for Travis and Alicia. Connor agrees. After signing off, Madison hears a gunshot. Chris has killed Reed. Madison comforts Chris. They overhear Luis complain that the trade is now dead. Chris realizes that he just destroyed any hopes of getting Travis back peacefully. However, Reed's brain remains undamaged. Daniel places a hood over Reed’s head.

Madison prepares the Zodiac. Nick insists on delivering Reed to Connor but Madison refuses to let him go. She leaves with Reed in the Zodiac.

On the pier, Madison hands Reed over to Connor. Connor's men release Travis. Connor removes Reed’s hood and is immediately bitten by the Infected Reed. She and Travis then fight off the other pirates before heading back to the Zodiac. Madison sees Alicia on the ship deck who jumps into the water. Madison and Travis rescue her in the Zodiac and return to The Abigail.

"Sicut Cervus"

The Abigail approaches a Mexican flotilla that is guarding the border. Strand tells Madison to hide everyone below deck. From the engine room, the group listens to men's conversation with the two military officers. Gunfire erupts and the group carefully make their way upstairs. Strand steers the Abigail toward the Mexico coastline.

On land, Strand leads the group into town. They find a pile of dead parishioners in front of the church. A herd of infected parishioners emerge and attack. Madison is overcome by an Infected and fights for her life. Chris watches her struggle from a few steps away and does nothing to help. Alicia screams at him and saves Madison herself. The group piles into Thomas' truck and flees.

At Thomas Abigail's gated estate, Celia, Luis' mother, greets them. A maid asks the group to check their weapons. Everyone complies.

Madison overhears a conversation between Nick and Celia. After Nick leaves, she warns Celia that Nick is impressionable.

Madison brings food to Thomas and Strand in their room. Thomas asks Madison to look after Strand when he dies.

Alicia tells Madison about Chris’s threat to hurt her if she told their parents about what happened at the church. Madison confers with Travis about Chris and worries that Chris is sick. Travis defends Chris and angrily wonders why Madison won’t offer the same support to Chris that he always gave Nick. Madison decides to sleep in Alicia’s room for protection while Travis sleeps with Chris.

Chris enters Alicia’s room and says Alicia’s name. He picks up a knife from the bedside table. A gunshot rings out, waking Madison and Alicia. Alicia sees the knife and screams at Chris. He runs outside.

"Shiva"

She is present when everyone runs to Thomas’s room, where Strand has just shot Thomas in the head. Celia screams at Strand for shooting Thomas instead of allowing him to turn. Celia forbids Strand from burying Thomas and attacks Strand when he declares that Thomas wasn’t her son. Celia orders Strand and those he brought along with him to leave by the next day.

Madison tells Nick and Alicia to quietly pack supplies so that they can flee to The Abigail and escape Celia's clutches. Alicia refuses to return to the boat. Nick defends Celia.

After Nick returns to the estate with an undead Luis, Madison confronts Nick about his fascination with the dead and asks if Celia told him to find Luis. Nick argues that Celia merely wanted her son back then offers to bring Travis back, as well. He tells Madison that the Infected will not touch him. “I will not die,” he declares.

Madison tells Strand that she’s worried about Nick. Strand is unsurprised that Celia was able to indoctrinate a young and vulnerable addict. He invites Madison to join him on the Abigail, but she refuses to leave without Travis.

Madison implores Celia to let Strand stay. Celia refuses and tells Madison that she must learn to accept the Infected just like Nick does. Madison asks Celia to help her understand. Celia takes Madison to the cellar and enters the cell to show Madison all of her infected present. Madison closes the gate, locking Celia in.

As Madison finds Alicia and Ofelia, a fire suddenly consumes the estate. Madison runs into the storage room and sees Jorge unconscious on the floor and leaves him in search of Daniel but leaves to save herself.

Strand pulls up in the truck and urges them to get in. Nick walks up to Madison and says he couldn’t find Travis. He suspiciously asks where Celia is. She doesn't answer. “She was right about us,” he says. “We destroy everything.” Strand forces Madison into the truck as Nick turns his back on her. They watch a blood-slathered Nick walk away untouched among the Infected as Strand and the women flee the compound.

"Grotesque"

Madison appears in a flashback, waves at Nick. They are taken to a private room, where in Madison tells Nick why his father isn't visiting; he died in a head-on collision. Nick breaks down and screams in grief. Gloria looks in the room and sees Madison hugging Nick.

"Los Muertos"

After searching for days for the others north and south of the compound Madison agrees with Victor that they need to go back to the Abigail for water and other supplies because they cannot keep scavenging. When the Abigail is missing from where they docked it, Madison, Victor, Ofelia, and Alicia go to an abandoned hotel for supplies and shelter. When Alicia goes off with Ofelia to scavenge supplies, Victor insist on making Madison vodka martinis to drown her sorrows. Victor acknowledges he missed the fact that Madison is a "southern bell" with her defenses down Madison shares details of her past with Victor including that she was originally from Alabama and she used to bar tend to put herself through college.

It's not long before Madison calls out Strand's martinis as "bullshit" and she starts pouring them both tequila shots instead. As they drink and imagine themselves meeting back when the world was still the world, Victor confesses he would have flirted with Madison if he saw her alone at the bar and that he is simply "a seducer of people." Madison shares with Victor that Alicia may be right and that she'll never see Nick again, that her husband was a lost soul of sorts who may have actually committed suicide and that her son Nick is also a lost soul whose slipped further and further away from her since his birth. Madison says that despite the dark past she chose to spite the past and be a mother and that she chose wrong. When Victor tells Madison she is drunk, she insist she's not and continues to drink with Victor. She toast to "motherhood" , drinks and then smashes her glass. She gets another glass toast to "false hope" and smashes that glass. Victor plays the piano, while Madison continues to smash glasses after toasting to "family" and to "Nick". The noise attracts the infected to them. Though they try to fight off the infected Victor and Madison get trapped by the infected behind the bar.

"Do Not Disturb"

After escaping from the hotel tower, Alicia finds the bar full of walkers and both Elena and Oscar's Group insist that if Madison was in bar, she's dead. After letting the walkers out of the bar, Alicia sees one that looks like Madison, but is not. Alicia, Elena and Hector flee down a tunnel to a locked door. As Alicia desperately bangs on it, the door is suddenly opened by Madison who is on the other side with Strand, Madison and Alicia hug after knowing each other are both okay while Strand, Elena and Hector block the door from walkers.

"Pablo & Jessica"

In the bar of the Rosarito Beach Hotel, Madison and Strand fight off an Infected herd. Madison hears Alicia calling for her. She kills an Infected and opens its belly. She and Strand cover themselves in the Infected’s blood. Madison and Strand walk unnoticed among the Infected. They exit the bar and barricade the door behind them. Outside, they find the truck missing. Strand presumes Alicia and Ofelia fled to safety, but Madison argues that her daughter would do no such thing. Sitting down, she agrees that Alicia's independence is a product of her teaching. Madison and Strand take refuge inside the hotel’s spa building. They talk about rationing their water, but Strand convinces her to drink.

Madison and Strand hear a loud knocking sound. They follow the sound to a locked door and hear Alicia screaming for help on the other side. Madison breaks the lock with a fire extinguisher. Alicia, Elena and Hector pile out. Alicia tells Madison that Ofelia fled. Madison proposes they look for Ofelia, but Strand refuses. They take stock of their meager supplies. Elena says the main hotel has enough food to last for months but the wedding party guests now control everything. Madison and Strand stand in front of the hotel and call for Oscar, the groom. Oscar appears on a balcony and allows them inside after they drop their weapons. Madison and Strand meet with Oscar and Ilene, the mother of the bride. Madison proposes they join forces to make the hotel their home and secure it against Infected and enemies. Oscar agrees to help if they kick Elena out. Madison defends Elena, and promises they can all start over. She claims others will find the hotel, and the two groups could hold it together. Madison tells Oscar that her group will remove all Infected from the hotel with or without him. Oscar agrees and tells them to take the keys.

After the meeting, Madison and Strand predict that they will have trouble convincing Ilene. Strand admits to missing his home with Thomas. He agrees to help with the hotel, but says it's not his home. Elena brings Madison, Alicia and Strand to a foyer that connects all three sections of the hotel. They devise a plan to channel all the Infected into the foyer and onto the pier. They open the door and begin. Outside, the others are starting fires with all of the bodies. Alicia acknowledges that these people have taken her mother's lead. They've finished one floor from the three hotels, but Madison notes that it is necessary.

As they look over the ocean, Madison apologizes for her lack of raising Alicia. Alicia assures her mother that she didn't do anything wrong. As the music picks up, Alicia walks into the water. She is examining the underside of the bridge as her mother calls. Alicia states that they don't have to put down the walkers and points to the riptide notice on the bridge. They realize that they can use these tools to their advantage. At the hotel, Madison has just outlined a plan for the pier trap. After being told she would be in the boat, Alicia insists she would be better on the pier. Alicia starts to cry as she tells Madison about the walker she thought was her mother. Madison says they will never lose each other, and Alicia leaves for her position. Outside, the group is making noise at the zombies. Using her phone, Alicia plays music to draw them out. Strand is inside with Elena, releasing all of the zombies from their rooms. Madison is doing the same in the lobby. With pots and pans, they all lead a large group of the dead toward the back of the hotel. Alicia and Hector are late, and they worry the others.

The entire group leads the zombies out onto the pier, Madison remains the closest to the herd. After Alicia calls to her, Madison drops her pans and jumps into the water. She swims to the boat, and the zombies all begin to follow into the water. Madison’s group and the party guests feast at a large dining table in the hotel. Noting Oscar’s absence, Strand asks Elena where the honeymoon suite is located.

"Pillar of Salt"

At the hotel, it has been ten days since the arrival of Madison's group. United with the wedding guests, the survivors work together to secure the hotel and build a refuge; they fortify the front gate, till a new garden, fish off the pier, and Madison and Elena power the generator. Strand makes drinks at the bar and cheers to Thomas. In Elena's room, Madison, Elena, Strand and Alicia make survival plans. A knock on the door is answered by Strand and Ilene stabs him. She runs off as Strand collapses. Madison tends to Strand's wound in bed. Oscar brings over Andrés, a medical school student. Andres examines Strand's wound and says he needs a suture kit, antibiotics, and erythropoietin. Elena suggests a place that might have such medicine. Madison tells Oscar that Ilene must remain locked up indefinitely. She also declares that, going forward, anyone who harms anyone else at the hotel will be banished. Everyone agrees. Madison, Elena, and Oscar get in a van to drive to El Pelícano, Hector and Elena argue before the two women get in a truck and drive off.

Later, Madison asks Elena what the fight with Hector was about. She says Hector has never forgiven Antonio for choosing the gang over his own family. Madison tells her not to give up on him. Madison, Elena, and Oscar arrive at El Pelícano with a cooler. Elena tells the guards that she has something for Antonio. They allow Madison and Elena to enter. Madison and Elena give Antonio a cooler full of fish and ice and request the medicine for Strand in exchange. Antonio asks if they can provide more ice. Elena agrees. Antonio tells them to wait. Meanwhile, they hear Marco yelling in an upstairs office. Madison and Elena overhear Marco's interrogation. Madison asks Elena to translate for her and runs upstairs when Marco describes an American with "ratty hair" who delivered drugs to them.

Madison bursts into the room and asks if they're talking about Nick but Francisco forbids Ana from answering. Marco orders them out. Antonio gives them the medicine and tells them to stay away, saying they won't be at the supermarket much longer. Madison, Elena, and Oscar return to the hotel after dark. Madison runs to the generator and turns it on, lighting up the hotel sign in the hopes of signaling Nick. Alicia warns Madison that people will see the sign from all around and accuses Madison of thinking more about Nick than her, accusing Nick of choosing what's out the world over them. Alicia insists that she never left Madison and questions why that isn't enough.

"Date of Death"

A mass of desperate survivors arrive at the gate of the Rosarito Beach Hotel after spotting the neon sign that Madison flashed the previous night. Madison, Alicia, Elena, Oscar, and Hector stand guard, refusing entry. Madison sees Travis in the crowd and fights to let him in. Madison opens the gate for Travis, but keeps the other survivors out. Travis and Alicia stand on a balcony. Madison offers him food but he rejects the offers. He asks where Nick is and Madison tells him that he ran off like he always does. She has an idea of where he is: in Tijuana. Travis tells her he is sorry before she asks where Chris is. This makes him a bit distraught before he walks back inside to sit on the bed. She follows him in. He tells her, "I had no choice."

Travis finishes his story saying that he spent two days afterward searching for the ocean before seeing the hotel's lights. Madison assures Travis that he didn’t have a choice and reminds him that Chris is still out there. Travis regrets not telling Chris that he loved him when they parted ways. Madison holds his hand. Madison later goes to the parking garage and finds it filled with survivors. Andres explains they let in 43 survivors in and are examining them for infection. They have a plan to evaluate who is a threat. Alicia is evaluating folks and their wounds to make sure there are no infected in the bunch. She steps out to talk about Travis and Madison asks her to take a walk to the pier.

On the pier, Madison tells Alicia there's something she didn't say and something she needs her to understand. Madison tells Alicia that her father's accident wasn't an accident. She thought she was doing the right thing by telling them he fell asleep at the wheel when in reality he committed suicide. Alicia questions how she can be certain and she reveals that there was a note. Alicia asks what it said. Madison tries to dodge telling her but Alicia insists. "I love you all but enough's enough," Madison says. Alicia asks if Nick knows and Madison tells her that Nick is the reason she kept it a secret. She talks about the similarities between Nick and his father. She takes Alicia's hand and tells her that she was afraid of Nick ending up like his father and that Alicia deserves more. She never loved Alicia any less than Nick, she just thought she was alright. Alicia tells Madison, "I love you, too." as they hug.

"Wrath"

At the hotel, Travis wakes up to see Madison sitting in front of him. She's been there all night, thinking. Madison tries to assure Travis that he did everything he could for Chris and he kept his promise to Liza. She will continue to remind him until he believes it and when he's ready he should come downstairs to be with the rest of the group. Madison checks in with Alicia, who is taking care of survivors in the parking garage. Alicia expresses her disdain for Brandon and Derek, who are loudly disparaging the Mexican patients and complaining about Brandon's dislocated shoulder. Madison tries to quiet Brandon and Derek down. She asks what happened and learns that Brandon hurt his shoulder in a car accident after they let their 16-year-old companion, a kid from Los Angeles, drive without a license. They say the driver died in the accident. Madison deduces that they are the men who Chris joined up with.

Madison tells Strand that Brandon and Derek are in the parking garage and that she suspects Chris is dead. Strand discourages her from telling Travis, as it would destroy the only thing that keeps him going. It's the same hope Strand lost when Thomas died. Madison agrees that the news about Chris would break Travis. Madison plains to secretly exile Brandon and Derek. In the parking garage, Madison tells Brandon that Andrés will require privacy to fix his shoulder. As they escort Brandon and Derek away, the other survivors complain that Americans are receiving preferential treatment. The crowd becomes unruly. Travis hears a commotion outside and sees a mob of survivors following Madison as she escorts Brandon and Derek to the gate. He runs outside and demands to know where Chris is. Travis and Madison take Brandon and Derek to the hotel cafe.

After Andrés fixes Brandon's arm, Travis interrogates them about Chris. They explain that they were tired from avoiding bandits, and Chris offered to drive the truck so that they could catch up on sleep. When he veered off the road, the truck rolled, Chris was thrown from the truck, and died on impact. Travis asks where Chris was buried, and Derek says they pulled him from the wreck and buried him under a tree. Travis notices discrepancies in the two stories. He locks Madison and Oscar out of the cafe and begins to get physical with Brandon and Derek, demanding the truth. Brandon admits that Chris survived the wreck but suffered a leg injury, so they shot him dead in the road. "We had to," he pleads. Travis savagely beats Brandon and Derek to death, smashing heads and breaking limbs, Madison watches helplessly, as she yells at Travis to stop. During that, Travis unintentionally smashes Oscar's head with a door.

"North"

Travis sits dazed on the hotel cafe floor after killing Brandon and Derek. Madison rushes to him after they unlock the door. Hector and Elena haul Travis away and remove Oscar, who is unconscious after Travis attacked him to prevent him from interfering. Madison tries to defend Travis, but Elena points out that he killed two men and badly hurt Oscar. Madison wants them to stop but Strand insists she calm down. Madison takes Alicia's knife and goes back inside and stabs Brandon and Derek through the head. Strand tries to dissuade Madison from speaking up for Travis, who Elena wants to banish. Alicia and Madison decide to leave the hotel together with Travis. Strand refuses to join them, and questions why Madison would leave for the man who abandoned him. He already chose not to kill himself with Thomas, so he's not going to die for Travis or any of them.

Madison talks to Hector and Elena about Travis, asking for the night and then they will all leave. Madison wants Travis to be freed from his holding in the mean time and, after a discussion, Hector is reluctant, but Elena owes her a favor and allows them to stay one night, then leave in the morning. Madison sends Alicia to check on Oscar before walking in to talk to Travis. She tells Travis that he has to leave and she's going to leave with him. He insists Madison is safe here but she won't change her mind and invites Travis to wait the night out with her. That night, Madison joins Travis on the balcony of their hotel room and assures him that Brandon and Derek deserved their fate. She says that she too killed someone, Celia, in order to protect Nick. Madison understands why he killed and will understand why he will in the future because they will have to in order to survive.

Hector and Andrés barge into Travis' room and starts beating him. Madison tries to stop them but Andres draws a gun and points it at Travis. He tells her Oscar is dead and refuses to let Travis live. Suddenly, Alicia stabs Andres. A fight ensues and Strand grabs Andrés' gun and orders everyone out. "We need to run," he says. They leave as Alicia sees Andres dying on the ground. They head out and Victor tries to keep up, holding his side. Travis, Madison, and Alicia pile into a car outside the hotel. Strand gives the gun to Madison and stays behind. Travis accelerates and plows through the front gate.In the back of the truck, Alicia struggles with what she did and Madison, proud, tells her she'll be okay. Travis and Madison arrive at a broken down building, seeking shelter. It's the supermarket. They go inside, looking for the leader, but it's empty. They discover the bodies of Francisco's family in the back of the empty market, bullet wounds through their heads. They find Francisco's driver's license with his La Colonia address.

Madison, Alicia, and Travis arrive at La Colonia and see all of the dead. Madison and Travis move forward to check things out, telling Alicia to stay back. They encounter a large herd of infected, including Marco and his gangsters. Madison and Travis find Alicia on the bus, tending to a dying Alejandro. Madison tells Alejandro she's looking for Nick. Alejandro informs Madison that Nick went to the border because he saw something, but dies before he can mention the camp. Alicia hands Madison her Balisong. Madison closes Alejandro's eyes, turns his head to the side, and drives in the blade, preventing him from reanimating. Madison turns her attention back to the search for Nick.

Season 3[]

Content
"Eye of the Beholder"

Madison, Travis, and Alicia are escorted by a military group down a path surrounded by dead bodies. A gate opens and they are brought into an area labeled as a restricted military base. Travis is separated from the group, yelling back to Madison that he will find her. Alicia and Madison drive one way while Travis goes another, each in cars with soldiers. A massive military base is revealed. Inside the facility, Alicia and Madison search for weapons or an escape route. Alicia insists they shouldn't have been looking for Nick. Troy, the soldier in charge at the depot, enters a locked office where Madison and Alicia are being held. He offers them tea and seems hospitable, until he starts interrogating them. Madison explains to Troy that she’s looking for her son, Nick. Madison then demands to know where they’ve taken Travis. Troy avoids answering, but promises to let them go once he’s finished “processing” them. He shows particular interest in Madison, before exiting.

Madison searches the office for a weapon. Alicia gives her a knife that she hid in her boot before they were taken prisoner. Madison tells her that she is willing to kill if necessary, but that it will be her doing the killing, not Alicia. In the office area, Madison and Alicia sleep on the couch and chair while Troy writes notes beside them. Troy says they passed the processing but Travis has different criteria. "I'm not a bad person," Troy insists. Madison asks if he Travis is dead and Troy asks if it would hurt her if he was. She says she loves his life more than her own. Troy tells Madison that they’re getting ready to evacuate the depot. He offers to release Travis if she and Alicia travel home with him. They hear a gunshot outside. Troy runs out of the office and locks the door behind him.

Troy returns to the office and Madison attacks him with the knife, but Troy knocks the weapon out of her hand. She grabs hold of a spoon and plunges it into his eye socket, nearly gouging his eye out. Madison tells Troy if he tries to break away he will lose his eye. Madison yells for Alicia to find Travis and a vehicle. Madison drags Troy outside, holding the spoon in his gouged eye, as armed soldiers surround them. Troy tells the soldiers to back off. Alicia hides in a truck as the soldiers pack for the impending evacuation from the base. Jake, Troy’s brother, arrives and urges Madison to release Troy. He acknowledges that Troy probably brought this on himself, but she’s surrounded and has no where to go. Madison releases Troy who lunges for her but is subdued by Jake who demands to know where Madison’s family is. Jake insists he will help find her family as Troy admits that Travis is in the pit. Meanwhile, Troy brings Madison to the pit, where they find an exhausted Travis surrounded by brained Infected and covered in blood. He climbs out of the pit and attacks Troy, but is quickly restrained. Alicia is brought to Madison, followed by Nick and the Clark family reunites.

Jack tells Madison and Travis about his father's ranch and insists they had that way. He says Troy is the only man who has bad intentions. Madison rejects the offer and demands their guns back. Madison thanks Travis and apologizes to him for the loss of Chris. "I'm here. You're family's here," she said. Travis tells her, "We're gonna be back in it, soon. I'm okay now. I'm with you." Though, he is acting quite disconnected. Jack pleads with Madison to come with her. They hear a gunshots before noticing a herd Nick and Luciana encountered have emerged from the sewer and breached the barracks. The compound has been compromised, and chaos ensues. Madison and Nick fight the infected, while Travis and Alicia help Luciana into a helicopter. Troy arrives in a truck and urges Madison and Nick to hop on board. The helicopter takes off with Travis, Alicia, and Luciana while Madison and Nick depart in a truck with Troy. Troy tells Madison that they’re all going to the same destination.

"The New Frontier"

The next day, Troy blasts heavy metal music as he drives Madison and Nick to his father’s ranch. Madison keeps her guard up, still leery of Troy and his motives. Eventually the caravan pulls up to Broke Jaw Ranch. A guard tells Troy that Jake never arrived. Troy orders Madison and Nick to get out of the truck. He drives inside the gate, leaving Madison and Nick outside looking in. Nick suggests they backtrack and find the rest of their group, but Madison insists they stay put in case the helicopter arrives. She reveals to Nick that she stole a gun off the truck and tells him they can protect themselves if they have to. Nick refuses to stay at the ranch, but Madison reminds him that this is their best shot at medical treatment for Luciana.

Troy’s father, Jeremiah Otto, introduces himself to Madison and Nick and orders the guard to let them in. Jeremiah shows Madison and Nick around the ranch and explains that he initially started the camp to prepare for the fall of democracy. Madison is critical of Troy, but Jeremiah defends his son’s behavior by stating that he was just carrying out his mission at the depot. Sensing Madison and Nick’s hostility, he points out that most people would be grateful to be at the ranch. Jeremiah brings Madison and Nick to their bunkhouse and leaves them with a key. Nick grumbles about Madison being nice to Jeremiah after his son tried to kill them. Madison admits that she doesn’t have a plan yet, but they should play nice while they bide their time.

When Jake's group arrives, Madison joyfully reunites with Alicia. She looks for Travis, then falls to her knees with grief upon realizing that Travis is dead. Nick finds Luciana and tries to wake her up. Troy is quick to say that Luciana won't make it and wants to put her down. He orders Nick to move aside, so he does, but then offers to do it himself. Nick gets the gun and stares down at Luciana before pointing it at Troy. Everyone draws their guns on him. Nick orders Luciana be allowed inside. Jeremiah steps between the two men. He offers to let Luciana in if she has a pulse. Nick hands over the gun and Luciana is escorted to the infirmary. Madison grieves in private over the death of Travis. Jeremiah finds her, offers his condolences, and then gently asks her to register the gun that she stole from them. She signs out the gun in his log book. Madison tells Nick and Alicia that they’re going to make the ranch their home, even if that means they must take it over. Alicia objects, syaing that such a thing is insane, but Madison disagrees. "It's our fate." Madison tells them, "We're going to stay here. We're going to make it our home, even if we have to take it over." She says it is their fate. "Travis died getting here," she says. Madison demands to know exactly how Travis died.

"TEOTWAWKI"

Madison, Nick, and Alicia attend Charlene's memorial at the ranch. Sensing hostility from members of the community, Madison introduces herself to the ranchers and thanks them for taking her family in. She offers condolences to the little girl. She begins telling everyone about the loss of Travis, calling him their compass, and thanking them for their generosity. In line at the mess tent, Madison and Alicia are getting food, and a man accuses them of being freeloaders. Alicia can't understand why people are harassing them instead of Troy. Gretchen, a young rancher around Alicia's age, introduces herself to Madison and Alicia, then invites Alicia to Bible study. Madison nudges Alicia to accept the invitation.

Madison walks into her room to find Troy sleeping in one of the beds. He says he liked her speech and how she said the name, "Travis." He accuses her of reminding everyone that she is a victim, too. He asks what she did in the old world and she tells him she was a guidance counselor. He never attended high school. He says everything he does is in service to this place. He says her understanding of how brutal this world is and says that he picked her, not Nick, to join his community. Madison insists Nick will earn his keep, and orders Troy to make the bed before he leaves. In the bunkhouse, Madison assures Nick and Alicia that they can win over the minority of people who don't want them at the ranch. She also warns them to stay away from Troy. Nick insists they start over elsewhere, but Madison refuses to leave the relative safety of their new home.

In the house, Jake gets concerned with about not hearing back from a squad that investigated the crash. Madison walks in and asks Jeremiah to protect her family from Troy and other hostile community members. She goes as far as threatening to expose Troy's twisted experiments at the fuel depot. Jeremiah refuses to tell people how to behave, but offers to teach her the culture of this ranch. He asks Jake to show her his video lectures.

Jake sets Madison up to watch Jeremiah's old video tapes. He promises to protect her family from Troy. Madison tells Jake she wants to find whoever shot down the chopper. He understands her desire to know who killed Travis. Madison discovers a collection of outtakes from Jeremiah’s commercial. In the video, Jeremiah fights with his drunk wife and yells at a young Troy. She turns off the video when Jeremiah walks in the room. Jeremiah explains that Jake and Troy are children from two different marriages. He admits that he and his second wife were alcoholics and that Troy took care of his mother towards the end of her life. Madison informs Jeremiah that Nick is an addict. Jeremiah understands, having battled his own issues with alcohol. Jeremiah offers to show Madison why he tolerates Troy.

Jeremiah escorts Madison under the house, showing her "the pantry" which is loaded with guns and supplies. He explains that he "broke" Troy in the old world, but that Troy now has a purpose in the new world. He has the killer instinct needed to survive. Madison pledges to help rebuild in Jeremiah's new world. Madison visits Luciana in the infirmary and asks about her wound, which is getting better. Luciana thanks her for waiting for her to heal before they leave. "I'm sorry for Travis," she said. "He saved my life." Madison insists he was a good man who saved them all.

In the cafeteria, Madison sees Jake and Jeremiah talking. They look a bit concerned, prompting her to feel the same. Jeremiah announces to the community that it's been 36 hours since they dispatched a unit to investigate the chopper attack. He asks for volunteers to accompany Troy on a search mission to find their men. Madison volunteers. At mealtime, Madison sits next to Troy instead of eating with Nick and Alicia. She lays out a napkin on Troy's lap.

"Burning in Water, Drowning in Flame"

Madison, Nick and everyone wake up to some startling noise. They rush to investigate and find the burning house. Jake is dishing out orders, calling for more water. Nick joins the ranchers as they fight to put out the fire. Jeremiah steps forward and orders them to stop, the people inside are gone. "Save the water, let it burn," he said. The next day, Nick and Alicia try to dissuade Madison from joining Troy on his mission to find the missing team that went to investigate the downed chopper. Madison ignores their advice and leaves with Troy.

Meanwhile, Madison, Troy and his team arrive at their destination. Troy insists they don't use guns because they're too loud. The group approaches a bunch of infected wearing orange prison jumpsuits next to a crashed bus. Troy is first to start killing them, apparently enjoying it, with Madison quickly joining in. She finds herself pinned beneath two infected before long with one soldier shooting one down before she uses a knife to kill the other. Troy continues to massacre the dead as though it were an art form until they're all eliminated. "That's a beautiful thing," he exhales. Troy’s team eliminates the Infected, giving Madison a chance to prove her fighting skills to Troy’s men. The team arrives at the helicopter crash site only to discover that whoever shot it down dragged it away. They find shells from a gun owned by Phil and deduce that Phil engaged the assailants before retreating to his outpost.

Troy's team drives to the outpost. On the way, Troy and Madison talk about those they lost. Madison confides that seeing the place where Travis died shook her. She wonders if Troy grieved for his mother after she died. Troy declares that dead people are dead. Troy's group arrives at the outpost to find a pile of charred bodies. They discover Phil, partially scalped and babbling nonsensically as a crow pecks at his exposed brain. Horrified, Madison stabs Phil in the head, and insists they leave. Before the militiamen can move, a Native American man named Walker confronts them with his soldiers. Walker orders Troy and the rest to drop their weapons and they comply once they realize they are surrounded by Walker's men. He then tells the group he will be taking all their weapons, their vehicles and their boots and that the time for justice has come and Troy and his people must abandon the ranch. Troy refuses and Qaletaqa threatens that he will feed them all to the crows (like McCarthy) if they do not leave.

Madison demands water from him in order to allow them to return to the ranch to deliver his message and after introducing herself, Walker tells her that she bought into a lost cause and Madison tells him it became her cause when he and his people shot down the helicopter that killed Travis. Troy's group makes their way back toward the ranch without their shoes and weapons. Madison insists they take a break, but Troy orders his men to keep walking. When Madison challenges him, Troy pulls her aside and says she's not his mother. Madison speculates that Troy's mother must have hated him. As Troy reels from her words, Madison asks the team if they want to rest. Everyone raises their hands. Troy begrudgingly allows his militia to rest until dawn. Madison wakes up in the middle of the night to find Troy holding a knife to her neck. She urges him to be a better man. He relents and withdraws the knife.

"Red Dirt"

Madison and Troy's team arrive, who all have bloody feet from walking without shoes. Troy pushes on and walks in. Alicia and Nick give Madison water. Jeremiah requests a private debrief, but one of the ranchers, Vernon Trimbol, insists Troy's team share their findings with everyone. Mike Trimbol announces that a group of Native Americans slaughtered Phil McCarthy and the others from the outpost. Troy tries to keep everyone calm saying they can handle the situation but Mike cracks and blurts out that they're all going to die if they don't leave.

Madison, Jeremiah, Troy and Jake discuss a course of action. Troy is being scolded by Jeremiah for leading the group to a bad situation. Madison defends him. Troy insists they fight Walker, but Jeremiah believes Walker is bluffing. Jake suggests they negotiate with Walker and points out that he beat Walker in court when Walker filed lawsuits in the past. Madison asks if they stole Walker's land. Jeremiah maintains that the ranch was sold to his forebears. Madison insists this man is a threat. Jeremiah sends Jake to talk to Walker, armed with threats, before storming out of the room.

Madison and Alicia take care of Madison's feet. She is in a lot of pain as they care for her. Nick reveals that Luciana left. Madison sits on her bed as Alicia is heard shooting in the distance. Gretchen walks in and asks for Alicia. Madison tells her she's busy and asks about Mike and Gretchen reveals that Mike credits Madison for saving his life. Her entire family is scared of this new threat. Her father helped create this place and he is scared enough to want to leave for a colony in Colorado. She says he's telling other ranchers about his plans. Then at night, Nick walks outside. There are fires lit all around the Broke Jaw Ranch. The community is scared and huddle together. Jeremiah looks on from his balcony. The next day, the fires have burnt out. Madison, Jeremiah and Jake examine the charred wood. Jeremiah insists that if Walker was going to come, he would have, but he isn't capable of taking the place over.

Moments later, Jeremiah is approached by Madison, experiencing a migraine. Vernon approaches and wants to have a word. He starts by recalling the long-lasting friendship and says his priority is his family and to protect them he will leave. Jeremiah encourages him to leave if that's what he wants. Troy asks if Mike is going, too, and Vernon says, "My family's leaving Troy!" Jeremiah says men have kids and it turns them into women. Madison encourages him to provide a reason to stay and Jeremiah thinks he offered enough already.

Troy charges toward the gate and insists they keep it closed. He tells Vernon to open to the door. They refuse. Troy approaches and insists they can't leave with Ranch property. They have Ranch gas and supplies. Jake tries to stop him but they ultimately get into a fight. Jeremiah rushes in and punches Troy as a result and Madison breaks it up. The gate is opened and Vernon's family leaves with Gretchen waving farewell to Alicia. In the armory, Troy preps weapons. Madison approaches and asks if he is going after his family. He's not. He explains that all he ever had in his life was this place. Troy is struggling to accept how Mike and Vernon quit on this community, and explains that Mike was his loyal childhood friend. Madison insists they were just doing what they thought best for the family and that she will help prevent any one else from leaving. Madison looks on, as Troy gathers a small militia in the pantry and charges them with defending the ranch.

Madison catches Alicia sneaking around from Jake's. Madison questions Alicia about her relationship with Jake, but Alicia insists it is nothing serious. Madison reminds Alicia how important it is not to get pregnant before Alicia reveals that she like him, but does not love him. In the morning, Madison, Nick and Jeremiah leave the ranch on a pickup to search for Vernon's family on the road. Madison reasons that the horse may have escaped on its own but Jeremiah predicts that the Trimbol family is dead. They exit their truck having found Vernon's RV. It's been shot and ravaged. There is a zombie slamming around inside. Jeremiah puts two down with two shots. Nick examines gun shot on the side of the RV. The zombies inside were Vernon and Kathy. Mike is dead behind the RV. Behind the RV, Gretchen and other walkers are eating a horse on the trailer. Madison freezes. Nick puts Gretchen down. Moments later, they have gathered the bodies. Madison is taken aback by the fact that Gretchen is Alicia's age. Nick and Jeremiah think Troy killed the family in an effort to scare everyone. Jeremiah tries to believe Troy couldn't do this. Madison insists everyone turn around and go back, so they do.

At the gate, Troy is waiting. The pick-up truck and RV pull in. Madison, Nick and Jeremiah return to the ranch with the bodies. Madison reveals the dead bodies to the community. She gives a speech to the community, she covers for Troy and declares that the people who killed Travis and Phil have now killed the Trimbols. She warns that anyone who leaves the ranch will die and urges them to stay together. The crowd murmurs in support. Ranchers return supplies to the pantry. Nick confronts Madison about lying to the ranch. Madison points out that even if Troy killed the Trimbols, no one would believe them. Nick agrees to keep Madison’s secret as long as she includes him on her plans.

Madison approaches Troy at the fence and confronts him about killing the Trimbols. Troy admits that he pursued them to confront Mike over abandoning him, and then things got out of hand. Troy says, "He said some things and I did some things and it went bad." Madison reassures him he did what was right and they he is the survivor here. She says the only thing that matters is that Troy can control his rages, claiming he is integral to saving them from the fight that is coming. She hopes Troy is up to the task of protecting the Ranch from Walker. Troy says he is.

"The Unveiling"

Madison informs Nick that Alicia is missing, Jeremiah remarks that Jake, too, is gone. Nick offers to go after Alicia and Jake, but Jeremiah insists they can't spare people to look for them. Nick doesn't want to sit around like Jeremiah, so he suggests he train with Troy before embarking on such a dangerous mission. Nick cuts his hair and tells Madison he’s keeping his enemies close, referring to Troy. Jake returns to the ranch with Ofelia, who was at Walker's camp. Madison yells at Jake for leaving Alicia with Walker. Jake assures her that Walker will honor the hostage swap and Alicia is safe. Madison asks Troy to help rescue Alicia. Troy hesitates, preferring to see how Jake’s parley plays out. Madison points out that he owes her a favor for not turning the ranch against him. Troy, Nick and several militia soldiers sneak into Black Hat headquarters and rescue Alicia. Nick spots a guard approaching and tackles the guard, who Troy then shoots. Gunfire breaks out. Madison picks up the rescue team with Alicia in a truck.

Madison’s group returns to the ranch. Jake admonishes them for essentially declaring war on Walker’s nation. Madison admits that she convinced Troy to help save Alicia and accuses Jake of getting played by Walker. Madison, Jeremiah, Jake and Troy question Ofelia, who claims that Walker kicked her out because he suspected her of helping Alicia escape. A guard takes her to the infirmary. Madison regrets letting Ofelia return to Walker, given her promise to Ofelia’s father that she would look after Ofelia. Madison tells Ofelia she can stay at the ranch. Ofelia offers to help in the kitchen. Ofelia explains that Alicia was never in trouble and Madison says, "because of me."

In the bunkhouse, Alicia asks Madison how they can be sure that Walker killed the Trimbols. Madison doesn’t answer. Madison and Alicia wake up to the sounds of screams. They run outside. Ofelia lingers behind. Madison, Nick and Alicia slaughter the Infected in the camp. Nick sees Ofelia standing in the bunkhouse doorway and calls her name. She runs. Nick falls to the ground in pain and realizes that Ofelia is responsible for the illness. Madison chases after Ofelia.

"Children of Wrath"

Madison chases Ofelia as she tries to escape the ranch. Ofelia, however, gets into a truck and finds the keys. Madison catches up, though, and busts the window. 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 orders Jake to give Nick antibiotics.

Madison holds Ofelia at gunpoint and forces her to drive to the Black Hat Reservation. 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 is disgusted with her and accuses her for abandoning her family, including Nick. Ofelia defends her actions and says "the nation's my family now." 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. 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 twice 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. Madison and Alicia hitch a wagon to her truck. Some of Walker's men spot the militia and begin gunning them down. Madison rushes back to the truck. Troy covers them and kills some of the Native Americans before leaping into the truck. The truck starts to pull away with Walker's trailer in tow.

Moments later, Nick tells Alicia and Madison about Jeremiah's previous deeds. Alicia insists they're on the wrong side. Nick doesn't want to cross any lines like Jeremiah does. When Alicia is confused by what he meant, he tells her Troy was the one who killed the Trimbols. Alicia is angered and disgusted to learn what her family lied about and upset about Troy murdering her friend, Gretchen, she tells off Madison, accuses her of being heartless for standing with Troy, saying and express how their dad was depressed because he was living with a corpse. Madison defends her action and declares that she’s too busy keeping everyone alive to have time for feelings, and insists she always had to keep everyone together and Alicia has no idea what she carries. Alicia is unfazed as Madison remains slient.

Madison speaks with Walker at the gate of Broke Jaw Ranch. She offers to return the artifacts as long as Walker agrees to peace. Madison hands over Walker's father's skull. He still says this is not enough. "This isn't my father, this is an old white man shame," Walker said before handing it over and sending her back. She tells Troy, Jake, Alicia, and Nick that they have until sundown the next day to clear out or die. Madison enters her family's quarters where Alicia is packing up. She 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 walks in Jeremiah's office as he is fortifying his office. "I'm going Alamo, Madison," he said. "I built this house as a holdout in case we were ever over run or under siege." He believes himself to be prepared for the battle. Jeremiah offers Madison a drink and pours himself a little more. He thanks her for protecting his boys and standing by them. She tells Jeremiah there is one way to secure the peace. Walker is willing to offer peace in exchange for Jeremiah’s scalp. She doesn't respond so he questions if she is here to kill him. He tries to reason with her. She puts her gun on the table and says she isn't going to kill him. She pushes the gun to him and insists he kill himself. "I didn't outlive Phil and Russell and two good women to die like some rabbit with no resistance," he said. She insists if he doesn't do it, he loses the ranch, and therefore his legacy as everyone including his sons dies. He orders her out of the room and insists she do it herself if that's what has to happen.

Nick enters the room, and Jeremiah mocks him and says his mom is "exactly like" and doesn't finish the sentence before Nick shoots him in the head. Madison quickly begins to put a plan into action, and tells Nick, "I need you to do exactly as I say!" 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, Alicia and Nick stand on the ranch's balcony where Jeremiah used to overlook the community. They watch Jake and Troy deliver Jeremiah's body to a coffin.

In the barn, Madison observes the coffin. As the sun comes up, 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 they part ways, peacefully.

"Minotaur"

Madison wakes up in Jeremiah's house and rummages through the dead man's office. Madison searches Jeremiah's desk, his blood stain still there from the murder that took place. Some of the drawers are still locked. Madison tries to open drawers but they are locked. Her efforts halt when the commotion outside catches her attention. Everyone heads to the gate of the community with Jake walking outside to greet this apparently unexpected convoy. Walker's convoy approaches the ranch. Jake greets the convoy and shakes Walker's hand. The ranchers warily look on as Walker waves the convoy through the gate: The Nation has officially come to live at Broke Jaw Ranch.

In the cafeteria, Madison and Alicia discuss Jake's questionable health. Alicia says he's getting better, but Madison tells her, "lying's not useful" and tells her to take care of him. Alicia informs Madison that she is undermining Jake’s leadership by back-channeling with Walker. Madison denies that she’s been speaking to Walker, but Alicia repeats what Madison said to her, "lying's not useful" before leaving. In the meeting tent, Madison is present when Jake urges ranchers to forgive the Nation and work toward building a future together. Walker declares that his grudge against the ranch died when Jeremiah sacrificed himself for a peace deal.

Walker privately asks Madison if she's prepared to handle Troy, should he become a threat. She assures him that she is. In Jeremiah's room, Madison pries open a drawer in Jeremiah s desk and discovers a note which claims there is 6 weeks worth of water available. The next morning, Terrance walks up to Crazy Dog and pulls a gun from his hoodie, attempting to kill him for Gretchen, but Crazy Dog manages to knock the gun away from him. A stray bullet hits a member of the Nation. Crazy Dog locks Terrance in a choke hold and nearly chokes him to death, but releases his victim when Madison and Walker steps in.

In the infirmary, Terrence is suffocated as his esophagus has been broken. Walker worries that other ranchers will follow Terrance's example and demands the second arsenal key from Jake so that his people can arm themselves. Madison takes Walker's side and urges Jake to let the Nation control the weapons and sweep the ranch for all remaining weapons. Jake reluctantly gives Walker the key. Moments later, Madison and Nick discuss how important it is to keep Jeremiah's murder a secret. Nick tells Madison that he can handle Troy, but Madison worries that Troy will kill Nick if he finds out that Nick killed Jeremiah. Nick is not sure what reaction he will have.

They arrive at Troy's house and demand his weapons. Troy is curious about his own safety. Nick helps convince him by saying, "You don't want to die on your doorstep." Troy allows everyone inside. He sits in his father's chair and discusses his father dying in it. When Walker attempts to search upstairs, Troy draws a gun on them. Nick stands in the way of the gun and orders everyone to leave, closing the door behind them. Madison promises Walker that she can fix the situation with Troy and Nick. Madison urges Troy and Nick to disarm, but they’re interrupted by gunfire from the Nation. Troy fires back. Someone pulls Madison out of harm’s way. The battle ends when Nick finally confesses to Troy that he killed Jeremiah. Troy is stunned and aims his gun at Nick but decides not to shoot. He's broken by the news about his father. Walker’s men barge into the room.

The next day, Madison talks with Walker. Walker wants justice. Madison says they can't kill Troy but she doesn't want them to kill him. "You can't martyr him," she said. Walker suggests exile before calling for Nick to be part of this, as well, for his support of Troy. "There can be consequences but he stays here," Madison insists. "Nick lives."

Troy is put in the bed of truck with his hands tied and given one bullet, in the event he decides he wants to kill himself. Meanwhile, Nick is escorted to a hot box where Walker promises he will suffer. Madison and Klah get in a truck to drive Troy into the desert. Later, in the middle of the desert, Madison parks there. Madison gets out and they're going to free Troy here. Troy calls her the "white witch of the apocalypse." He questions why he wouldn't come back and Madison insists he wouldn't do that to his brother. Troy gets a hold of Klah’s knife and stabs Klah, wounding him.

Madison prevents Troy from killing him as she aims a gun at Troy and orders him to go. Troy reveals that he knows about Nick killing Jeremiah. He questions her guilt for not killing Jeremiah and asks why she let Nick do it for her. She says it should have been her before Troy yanks the gun and grabs Madison. "Your father wanted to let other people die! He wanted to let you die! He could've banished himself," she insists. Madison headbutts Troy and goes for the gun. She gets to it and points it at him. Troy tries to talk to Madison more before switching to how tired he is. He takes his backpack and starts walking. Madison keeps her gun aimed for a moment but eventually holsters it as Troy walks off into the desert alone.

"The Diviner"

Madison and Walker look upon a nearly depleted reservoir. Madison tells Walker that Jeremiah was aware of the low reserves. She insists they keep the water situation a secret in order to maintain peace at the ranch. Walker suggests they buy water from a trading post in Mexicali. Madison and Walker tell Alicia, Jake, Ofelia, and Crazy Dog that they will be gone for a couple of days to secure a backup water supply. In the meantime, they instruct them to enforce water rationing across the ranch. Madison reveals to Alicia that they only have six weeks of water left. She urges Alicia to keep the secret and gives her a radio to stay in touch.

Madison goes to Nick's box and gives him water. She drops the bottle inside. Nick is unresponsive. She doesn't want to leave in search of water with Walker until she knows Nick is okay. She walks to the truck and leaves with Walker. Madison and Walker make camp for the night. Madison touches base with Alicia over the radio and asks about Nick. Walker tells Madison that she is overprotective. Madison and Walker drive to a large trading post at a stadium. Walker takes a canister of gold out of a box. Madison and Walker surrender their weapons to a guard at a checkpoint. Madison reluctantly trades her radio to the teller to pay for admission into the trading post.

Madison and Walker enter El Bazar. They find the outpost packed with bustling stalls and customers selling everything imaginable. Alicia tries to reach Madison over the radio but gets no response, due to her giving her radeo away. Madison and Walker approach Maria Lu at the trading post and ask for 10,000 gallons of water. Walker presents her with the gold and offers to give her a dozen more canisters. Maria Lu agrees. Madison sees a man wrestling with people. Madison realizes it is Strand, who somehow is here for a reason, and she rushes to his aid. Maria Lu calls off the deal once she realizes that Madison is friends with Strand, who owes a debt to Proctor John. Madison uses a shovel to start a fight and frees Strand. The men end up getting the upper hand but Walker comes to their rescue. Strand leads Madison and Walker to a hideout. Strand tells Madison that he plans to reconnect with a friend who controls a dam near Tijuana, but is trapped in El Bazar until his debts are paid. They rest for the night.

Madison catches up with Strand in the hideout. He gives her water and sits beside her. He asks about him then about Nick. Madison reveals she found him before telling him Alicia is north. "My children are alive," Madison said. Strand is relieved. Strand, learning of Travis' death, consoles her. Proctor Nineteen and another guard barge in with Walker as their captive. Walker says the guards had threatened to kill them. While being kicked out, A guard tells Madison that Strand must pay off his debt to Proctor by defending the front gate from Infected while chained up. Strand urges Madison to leave him and return to Nick and Alicia. "The whole world is lost," Strand tells her. "My mother named me Victor because she knew I'd always win. I'll be fine." Strand is escorted out with the rest of the prisoners.

Madison sits at a bar at the Bazar. Walker approaches and tells her he repaired the water deal with Maria Lu. They will have the water for their community in the morning. The next morning, Walker brings the gold to Maria Lu only to find that all the canisters are empty. It is revealed that Madison stole the gold to pay Strand his debt.

Meanwhile Strand has become surrounded, He uses a hammer to take them down. He is surrounded just as Madison and the men who put him out there gun down the undead and help him up. "Your debt is paid," Madison tells him. Walker confronts Madison about using his gold to pay off Strand's debt. She reasons that the water tanker was just a short-term solution and that Strand can lead them to a longer-term solution: a dam.

"La Serpiente"

Madison, Strand and Walker drive to the dam in the water tanker. They encounter a herd of Infected. Strand throws a beeping alarm out the window to draw the mass of walkers away from the road, allowing the truck to pass unharmed. Madison, Strand and Walker pull into a gated parking lot. Strand pushes a car aside to reveal a sewage grate. Walker does not like the idea of heading underground, but Madison reassures him this is the fastest way. The group descends into the tunnels. Suddenly an infected approaches the group. Madison wants to take the small group out but Strand insists there may be more in the dark behind it. They come to a crossroads and Strand leads the way, revealing he is looking for an eye logo which are laid out by the Proctors. He finds it and continues.

Down further, Madison comes across a bloated walker blocking the way. It is stuck. Madison kills it with a hatchet but realizes they are going to have to chop it up and remove it piece by piece. She starts with its head then it's arm. After pulling too much, water starts to flood the sewer. Walker decides to head back to the surface and leaves them. Strand finally tells Madison that Daniel is alive and is at Gonzalez Dam, but that Daniel is angry with him for misleading him on Ofelia’s whereabouts. Strand breathes a sigh of relief when Madison informs him that Ofelia is alive and safe at the ranch. As they head down the tunnel they run into Walker who is fleeing from a group of Infected.

Daniel and his group reaches the dam and shuts the gate behind them. Daniel sees someone emerging from a pipe: It's Strand. He is not happy to see him but Madison emerges and asks Daniel to lower the gun. Walker lowers his first. Madison is happy to see that Daniel is alive. He tells her he is better now before asking about Ofelia. "She's alive, Daniel," Madison tells him. He is reluctant to trust her because of Strand, but Madison reveals Walker helped her and now they need Daniel's help. She tells him they’ve come for water. Daniel holsters his gun and brings them inside.

Daniel takes Madison’s group to Gonzalez Dam to meet Lola. They wait outside as Daniel speaks to Lola. Madison wants to handle the negotiation with Daniel, insisting she knows Daniel will help them. Moments later, Daniel invites them inside. Lola offers Madison a seat while the men in the room remain standing. Madison asks Lola for water in exchange for resources such as cattle or guns.. Lola is completely disinterested and refuses to make a deal. "We have no water to spare," she tells Madison. Madison stands up to tell Lola of the threats she will be facing. Lola insists, there is nothing left to discuss. She offers refuge for the night, but leave in the morning.

Later, Madison speaks privately to Lola. Lola insists she has had enough trouble trying to trade with other communities. If she trades with Madison, there will be bloodshed. She is ready to fight against that. Madison pleads with her, for her children, but Lola doesn't buy in. However, she offers to let Madison and her family live and work at the dam. Madison tells Lola it is impossible to do right by everyone and walks off.

In their rooms, Madison and Strand have a moment together. Strand suggests she leaves the Ranch. Madison, however, insists the dam is not safe because Lola refuses to defend it. They open up more deeply. Madison reveals how much she has done for the kids and how much they have seen. Strand wants her to remove the kids from the picture for a moment and Strand asks what she wants. Madison says that she wants to keep living at the ranch. She says the ranch has problems to spare, but it's the closest thing to what she knows. It's where she wants to be, she tells him before asking what future he sees. "One where I don't fail my friends," Strand said.

Walker leaves the dam and warns Madison that he is kicking out the ranchers. "They can leave peacefully or we can force them. Your choice." he says. He refuses to reason with her and leaves. Daniel and Madison catch up. Madison asks Daniel if he tried to change Lola's mind, but he couldn't, he says he won't abandon her because she saved his life. Madison, however, questions whether the truth of it is Daniel being afraid to face his daughter. "Ofelia will always be my daughter, no matter what that man had her do," Daniel said.

Madison joins Strand at the gate to head back to the ranch. Strand tells Madison to stay away from the water tanker. Moments later it explodes, blowing open the gate. Infected flood inside. Lola’s men kill the Infected with help from Madison and Strand. Daniel hears an angry mob approaching the breached gate. Lola still doesn’t believe the people would revolt against her until they see an angry mob approaching. Lola’s crew secures the gate just as the rioters arrive. Lola retreats, while Daniel calls Strand and Madison over so the crew can fix the fence.

In her office, Lola finally agrees to make a deal with Madison, and asks Daniel how many guns and munitions they will need to protect the dam. Daniel writes down a number. Madison agrees to provide them with the required armaments in exchange for 10,000 gallons of water a week until the rains come. Madison suggests they make the first trade in five days at the trading post in Mexicali. Lola also demands that Ofelia show up at the exchange. Madison agrees to this.

Daniel sends off Madison and Strand in a water tanker provided by Lola. She thanks Daniel before leaving. Daniel warns her that Strand will double-cross her and he knows this. Madison and Strand drive down the road in their truck full of water. Strand admits he rigged the explosion. Madison asks how Strand pulled off making the truck explode. "Trick I saw in an old movie," he said. "I had my doubts!" She thanks him. "You would've done the same for me," he insists. She jokes back with him before the two come upon Walker walking back alone. "Thirsty?" Madison asks him. Walker smiles and gets inside the truck.

"This Land Is Your Land"

Madison arrives back at the ranch with Walker and Strand to find it overrun by walkers. After Ofelia and Crazy Dog blow up the ranch's fuel reserve to destroy the horde, Madison, Walker, Strand, Nick and Troy join in rescuing Alicia from the pantry. However, they are too late to save the majority of the ranch's residents and Natives who either died in the walker attack or suffocated in the pantry. Madison tells Alicia they have to go, She tries to help Christine but realizes she has died, so she stabs her in the head. Madison gazes upon the decimated ranch. She tells Nick that they are driving to the trading post and then to the dam. She gives a look to Troy.

Madison approaches Ofelia, who is sitting with Walker. She tells Ofelia that Daniel is alive and is desperate to see her. Ofelia cries in shock, Madison insists that they have to move. Nick informs Alicia that Jake is dead. Alicia asks where the horde came from. Nick covers for Troy and says that Troy spotted the mass of Infected but was too late in warning them. Madison tells Alicia they're going to head to the dam but Alicia insists that there are no places that are safe no matter what everyone is saying. Strand insists it is the best they're going to get. The group gets ready to go but Alicia says she is not going, nor is she in shock. Alicia tells Madison that she wants to find a way to live for herself that doesn't involve running from place to place in fear. She is not going to get on the truck. Instead, she reveals a plan to live alone in the cabin that Jake told her about.

Alicia leaves in a truck. Nick tells Madison he will meet her at the dam after he follows Alicia to make sure she reaches her destination safely. Madison tells him to take Troy. Everyone heads off in their own directions, with Alicia driving across the plain. Nick and Troy follow her at a distance. Madison’s group leaves in the oil tanker.

"El Matadero"

Madison, Strand and Walker drive a tanker to the trading outpost to meet with Lola and Daniel. Strand worries that things might go south when they show up to the trade empty-handed, but she is confident that handing over what they have will be enough to convince Daniel to continue helping them, even after the attack on the Ranch cost them so many supplies. If Daniel refuses, Madison is still confident because they have Ofelia.

Meanwhile, on the back of the truck, Ofelia grows weak and falls off of her perch. Madison checks on Ofelia and spots a bite wound. Ofelia asks for Madison's word that she will take her to see Daniel. Madison promises. Madison's group arrives at the outpost a day early. Strand tells Madison that the outpost guards will kill Ofelia if they think she's sick, but Madison insists they must enter to get Ofelia a bed and medicine. She insists Ofelia play it cool and work her way in with everyone. A man checks Ofelia, who is struggling to stand, and doesn't find the bite. Meanwhile, Strand and Madison accept a lower trade rate and everyone heads inside.

Madison sets up Ofelia inside a room then goes to find painkillers. Walker says her fever is up. Madison gives him a knife and tells him to stay awake. She leaves, Strand catches up and says that they just gave away their bartering tools for Ofelia to say goodbye. Strand tells her she is giving up all of their resources without thinking of the consequences. Madison wonders if he’s afraid of Daniel, but Strand says that she shouldn't assume he's going to help them when they show up with no weapons and a dead daughter and walks away.

Madison brings medicine back to Ofelia and Walker but she’s fading fast. Madison says Ofelia and Daniel don't deserve this and maybe Strand was right. Walker says he lost everything at the ranch. He says he was raised on loss, and that’s why Ofelia needs to see her father one last time. He needs to be able to bury his daughter even if that means they all die. She thanks him.

Nick arrives and finds Madison sleeping by Ofelia's side. He wakes up Madison. Walker told him what happened to Ofelia. He explains that Alicia is happy and isn't coming with them. Madison nods and says ok. Nick says Troy is at the bar, freaked out by all of the Mexicans. Madison says that's ok because they need people right now. She starts crying, and Nick hugs her and says it's ok. She thanks him for being there. He says she needs fresh air and he'll look after Ofelia. Madison gives him the knife and leaves, and then Nick takes a deep breath and goes to sit with her.

Madison wakes up Ofelia and she and Walker pick her up. Walker wants to take her there but Madison says it would be best if he didn't go. Walker gives Ofelia a hug goodbye and she leaves with Madison. Outside, Madison leads her to a box to sit on. Ofelia is shivering so Madison puts her jacket on her and Ofelia tells her that she needs her to put her down if she turns. Madison says it won't come to that. Ofelia asks Madison to tell her father she was really looking forward to getting to know her father better. Madison says that parents work so hard to hide things from their kids but the kids always know. Ofelia knew her father, she says, and Ofelia thanks her.

The car pulls up and Ofelia dies right at that moment. Daniel walks up to Madison and Madison begs him to stop and listen, but he won't stop. He sees his lifeless daughter and hugs her. He demands to know what kind of sick joke this is and points the gun at Madison as he breaks down in tears. "This is the price," he says. He tells Madison to get away from them or he'll kill her. Madison realizes that they're done and walks away. As she walks away, Daniel shoots Ofelia.

Madison returns to Ofelia's room to find it empty. Daniel comes in and looks around. Madison watches as he leans against a pole and tells her that he was walking all night. He carried Ofelia away and buried her. Madison says Ofelia saved Alicia, and that Alicia went off on her own. Daniel isn't surprised. He asks if Madison was with her when she died. Madison says she wanted him to know she loved him, and that she was looking forward to getting to know her. She tells Daniel their conversation and he says she only saw the real man for a moment. Daniel informs her that she can still come to the dam, along with Strand, Walker, and the others.

Madison finds Nick and Troy. She says they're going to the dam. He tells his mom he wants to stay a few days with Troy and establish a foothold there. Knowing that Nick has ulterior motives for staying, Madison simply tells him that he knows where to find her. Madison asks Strand if he's ready to go to the dam. Strand looks at the guards at the bazar, and tells her that he's always ready.

"Things Bad Begun" At the dam, Madison and Strand observe the water together. Strand encourages Madison to be more optimistic and envision the land this can become. She wants grand kids to spoil and Christmas mornings surrounded by babies. She recalls old holiday memories with her kids and reveals she thought she would have that at the Ranch. Strand insists they can have that here and they'll build such a paradise here that her kids will want to come home. He hands over a bottle of whiskey to raise her spirits.

Madison continues to put the whiskey away with Strand. They engage in some philosophical conversation and wonder how long until everything is forgotten. "We'll write new stories, Madison," he tells her. She orders him to reveal whatever he is hiding. "Have you ever killed anyone?" he asks. She has, claiming she had to. Strand tells Madison that he's never killed a living person. Madison says that it's just a matter of time. Daniel informs Madison that Nick has arrived at the dam. Nick and Troy relay what they learned at the Bazar to Madison, Strand, Daniel, Lola and Efrain: The Proctors are planning to raid the dam.

Efrain proposes using C-4 explosives to blow up the dam and release the water to the people. Daniel suggests they post guards at the dam's entryways and use the explosives as a bargaining chip, threatening to blow up the dam if the Proctors don't negotiate with them. Strand urges Madison to leave with Nick, but Madison insists on staying to help. Troy volunteers to help set up the explosives. Later, Madison points her anger at Nick for using drugs again. Nick, however, is urging her to abandon the dam before the proctors come.

Inside, Madison finds Walker and Crazy Dog packing. They are going to head north, unwilling to die at the dam. Madison accepts this before shaking hands with Walker and he and Crazy Dog leave the dam. Madison and Troy set up explosives under the dam. Madison thanks Troy for looking after Nick. Troy switches on the receiver and hands it to Madison. He checks with Madison to make sure they're good. She tells him they are.

Nick goes to Madison and Troy and tells them that Strand sold out Daniel and Lola to the Proctors. Madison insists on warning them, when Nick refuses, Madison blames Strand for bringing this on himself and should've came to her first, but Nick tells her that Daniel will kill Troy if he sees him. Madison presses Nick for an explanation. Troy admits that he led the horde to the ranch. Madison is furious, blaming him for taking everything away from her, despite Troy saying otherwise, and is angered he got Jake, Ofelia and everyone killed and scolds him that he had no right. Troy insists, though, that he had the right to do that and he would do it again. As he continues his rant to her, Madison bashes Troy's skull with a hammer, twice, sending him falling down a hill. She takes the detonator. Nick is shocked and walks out, Madison close behind him.

Later, Strand comes across Madison and Nick and tries to escape with them. They hide in an isolated room. Strand tells them to stay here and asks for the detonator, promising he will do everything in his power to prevent harm to either of them. He leaves and Madison locks the door behind him.

"Sleigh Ride"

In a fantasy, Madison cooks a Christmas turkey in Jeremiah’s house. She sees a truck approaching the house. Madison steps outside and joins Nick and Luciana in a cemetery. Luciana holds a baby in her arms. Madison sees Alicia’s name on a grave. She tries to follow Nick and Luciana, but they ignore her and drive off.

In reality, Nick and Madison discuss her killing Troy. Nick asks if she ever wished him dead while he was using. He thinks she did. "He needed to be put down," she insists. Nick says she always lived in that world but now she can show her true colors. She insists she could never hurt him but he claims she can and will.

Strand checks in on Madison and Nick. Madison holds him at gunpoint, but releases him when he reveals that Alicia is at the dam with Proctor John. He instructs Madison and Nick to change into worker uniforms so that he can sneak them out. He admits that he shot Daniel but didn't kill him. Without other options, Madison and Nick reluctantly acquiesce to his plan. Strand walks Madison and Nick across a bridge on top of the dam. John's men kill Lola's guards and throw them over the bridge. Strand tells John's men that their boss asked him to kill Madison and Nick personally.

The escape is short-lived as Lola attacks the Proctors and guns down several of John's men. Madison tries to stop her, but John suddenly arrives and shoots Lola dead and discovers Strand trying to smuggle Madison and Nick.

Moments later, John has brought Madison, Strand and Nick into an office. He pistol whips Strand for lying about killing Lola and Daniel. Strand doubles down on Daniel being dead despite John discovering Lola having been alive. Madison vouches for him and introduces herself. John orders Alicia to her mother and Alicia reunites with Madison. One of John's men recognizes Nick from the trading post and recalls that he was with another man. John turns his attention Nick. He asks where Troy is. Nick tells John that Madison killed him. He is surprised by this and asks Madison if she killed his friend, but she tells him, "He was more threat than friend," showing no remorse for killing him.

After a while, John decides to kill Nick, who he deems untrustworthy, and must therefore also kill Madison and Alicia, knowing they'll seek revenge for Nick's murder. Madison, Nick and Alicia walk across the dam bridge together. Nick hugs Strand goodbye then gets in position for his execution. Strand tells John that the dam is rigged with explosives and reaches into his pocket to pull out the detonator, but comes up empty. Nick reveals that he took the detonator while hugging Strand.

Back in Madison's dream scenario, Madison serves turkey to Daniel, Jeremiah, Troy, Jake, Cooper and Walker, who are all dressed up. Strand arrives with a stack of presents. Madison removes the lid off the turkey platter and sees Jeremiah's head. Walker chops off Jake’s arm. Blood covers the table. Strand leaves the party. Madison follows Strand outside and finds a cemetery.

Back at the dam, Nick threatens to detonate the explosives unless John allows Madison, Alicia and Strand to escape. Alicia urges Nick to come with them, but John points out that Nick cannot leave the detonator's range. Nick calls the negotiations his "suicide note." John agrees to his conditions. Madison covers her face in disbelief and tells Nick not to do this, but Nick pleads with Madison to just go. Madison takes Alicia's hand and leaves. Nick sends Strand with them, as well, and tells John he won't survive this, either. Nick has tears streaming down his face as his family flees the dam to a boat. Strand, Madison and Alicia reach the Zodiac and launch into the water. Strand, Madison and Alicia fix the motor and power ahead.

Nick blows the dam as everyone looks on. John is rushed away but stands by Nick as the ground crumbles beneath their feet. Alicia tries to maintain the boat, but their boat is drawn into the flood and Madison, Strand and Alicia are sucked into the dam.

Back in Madison's dream scenario, she ponders Jeremiah's grave. A hand reaches up and pulls her into the ground. She fights it but is pulled underground. At the dam, she sinks beneath water filled with debris. Above her, the light fades. The air is leaving her body. The dream sequence sees her hand com above the ground. Travis pulls her up but she falls back down.

Madison sinks underwater then opens her eyes. She kicks to the surface and sees bodies all around her. She swims to the river bed and sees people flocking to the shore, filling containers with water released from the dam. A little girl stands before Madison and greets her.

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"Another Day in the Diamond"

In a flashback, Madison peers through a pair of binoculars. A young girl, Charlie, stands beside her. Madison asks the newcomer, where she lived before finding their settlement. Charlie refuses to talk. Madison assures her that living in their new home in a baseball stadium is safe and wants her to open up to her. She asks the girl what direction she came from when she found the stadium. Charlie points out past the parking lot, empty save for strewn about walkers.

Alicia checks on Madison, who is converting the dugout into a room for Charlie. Alicia asks her why she wasn't at lunch and if she has slept, but her mom tells her that she needs to build and that when she lived outside she didn't sleep so it doesn't matter.

Madison speaks to a couple, Douglas and Viv, about venturing out to find Charlie's family. Douglas worries about traveling outside the walkie range, but eventually gives Madison the keys to a car. Cole tries to join the search mission, but Strand tells him to stay behind for watch duty. Nick asks Luciana to bring back a new book for Charlie. Madison, Alicia, Strand and Luciana leave without Nick.

In the car, Luciana remarks that Nick should leave the stadium at some point. Madison notes that Luciana wasn't there when she found Nick and says that Nick just needs to feel safe. On the road, Madison jokes with Strand about Cole's crush on him. Nick contacts them via walkie and informs them that weevils are destroying the turnips, just before losing connection. Madison's crew arrives in a deserted town. They split up to find Charlie's family.

Madison and Alicia find a camp that's been burned down near giant industrial oil tanks. They see a giant white flag with the number "457." Madison finds a newly opened can of food and warns Strand that someone might be nearby.

Madison continues searching the camp, when suddenly, a woman, Naomi, puts a gun to Madison's head and demands her keys. Madison quietly clicks her walkie button three times. While at gunpoint, Madison invites Naomi to join her community. Naomi instead snatches Madison's keys and starts to leave, before Alicia, Strand and Luciana cut her off. She runs to the top of an oil tank and falls through the roof. Madison jumps in after her and helps Naomi fight Infected in a pool of oil. Alicia and Strand pry open the hatch to the tank and kill the remaining Infected. Alicia rescues Madison from an Infected.

Later, at night, Naomi insists that she wasn't gonna hurt Madison and she tells them she's not from the area and doesn't know who led the Infected into the tank. After hearing more Infected snarling, they decide to leave.

When they arrive back at the stadium, Madison's group sees Nick outside surrounded by the Infected. Madison's group rams into the Infected with their truck, saving Nick in time. They pick up a dazed Nick and bring him back to the stadium. Inside, Madison informs Charlie that she didn't find her family. She asks if Charlie knows who destroyed her camp. Charlie remains silent.

As Naomi cleans up a cut on Nick's head and explains that she's a nurse. Madison shocks Naomi by suggesting she take a hot shower while deciding if she will stay with their community. Suddenly, Luciana sees something in the distance and yells at the group to get inside. Inside the stadium, Alicia tells everyone to arm themselves.

Meanwhile, an army of trucks and a group called the Vultures parks in the lot. Madison's group sees a man, Ennis, get out of his truck, turns on a cassette player and rides a bicycle around the lot. He rounds up the Infected and leads them into another truck, where another man closes the truck door. Then, from another truck, the leader, Mel, gets off and sets a lawn chair, while Ennis spray-paints the number "12" on the back of the vehicle.

Madison walks up to Mel and asks what he did to the camp by the oil tanks. Mel explains that the oil tanks blew up on their own, then reveals that he knows about their weevil problem, to Madison's confusion. He summons Charlie and commends her for finding the stadium. Mel orders Madison to give him all of their supplies or else die while trying to survive the weevil infestation. Madison refuses to provide him with anything. The next day, Strand, Alicia and Cole stare at the newcomers outside. They hear Madison hammering in the dugout and decide to join her.

"Good Out Here"

In a flashback, Madison checks in on a sullen Nick. Madison is going on a supply run and Nick offers to accompany her. Madison and Nick drive out the stadium gate. Mel, a Vulture, waves them over and wishes them luck on their supply run. Madison isn't deterred. As they drive off, Madison assures Nick that they'll get Charlie back. Nick asks Madison how she copes with being on the outside. Madison says that she always looks for something good.

Madison and Nick arrive at a church only to find that Mel's brother Ennis is already looting the pantry. Charlie steps out with a walkie, which she used to eavesdrop on Madison and obtain the locations of Madison's supply run. Nick urges Charlie not to listen to the Vultures, but Ennis declares that his people taught Charlie how to survive. Nick threatens and attacks Ennis with his knife, but Madison calms him down and stops Nick from killing the man. They watch as Charlie and Ennis take off in the El Camino.

Nick tells Madison that being on the outside feels more stifling than being inside the diamond. While driving back, Madison spots a patch of bluebonnets blooming in the grass. She pulls over. Nick lies down in the flowers. Madison tells him there is still good out here.

"Buried"

In a flashback, as the group eats breakfast at the stadium, Madison distributes maps of potential supply locations that the Vultures might have missed. The group heads out for their supply run while Madison stays behind.

Later on, Madison looks out over the horizon. Mel waves to her from the parking lot. He wants to talk on the radio and sarcastically asks if she has any relish. They meet in the parking lot and Mel starts to question where she is sending people of to. He ends up telling her that he had a little settlement before all of this. He convinced everyone to stay before fires came and they listened. His brother and him were the only ones who made it out alive. Madison strides over to Mel and tells him that she is still willing to build a community together. Mel scoffs.

Nick returns to the stadium with Luciana and shows the map to Madison. He suggests they range further north than the Vultures to find seeds and fertilizer to bring back to the stadium. Madison agrees. At the stadium, Naomi tells Madison that, even if the community is a success, conditions are going to get worse before they get better. Nevertheless, Naomi offers to set up an infirmary.

"Just in Case"

In a flashback, Naomi removes glass from Alicia’s arm at the stadium infirmary. Madison enters and tells them their food will only last so long but with an optimistic tone. Naomi asks Madison if they’re going out again for more supplies. Madison says they have no choice.

Madison checks in with Strand and suggests they share some liquor that she found. Madison and Strand take swigs straight out of the bottle. Strand asks Madison why she saved him after the dam explosion, despite his treachery. Madison explains that she knows Strand is a decent person. They're interrupted by the sound of a car honking.

At the gate, they see that Naomi is attempting to leave, but Viv stands in her way pointed a rifie at her. Viv tells Madison that Naomi was trying to run off with one of their cars. Naomi says that she was merely driving to a location that might have seeds and fertilizer. Madison and Strand join her.

Madison, Strand and Naomi pull over at a motel and kill Infected in the front office. Madison deduces that the people killed each other over a can of baked beans. Strand finds a stash of snacks.

Over dinner, Naomi explains that she's taking Madison and Strand to an abandoned FEMA shelter. She admits that she had been planning to flee the stadium when Viv caught her but that she had intended to leave them with a map to the FEMA shelter. Strand orders her to hand over the car keys.

In the morning, Madison wakes up and finds Naomi gone. Madison and Strand look at the FEMA map to catch up with Naomi. They debate going after Naomi. Strand reveals to Madison that he had planned his own escape and the car with supplies had been his escape car. He warns Madison that some people, such as himself and Naomi, never change. Madison questions what he wants at this point and starts to head out.

Madison and Strand enter the FEMA shelter and spot Naomi on the scaffolding. Naomi tosses them the "JIC" keys and tells them there's a truck outside with supplies. Madison distracts Infected while Strand strings up some rope. Naomi shimmies across the rope and escapes with Madison and Strand.

Madison, Strand, and Naomi rest in the lobby. Naomi explains that she and her daughter, Rose, had stayed at the shelter, where a woman named Ellen taught "Just in Case" survival skill classes. Naomi says that she left the shelter to find antibiotics after Rose caught pneumonia. When she returned, Rose had died, turned and infected everyone else. Naomi takes Madison and Strand to a well-stocked "Just in Case" truck that Ellen had prepared in the event of an emergency. After putting down the reanimated Ellen and removing her body, they prepare to return to the stadium.

Alicia, Nick and Luciana stride up to Mel as Madison, Strand and Naomi return to the stadium with plants and fertilizer. Mel and the Vultures vacate the parking lot upon realizing that Madison's group will survive longer than expected. Before he goes, Mel tells Madison that people tend not to see genuinely awful events coming. As Madison turn off her truck, she sees the label on the keys.

Strand attempts to talk to Madison, but she ends the conversation in a distracted mood. Atop the stadium, Madison scouts the surroundings as the sun sets. She is greeted by Alicia and asks Alicia to quietly pack some supplies in the "JIC" Land Rover. "Just in case," she says.

"The Wrong Side of Where You Are Now"

In a flashback, a group of residents rebuilds the stadium garden. Douglas radios Madison via walkie and tells her they have a visitor. Charlie enters the stadium gate and asks Madison for help. Charlie takes Madison, Nick, Alicia and Naomi to Mel, who is slumped over the driver's seat of a bus after getting into an accident. Charlie explains that she and Mel parted ways with the Vultures after Mel got into a fight with Ennis. Madison agrees to bring Mel to the stadium's infirmary, despite Nick's concerns that it might be another trap.

Mel wakes up handcuffed in the infirmary and warns Madison that Ennis is planning to destroy the stadium. Madison insists that she can handle Ennis. After scouting the area, Strand informs Madison that the Vultures removed all of the Infected that they had trapped in storage tanks. He shows her a stack of white number flags that the Vultures had used to tally up the Infected. The total indicates that Ennis is amassing a vast army of Infected.

Outside, Madison stands in the baseball diamond with her hammer. She starts undoing some construction over one of the dugouts. Naomi joins her in there to tell her they are not safe. She wants to consider leaving the stadium, but Madison shuts it down, arguing that this is what the Vultures want them to do. Naomi explains that she has been on the wrong side of what's happening to her and it's not worth risking lives to protect. Madison confronts Mel about turning Naomi against her and agrees to let him go, but refuses to let Charlie go with him.

As everyone is boarding up the gate, Madison orders everyone to open it and sends Mel out. As he gets in the truck, he pleads with Madison to let him take Charlie. He doesn't believe Madison can take care of her. Mel insists she is holding on to something that is gone by building this little civilization. "No one's gone til their gone," she tells him. She points her gun at him, forcing him to leave. She orders everyone to seal the gates and not to think about what Mel said. Nick suggests to Madison that she may have made the wrong decision to send Mel out to die.

Nick opens up and tells her that he wasn't afraid of being out in the world as much as he was afraid of being away from her. She shows him the way and he feels found here. "Having a guy kill himself because we're afraid of him?" he asks. "I don't think that's where you wanted us to wind up.

At night, Madison sits with her hammer and is joined by Naomi. She informs Madison that she has prepared the infirmary for Ennis' imminent attack. The convoy of Mel's pals drives by. Alicia warns Strand, who instructs Cole to get Madison and sound the alarm. Madison and Strand see an ice cream truck drive up to the stadium gate, leaving behind a trail of oil. Alicia and Nick arrive at the stadium and stop in the parking lot. The convoy arrives moments later.

Ennis and the Vultures open the trucks and release the Infected. A massive herd makes its way toward the stadium gates. Madison tells Nick and Alicia via walkie that she’s going to open the gate for them. A herd surrounds the Land Rover. A Vulture lights the trail of oil. Strand notices that the Infected are covered in oil and will start a fire if they get close. Madison orders someone to get the irrigation truck then runs toward the gate to help Nick and Alicia. Madison orders Douglas to open the gate. Douglas insists they first extinguish the fire but Strand orders Douglas to obey. Over walkie, Alicia apologizes to Madison for going after Mel. The gates open, Madison sees the flames, and preps herself to head out to her kids.

"No One's Gone"

In a flashback to sometime after the destruction of the Gonzalez Dam, Madison confronts Althea at gunpoint and tries to steal Al's vehicle and supplies, but falls into a booby-trap. Madison ultimately overpowers Al, but can't find her keys. After Madison explains how she is looking for her kids, Al tells her about how she is going around recording people's stories and suggests that someone she met may have known something. However, she demands Madison's story in exchange. A scuffle ensues, ending with Madison knocking Al unconscious and making off with her camera and tapes.

In a truck, Madison watches Al's tapes, but finds no clues to the location of Nick and Alicia. After dispatching a walker, Madison is recaptured by Al who admits that she has no idea of where Madison's kids are and urges Madison to tell her story. After Al tells Madison a story about how Al's reporting took down a warlord named Twisted Round before the Apocalypse, Madison tells Al about how as young children, Nick and Alicia nursed a bird they named Amina back to health and how she is trying to find a place for her kids where she can keep that innocence alive in them. Afterwards, Madison and Al part ways without Madison ever revealing her name to Al. Al in return gives Madison a store of noodles, a radio and a map and asks for the rest of Madison's story when they meet again. As she doesn't know Madison's name, Al labels the tape with her story "Amina" after the bird Madison told her about.

Searching, Madison eventually finds Nick, Alicia, Victor and Luciana at a motel, having gotten separated from them while trying to find a safe place in El Paso. Inspired by her encounter with Al, Madison leads the group to the Dell Diamond Baseball Stadium and suggests that they form a community of people rather than trying to survive on their own.

In the present, while struggling with Al in her SWAT van, Alicia finds the remaining noodles that Al didn't give to Madison and Al's "Amina" tape and realizes that Al met Madison. Alicia tells Al that Madison is dead and later, after reviewing the tape and realizing that Al was the inspiration for the community, suggests that Madison never told them about her encounter with Al out of shame for her behavior during the meeting. At Alicia's request, Al pulls over to make a camp to hear the end of Madison's story.

In flashbacks, Madison attempts to help clear a path for her children, Victor and Luciana while the stadium residents decide to flee. Though Madison tries to talk them out of it, they refuse to listen and their convoy is overrun by the walkers, resulting in the deaths of everyone that Madison had helped save. With too many walkers to count outside, Madison ignites a flare and leads the herd into the stadium, knowing that its reinforced walls, built to keep walkers out, could be used to contain the walkers instead. Though Madison doubles-back through the tunnels and succeeds in luring most of the herd inside, there proves to be too many left in the parking lot for her to escape. With no other choice, Madison seals the gate and fires into the herd until she runs out of ammunition. Saying a final goodbye to her children over the radio and surrounded by walkers, Madison uses her flare to ignite the oil-soaked herd, creating a blaze that consumes her.

In the present, Al's group is left shocked and saddened by the story of Madison's death. In honor of her sacrifice, Al names the story "Madison" while everyone eats the noodles leftover from what Al gave to Madison when they met.

"Close Your Eyes"

As Alicia holds a gun to Charlie's head, she thinks back to Madison and Nick's deaths, and remembers watching Madison strike the flare and begin luring walkers toward her.

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Despite being believed to have died in the destruction of the Dell Diamond Baseball Stadium, Madison survives by taking cover in the water truck which she'd had Douglas park near the gate when the attack began, having intended to use it to put out the fire that the Vultures had started. Madison is found and rescued by Ben and Sam Krennick who had heard her last broadcast and saw Madison's devotion to her children as a way of manipulating her to do their bidding. Madison apparently suffers permanent damage to her lungs from smoke inhalation, requiring the periodic use of an oxygen tank to help her breathe.

Madison is taken to PADRE who compel her to work for them as a collector, kidnapping children, with the promise that they will help her reunite with Nick and Alicia if she does. Madison kidnaps numerous children, including those of Ava Sanderson and Wilt and his posse, and delivers them to PADRE. Although PADRE eventually offers to help Madison find her own children, she refuses, as Madison is convinced that she has now become a monster after everything that she has done.

"Amina"

In the abandoned SWAT van, Alicia finds and retrieves Al's tape of her interview with Madison.

Alicia later flashes back to Madison's apparent death and her words on the tape while contemplating whether or not to rescue Victor Strand.

"Gone"

In a flashback, Madison, her head covered in a hood and breathing heavily, stumbles into an interrogation room. Over a speaker, Padre notes that Madison doesn't seem to being doing too good and they can help with that. However, Madison must first decide if she wants to be a part of this and, if so, if she's willing to do what needs to be done to get the thing that they know that she wants.

In the present, as the Burlap Masked Man and his accomplices prepare to bury Morgan Jones alive on a Louisiana beach, Madison suddenly appears and shoots all of the 6 men dead. Poking his head out of the hole, Morgan spots Madison kneeling over baby Mo and he thanks her for saving his life. Madison clarifies that she wasn't there to save him, and Morgan realizes that the men had thought that he was her. Morgan states that the baby is everything to him and he's not going to let Madison take her. Turning to face Morgan, Madison tells him that Mo is better off with her than him and that he'll get over it like Madison did. Morgan scrambles to climb out of the hole, but Madison fires a warning shot into the sand next to his hand. Taking a breath from her oxygen tank, Madison fires another warning shot at Morgan, grabs Mo and leaves, threatening to kill Morgan if he follows them.

Walking down the beach past more buried walkers, Madison contacts Oriole and informs him that she's approaching the drop. Entering the Birdhouse, Madison finds no sign of Oriole and accuses him of being late. Oriole explains that they found some new eggs and are getting them processed now. Madison asks how long that will take, but Oriole simply tells her that it will take as long as it takes. Putting Mo down in a playpen, Madison feeds her and makes a note in her journal. Ava calls out over the radio for Jim, telling him that their baby needs him. Madison contacts Oriole again and tells him that she has a lead on a new egg and she's leaving this one in the Birdhouse for him. Madison knows that Mo misses her father, but she tells the baby that she will be better off without him and leaves.

Leaving the beach, Madison responds to another radio call by Ava, offering Ava her help as a small herd gathers around Madison from the trees. Ava asks how she can know that Madison isn't the one kidnapping everyone's kids and Madison tells Ava that she's a mother herself and she knows how hard it is and Ava can trust her. Ava just wants her baby to be alright and Madison promises that they will be, asking Ava to tell her where she is. As the walkers close in on her, Madison draws her hammer and quickly takes them all out by spinning once and hitting all of the walkers in the head with her hammer. Collapsing to the ground from the exertion, Madison again takes a breath from her oxygen tank. Checking her tank, Madison finds out that it's now empty.

Madison makes her way to the Pediatric Office where Ava agrees to tell her where she is if Madison is really going to help her. Ava tells Madison that it's hard to know who to trust as Madison opens a cabinet, only to find that the oxygen tanks inside are missing. Morgan places the blade of his battle axe at Madison's neck and orders her to turn off her radio and hand over her gun and Madison complies, warning Morgan that he's making a big mistake, but Morgan tells Madison that she made the bigger mistake by kidnapping his daughter. Morgan forces Madison to drop her hammer and turn around and he demands to know where Mo is, but Madison tells him that she's somewhere that Morgan will never find her. Morgan refuses to turn over Madison's oxygen unless she takes him to Mo. Madison insists that Morgan doesn't know who he's dealing with and that she's the least of his problems and that the people that she's with will kill Morgan in ways that he can't even imagine. Unthreatened, Morgan orders Madison to get moving if she wants to keep breathing.

Walking down the beach with Morgan holding her at axe point, Madison tells Morgan that he can still get out of this before the people that she's with find out that he interfered with an egg. Morgan realizes that an egg is what Madison calls the kids that she steals, but Madison insists that she's not stealing them but rather rescuing them from parents that think they can give them what they need. Madison is sure that if Morgan saw the place that she's from, he'd get it. Madison begins coughing as Morgan demands to know where she's from and why Madison is taking these kids that don't belong to her. Out of breath, Madison gestures to her oxygen tanks and Morgan allows her to breathe from them.

In a flashback, Madison finishes taking a breath from an oxygen tank and Padre asks her if she's considered their offer. Madison weakly agrees, but states that they must hold up their end of the deal. Padre promises that they will, and Madison asks how she can know. Padre reminds Madison that the only reason that she's still breathing is because of them and Madison glances at her oxygen mask. Padre asks for her name and Madison introduces herself. However, he tells her that's she's not Madison anymore and that they will tell her who she's going to be from now.

In the present, Madison leads Morgan into the Birdhouse where they find Mo gone. Madison states that they're too late: Mo has already been "rescued" and her people came sooner than she expected. Morgan flips through Madison's journal before noticing that it's marked PADRE. Morgan is shocked by the fact that Madison is with PADRE and Madison asks what he knows about it, but Morgan just leads her away from the Birdhouse. Outside, Morgan demands to know where they would go, but an unrepentant Madison continues to insist that Mo is better off without him. Morgan states that she can't decide what's best for his family, but Madison tells him that she did and that she used to be just like Morgan.

A walker approaches, forcing Morgan to turn his attention to it and put the walker down with his staff, allowing Madison to grab back her hammer and attack. Morgan tackles Madison to the ground, angrily telling her that she is nothing like him which Madison confirms that she's not anymore. The two continue to fight, but Morgan quickly manages to overpower and restrain Madison. In the process, the glove on Madison's right hand is pulled down, revealing Alicia's name tattooed on her wrist. Checking Madison's other wrist, Morgan finds Nick's name tattooed there.

Shocked, Morgan releases Madison and backs away from her. "Oh, dear god. You're Madison Clark," realizes Morgan. Madison asks how Morgan knows her name and, in shock at meeting Madison, Morgan explains that her kids told him. Madison accuses him of lying, but Morgan states that Nick and Alicia had told him that their mother had died and that he had seen the stadium. Now believing Morgan, Madison asks if her kids are still alive, and Morgan offers to tell Madison everything that he knows if she gives him back his daughter. Madison warns Morgan that the only way that PADRE is ever going to give him back Mo is if Morgan helps her kidnap someone else's kid to take the place of his. Madison insists that there's no other way and goes into another coughing fit. Morgan asks what if the kid isn't born yet and if PADRE would be interested in someone that's pregnant. Madison acknowledges that they might be, and Morgan tells her that the woman that Madison was talking to on the radio is pregnant. Ava isn't doing so good, and Morgan knows where she is. Madison asks if Morgan is sure that he wants to go down that road and he confirms that he is, asking if he will get Mo back. Madison assures him that he will, and that PADRE will look after Ava and her child. As such, Morgan isn't taking a child away from its mother so it's acceptable to him. Morgan returns Madison's hammer to her and allows her to breathe from her oxygen tanks again.

Continuing their journey, Morgan asks if Madison got smoke in her lungs escaping from the stadium and if that's why she needs the oxygen tanks, but she only states that it's "something like that" and that she's "full of surprises" when Morgan states that from what he heard, there was no way that Madison could've escaped from the stadium alive. Madison asks what else her kids told him and Morgan states that it was quite a bit, but Madison is not what he imagined. Madison angrily tells Morgan that he doesn't know anything and that she's rescuing kids, but Morgan demands to know if that's her or PADRE talking. Madison asks what Morgan knows about PADRE, pointing out that he hadn't answered her question earlier. Morgan knows that PADRE is putting out radio messages, nobody can find them, and Alicia was looking for them. Madison is shocked to hear this and wants to know why Alicia was looking for PADRE, but Morgan refuses to tell her any more until he gets Mo back.

Madison knows that Morgan thinks that he's doing the right thing fighting to get his daughter back, but she insists that Mo is in the right place because PADRE can give her a life that parents like Morgan can't. Madison points out that Morgan couldn't even feed her, but Morgan states that he would've found food for her. Madison feels that Morgan was barely scraping by out there on his own, but Morgan defends that Mo is his daughter and Mo's mother is coming. Madison doesn't think that it's going to make a difference, but Morgan tells her that Madison doesn't know what they endured and that they survived the bombs. Madison realizes that they were in Galveston and asks if Nick and Alicia were there too, but Morgan once again refuses to tell Madison any more about Nick and Alicia. He is simply telling Madison that his family has gotten through worse than this. However, Madison tells him that family isn't the answer, but rather the problem which is what PADRE's figured out and is why what PADRE is building is different. Morgan reminds Madison that she's the woman who put her life on the line for her family and demands to know what happened to her.

Arriving at the Sanderson Family Home, Madison asks if it's the place which Morgan confirms. Madison tells him that they will go in and tell Ava the truth which is that they're going to take her to a place where her baby will be taken care of. Morgan asks what will happen to Ava after her baby's born, but Madison refuses to tell him, stating that he doesn't need to know. Allowing Madison to take another breath from the oxygen tanks, Morgan asks how she can do this to people and Madison states that you get used to it.

In a flashback, Madison finishes taking a breath from her oxygen tank and places a stuffed animal on the interrogation room table. Having done what PADRE had asked, Madison demands that they keep up their end of the deal. However, Padre tells Madison that she needs to kidnap more children as one time isn't enough, and PADRE is going to need her to keep doing it. Looking at her children's names freshly tattooed on her wrists, Madison grimaces, knowing that she has no other choice.

In the present, Morgan and Madison find Ava in the house and Morgan introduces Madison as someone who can help her. Madison explains that she's the person that Ava spoke to on the radio and that Morgan told her where Ava was. Ava just wants Jim and Madison asks if that's the baby's father which Ava confirms, explaining that the house had belonged to her family, she was born there and thought that she would be safe there. Madison offers to help Ava and her baby, explaining that the place that she's from is safe with good people and the kind of place that a kid would dream of growing up in. Ava notes that it sounds too good to be true, but Madison tells her that it's real and the best shot that their kids have for a future. On Madison's prompting, Morgan tells Ava that they even have his kid there now and that while he didn't think that it was possible for such a place to exist, it does. Ava asks what it's called and Madison states that it's PADRE. After a moment, Ava agrees and goes to get her things.

Morgan once again demands to know what's going to happen to Ava once the baby's born and Madison admits that they get split up. Morgan presses Madison for answers on why PADRE does that and how it gives the kidnapped kids their best shot. Madison states that Morgan is looking at this all wrong and that PADRE has rewritten the book on the way we see each other and the things that we do for each other. "No attachments. No connections," elaborates Madison. Morgan refuses to do this, having seen a mother lose her baby once before and not wanting to see that ever again. However, Madison warns him that Morgan will never see his daughter again in that case.

Ava rejoins the two and Morgan reluctantly agrees with Madison's assertion that everything's fine, stating that they should just get her to PADRE. Hearing voices, Madison looks out the window and spots the rest of the posse approaching from down the street and realizes that they found her. Madison asks Ava if there's a back way out, explaining that she had pissed them off trying to save some kids. Ava leads Madison and Morgan out of the house, and they run across the grounds with Morgan refusing to give Madison her oxygen tanks. Ava trips and is grabbed by a walker that is pinned to the ground. As Ava struggles to pull out her knife, Madison smashes the walker's head with her hammer and saves her. Morgan notices that Ava is cut on her stomach, but she insists that the wound is just from the vines and she's fine. Morgan helps Ava up, but it causes her a lot of pain and Morgan insists that they need to stop, unwilling to risk Ava's baby. Madison agrees with Morgan, and they head for a nearby crypt to hide.

Morgan and Madison barricade the group in the crypt and Madison pulls out a heartrate monitor to check on Ava's baby against her objections. Madison can't get a heartbeat and Morgan tells Madison to get PADRE's doctors there to help Ava. Madison stops looking for a heartbeat, realizing that Ava was only faking her pregnancy and that Ava was tricking them. Madison demands to know why, if Ava had been trying to get Madison to take her to PADRE and she orders Morgan to tie Ava up and leave her some food and water as Ava will only slow them down. Ava realizes that Madison really doesn't remember her and reveals that Madison had kidnapped her 6-year-old daughter for PADRE a year before and told Ava that it was for the best. Her daughter's name was Odessa and she cried when Madison pulled her from Ava on the beach. Ava tells Morgan that what Madison told him isn't true, but Madison reveals that Morgan already knows and they still have time to get out of there before the posse finds them. Ava insists that Madison needs to take her to her daughter, but Madison tells Ava that her plan never would've worked: PADRE would've checked for a heartbeat before they got on the boat, when they arrived and every day that Ava was there. Ava needs to see her daughter and Odessa needs to see her while Morgan is worried about how they're going to get Mo back if there's no baby. Madison tells Morgan that they're not and that there was no guarantee even with a trade.

Ava is enraged that Morgan was going to trade her for his daughter while Morgan is furious as Madison had told him that they'd get Mo back. Madison states that she had only told Morgan that they might and, furious, Morgan grabs his axe and threatens Madison, telling her that she needs to find a way to get him to his kid or Madison will never know where her children are. However, Madison is unthreatened, stating "that's the thing, Morgan. I don't wanna find them. I'm never gonna see them again. And that's okay. I told you I got over it before. I wasn't lying." Morgan refuses to believe this, but Madison tells him that she only made the deal so that she could get what she wanted from him which was Ava. Releasing Madison, Morgan wants to know why else she would be doing all of this.

In a flashback, Madison tiredly pushes a child's toy across the interrogation room table, but Padre states that it's not enough yet and that she needs to rescue more children.

In the present, Madison breathes from her oxygen tank again and Ava is surprised to learn that Madison has kids too and that Morgan knows them. Madison states that they are all doing what they're doing for their own reasons and Morgan asks if she really won't help him. Madison tells Morgan to be smart and to go before the posse finds them. Grabbing Madison's hammer, Ava smashes one of Madison's oxygen tanks and the stone slab over her grandfather's grave, taking a shotgun from inside. Pointing the shotgun at them, Ava explains that her grandfather had asked to be buried with his favorite hunting gun in his will in case he didn't end up in Heaven. Walkers start banging on the door and Morgan attempts to talk Ava down, but she tells Madison that she has another solution and that while Madison might not want to see her kids, she doubts that Madison wants them to die either.

Grabbing her radio, Ava contacts Wilt and identifies herself as someone like him and his men, someone whom Madison had stolen a child from. Ava has found the way to motivate Madison to do what they want, but she's going to need Wilt's help to motivate her. Tossing Morgan the radio, Ava demands that he tell Wilt where Madison's kids are. Madison insists that she can't help Ava and that PADRE doesn't care what she thinks. Unmoved, Ava continues to order Morgan to tell Wilt where Madison's kids are, threatening to kill him if he doesn't.

Morgan finally reveals that he can't tell Madison where her kids are as they're both already dead. Shocked and enraged, Madison shoves Morgan up against the wall, accusing him of lying, but Morgan tells her that he wouldn't lie about them being dead and he had only told her that he could lead Madison to her kids so that he could get what he wanted from her. Morgan explains that Nick got shot and Morgan, Strand, Alicia and Luciana were all there when it happened and they buried Nick themselves. Breaking down, Madison asks about Alicia and Morgan explains that she got bit by a walker recently and had to amputate her own arm. However, Alicia didn't do it in time and the infection set in. Alicia fought it for months, longer than anyone that Morgan knows, but the last time Morgan saw her, and spoke to her, Alicia was close to the end. As a sympathetic Ava and Morgan watch, Madison collapses in grief over the loss of her children.

Lost in her grief, Madison watches the walkers bang on the crypt doors while Morgan, after checking out the window, tells the others that there's at least 30 walkers outside. Wilt calls over the radio, looking for an answer and Morgan tells Ava that the posse is still waiting on her deal. Ava suggests that the posse could still get them out, but Morgan tells Ava that, since Ava can't give them what she promised, the posse is liable to just kill them, having already tried to kill Morgan. Wilt asks if Madison hurt Ava and Morgan shuts off the radio, cutting him off. Morgan asks how long until the posse finds them, and Ava suggests that it could take hours with the size of the property, especially if they're still at the house. Morgan notes that the herd isn't going to make it easy for them and they're going to have to fight their way out and hope that they get out before the posse finds them. Looking at Madison, Ava states that it's going to take all of them.

Approaching Madison, Morgan tells her that they're going to need her help. Morgan apologizes for not telling Madison the truth about Nick and Alicia at the beginning, but he just did what he thought he had to. Madison asks what Nick and Alicia were doing when they died, and Morgan explains that Nick was going through a bad patch when Morgan met him and Alicia too as they thought that Madison was gone. However, Nick was making the first steps towards something better when he was killed. Alicia was trying to stop the nukes and she survived the explosion and helped Morgan, his daughter and some people that they cared about escape from the fallout, and she fought the infection for as long as she could. Morgan admits that he didn't see Alicia die, but he had to leave with Mo and Alicia could still be out there. However, Madison refuses to believe it as people don't survive bites. Morgan points out that Alicia was different and so maybe she found a way. Even if Alicia survived, Madison still doesn't want to find her, and Morgan asks her why.

In a flashback, Padre tells Madison that they finally think that it's time: she has rescued more children than any other Collector and they will now help Madison find her own children. However, Madison covers up her tattoos of Nick and Alicia's names and tells him that she doesn't want to find her children anymore.

In the present, Madison touches her tattoos and explains that she was willing to die at the stadium so that her kids could see what she was building was worth fighting for. However, Madison now knows that PADRE played her from the start and made her do things that she didn't want to so that when she could finally get her kids back, she wouldn't want to anymore. Morgan wonders why Madison kept kidnapping kids for PADRE if she didn't want to see Nick and Alicia anymore and Madison admits that she knew that PADRE would find her kids and make them go after kids in her place if she tried to walk away which is something that Madison no longer has to worry about with Nick and Alicia dead. Madison wishes that she knew that before she took Mo.

Suddenly, there's gunfire outside that takes out the herd banging on the door. Morgan, Madison and Ava realize that the posse has found them, and Morgan warns Madison that the posse will kill them both if they get inside. Wilt calls for them to open up as the posse knows that they're inside. Morgan tells Ava that Madison saved him once before and the posse thinks that they're working together. Ava suggests that if they give Madison up, the posse might spare his life. Morgan insists that everyone needs Madison to get their kids back, but Ava doubts that the posse is going to see it that way. Trying to open the door, Wilt warns Morgan and Ava that, if they're trying to hide Madison, they're going to have a problem. Madison orders Morgan to let the posse in and not to sacrifice himself for her, but Morgan states that he's not doing it for Madison but so that she can get his daughter back. Madison insists that she can't get back either Morgan or Ava's children and that she can't undo any of this. Morgan believes that she can, and that Madison just needs to find a reason, but with the posse continuing to bang on the door, Madison warns Morgan that the posse is going to kill him and there's only one way to show them that he's not with her. Morgan finally yells at the posse to wait and reluctantly agrees to open the door and hand Madison over to them. Morgan apologizes to Madison, but she simply tells him that it's the only way for him to live to see his daughter again one day.

Morgan and Ava open the door and let in the posse. Removing his mask, Wilt asks if Madison remembers him, stating that Madison took his son away from him last winter. Covering Madison's head with a bag, Wilt orders his men to start digging as high tide is in less than two hours. Outside, Ava reassures Morgan that he made the right call and Morgan asks Wilt what he did to Madison when Wilt returns from the beach. Wilt states that they left Madison to watch the tide come in and that it's worse when you can see it coming. While Madison didn't tell them much, the posse found Madison's PADRE journal in her pack, and they know when PADRE is coming to pick her up.

Buried up to her neck in the sand, Madison spots three bodies floating in the water near shore before they reanimate, revealing them to be zombified posse members. Closing her eyes, Madison remembers dropping numerous toys from kids that she kidnapped for PADRE into a box, haunted by memories of her actions. Madison watches as the first walker trips and falls to the ground just feet away from her, and crawls towards her. Just as the walker is about to reach Madison, Morgan suddenly chops its face off with his battle axe before using his staff and axe to put down the other two walkers. Dropping his weapon, Morgan begins to dig Madison out, telling Madison that she doesn't deserve to go out like this. Madison reminds Morgan that she told him that she can't help him save Mo, but that's not why Morgan is doing this. Morgan explains that, when he first met her kids, Morgan was in a place not too different from where Madison is now. Morgan had wanted to get away from everything and everybody, but meeting Nick and Alicia and seeing what Madison had given them, they were a big part of when things started turning around for him. As a result, Morgan kind of owes Madison in a way and he thinks that she should show the people that did this to her that they're wrong and that you can fight for the people that you care about without losing yourself. Madison insists that she can't, and Morgan reminds her that "no one's gone until they're gone," which Alicia had told him was something that Madison had used to say. However, Madison feels that with everything that she's done, she is gone.

As Madison struggles to breathe again, Morgan rushes to get her oxygen tanks. Spotting more posse members emerging from the water as walkers, including Wilt, Madison realizes that PADRE had killed them all and laments that she had told them not to go to the Birdhouse. Grabbing his bag and battle axe, Morgan rushes over to help Madison as she calls out a warning to him. Morgan impales Wilt through the head with his staff, putting him down, but he hesitates at the next walker after spotting Odessa's toy on its belt. Removing the bag from the walker's head, Morgan is saddened to discover that the walker is a zombified Ava. As a result, Morgan hesitates to attack, and he trips and falls while using his axe to hold Ava back. Lying on the ground, Morgan struggles to keep Ava from biting him as the other three zombified posse members approach Madison. Madison manages to grab her hammer which is lying on the ground near her and swing it at the walkers' legs, breaking them and sending the walkers to the ground. With the walkers incapacitated, Madison impales each walker in the head with the sharp end of her hammer, putting them down. Freeing herself from the hole, Madison impales Ava in the back of the head with her hammer, putting her down.

Taking a breath from her oxygen tanks, Madison asks Morgan about his hesitation against the zombified Ava. Morgan sadly tells Madison that Ava is dead because of something he did and won't see her daughter because of him. However, Madison tells Morgan that Ava is dead because of PADRE, not him. Morgan is confused as Madison was just about to give up and she explains that while she's gone, Morgan's not. Madison will help Morgan to get to his daughter and show PADRE that they're wrong, although Madison doesn't know what she'll do after that. However, Madison wasn't lying about the fact that Morgan can only get to PADRE by taking them another child. Morgan insists that there's gotta be another way, but Madison is sure that there's not. Looking at Grace's tape player, Morgan suddenly has an idea for another solution, one that just means that they can't fail which Madison agrees with.

Escorted by a PADRE guard, Madison leads Morgan back to the Birdhouse where she introduces him to another guard as another Collector who has something to offer. Morgan reveals that he has information on rafts with people on them out there with Madison adding that they're people that PADRE might want. Morgan tells the guard that the amongst the people are children and a pregnant woman and Morgan can tell them more, but they have to let Morgan go with them. The guard agrees and has Morgan and Madison get on his boat.

As the boat heads out, Morgan asks Madison where they're going and where PADRE actually is. "Been meaning to tell you. I don't know," Madison admits. The PADRE guards blindfold both Morgan and Madison as the boat heads for a large ship that's anchored in open water.

Season 8[]

Content
"Remember What They Took From You"

A hooded Morgan is led into an interrogation room in PADRE where a man on a speaker addresses Morgan with both acknowledging that they know who the other is. Morgan notices Madison standing in the room with him and Padre informs Morgan that he's been there long enough for PADRE to verify his story. PADRE has found the rafts of Morgan's Group and are currently processing the passengers. Morgan asks how many people were on the rafts and Padre tells him that while it wasn't as much as Morgan thought, it's still enough to satisfy PADRE's needs. Morgan and Madison exchange a look in the mirror as the man asks how Morgan knew that the rafts were out there and Morgan claims that he heard chatter on the radio and he thought that PADRE might be interested in them. The man warns Morgan that, if he wants to be a part of what PADRE is doing, he must show them that he's committed to their vision.

Morgan promises that he is, and he will as Shrike enters the room with another guard, holding a baby monitor with a baby's cries over it. Shrike tells him that the cries are from "our newest intake" while the man explains that PADRE wants Morgan to be a Collector collecting children to join the community like the one on the radio who was brought to PADRE by Madison. Morgan realizes that the baby is Mo and asks Shrike what PADRE is doing to her, confusing Shrike as to how he knows the baby's gender. Morgan explains that he can tell because he had a daughter, and Padre reassures him that they are simply drawing blood and giving Mo shots to keep her from getting sick and making other people sick. Morgan asks why PADRE can't bring the parents in too, and the man tells Morgan that they tried, but PADRE found that the parents don't want to build something better, but rather to "rebuild what we had, and what we had got us into this mess." Noting that Mo sounds scared, Morgan tries to get Shrike and the man to have someone comfort her, but he is informed that Mo will learn to separate herself from her emotions like all of the children at PADRE.

Unable to take it anymore, Morgan stands up and tells them to stop, but he is forced back into his seat at gunpoint. Morgan realizes that this is a setup and asks how the man knew and demands to know if Madison had told him. Padre explains that they got suspicious since a Collector bringing in both a child and a new recruit in one day doesn't happen often and they had to be sure as a result. Morgan and Madison suddenly attack, overpowering and knocking out the guards and Shrike and taking their guns. Madison sarcastically asks if it looks like she sold him out before they turn their guns on the window that Padre is behind and Morgan demands that Mo be brought to him and allow Morgan to escape on a boat with her, threatening the man's life if he refuses. Padre simply tells Morgan to do what's best for his daughter and Madison tells him to go while she keeps the man honest until he's clear, reminding Morgan that she's doing what she said that she would do, not wanting Mo to grow up on this island. As Morgan leaves, Padre asks if Madison really wants to do this, but she doesn't think that there's anything that PADRE can do that's worse than what she's already living. Padre menacingly suggests otherwise.

Seven years later, as daily life progresses on the island, Wren drags a wagon full of oxygen tanks, passing butchers and makeshift classrooms in an open-air area with several of the adults, particularly the teachers, wearing masks. Elsewhere, children train to fight while being drilled in the importance that PADRE has in sustaining their way of life, teaching them to be strong and rebuilding the world. Unloading the oxygen tanks, Wren accidentally drops one down a staircase and goes to retrieve it in a cellar with a number of cells. Wren is drawn to one cell in particular with a large ventilator-like device pumping air into the room from the outside. Madison calls out to Wren from inside of the cell, causing Wren to open the door flap out of concern for Madison's safety when no guards answer her calls. However, Madison frightens Wren by suddenly reaching through the flap and begging for help, causing Ren to run away.

As Madison tiredly marks on another day on a makeshift and very long calendar on her wall, Shrike enters with a PADRE guard, addressing Madison as Lark, telling her that "it's that time of the week," and asking if Madison is going to play nice today. A silent and apparently catatonic Madison allows herself to be led to her cot and Shrike notes that Madison is skipping meals again and tells her that they have ways to make her eat. Shrike draws a silent Madison's blood from a large bruised area on her arm and promises to see her next week. Suddenly, Madison snatches the guard's gun as he walks by her and attempts to commit suicide with it, only to learn that the gun is unloaded. Madison charges Shrike, but the guard restrains her as Shrike sedates Madison. Shrike asks if Madison really thought that she would bring live ammo with them as Shrike knows that Madison wants to die, but PADRE isn't going to let that happen.

That night, Wren asks her friend Dove about Madison, explaining how she met her after a tank fell down the stairs. Dove is angry to learn that Wren talked to Madison, warning the girl to stay away from Madison who is dangerous. When Wren presses for more information, Dove reluctantly explains that the prisoner is named Lark and she was a Collector who rescued more kids than anybody before, for some reason, helping a new recruit and his kid get off of the island. Dove only knows that it was some dad and his daughter and Wren is confused as she had believed that PADRE never lost a kid before. However, Dove only knows what people have told her and that Madison is in the cell for a reason. According to the stories, Madison took out over a dozen guards with just a sledgehammer and twice as many walkers. "She almost killed Padre," warns Dove.

As Madison adds to her calendar, a knock sounds at her door, but she rudely tells them to leave, thinking that it's PADRE guards, since they were already there that morning. Outside, Wren promises Madison that she's not here to hurt her, explaining that she snuck past the guards who leave it unmanned when they do their rounds at shift change. Holding a sledgehammer, Wren explains that she needs Madison to teach her how to kill walkers. Wren took it from the gardening shed and she knows that Madison helped someone escape with one and took out half of the settlement's guards with it and she almost killed PADRE. Madison asks if Wren wants to finish the job, but the girl changes her mind and begins to leave. Madison calls after her and gets Wren to stop by promising to teach her, asking the girl why she cares about killing the dead. Wren wants to show PADRE that he's wrong and she's not too young to wear the mantle. Madison agrees to help Wren if she turns off the valve on the ventilator so that Madison can die. Madison was able to kill so many guards as she doesn't care whether or not she lives and she has already done what she set out to do. Madison offers to show Wren how to use the sledgehammer if she then turns off the valve on the ventilator and Wren accepts the deal after a moment's hesitation.

After Wren's first clumsy tries, Madison gets her to open the hatch so that she can adjust Wren's grip. However, Madison instead snatches the hammer from the girl, smashes the door's window and tries to use a piece of glass to slit her own throat. Shoving Madison to the ground and stopping her, an enraged Wren confronts Madison about lying to her. Grabbing Wren's hand, Madison is shocked to notice a scar on her arm just above her wrist, but all that Wren knows is that she's had it since she was little. After Wren tells Madison that she's 8, a distressed Madison realizes that it's been seven years, much longer than she had thought. Madison reveals that Wren is actually an eight-year old Mo whom she had brought to the island seven years ago. Madison had helped Morgan and Mo escape which is why PADRE had locked her up and Mo is not supposed to be here. Mo refuses to believe it, but Madison points to the scar as proof which Mo had gotten during the escape from the island. Both are confused as this doesn't make sense and Madison deduces that someone must've brought the girl back. Having noticed the commotion, two guards approach and Madison declares that they're leaving. Madison takes Mo hostage as the guards approach before using the sledgehammer to take them both down at the knees, sending the men into the walls, knocking them unconscious. Taking a gun from one of the guards, Madison declares that she's taking Mo where she thought Morgan took her a long time ago: as far away from PADRE as possible.

The next day, Madison drives away from the island on a boat while radio chatter orders patrols in every direction in a 15-mile radius to find and bring back Mo. Madison brings the boat ashore and Mo refuses to get off, but Madison is determined to keep her promise to Morgan. After taking a breath from an oxygen tank, Madison leads Mo inland to find Morgan, but Mo states that "this is why PADRE built things the way he did, so people like you don't do things like this." Mo angrily proclaims that Madison is going to get them killed, but Madison refuses to argue with her. Spotting walkers nearby, Madison orders Mo to head into the marsh as it will be impossible for anyone to track them there. Mo pretends to get stuck in some mud, smashes Madison's oxygen tank and runs off with her radio.

Mo attempts to call PADRE, but Madison quickly catches up and grabs the radio from her. Although Mo is sure that PADRE heard her and will be coming, Madison points out a small herd approaching nearby and tells her that the dead are already here too and, with her tank broken and her gun lost, Madison can't protect her. Madison insists upon heading further inland as the walkers won't be able to find them the deeper that they go into the swamp, but Mo points out that without her oxygen, Madison can't breathe, and she will die out there. Mo insists upon waiting for PADRE despite Madison warning her that it could take them weeks to find her out here. Although Mo is trained in survival, Madison points out that the girl has never killed the undead and they are already drawing them in from all over. Insisting that she can handle herself, Mo takes Madison's metal pole to face an approaching walker while Madison uses her sledgehammer to take out one approaching from the other direction. However, Mo hesitates again after experiencing another flashback of walkers coming after her at night as a woman's voice sings to her. Madison takes out the walker before it can reach Mo who is once again unsure of why she keeps freezing when faced with walkers.

As Madison prepares to lead Mo deeper into the swamp, Morgan emerges from the marsh and puts down another approaching walker, now armed with a cruder version of his original staff rather than his battle axe, and warning Madison that it's not safe in that direction. Madison introduces Mo to her father, having known that Morgan would still be alive with Morgan acknowledging that he's not that easy to get rid of. Madison demands answers from Morgan on why Mo was back at PADRE and what happened, and Morgan explains that he heard the chatter on the walkies, and this is the same spot that they had landed after the escape seven years ago. Mo asks if an astonished Morgan is really her father, but rejects his touch and identifies herself as Wren rather than Mo. Backing off, Morgan reassures his daughter that, no matter what PADRE told her about parents, it's okay. Suddenly turning his staff on Madison, Morgan announces that he's here to take Mo back to PADRE.

Morgan leads Madison and Mo into an abandoned theme park, handing Mo the sledgehammer and tossing away Madison's radio. Morgan responds to PADRE 1's attempts to contact Mo after her message, identifying himself as Nightingale and telling PADRE 1 that he has Wren. Although this isn't a sanctioned operation, Morgan was nearby, heard the alert and had an idea of where they would land. Madison is shocked that Morgan is now with PADRE, and he tells her that Madison has been locked away for a long time and claims that he's simply accepted what Madison had told Morgan the first time that they met: Mo is better off with PADRE than Morgan. Mo tells Madison that she wants to go back, and Madison angrily states that she spent seven years in a cell so that Morgan could be with his daughter. However, Morgan only cares about what's best for his daughter as Madison doubles over, having trouble breathing. Grabbing her sledgehammer, Madison attacks Morgan, stating that she's doing this for Mo, but he easily blocks her attack with his staff and knocks Madison to the ground. Morgan accuses Madison of doing this to feel better about all of the other kids that she took and warns Madison that he doesn't want to hurt her.

As more walkers approach, Morgan tells PADRE 1 that he's bringing them both in, but PADRE 1 tells him to only bring in Mo as PADRE no longer needs Madison. Stating that Madison has become a liability to the settlement over Morgan's objections, PADRE 1 orders him to execute her. After a moment's hesitation, Morgan agrees and sends Mo away before he reluctantly prepares to shoot his former friend, explaining that PADRE might not let Mo back in if he doesn't do it and this is exactly what Madison had wanted on the Louisiana beach. As Morgan is distracted ordering Mo to go elsewhere, Madison attacks and disarms him and Mo. Madison reminds Morgan that she had told Morgan on the beach that she was going to save him and his daughter and that's what she's going to have to do. Morgan insists that they don't need saving with Mo adding that she wants to go back, but Madison tells the girl that she just doesn't know anything else while something made Morgan forget. Seeing a herd approaching from the way that they came in, Madison orders Morgan to get up so that they can head into the swamp, their only way out. Morgan warns Madison that "we are screwed because that's the way I went with her seven years ago." Morgan refuses to explain what happened there, only stating that he doesn't think that Mo having the two of them this time is going to be enough.

At night, the three make their way through the waters of the swamp which is infested with walkers. Morgan explains that swamps act like flypaper to walkers: they get in, but they can't get back out again, and it will only get harder as they go. Using Morgan's staff as a walking stick, Madison states that she will fix her tank and she can manage, but Morgan doubts it from how weak Madison sounds. Madison believes that she only needs to last long enough to convince Morgan not to take Mo back to PADRE, but Morgan insists that it's never going to happen and that he's going to take Mo back to the island where she can live like they never met. Morgan will then go back to doing the same thing that he's been doing for the last seven years which Madison deduces is stealing more children for PADRE and why he was allowed to live, but Morgan wants his daughter to know as little about him as possible. Madison asks if PADRE also has Mo's mother, and a confused Mo asks what she means. Madison explains that it's how PADRE gets people to do what they want: they find out what matters to someone and threaten it. Morgan insists that PADRE provides a way of life that works, and Madison asks if he really buys that. Morgan orders Madison to call him Nightingale in front of Mo and the girl wonders what kind of a name Morgan is. Madison reveals that Morgan is also Mo's full name, but Morgan claims that Wren suits her better.

Mo asks about Madison's motives for being a Collector and she explains that PADRE threatened to go after her kids if Madison didn't do what they wanted. Mo is surprised to learn that Madison has kids, and she tells Mo that she had a son and a daughter, Nick and Alicia, but PADRE didn't take them because they are both dead. However, PADRE lied and told Madison that they were alive, and he knew where they were. After Madison found out the truth, she decided to help Morgan get his daughter back. Mo states that she'd probably be dead if Madison hadn't brought her to the island and Madison angrily asks if Morgan really wants her thinking this. Morgan wants Mo to be alive and he claims that Mo is right, pointing out that when Madison found them, Morgan and Mo were out of food, almost out of water and at the mercy of a posse. It was only a matter of time before things ended for them.

Suddenly, a flare shoots into the air while boat engines can be heard in the distance. Morgan realizes that it's PADRE, although he has no idea where they're getting gas. Taking his staff back, Morgan explains that since he didn't bring Mo back, PADRE thinks that they're running and is trying to flush them out to an airstrip a couple of miles away which Morgan knows as this is what PADRE did seven years ago. Walkers approach, drawn by the flare, but Madison throws away Morgan's radio rather than allow him to call this off and get them picked up, stating that Morgan can't take the easy way out now. Pointing to the flare, Madison states that "PADRE did that. That's how they're keeping her safe," but Morgan tells her that it's only because Madison took Mo off of the island. As a walker approaches, a panicked Mo states that they have to go back and get the radio, but Morgan puts down the walker and tells his daughter that she has to forget the radio as she's only going to get herself hurt. Mo insists that she can handle herself while Madison points out that they have to find shelter. Relenting, Morgan admits that he knows a place and leads Madison and Mo back into the swamp.

The next day, the three arrive at an abandoned houseboat surrounded by walkers stuck half-buried in the water. Morgan tells Madison that it's safe as long as they don't draw any more walkers while Mo experiences another flashback, this time with the houseboat in the background along with screams. Mo realizes that this is the place from her flashbacks and asks if something had happened to her here, but Morgan again only tells Mo that the less she knows the better and they need to stay ahead of the walkers. The three make their way safely to the houseboat.

Inside, Mo watches as a growing herd gathers outside, but Morgan warns her away from the window. Morgan knows that PADRE will come looking for them at the houseboat when they don't show up at the airstrip while Madison has trouble breathing due to her broken oxygen tank. As Morgan tries to help fix her tank, he notices the large bruise on Madison's arm, and she explains that PADRE drew blood once a week and she didn't always cooperate. Morgan apologizes, having been unaware that Madison was locked up, but Madison reassures him that she's still here, although she thinks that she should've seen PADRE manipulating Morgan like they did her coming. Morgan explains that he operates by a set of rules: Morgan only takes kids who have already lost their parents or kids whose parents give them up willingly for a better life rather than just outright kidnapping kids from their parents like Madison did which PADRE doesn't know about. Looking around, Madison asks if this is where PADRE caught Morgan and Mo, but he again refuses to answer. Madison asks if Morgan knows what Padre is training the kids for, but Morgan tells her that Padre doesn't share his plans with him. Madison points out that you don't train eight year olds to kill without a good reason. Morgan asks if Madison thinks that Mo isn't safe on the island, but Madison has been locked up for so long that she doesn't know what to think. Madison asks who else is on the island and on the rafts. Morgan admits that it's not many that Madison knows. Morgan doesn't know where Daniel and Luciana ended up while Strand wasn't on the rafts when PADRE found them, and he hasn't been seen in seven years.

Cleaning the walls, Mo finds written on them "Duane, Jenny, you were supposed to..." and King County, Georgia where Morgan had lost his family. Morgan lies that it's some kind of graffiti that was already there and returns to helping Madison as Mo continues exploring against Morgan's wishes. Mo finds a crib in the corner, some toys and a bag holding Morgan's old Walkman. Listening to the tape of Grace's singing, Mo experiences another flashback, this time with Morgan yelling at her to get out of here as walkers approach him from behind and grab Morgan. As Morgan tries to dismiss the Walkman's importance and walkers reach the boat, a horrified Mo announces that she remembers, and that the walkers are gonna pull them under. Yelling that Madison shouldn't have taken her off of the island, Mo grabs the gun and tries to kill her despite Morgan's attempts to reassure his daughter that PADRE is going to find them before anything happens, but Mo points out that PADRE doesn't even know where they are. Mo angrily accuses Madison of not caring that the walkers are going to kill them because she wants to die. Morgan grabs the gun from the girl, but it goes off into the celling, drawing even more walkers as the ones outside start pulling the houseboat underwater. Madison insists that she brought Mo here because she needed to save her, but Mo states that Madison can't save her.

With the houseboat going under, Morgan directs them to the other side of the boat where there's no flooding. Morgan insists upon waiting for PADRE who he's sure will show up just like they did the last time. Morgan finally explains what had happened the last time: he was the one who had called PADRE and told them to come the last time as Morgan had tried to kill the walkers to stop them from pulling them under, but there were too many and Morgan couldn't protect his daughter then or now. Madison states that they don't have a radio and they can't call PADRE so they have to do this themselves. Morgan points out that she can barely stand let alone fight, but Madison states that she doesn't need to. Morgan agrees, deciding to go out this side as there's less walkers in the way.

Dispatching two walkers outside, Morgan jumps into the water and Madison passes him Mo. Too weak to join them, Madison orders them to go while she draws the walkers away. As Morgan and Mo begin fighting their way across the swamp, Mo's foot gets stuck in the water. With the herd quickly closing in on them, Morgan uses his staff to put down a number of approaching walkers as Mo struggles to free herself. Staring at an approaching walker, Mo remembers Morgan apologizing to her, telling his daughter that "I'm doing this for you," before turning Mo over to PADRE forces who have promised to take care of her. As walkers close in on him, Morgan yells to the PADRE forces to get Mo out of here and they drive away with her, leaving Morgan to fend off the swarming walkers on his own. Mo realizes that this is what had happened the last time which Morgan confirms while working to free his daughter in between putting down approaching walkers.

Madison starts banging her sledgehammer on the houseboat, drawing the herd towards herself to buy Morgan and Mo time while Morgan puts down the few that get too close to him and Mo regardless. Morgan finally manages to free Mo and restrains his daughter as she desperately tries to help Madison who is getting swarmed by walkers. However, Madison is willing to sacrifice herself for them, knowing that there's too many walkers for Morgan and Mo to help her Morgan reveals that the last time he killed as many walkers as he could before PADRE came back and saved him, but Morgan doubts that they're coming this time. As the walkers are about to devour Madison, Grace suddenly races up in a boat and shoots all of the walkers going after Madison and two that try to climb into the boat, having heard the radio chatter and came as fast as she could. Shocked to see Mo, Grace introduces herself as her mother and escapes with Morgan, Madison and Mo before more walkers can reach them.

Sitting on a beach, Madison realizes that Grace is also working with PADRE which she admits to. Grace works maintaining PADRE's radio towers and radio traffic exploded when Madison escaped. Having heard Morgan's message, Grace deduced that they would end up at the houseboat after he went silent. Madison realizes that PADRE has all of Morgan's group on their side while Mo, holding the Walkman, realizes that Grace is the one who was singing on the tape which she confirms, having made it a long time ago. Mo admits that she remembered Grace's singing even before she heard it on the houseboat which surprises her parents, but Grace tells her daughter to try and put that out of her mind while Grace hasn't heard anything about if PADRE is still looking for them.

Mo suggests that they don't have to go back to the island. Morgan did save her seven years ago by calling PADRE when he didn't want to, and he almost died fighting to get Mo back to them. Morgan points out how badly things had gone for them earlier, but Mo points out that Grace had showed up to help them. Morgan is incredulous as Mo was fighting to get back to the island just the day before and now she doesn't want to anymore. Mo now knows that PADRE has been lying to her this whole time. Mo has been taught that her father is selfish and that he couldn't make the hard calls to protect her, but she now knows that he did before. Madison did too just now and Mo invites her to come with them, but Madison refuses as she'll just slow them down and she did what she set out to do. Mo angrily asks if Madison is just going to give up and die out here "and what about everyone else? I can't be the only one you took. What about all the other kids you rescued for PADRE?" Madison doesn't think she can help them, but Mo points out that Madison helped her, and they wouldn't be doing it alone.

However, their conversation is interrupted by the approach of PADRE. Morgan and Grace reveal that they radioed PADRE as they can protect their daughter in ways that they can't. Mo stubbornly refuses to go back, but Morgan and Grace aren't having it, insisting that their daughter has to go back and forget everything that happened at the boat, everything that she's learned about them. However, Mo can't as she now knows what she was missing when she looked to shore: Morgan and Grace, her parents. Morgan harshly tells Mo that her parents were Isaac and Rachel who are dead. They died a long time ago and they made Morgan promise to take care of her which is what he's doing and why Mo is going back to PADRE. Madison angrily confronts Morgan over throwing away his chance to be with Mo, but he tells Madison that she needs to get out of here and run while she can and not make things any harder than they already are. Calling this the biggest mistake of Morgan and Grace's lives, Madison refuses to run despite the possibility that PADRE will kill her and Morgan, Grace and Mo trying to get Madison to save herself with Mo urging Madison to save herself so that she can save everyone else. Madison doesn't think that she's going to make it, but Mo urges her to try.

Three PADRE boats arrive with several PADRE guards and Shrike who tells Madison that PADRE still has use for her. As Madison is taken onto a boat, she yells to Mo to "remember what I showed you. Remember what they took from you." Mo is led by PADRE guards onto another boat and Shrike, addressing Grace as Heron, orders her to go to the delta receiver for repairs. Watching Mo get taken away, Morgan comments that they at least got to see her, but Grace, breaking down into tears once their daughter is gone, admits that it only makes it harder for her which Morgan acknowledges and apologizes for before Grace leaves. Shrike announces that PADRE is retiring Morgan as a Collector, having invested too much in Mo to run the risk that she'll cross paths with Morgan again now that she knows that Morgan is her father. Morgan reassures Shrike that he's made sure that that's not gonna happen again which she knows is because Morgan thinks that's what's best for her now. However, that might not always be the case. Shrike has Morgan taken away on her boat.

"Blue Jay"

In the back of a PADRE transport truck on a muddy road, Madison asks Morgan where they're being taken, but Morgan has no idea. Madison demands to know why Morgan thinks that he can't be the person that Mo needs him to be, wanting to know what happened that is holding Morgan back. Morgan hesitates to answer, so Madison points out that they might not be alive long enough for her to pass judgement on him. Morgan finally admits that "I've been... thinking about a thing I did. Actually, a thing I didn't do. A long time ago." However, Morgan refuses to tell Madison what it is as he claims that it doesn't matter. Madison asks if Morgan can fix it, but he states that he can't fix the worst of it, although Morgan acknowledges that some of it might be able to be fixed. Madison demands to know why Morgan isn't fixing it so that he can move forward to be the person that Mo needs. With a laugh, Morgan points out that he's not exactly in a situation where he can call the shots.

Madison suddenly descends into a coughing fit and Morgan yells for the driver to pull over since Madison can't breathe. The guards stop the truck and rush to the back to tend to Madison. One roughly helps Madison to her feet while the other orders his companion to get her an oxygen tank. Having faked the fit, Madison grabs the guard and rushes them both out of the truck into the man outside. Struggling with the guards, Madison yells "Morgan, go! Go! Do what you need to do!" Morgan races off into the trees, escaping as Madison holds the PADRE guards off for him.

"Odessa"

Madison awakens tied to the operating table in the train lab with a hooded walker head growling at her from the extension device. A guard notices that she's awake and apologizes for the sedative, telling Madison that it's easier that way. Madison questions how long she is going to be kept her, and the guard reveals that PADRE has gone beyond studying her blood, but it will be easier for Blue Jay to explain that. Two more guards lead June in and Madison recognizes her as Naomi, which June states was a long time ago. The guard is surprised that Madison and June know each other which Shrike didn't mention. Stating that Padre wants her back at the island, the guard orders June to get Madison ready.

Left alone, Madison accuses June of being a part of PADRE too and the one who had her blood drawn for years, but June explains that she wasn't responsible for the blood draws, and that she isn't working for PADRE by choice. June had thought that Madison was dead until Shrike just gave her Madison's records. Madison asks what is going to happen next and June reluctantly explains that, although June had done everything that she could to put Shrike off, Shrike has ideas on how to heal walker bites based on Alicia surviving a walker bite for as long as she did. Looking at the walker head, Madison realizes that Shrike wants to test it on her. June suggests that that's why Shrike was collecting Madison's blood: she thinks that Alicia's survival was due to more than the radiation, that there was something genetic that Madison, as her mother, might also share. June admits that anything's possible, but Finch seems to be responding to the radiation, although it hasn't even been a week since he was bitten. If June doesn't do this, Shrike will, and Madison's chances of the cure working are better with June.

After a moment, Madison asks June to find a file on the island containing the real names and where they were taken of the kids that Madison had kidnapped and keep Madison's promise to Mo to track down their parents. However, June is reluctant as every good thing that's she's tried to do at PADRE has blown up in her face which Madison knows all too well personally. Shrike arrives, interrupting their conversation and, recalling that she left Madison once at the stadium and Madison had saved them all, June refuses to leave her again and promises to be right beside Madison until the end.

Shrike uncovers the walker head and tells Madison that she this is how she can make up for betraying Padre after everything that he gave her. Madison won't be alone either as Morgan will be right next to her as soon as they can find him. Madison asks why Padre is doing this and Shrike tells her that it's for the same reason that he does everything: "to ensure what he's built endures." Shrike tells Madison that years in the future, when people look back and wonder how Padre was able to stop infections from walker bites from killing people, they'll remember today, and Madison will be a hero.

Shrike begins to use the walker head to bite Madison, refusing to allow June to sedate her due to all of the pain that Madison has brought to Padre. Just before the head can bite Madison, Mo boards the train and unplugs the extension device, demanding that Shrike let Madison go. The guards rush to restrain Mo, but June takes advantage of the distraction to grab Shrike's gun and pistol-whip her unconscious before she can call for help. Grabbing a pair of scissors, June puts down the walker head and cuts Madison free before opening fire on the guards as Mo knocks one away with her sledgehammer. Madison and Mo take cover as June exchanges fire with the guards. Mo wants to continue with Madison's plan and to enlist Morgan's help, but Madison informs her that Morgan can't help them right now and, until he's back, they're on their own. June eventually manages to kill both guards and Mo tells Madison that they just need to get through to the Prefects the way that Madison got through to her. If they do that, the other kids will follow. Madison warns Mo that it won't be easy while June provides Madison with an oxygen tank to help her breathe.

Shrike begins to wake up as a Prefect reports that they're done for the day and are heading back to the island. Madison kicks the radio away before Shrike can reach it, but it lands at Dove's feet. Dove holds them at gunpoint as Shrike instructs her to call the Prefect for more guards, but Mo protests, revealing that Shrike was going to kill Madison. Dove thinks that Madison deserved it, and Mo asks if Finch did too. Shrike orders Dove not to listen to her, but Dove hesitates. Mo asks if Shrike had killed Finch, but Shrike claims to have saved Finch's life. June reveals that Shrike is the reason that Finch got bit while Shrike states that Finch is somewhere where his parents can't do him anymore harm. Shocked to hear that Finch got bit and seeing the walker head on the extension device, Dove demands answers from Shrike who insists that she's protecting what Padre has built and she's ensuring that the kids have a future. Madison asks if that's what this setup looks like to Dove who continues to hesitate as the Prefect asks for her location.

Shrike orders Dove to tell the Prefect where to find them and to come, but Madison tells her not to do it, reminding Dove that if Padre lied to her about this, he's likely lied to her about other things as well. Dove's parents could still be out there, and Madison can help her to find them, but Dove doesn't want to find her parents as she believes that they had abandoned her and couldn't take care of her. However, Madison knows that that's not true because she's the one who took Dove away from her parents. Madison doesn't know who they were or where she took Dove from, but she knows Dove's face. Shrike insists that Madison is just trying to trick her while Madison insists that the only one tricking Dove is Padre with June adding that Madison is right, and Padre had kept all of this a secret so that none of the kids would know. Madison believes that they can change that if they can get to the island and the file containing all of the names of the kids that she took and where she took them from. That's how Madison can help Dove and all of the other kids that Padre has taken. Dove finally agrees to help them get back to the island as, while she doesn't care what's in the file, she wants to hear the truth from Padre himself. They can get past the guards if Shrike helps them with Dove making it clear at gunpoint that Shrike has no other choice. Shrike warns that if Dove kills her, Padre will do way worse than Shrike had planned to do to Madison today because Shrike is actually Padre's daughter. The group is shocked at this revelation.

The group emerges from the train and Shrike warns Dove that she's making a big mistake and whatever Dove wants, it's not what she thinks. Diane and an armed group of adults surround them, demanding answers. Madison recognizes Diane, although she can't place where from, and she recognizes a man with her as someone who had been living in an auto yard running out of food with a baby that he couldn't feed and a woman as someone who had a sick son that she thought had pneumonia. Madison realizes that the group is made up of parents whose children have all been kidnapped by PADRE's Collectors. Diane stares intently at Dove for a moment before asking where their kids and Adrian are. While Madison doesn't know any Adrian, June knows who Diane is talking about and she reveals that Adrian was at the train and that he is dead. Diane tells June that Adrian had just wanted to find his daughter and June sadly admits that Adrian did find Hannah who had died too, a long time ago. Shrike states that Hannah died because of June, but June corrects that it was because of what Shrike made her do.

The group disarms Madison and the others, but Mo tells them that Madison is no longer with Padre, and she can help them to find their kids. Diane is dubious, but Dove tells her that Padre has lied to everyone, and Shrike is his daughter. Together, they might be able to find out what else Padre has lied about. Diane decides to let the Commander decide and the man emerges from behind his group. Madison is shocked to recognize the Commander as her old friend Daniel Salazar whom she hasn't seen in almost 12 years while June is surprised that Daniel is still alive. Diane is surprised that Daniel knows Madison and June and he orders their weapons to be returned to them, wryly noting that "it looks like we all have nine lives" and Madison agrees that they're going to need them.

Walking along the road together, Daniel admits that he had often considered the possibility that Madison was still alive, but he'd never thought that it would be like this. Daniel identifies his drink as Yerba Mate which is good for keeping his mental focus, but Madison rejects his offer of a sip. Madison admits that she's not proud of what she did and who she became, and Madison just wants a chance to make it right. Daniel feels the same way about himself, and he suggests that they can help each other as Daniel's group has been looking for the island for years and, if what Madison says is correct, she's the best and only shot that the group has to get their kids back from Padre.

Daniel explains that seven years before, Morgan had told Padre that his group were out there and they found the rafts and brought everyone to a ship to assess them before deciding where they were going to be sent according to their skills and usefulness. Some people went to the mainland, others went to the island, while others Daniel doesn't know where they went. In Daniel's case, he was thought to be too old to be useful and so Padre's forces dumped him in a swamp. Daniel knows that Padre was right about him being old, but he was wrong about the fact that being old meant being useless as Daniel could take care of himself and so could everyone else in the group except for Charlie. Madison asks what became of Charlie as Morgan didn't get to tell her much before Padre figured out what they were doing and separated them. Daniel sadly explains that Charlie was very sick and that Charlie had become like a daughter to him. Daniel had promised to stay with Charlie until the end so that she wouldn't have to die alone like Ofelia did. Daniel broke his promise, and he wasn't there for Charlie or for Luciana either whom Daniel had also considered to be a daughter. Madison offers her condolences and that of Morgan, sure that he would also be sorry for Daniel's loss. "I had no purpose. And then I found these folks, this angry, desperate group of people in search of their kidnapped children. It motivated me. It gave me a reason to stick around. So, I organized and trained them, turned them into an army. Strong, getting stronger, because there's more of them out there. I lost my family, Madison. But I'm gonna fight with everything I got to help these folks get back to theirs," Daniel explains. Madison suggests that Daniel may not have lost everyone and that he can use Padre's files to find out what had happened to Charlie and Luciana.

As they approach the Prefect transport boat, Dove states that they can use it to get back to the island. Shrike asks if Dove is sure that she wants to go down this road, but Daniel suggests that Shrike start answering some questions instead asking them. Madison asks who else knows that Shrike is Padre's daughter, and she admits that not many people do. Daniel questions why her father separates children from their parents while not doing the same thing himself. Madison calls Padre a hypocrite, but Shrike tells her that the way the island is run and they do things is something that Padre has believed in for a very long time. June demands to know why Padre is sacrificing people for an experiment that will never pay off, but Shrike tells her that, not only will it pay off, but it already is and to look at Finch. Madison questions what happened to Shrike's father to make him build a place such as this, but Dove interrupts as they need to get moving. Diane questions who the girl is and where she came from before she went to PADRE, but Dove admits that she doesn't know. Diane asks if Dove knows her, but she's never seen Diane before in her life.

A group of Prefects led by Hawk emerge from the woods, armed with guns and staffs and demand that they let Shrike go. Madison reveals that Shrike has been lying to them and that she is Padre's daughter while Daniel points out that Padre has been ripping families apart, but he has kept his daughter by his side this whole time which Mo confirms Shrike told them herself. Shrike suggests that he should focus more on getting her out of this and Hawk tells Dove that she and Mo don't have to go along with this anymore, but Dove and Mo are determined to go to the island to get answers from Padre. Although Hawk doesn't think that Dove has any right to question Padre, she has seen too many things today that Padre has to explain for her to just let it go. Hawk is too brainwashed to relent, but Daniel tells him that everyone present has lost their children to Padre and there are more of them, possibly including the parents of Hawk and the others. Hawk believes that their parents abandoned them, but Diane tells him that they didn't, and they have been fighting this whole time to get back to their kids. Daniel offers a visibly shaken Hawk the chance to join his group, but he asks Dove to just hand Shrike over to him. Dove refuses so Hawk goes to radio Padre, prompting Madison to hold a knife to Shrike's throat, knowing that the files will be destroyed if Padre knows that they're coming. Madison reveals that the files tell them who everyone is, where they came from and who their parents are, but Hawk refuses to let them get on the boat. While he's willing to shoot Daniel, Mo challenges Hawk to shoot her. Daniel and Mo order Madison to go while they hold Hawk and the others off, telling her that if Madison can show Dove the truth, the rest of the kids will follow. As the parents, Daniel and Mo form a human blockade against Hawk's group, Madison, June, Dove and Shrike leave for the island on the boat.

As Padre talks with Finch, one of the guards receives a message that they have a situation and Madison comes on telling Padre that they have questions and his daughter. Madison demands that Padre order his guards to stand aside so that they can come and talk to him. Shrike asks Madison not to do this, but she simply tells Padre "no more hiding behind the mirror. Time to tell the truth." Shrike protests that Padre doesn't have to answer for anything, but Madison tells them both that every kid deserves to know why Padre had them ripped away from their parents while he wouldn't do the same for his own daughter.

Daniel reports in that his group got away from Hawk and his friends and he asks if Dove is still with her. When Madison confirms it, Daniel reveals that one of his people thinks that she might be Dove's mother. Taking the radio, Diane admits that she didn't think that it was possible, but a mother knows. Shrike tells Dove not to fall for it, but Diane identifies Dove as her daughter Alex who was taken away from her years ago by a Collector at a campground outside of Baton Rouge. Diane thinks that the Collector was probably Madison and she's sure that Dove is her daughter. An emotional Diane tells Dove that she's searched for her for a long time, and she sang "You Are My Sunshine" to her as Alex was taken away from her and she never stopped looking. Shrike insists that Diane is not Dove's mother and that she is just trying to get into her head. Madison orders Shrike to stop lying to her, but Shrike insists that she's not lying. Madison asks Padre for Dove's file so as to find out for sure while Shrike continues to insist that she's making a mistake. Madison threatens to tell everyone who Shrike really is, something that's overheard by all of the guards at the dock and Finch, and Padre relents and orders that Madison be brought inside and given what she wants. As the guards let them in, Madison tells Dove that she's about to get all of the answers that she came here for, and Madison grabs a sledgehammer from a nearby bucket of tools.

In the interrogation room, Madison puts a box full of files on the kids that she took down on the table and tells Dove to look inside and get her answers. However, Shrike interrupts them, insisting that there's something that they need to know before they read the file. Although they already know that this place is built on a lie, it's not what they think. June demands to know what it is then, but Shrike tells her that it's the only way to protect the kids from what happened here before. Madison asks Padre what happened before, but Padre refuses to answer to her. Madison recalls that Padre has always said that he's never lost a kid, but she doesn't believe it to be true and asks who he lost.

Madison continues to demand answers, but Shrike tells her that she will never get her father to admit to anything. Fed up with the lack of answers, Madison smashes the mirror with her sledgehammer, revealing Ben Krennick on the other side. "My father can't answer you 'cause my father is dead. My brother and I lost him a long time ago. You wanted to ask Padre for the truth. Go ahead. Ask us. We are Padre," Shrike tells the group.

12 years ago, Sam watches the herd milling around below the shipping container while in the present, Madison asks how it went from what Krennick was doing at the shipyard 12 years ago to what his children are doing here. Shrike explains that they didn't know how to go on while in the past, Ben emerges from a container stacked on top of theirs with a gun that he'd found in the container. As Ben watches a zombified Krennick amongst the herd in the past, in the present Shrike elaborates that they were left wondering what they even had to go on for. As Sam contemplates suicide in the past, a voice calls out for Krennick on the radio. In the present, Shrike states that the universe answered while Ben explains that it was one of the kids from the island wanting to know what happened to his parents with the rest of the kids wanting to know too. Dove demands to know what Ben and his sister told them, and Shrike admits that they knew that it would break the kids to know that their parents had died so they told the kids that their parents abandoned them, that they knew they couldn't take care of them, so they fled. As their parents left and never came back, the kids believed Shrike and Ben's lies. The two told the kids that they'd face the new world together without their parents and that they'd be better for it. Krennick died protecting what was inside the shipyard, so they made sure that it stayed that way, but Ben refuses to elaborate on how. June asks how a bunch of kids were able to recruit adults to their cause, and Ben explains that they had used the faulty PA system to make the adults believe that Krennick was still there, and they kept on believing it afterwards.

Dove asks why Shrike lied and she states that it was to protect the kids and directs her to open her file. When Dove hesitates, Madison looks in the box for herself and she finds Dove's file. As Shrike challenges Madison to reveal Dove's true identity, she discovers that Dove is actually Odessa Sanderson, the daughter of Ava Sanderson. A shocked Madison remembers meeting Ava in Louisiana with Morgan as both Ava and Morgan searched for their kidnapped daughters. Madison reveals Dove's real name to her and that she knew her mother Ava. Madison remembers putting a zombified Ava down to save Morgan's life and she sadly admits that Ava is dead. Under Shrike's prompting, Madison admits that Ava had died trying to get her daughter back from PADRE because Madison had made her believe that it was possible. Furious and in tears, Dove shoves Madison up against the wall, yelling at Madison for being responsible for her mother's death and for making Dove believe in something more. As Dove prepares to shoot Madison in revenge, Shrike orders her to let Madison go, promising that she will pay for what she did. Ben calls in guards who disarm June as Dove reluctantly stands down.

Shrike and Ben reveal that they intend to continue what they started at the train, making it clear that June has no other choice but to help them. June calls them monsters, but Shrike states that she and her brother are protecting these kids from the worst pain of all: the pain of losing a parent. Madison asks what that has to do with the train and the experiments and Ben explains that "as long as the world is the way it is, children will continue to experience unimaginable loss. But if there's a cure, that would change everything." Shrike adds that if that happens, they can go back to family and connection, but until then, they will protect these kids the way that they always have. Shrike offers Madison Ben's microphone to tell the kids that she rescued and the whole island the truth, but she decides to remain silent as Shrike had expected.

On the boat back to the train, Madison asks June what Nick and Alicia were like after her supposed death and June doesn't think that Madison would've recognized them. On shore, Daniel, Diane, Mo and the others emerge from the trees to surround Shrike and her forces. Daniel demands that Shrike let their people go, promising to walk away in exchange and no one has to get hurt. Daniel claims that they have another 12 soldiers deep in the woods with Shrike's Prefects, implying that they will kill Hawk and the others if Shrike doesn't agree to the deal. When Shrike doubts Daniel, he asks if she really wants to take that chance and Shrike relents, ordering her men to stand down. Daniel's people move in and disarm the PADRE forces and Diane addresses Dove as Alex, only to learn that Dove isn't her daughter and that Dove's mother is dead because of Madison. June tells Dove that she can still have a family even if it's not the one that she thought that what Madison made her believe in is still there. However, Dove chooses to stay with PADRE and Shrike tells the gathered parents that the rest of the kids will all make the same choice. Mo tells Shrike that the other kids won't, and Shrike will see, causing Shrike visible concern for a moment.

Madison apologizes to Daniel, while Diane tells him that this was a mistake and Madison can't help them. Daniel is sure that Madison can still help them, but she knows that Diane is right, and the kids will never follow her after everything that Madison has done. Diane makes it clear that the adults won't follow her either which Madison silently acknowledges. While Madison isn't the leader that they need, she thinks she knows who might be: Morgan Jones. Madison, Daniel, June, Diane, Mo and the others depart on the PADRE boat, leaving Shrike, Dove and the others on the shore.

"All I See Is Red"

Morgan awakens on the train tracks at night in the middle of a thunderstorm with Madison calling out to him and pinning Morgan down with her sledgehammer. After Morgan calms down, Madison explains that she had heard about Grace's death and came to the train to see if he was okay, only to find Morgan killing the herd surrounding it with his battle axe after having somehow gotten out. Morgan asks why he's on the ground and Madison reveals that Morgan had swung his axe at her and she had to knock him out. Morgan is in disbelief as he doesn't remember, but Madison reassures him that it's not Morgan's fault as "you weren't you. How could you be?" Morgan remembers Mo leaving to go to the shipyard and angrily demands his axe.

Inside the train, Grace's body is covered in a sheet with a pool of blood around it. Madison retrieves Morgan's bloody battle axe from a shelf, telling him that she had to make sure that he wouldn't hurt her. Madison asks Morgan what's going on and he explains that Mo thinks that she can clear the shipyard by herself, but she will die without their help. However, Madison isn't talking about that, and she draws Morgan's attention to writing on the walls in Grace's blood reading "GRACE TURNED. CLEAR. MO RAN. CLEAR. YOU CAN'T RUN. CLEAR. CAN'T FEEL THIS AGAIN." Morgan is shocked, and he urgently tells Madison to get away from him. "It means it's happening again, like it did before. Losing... losing... her. Grace. It's like I lost Jenny. Losing Mo." Madison insists that he hasn't lost Mo, but Morgan tells her that he will like he did Duane. Morgan explains that "I... I thought I was past this. I thought that when I put him to rest that I was past this! It's like I see red. It's all I see and all I do is kill. Again, and again until I've Cleared. Walkers, people, I don't see no difference, all I see is red, so you are not safe with me." Madison doesn't believe that, but Morgan states "that's 'cause you weren't there. You're not seeing how many I killed. And it's like a... it's like a... a cycle and it's startin' all over again."

Madison insists that they'll break the cycle, but Morgan points out that he swung his axe at her, and he doesn't even remember doing it. Morgan is worried about what else he might do, but Madison refuses to leave him because she knows what the thought of losing her kids did to her and Madison had lost herself too when they first met. Morgan helped to bring Madison back and she's here now to help keep what happened to Morgan before from happening to him again. Madison promises that whatever happens now, she'll be there for Morgan and make sure that he doesn't lose himself again. Conceding, Morgan tells her that they have to come back here afterwards and bury Grace right which she agrees to. Morgan can't lose Mo, he doesn't think that he could survive that. Telling Morgan "then let's not lose her," Madison returns Morgan's battle axe to him. Before following Madison out of the train car, Morgan takes one last look at the word Clear on the walls and his bloody hands.

The next day, Morgan and Madison find the shipyard abandoned aside from a number of dead walkers, although not nearly the amount that were in the shipyard. Seeing more walkers coming from behind the containers, including a young girl, Morgan attacks them with his battle axe and staff in a frenzy, descending into red-tinged visions of those that he lost and Mo leaving. When Morgan snaps out of it, he is being helped to his feet and he is surrounded by Madison, Daniel, Diane, and the other members of Daniel's Resistance with Daniel holding Morgan's axe, Morgan having bloody hands and all of the walkers are dead. Morgan realizes that it had happened again, and Madison reassures her friend that she had tried to stop him, Daniel's people helped, no one got hurt and the girl wasn't Mo. While the prefects were here, no one got hurt and Morgan angrily demands how Madison knows.

Moving through a walker-infested river, Daniel explains that June is monitoring PADRE from Grace's Repeater Station. Mo and the prefects opened the shipyard gates, but they were overwhelmed by the dead and pushed back towards the water. Mo led the herd into the swamps, probably to slow them down so that she can get ahead of them. The island has been evacuated because Shrike believes that the current will wash the walkers ashore there. She has loaded the shipping containers onto a cargo ship and is meeting the prefects on the other side of the swamp. As Mo and the prefects move through the swamp and the others fight approaching walkers outside of the swamp, Morgan reaches out to his daughter over the radio, wanting to tell her something that a friend had once told him: "he said you can hide, but you can't run. He wanted me to know that hurt will follow you, it follows you wherever you go. And he was right. The only I know that will ease it is... the people you still have left. It's the same people you're running from, Mo. Just don't do what I did. Don't run."

Morgan tells the others that they have to move, but he is stopped by Diane and experiences another brief red-tinged vision. Keeping control of himself this time, Morgan explains that if the prefects make it to that ship, Shrike will send them out to establish settlements all over the country and Morgan will never see his kid again. Diane points out that there are thousands of walkers between Morgan and Mo, but Morgan is unconcerned. Madison steps in and asks Morgan to go instead as she was unable to stop him back at the shipyard without the help of a lot of people. If Morgan goes in there, he could hurt a lot of people, or worse, Mo. Madison wants to make right the fact that Mo ended up at PADRE because of her, but Daniel wants them all to go since everyone has children in danger.

June radios in with the news that they're picking up chatter from the prefects that they're getting bogged down and surrounded by walkers on a couple of sides. Mo is taking the prefects to a houseboat and Morgan realizes that they're going to his houseboat which Morgan reminds Madison nearly sank the last time that they were in it. Madison is confident that they'll get to the houseboat before that happens again this time, but she has to admit that she doesn't know where it is. Daniel and Diane ask Morgan to show them on a map, but Morgan tells them that the houseboat is deep in the swamp, overgrown, and you could be standing 10 feet away from it and not know that it's there. Madison concedes that Morgan is going to have to be the tour guide, but he's worried that he'll lose control again. Daniel points out that they'd stopped him once at the shipyard and they can do it again if they have to and Morgan hands Madison his axe. The group heads towards the thousands of walkers making their way into the swamp after the prefects.

Daniel and his people finish clearing out the walkers and he and Madison insist they can do this by finding Krennick and the coordinates before Mo, but Morgan knows that Mo can't take on that many walkers even with the prefects' help. Madison suggests that they fight their way towards her, and Morgan asks for his axe back, snatching it from Madison and descending into another series of red-tinged visions where he swings at Madison who disarms Morgan, telling him that it's happening again and swinging towards him. Grabbing Madison's weapon Morgan has several flashes of the word Clear before finding himself sinking into mud when Morgan finally snaps out of it.

Morgan finds his axe with him and sticking out of Madison's oxygen tank, meaning that he had attacked Madison again.

Snapping out of his red-tinged vision, Morgan finds himself surrounded by walkers in the swamp near the houseboat, having successfully fought his way there. Consumed by the red once again, Morgan continues to attack as Mo calls out to him, asking what's wrong with him. When Morgan snaps out of it again, Mo has stabbed him in the shoulder in order to keep her father from attacking her in his deranged state. Although Mo is apologetic, Morgan is understanding, knowing that she had no other choice. Morgan attempts to raise Madison and Daniel and Madison wakes up where she is lying unconscious and answers him. Morgan reports that he's losing blood and he needs Madison to come and help Mo at the houseboat. Madison promises to try, but she doesn't know if she can find it without him. As the herd closes in, Morgan is consumed by visions of those that he lost, and he orders a frightened Mo to turn around and walk away. However, as the walkers close in, Morgan passes out from blood loss.

Morgan is filled with new determination, declaring that they are not going to die and they are finally going to break the cycle instead. Mo is confused, but she believes that there's no way out and Shrike will kill Morgan if they call her for help. Morgan finds a Flare Gun as walkers break through a window and shoots a flare into the air, ordering Madison over the radio to look up as that was him. Madison spots the flare and begins heading towards a nearby boat to get to the houseboat as Mo puts down the two walkers that had broken through the window. However, Madison doesn't know where Daniel is and she is caught by Shrike, Ben and two PADRE guards who need to get to the houseboat too. Madison suggests that they work together as they all want to save Mo, but Shrike tells Mo that when they first found her, she had to make sure that Madison would do what it took. While Shrike thought that she was, she now believes that they should've just killed Madison instead.

As Shrike goes to kill Madison, Daniel's people open fire, killing the two PADRE guards. Daniel threatens to kill Shrike if she doesn't surrender and introduces her to the parents of the children that she stole. While Shrike claims that PADRE rescued the kids, Daniel assures her that that's not how the parents see it. Dove, Hawk and the prefects arrive, announcing that it doesn't matter how their parents see it as none of them are going back with them. Dove orders them to drop their weapons, confident that the resistance fighters won't shoot and that they're stuck trying to live a life that has been dead for a long time. Daniel orders Madison to get in the boat, explaining that "I was in the same situation they're in when I was young. I wanna try to get through to them." As Daniel, Diane, and the resistance fighters lay down covering fire, Madison dives into the boat and takes off.

At the sinking houseboat, an increasing number of walkers swarm it, breaking through the door as Mo puts down the ones that get through with a knife. Morgan calls for Mo to give him his axe, but she continues to insist upon fighting the herd on her own as Mo would rather fight the walkers than her father. Morgan is consumed again by a vision of a zombified Grace attacking Mo and him saving Mo from Duane. Walkers continue to break in, nearly getting to Morgan before Mo saves him. Morgan contacts Madison, asking where she is, but while she's coming as fast as she can, Madison isn't sure that it's going to be enough. Morgan insists that it has to be because Mo needs her, but Madison needs oxygen. "I told you I'd stay by your side, Morgan. I told you I'd help you save Mo. You wouldn't let me."

Taking the radio, Morgan tells Madison that Mo's going to be okay as he gave her the oxygen tank and she's swimming out to someplace safe. Madison asks about Morgan, but he tells her to just find Mo and make sure that she doesn't get on the ship. Shrike cuts in, telling Morgan that Mo is coming with them, PADRE is going to find the coordinates and Morgan will never see his daughter again. A zombified Krennick joins the walkers at the broken window and, realizing who the walker is, Morgan informs Shirke that the walker that she's looking for with the binoculars is right here in front of him. A shocked Shrike accuses Morgan of lying, but he threatens to bury the coordinates that she wants at the bottom of this swamp so that Shrike can never find them or her father. Morgan finally manages to reach his axe and cut himself free and he attacks the walkers, getting consumed by red again as a figure grabs Morgan through the window.

When Morgan snaps out of it, he's on shore nearby with Madison who explains that the houseboat sank, and she had to pull him out of the water. Looking around, Morgan demands to know where Mo is, but Madison doesn't know, having saved Morgan from drowning instead of going after Mo. Morgan is angry, claiming that he would've found his own way out, but Madison is doubtful of that. Against Madison's protests that he's just going to get himself killed, Morgan insists upon going after Mo as he can't lose her. Morgan has another red-tinted vision, but he retains control of himself and tells Madison to get out of his way. "PADRE, when they first had their hooks in me, my kids were the only things that kept me going. Alicia, even when she thought I was dead she... she... she kept me with her. You told me that yourself. You never really lose people, Morgan. None of us do." Experiencing another red-tinted vision of those that he lost, Morgan doesn't think that she's right.

A frantic Shrike arrives, demanding to know where her father is. Morgan tells Shrike that he went down with the ship and Shrike tells Morgan that he can join Krennick then. Morgan goes into another red-tinted vision of his losses before noticing a zombified Krennick crawling out of the swamp. Shrike is consumed by memories of her own of her father. Morgan and Madison call for Shrike to shoot her father, but she drops the gun and breaks down, consumed by her pain over his loss, remorse for her actions and apologizing to her father, finally remembering what he really wanted PADRE to be and understanding that she had twisted her father's vision. Krennick approaches a kneeling Shrike and bites into her right shoulder near her neck and her arm before Madison shoves the general off of his daughter and puts him down with a blow from her sledgehammer as Morgan watches. Checking Krennick's binoculars, Madison finds the coordinates hidden in one of the lens caps. Shrike continues to apologize to her father and Madison notes that he was always with her, something that clearly affects Morgan.

Morgan and Madison arrive, ordering everyone to hold their fire. Mo asks what he's doing here and Dove orders her not to listen as Morgan had tried to kill her. Morgan reassures his daughter that he's not here to hurt her or anyone else which Ben doubts. Madison confirms that Madison is telling the truth, revealing that they've got the coordinates that Ben and Shrike had wanted. Much to Ben's surprise, Morgan and Madison reveal that they're just going to hand over the coordinates without asking for anything in return. Dove thinks that it's a trick while Daniel protests, but Morgan simply tells everyone that if handing over the coordinates are what it takes to end all of this, then PADRE can have them because Morgan is letting Mo go. "If that's what you want, if that's what you think you need, I'm not gonna stand in your way." As Ben orders her not to listen to him, Mo is confused as Morgan said that he didn't want to lose her which he confirms he really doesn't while Dove tries to convince everyone that Morgan is messing with all of their heads.

"The only head that's been messed with is mine. For the longest time since I lost my wife and my son, I lost myself. And then when your mom died, it started all over again, but I think I can finally break free of that cycle, I think this will do it. It was Madison that led me to it, told me that you never really lose people, not the people that matter." Ben turns his gun on Morgan in frustration, but Madison tells him that she saw it with Shrike who was going to kill them, but she didn't, and she couldn't. As Dove continues to protest listening to Morgan and Madison, calling them liars, Madison explains to a wavering Ben that "she saw your father coming out of the marsh. When she saw him, she remembered what he stood for. What he died for. What he wanted PADRE to be." Morgan adds that that part of Krennick is still alive, and Shrike saw it and remembered it, because the people who are closest to us, they become a part of us. Morgan tells everyone to get on the ship and see where the coordinates lead them, but an increasingly desperate Dove orders the prefects to hold their ground. "Just remember the people you leave behind. 'Cause those people are gonna remember you. And you might not realize today or tomorrow how important that is, but the day will come. It will, Mo." Pushing Ben's arm down, Mo tells her father that she doesn't just want to remember him, she wants to be with him and Morgan and Mo embrace each other while Ben and the prefects, realizing that Morgan and Madison are right, stand down.

At the beach, Mo loads up a boat and Morgan thanks Madison for helping him to find his daughter and himself again. Morgan doesn't think that Madison needs him for whatever comes next for her or the kids. Everything that's happened with Grace and Mo has got Morgan thinking about the people that he ran away from when Morgan first came to Texas, people that mean as much to Morgan as Morgan's Group does. Morgan has to find them and see if his friends are still there, right his mistake of leaving and make sure that they're all okay. Madison understands and Morgan tells her that he's able to leave because he's sure that he's leaving everyone in safe hands with Madison. Madison doubts that everyone will ever see her as anything other than the woman who took their kids away from them, but Morgan truly believes that Madison will give them good reason to. Mo seconds that, pointing out that Madison had given her a reason to believe. Mo returns Madison's old leather jacket to her, having found it in the inventory on the island. Madison hopes to see Morgan and Mo again someday and shares a hug with both of them. Morgan promises that they will always be with her, and Mo abandons her PADRE mask before she and Morgan leave in the boat.

On the beach, Dove asks if Nightingale is gone, but Madison corrects her that his name is Morgan and confirms that both Morgan and Mo are gone. Dove asks if they're getting on the ship as they have the supplies and fuel, but Madison has a different idea. Addressing the gathered adults and kids, Madison announces that there's files on the island telling them where the kids came from and who their parents are. Some of their parents could still be out there and Madison intends to find them, bring them here and turn PADRE into what it was meant to be in the first place.

An unknown person receives an open broadcast from Madison announcing that PADRE has fallen and are no longer a threat to anyone listening or their children. Madison provides coordinates for anyone who thinks that they've lost a child to PADRE to come to, instructing them to send an SOS once they arrive on this channel, promising to do their best to reunite the people with their children and to make up for all the damage that PADRE did to them. The unknown listener has a map with eight locations across the US marked on it. The person writes down the coordinates and packs a bag with what looks like Victor Strand’s sunglasses, a hammer identical to the one that Madison killed Troy Otto with, and what appears to be Alicia's Prosthetic Arm and leaves.

"Anton"

In Klaus' room, Madison sits on Klaus' bed, and she and Strand are visibly shocked to see each other again for the first time since Madison's apparent death years before. Klaus is confused as to why Madison is calling his father Victor, but Strand simply instructs him to get Frank. Klaus corrects Madison that Strand's name is Anton, but Strand insistently tells his son to go which he reluctantly does. A confused Madison asks what her old friend is doing here, why Klaus was calling him Anton and why he is speaking German. Strand experiences a flashback to when he was the tyrannical leader of the Tower before silently and tearfully pulling Madison into a hug which she immediately returns, telling her old friend that she thought that she'd lost him.

Frank and Klaus arrive with oxygen for Madison, and Madison reveals to Strand's family that his real name is Victor Strand, not Anton. However, Strand denies this, claiming to have never even heard of Victor Strand. Madison insists that Strand is lying about who he is, but passes out due to her breathing issues and Frank and Klaus quickly begin tending to her while Strand just stands by in shock.

At the hotel's council meeting, Hildy and Marietta question Strand about where Madison came from and why she thinks that his name is Victor Strand. Strand insists that he doesn't know, while Klaus calls Madison confused and scared. Klaus pulls out a radio that Madison was carrying in her bag, and when he turns it on, Daniel Salazar is on the other end frantically trying to contact Madison, mentioning that he's trying to track down some people that are after her and asking where she is so that Daniel can get to her first. Strand orders his son to put it down as the man could be dangerous, but Frank, suspicious of his husband's increasingly odd behavior, answers Daniel and feeds him Madison's description. Frank introduces himself as someone who wants to help Madison, but Strand snatches the radio and shuts it off before Frank can tell Daniel where to look for her. Strand and Frank argue about Daniel, with Frank believing that Daniel could help them while Strand insists that he's protecting them by keeping him away. Strand wants Madison to go, but Frank wants her to stay, reminding Strand that they don't give up on anyone here. The other council members all side with Frank and he instructs Klaus to get Madison some soup and to make her feel at home. Strand doesn't want Klaus alone with Madison, but he refuses to explain what he's so afraid of, causing Frank to order Klaus to proceed.

Madison wakes up with her hands tied up and wearing an oxygen mask. Seeing Klaus tending to his bird, Madison gets his attention, but Klaus is reluctant to release her as Strand had said that it isn't safe. Klaus helps Madison to eat and asks why she thinks that his father is Victor Strand, telling Madison that he knows his father and "Anton" wouldn't lie. Madison tells Klaus that he doesn't know Strand, but she doesn't know why he would pretend to be someone that he's not which is really pissing her off. Seeing Madison's tattoos of Nick and Alicia's names, Klaus asks about them, and Madison reveals that they were her kids. Realizing that Nick and Alicia are dead, Klaus offers his condolences to her.

Madison fondly recalls Nick and Alicia rescuing a bird once too when they were about Klaus' age or maybe a little younger. Klaus explains that the birds get confused and fly into the hotel windows sometimes and he always helps them as everyone deserves a second chance, something that Strand had taught him. Looking at an old family picture on Klaus' bedside table, Madison asks about his mother, and Klaus reveals that his mother and father had split up when he was little. Frank brought Klaus to America on a holiday just before the world changed, but Klaus' poster board of maps, postcards, and brochures is the closest that he's gotten to seeing beyond this hotel. They got stuck at the hotel and have been here ever since and Klaus never saw his mother again. Madison is sure that Klaus' mother would be extremely proud of him, and Klaus admits that Madison seems to be cool too.

Madison doesn't think that everyone would agree with Klaus, revealing that she came to the hotel because of the people that had attacked her. However, Madison is unsure of why they're after her as the people hit them out of nowhere and stole their boats. Strand interrupts their discussion and Madison admits that she's impressed with what he's built here, even if it is all a lie. Madison asks Strand why he's hiding like this, but Strand receives a radio message that they have new unwelcome guests.

On the bus, Russell explains that he and his men are looking for a woman named Madison who they heard was hiding out in the area. However, he refuses to explain what they want with her, and Frank tells Russell that they can't help. Russell reveals that Madison used to be one of PADRE's top Collectors and has been broadcasting how she's trying to rebuild PADRE. While Frank thinks that that sounds like a good thing, Russell insists that it isn't, and that Madison doesn't change. "The people I'm with, the head of this little outfit? He knows her for who she really is." Daniel comes over the radio trying to contact Russell's people, knowing that they were monitoring the channel, but Russell turns off the radio without responding to him. Frank once again insists that Madison isn't here, but Russell is sure that she is which means that this can go one of two ways: they let Russell and his people in and hand Madison over and they walk away, or Daniel will come after Madison and he's not alone and seems to be pretty determined. Russell and his people will fight Daniel if they have to to get to Madison which is a fight that will happen at the hotel if they don't turn Madison over. Strand recalls the people that he killed at the Tower, including Wes and Will and, much to Frank's shock, admits that Madison is at the hotel.

In Klaus' room, Strand finds Madison's bonds cut and his son and old friend both missing. Russell accuses Madison of taking Klaus while Strand reminds his husband that he'd told Frank that Madison had seemed to be dangerous. Strand notices the map is torn off of the brochure for the Wymberley Jones De Renne Georgia Library and realizes that they're going to the library rather than to PADRE. At the dock, they find one of Russell's boats missing and realize that Madison must've stolen the other one. Russell demands Strand and Frank's weapons before they leave, promising to return them once they arrive at their destination. Strand turns over his gun belt, but Daniel calls for Madison again on the radio, and Russell tells him that PADRE will be better off without Madison. Daniel warns Russell that hurting Madison would be a grave mistake, but Russell states that what happens to Madison isn't up to him and things will go a lot better for Madison and Daniel if he backs off. However, it's too late for that as Daniel is approaching with two armed men in a boat of his own. Russell frantically tells Strand and Frank to get in the boat as they can still lose Daniel if they leave now, but Strand recalls Daniel trying to kill him and runs off, followed by Frank. Unwilling to get caught by Daniel, Russell and his men leave on their boat.

Strand and Frank find the library from the tour map and the boat that Madison and Klaus had stolen. Nearby are some more rafts similar to Strand's while inside, Klaus tends to an unconscious Madison. Klaus explains to his two fathers that Madison had run out of oxygen on the boat ride over and he hasn't been able to find more for her. Klaus pleads with Strand to help her, because Madison will die if they don't. Frank points out that finding oxygen for Madison here is going to be difficult, but Strand has an idea. Searching a cooler in the wrecked raft, Strand finds an oxygen tank, claiming that he didn't know it was there, but had guessed that with this many rafts, whoever came with it must've carried a lot of supplies with them. However, Frank doesn't buy it, pointing out that it's just like how Strand happened to find a sword on the other raft.

Klaus insists that they don't have time to argue as they have to get the oxygen to Madison, but the three spot Russell's boat approaching them in the distance. Strand insists that they need to go and that there isn't time to help Madison, but Klaus refuses to abandon her even if he has to stay behind. Klaus furiously confronts his father, telling Strand that he'd defended him to Madison and told her that Strand would never abandon her to those people like that. However, maybe Strand isn't who his son thought that he was. Strand declares that he is and that he's going to prove it to him. Strand orders Frank to bring Klaus home while Strand will be right behind them after he helps Madison. Klaus accepts, but Frank is more reluctant, stating that Strand can't do this on his own. Strand emotionally tells his husband that Frank and Klaus both took a chance on him when they first met, that they saw the man that he could be. Strand asks for the chance to prove to them that he can still be that man. Accepting Strand's request, Frank kisses him goodbye and reminds Strand to be careful before leaving on the boat with Klaus.

In the library, Madison awakens after Strand gives her oxygen. Madison furiously demands to know where Klaus is, accusing her old friend of planning to throw her to the wolves again after learning that Klaus has left with Frank. While the wolves are circling, Strand came to help Madison since he promised his son that he would. Madison can either come with Strand and live, or stay here and die. Madison reluctantly agrees and, as they walk through the woods, Strand tells her that they need to get to the dock where they can take Russell's Zodiac. Madison furiously points out that Strand wouldn't even protect her at his own settlement and suggests that Strand, who continues to insist that his name is Anton, is afraid that his family will find out who he really was. While Strand states that Frank and Klaus know who he is, Madison doesn't buy it since Strand was willing to let her die to protect his secret. Madison asks if Strand is going to cut her throat with his sword and blame it on Russell and his people, but Strand again insists that he's not who Madison thinks.

Russell and his men surround the two and Strand tries to convince Russell that whatever Madison did, they can work it out. Russell realizes that Strand has no idea how far back this goes, and Madison asks why Russell is doing this as she doesn't know who he or any of the people with him are. However, Russell states that they know who Madison is and rejects Strand's attempts to convince him that Madison is no longer that person, accusing Strand and Madison of being the same, both pretending to be something that they're not, after what Strand had pulled on them earlier. Russell reveals that they want PADRE, that they have been looking for a place like it for a long time and Madison is going to show them where it is. A herd approaches and, as Russell shoots a walker, Strand uses his sword to knock Russell's gun from his hand. Grabbing Russell's gun, Madison flees with Strand. Seeing more walkers approaching, Madison and Strand realize that they're not going to make it to the boat and flee back to the library as more walkers emerge from around the building as well. Strand dispatches two walkers that get in the way with his sword as he and Madison rush inside.

Inside, Madison and Strand try to hold the door against the herd without success and there's no back way out. Instead, they rush to the back of the room and create a barricade using the bookshelves which they quickly begin reinforcing. As some walkers try to push through the barricade, Strand stabs one with his sword, but the sword gets stuck in the walker's chest and Strand loses it. Madison shoots a few of the walkers with Russell's gun, but she quickly runs out of bullets, leaving both Madison and Strand unarmed. Strand desperately tries to call Frank and Klaus for help, but he gets no response. Looking at the walkers trapping them and trying to get through and climb over the barricade, Strand apologizes to Madison, telling her that it's him, no matter what Strand calls himself.

As they hold the barricade, Madison demands to why her old friend is pretending to be someone else, and Strand explains that he had to, that he had to leave the person that he used to be behind. Strand admits that "I did what I had to do, to build a thriving Tower, a place people could be safe. I was ruthless. Even to Alicia. I betrayed her, Madison. And when the Tower fell, we all washed up on these shores and we got separated. Some were taken to PADRE. Others were -- were struggling to survive out here. I tried to help them, but they wouldn't let me. They couldn't forgive me. I tried to help them find food. To make amends. When I came back... they were dead, just like them. I hated being Victor Strand. So, I killed him. As far as I was concerned, he died with everyone else that day. The last time I saw Alicia... she told me that she loved me. I didn't think anyone could. I met Frank and Klaus and they changed everything. I could be the person that Alicia thought I could be. But I could only do it as someone else. As Anton."

Finally understanding and accepting her old friend's motives, Madison tells Strand that Klaus is a good kid, and she'd say that he did alright. Holding hands with her, Strand thanks Madison and tells her that Alicia had the chance to let him die and Strand deserved it after everything that he did, but she didn't because Madison had taught her that no one's gone until they're gone and that everyone deserves a second chance no matter what. Madison realizes that she and Strand are not so different. Madison explains that they got rid of the people who were running PADRE and Madison promised the kids that she took to the island when Madison was a Collector that she'd help them find their parents. Madison started sending out messages on long-range using Grace's Repeater Station just trying to get them as far as she could and hoping that some parents would hear her. While some did hear her, the parents weren't the only ones who were listening: the group that are currently after them heard Madison's broadcast too and it drew them right to her and now Madison has put everyone else in danger because of it. Victor reassures Madison that she was just trying to help, but Madison explains that PADRE and what she had promised those kids is all that she has left.

Klaus suddenly contacts his father with the news that the soldiers are now at the hotel and there are more of them who got inside. As the herd closes in on Madison and Strand, Russell and his men enter the library and one of them shoots all of the walkers from behind with a machine gun. As Klaus frantically calls for his father to get back to the hotel, Russell retrieves Strand's sword from where it was stuck and knocks him out with the butt of it, promising to take Strand to his people.

Strand awakens tied to a chair at the hotel and finds his people bound sitting on the floor. Russell threatens Strand with his sword when Strand kicks out at him, stating that this could've all been avoided if Strand had just handed Madison over to them. Russell reminds Madison and Strand that what happens next isn't up to him and decides to let his boss tell them himself. Russell's leader enters and Madison and Strand stare at him in shock as the man drops a duffle bag on the floor. "Hey there, Madison. Been a while. Yeah, see, I'm as surprised as you are. I mean, I knew I'd find you when I heard your radio broadcast but uh ... I didn't think you'd still be keeping the same company from Mexico," greets Troy Otto.

Frank insists that Troy is making a mistake, and that Strand isn't who Troy thinks, but Troy knows that it's Victor Strand. Troy acknowledges that his eyesight isn't what it once was, but Frank is the one who is confused about Strand and certainly about Madison. Troy decides to show everyone the truth about who Madison is and removes his sunglasses, revealing that Troy is now blind in his left eye which is visibly messed up. Troy explains that it can happen from something like a bad hit to the head from a hammer like what Madison did to him before leaving Troy for dead in Mexico. Madison flashes back to when she had bashed Troy twice in the head with a hammer at the Gonzalez Dam, apparently killing him, before dropping the hammer on the ground next to him. Troy blames the loss of his brother, his father and his family's ranch on Madison even though Troy himself was responsible for the destruction of the ranch and the death of his brother with Troy adding that Strand helped.

Troy explains that he wants the same thing that he's wanted since the day that Madison took it from him, the same thing that he's been helping all of his people find ever since Troy pulled himself out of the dam's rubble in Mexico: a home. Since Madison took Troy's home from him, he intends to take Madison's home from her. Pulling out the hammer that Madison had hit him with, Troy threatens to do to Strand what Madison did to him if Madison doesn't reveal where PADRE is to him. Troy grabs Strand from behind and raises the hammer, but Strand orders Madison not to give in and to hold onto PADRE as it's what Alicia would've wanted. Frank pleads with Madison to tell Troy what he wants to know, and Troy threatens to not stop with Strand if she doesn't. Looking at Frank, Strand finally admits that his name is Victor Strand and he'd lied to Frank about so much, but what he felt for Frank was real. Strand reaffirms his love for his husband and his son in German, prepared to meet his fate at Troy's hands.

Before Troy can swing the hammer, Daniel comes in using one of Troy's men as a human shield, ordering Troy to drop the hammer. June, Sherry and several others enter from another doorway with June reiterating Daniel's order. Troy complies and Daniel knocks out his hostage and Daniel cuts Madison and Strand loose. Strand thanks Daniel, greeting him as an old friend, but Daniel tells Strand that they're not friends. Troy comments that he'd hate to do to Daniel what he did to Daniel's daughter and Daniel finally recognizes Troy, promising to make sure that Troy really dies the next time that they meet. Troy asks if Daniel really thinks that what he's doing right now is going to stop them, pointing out that they know where the hotel is now, and they'll just keep coming back. However, Madison announces that if Troy does that, there won't be anyone left there for him to hurt. PADRE is about to expand with Madison offering to take in the hotel residents since they had helped her when Madison needed help. Troy asks how they can be sure that Madison won't do the same thing to them that she did to him, and Madison admits that she's done some things that she regrets, but the place that Madison is building is not about her, but rather about keeping something bigger alive. Troy asks what that is while Daniel warns Madison that they don't know how many people Troy has, and they have to get out. Madison tells Troy that she's going to build PADRE into what it should've always been for her kids, for Alicia.

As the group prepares to move out, Troy tells Madison that she can do that, but she's making a mistake "'cause that's the same thinking that got her killed in the first place." Madison angrily demands to know how Troy would know that and Troy claims to have been the one to kill Alicia. As proof, Troy kicks his duffel bag to Madison who opens the bag while ignoring Daniel's orders to leave and not listen to Troy, finding Alicia's Prosthetic Arm inside. Although Madison doesn't recognize it, Strand, June and Sherry are visibly devastated as they realize the implications of Troy having it. Troy reveals that it belongs to Alicia, claiming that he took it off of Alicia's corpse after Troy killed her. In grief and rage, Madison grabs the fallen hammer and charges at Troy, but Strand holds her back telling Madison not to let Troy get into her head. Troy states that he would've put Alicia down, but after all of the wandering around that Troy did in Mexico, he thought that it was only right that Alicia should do the same. Troy suggests that maybe one day Alicia will find Madison or vice versa and finish the job. Cradling the duffel bag while Strand carries the hammer, Madison and her allies back out of the room. "You want a fight, Madison? We'll give you that. Oh, we'll give you a fight. My question for you is... what are you even fighting for?"

"Iron Tiger"

Madison, Strand, Daniel, Hawk and a few others arrive at Lowcountry Landing in a boat. As the others spread out to search, Hawk confirms that this is where PADRE's forces would pick up the gasoline tankers, but he never saw where they came from. Daniel orders one of his men to check if the tanks are empty, but Madison argues that they're wasting their time and they should be taking the fight to Troy, but Daniel points out that their fuel reserves are low, and they have to find out where PADRE got their supply. Madison worries that they're just giving Troy time to regroup, and while Daniel sympathizes with her, having lost his daughter to Troy too, they must first do what they have to do to protect the island before making Troy wish that he'd died back at the dam. One of the men reports that the fuel tanks are empty too and, seeing a herd approaching, Strand suggests that they continue their debate inside.

Inside, the group finds that the gas station has power along with shelves full of supplies and Daniel calls out for whoever is there to show themselves, ordering his men to shoot anything that moves as they spread out to search. Madison is confused by the abundance of supplies while Strand finds a sign reading "take what you need, leave what you don't!" Recognizing the sign, Strand calls it "relics of a bygone era." Daniel confirms that the truck stop is clear, and Hawk is sure that this is where PADRE was picking gas up from. Noticing the sign, Daniel recognizes it as the same one that Clayton's Group, Morgan's Group and the Caravan had used to make and wonders who would want to resurrect that.

Looking outside at the walkers surrounding the gas station, Madison notices that a female walker that is approaching is missing its left arm and bangs on the window to grab its attention. Madison pulls Alicia's Prosthetic Arm out of her bag and holds it against the walker's stump through the window, thinking that the walker could be a zombified Alicia, although Strand insists that it's not her. Madison's actions cause the herd to bang on the glass harder, smashing it. The walker that Madison was examining falls on her, but Strand stabs it in the head and orders Daniel to take care of the rest of the herd. As walkers enter, the herd is suddenly gunned down and Daniel reports that it wasn't them. A lone walker survives and attacks Madison where she's hiding behind the shelves with the others, but Luciana suddenly grabs it and shoots the walker in the head before Madison can react to the threat. Luciana is shocked to see Madison alive, believing that Madison had died a long time ago. Madison quips that she's been getting that a lot lately while Daniel excitedly greets Luciana in Spanish, having not seen her since they were taken by PADRE seven years before. Daniel tells Luciana that he's been looking for her for years and Luciana confirms that Daniel has found her at last.

Outside, Strand treats Madison's injuries while the Gearheads clean up the mess left by the herd. Looking at the dead walker that she had thought was Alicia, Madison reveals that she feels guilty for not looking for Alicia who was still alive this whole time. Strand points out that everyone had thought that Alicia was dead, but Madison feels that as her mother, she should've known and never gave up on Alicia. Strand points out that, with the shape that Alicia was in when they last saw her, no one could've known that she Alicia had actually survived. However, Strand is sure that Alicia wouldn't have wanted her mother to end up like the walker. If what Troy had said was true about Alicia now being a walker, Madison is determined to find her, lay her daughter to rest and bury all of her so that Alicia won't be stuck like that forever. Giving Madison her daughter's prosthetic arm, Strand reassures her that she will and if Alicia is out there, they'll find her. Madison apologizes to Luciana for the damage that she had caused to the gas station, but having heard about Alicia from Daniel, Luciana promises Madison that there's nothing to apologize for. The two women share a warm hug and Luciana tells Madison and Strand that there are fresh supplies in the back if they need them.

Inside, Luciana explains to Daniel that her people were the ones making gas for PADRE. When PADRE brought Luciana in seven years ago, they realized what Luciana could do thanks to her experience with making gas at Tank Town. PADRE didn't give her a choice, threatening the people that Luciana cared about to make her do their bidding, specifically Daniel. Much to Daniel's surprise, Luciana reveals that she had asked for Daniel's freedom in exchange for making gas for PADRE. Daniel realizes that Luciana's deal is why PADRE had abandoned him in the swamp rather than killing Daniel who PADRE had thought was too old to be useful to them. Daniel thanks Luciana for saving his life, but is confused as he had thought that she was on the island with the kidnapped children. Luciana explains that the deal that she had made with PADRE meant that she had to work in the shadows. PADRE had military oil reserves, but they just needed someone to refine it.

Strand questions how Luciana ended up setting up in a place like this, pointing out that she can't have fond memories of the last gas station that they had inhabited. Luciana explains that the gas station is just an outpost while the actual refinery is miles away. If PADRE was getting the fuel that Luciana was making, Luciana had to make sure that she was helping other people too. The gas station is a waystation for travelers where they can get food, water, medical supplies and even fuel if they have a working car. Madison recognizes the supplies as being from PADRE's containers and Luciana reveals that the group has 23 active locations with 2 more being set up as they speak. The Gearheads have a network of roads running clear through to Arizona and, as long as they were getting fuel, PADRE didn't ask questions about what Luciana and her people were taking from them.

Daniel and Strand tell Luciana that if she supplies them with fuel, Troy will not be a problem for them anymore, but they will need more than they have in order to defend themselves. Luciana agrees to give them gas if they think that it's going to help as long as Troy doesn't figure out where it came from which Madison promises. Luciana tells them that she'll send a tanker to the main road, and they should wait for it there, confusing Daniel that she wants them to leave. Luciana insists that she needs to keep her operation safe, but Daniel wants to catch up with her, having not seen Luciana in seven years. Luciana tells Daniel that she needs to protect the people who made this possible and, assuming that Luciana is worried about Troy's people, Daniel reassures Luciana that they didn't follow them, but Luciana isn't so sure.

One of the Gearheads brings Luciana the news that Iron Tiger is about to pull up as a tanker truck drives up to the gas station, but Luciana orders the man to have Iron Tiger wait. Luciana's behavior suddenly strangely defensive, ordering Madison and the others to leave immediately. Picking up on the fact that something is wrong, Madison questions who Iron Tiger is, but Luciana orders the three to wait in the back, claiming that it's safer this way. Strand worries that Troy might've gotten to Luciana, but Madison reminds him that Troy is the one who kicked Luciana off of the ranch and had tried to turn Nick against her. Daniel believes that Luciana wouldn't lie to him and deal with Troy, but Strand points out that Luciana knew that Daniel was alive and didn't look for him, suggesting that Luciana has moved on and would choose protecting all of this over her old friends. Daniel pointedly tells Strand that she would certainly not choose him, and heads outside with his men to show Madison and Strand how mistaken they are.

Outside, Daniel approaches Luciana, telling her that Madison and Strand think that she's up to something and he wants to show them that they're wrong. Luciana insists that Daniel is making this harder than it has to be, and Daniel realizes that something really is wrong and demands to know who is in the tanker. Luciana tells Daniel that it's not whoever he thinks it is, so Strand challenges Luciana to show them whatever is inside so that they can be on their way. Luciana refuses and an increasingly suspicious Madison approaches the tanker to see for herself, creating a standoff as the Gearheads point guns at her and Daniel, Strand, Hawk, and the two men with them point guns at the Gearheads in return before Luciana has her people lower their guns, ending the standoff.

Hearing the commotion, Iron Tiger emerges from the tanker's cab, revealing herself to be Charlie who is alive and well despite have apparently been terminally ill when Morgan's group had left Texas seven years before. Charlie is shocked to see Madison alive, having believed her to have died in the Fall of the Stadium just like everyone else. Surprised but overjoyed to see Charlie again, Daniel hugs her while Strand notes that Charlie was just weeks away from death when Morgan's group got on the rafts. Charlie explains that June didn't have what she had needed to treat Charlie's radiation poisoning at Strand's Tower, but PADRE did. Since PADRE didn't know if the treatment would work, it was too dangerous to raise her on the island with the other kids and so they gave her to Luciana and Charlie helped Luciana to build her operation.

However, Madison is confused as to why Luciana didn't want them to see Charlie, asking if it's because of Charlie's role in the destruction of the stadium by the Vultures. Luciana realizes that no one told Madison what had happened, and Strand admits that, because he thought that Charlie was dead, he didn't think that there was a reason to tell her. Madison demands answers, rejecting Strand's attempts to get her on the boat before he finally tells her. Taking responsibility for her actions, Charlie admits to a shocked Madison that "I... I shot Nick. I killed your son. I was scared, and Ennis was dead, and I... I pulled the trigger. I'm so sorry, Madison. I really am." Flying into a rage, Madison attempts to attack Charlie in revenge for her son's murder, but she is restrained by Strand who begs Madison not to do something that she'll regret as Daniel leads Charlie inside. Luciana pleads with Madison to let them explain, but she shrugs off Strand's grip and refuses their explanation, ordering her friends to get the hell away from her.

Nearby, Madison takes her grief and anger out on an old tractor and a small herd with her sledgehammer, having various flashbacks of her son as she does and hitting two that are in a marsh below so hard that they're both decapitated in just one hit. Joining her, Strand points out an approaching walker that Madison had missed, and she knocks it to the ground and smashes its head with her sledgehammer. Strand provides the out of breath Madison with her oxygen tank, and she demands to know if Strand really knew the truth about Nick's death. Strand insists that he'd thought that it didn't matter since Strand had believed that Charlie was dead. Madison angrily asks if Strand thought that it didn't matter that the girl that Madison had brought into the stadium killed her son, but Strand insists that it's not Madison's fault as she didn't know how it was going to play out and neither did anyone else. Strand acknowledges that he should've told Madison and he apologizes, but Madison smashes the dead walker's head several more times in her grief.

Strand holds Madison, attempting to comfort her but, blaming herself for her kids' deaths, Madison breaks down and tells Strand that "if I hadn't brought her in the stadium, Nick might still be here! If... if I just -- if I hit Troy harder, Alicia might be here. If I just did it differently... they both might be here." Sympathetic, Strand suggests that he take Madison back to the island and that they leave Daniel to handle getting the fuel that they need. However, unable to let it go, Madison demands to know how Charlie is still here and how Strand and the others could let her back in after what she did. Acknowledging that it might be hard to hear, Strand explains that the group gave Charlie the same thing that everyone else wants: a second chance. Madison is surprised that even Alicia gave Charlie a second chance, and Strand reveals that Alicia was the first one to forgive her, something that Madison doesn't think that she can do, but Strand reassures Madison that no one is asking her to.

Charlie approaches Madison and Strand, asking to talk to Madison who agrees over Strand's objections, wanting to hear what Charlie has to say. Charlie doesn't blame Madison for feeling the way that Madison does, admitting that she had hated herself for a long time after what Charlie did to Nick. While Charlie doesn't expect Madison to forgive her or anything, she really needs to say this because Charlie doesn't know if she's ever going to see Madison again. Madison interrupts Charlie, accusing her of only doing this so that Charlie can feel better about what she did to Nick. Charlie explains that she was 11 years old, scared and being used by people who were older than her and Charlie's truly sorry that she took Nick from Madison and the world. Charlie has tried to turn all of the hurt and pain into something more and its why Charlie spends every day doing what she's doing and it's what makes things like Luciana's operation possible. As bad as Nick's death was, at least something good came out of it, and Charlie offers to do whatever it takes to make Madison see that good. Madison declares that there is something that Charlie can do, recalling how she had snuck into the stadium and fooled everyone. Madison wants Charlie to do the same thing with Troy Otto, not to find out what he's planning, but to kill him. Strand begs Madison not to do this to Charlie, but Madison spitefully declares that after taking the stadium and Madison's son from her, this is the least that Charlie can do. After a moment's hesitation, Charlie tells Madison that she's right and Charlie will do it. Madison walks away, leaving Charlie behind.

As Charlie prepares for her mission, Daniel objects that this is too dangerous for her as they all know what Troy is capable of. Daniel asks to do this in her place, but Madison points out that Daniel won't even get close as Troy knows them, but he doesn't know Charlie and he won't see it coming. Charlie agrees with Madison that Daniel can't do this, but Daniel tells her that he'd thought that Luciana and Charlie were dead for years and Daniel doesn't want to risk losing either of them after having just found Luciana and Charlie again. Charlie promises that he won't lose her and that she knows what she's doing, asking Daniel not to make this any harder, insisting that she wants to and needs to do this. Luciana asks what Charlie's plan is and she explains that she's going to exchange fuel so that it will be less suspicious for Troy if he gets something out of the deal. However, Charlie dodges Luciana's question about her plan after that, simply stating that she's going to fix this for Madison and that none of them will have to worry about Troy Otto again once she's done. Charlie also intends to try to find out what happened to Alicia, but Madison tells Charlie that she doesn't have to do that and pretend like she cares. However, Charlie tells Madison that Alicia was her friend too and that Alicia was the one who helped Charlie to see that she could start over. While Charlie knows that Madison doesn't believe her, she really is sorry about everything. Charlie wishes that she could take back what she did to Nick who was like a brother to her, but Madison angrily tells Charlie that she wouldn't have shot him if that was true.

Charlie silently leaves in her tanker and Luciana gives Madison the keys to another tanker parked just down the road containing enough gas to last PADRE for months. Madison and Strand go to radio the island while Daniel asks if he can stay with Luciana at least until Charlie returns. However, Luciana thinks that it's best if Daniel goes back to PADRE until then, telling him that there's a reason that her people stay hidden: to keep things like this from happening. Daniel sadly acknowledges that Luciana might be right and maybe they shouldn't have come here, but Luciana stops him, admitting that she had wanted to look for Daniel every day that he was out there, but Luciana had to protect him and her people by staying away. Daniel understands and expresses his pride in Luciana for everything that she's done, stating that not everyone could've done what she has.

Inside, one of the Gearheads has Madison and Strand wait while she talks to the radio operator. Noticing Strand's displeased look, Madison promises him that they're going to win this fight and they won't let Troy take the island from them, but Strand wonders what the point of saving it is if they turn PADRE into the opposite of what Alicia had wanted them to build. However, Madison states that if Charlie really meant what she said about Nick, then she will prove it by taking care of Troy for them. The radio operator informs them that the radio is all theirs, but as Strand calls the island, Madison notices a coffee can with a note on top of it addressed to her. Surprised, Madison draws Strand's attention to her discovery: Nick's ashes.

Madison asks Luciana about the coffee can containing Nick's ashes and she explains that they were clearing roads in roads in north Texas and Charlie wanted to see where Madison's Group had buried Nick so that she could tell him that she was sorry, and Luciana didn't realize how much she missed him until she was standing over Nick's grave again. However, when Charlie heard why the group had chosen that spot, she said that Nick deserved something better, and Charlie was right, so they cremated what was left of Nick and brought him with them. Luciana and Strand admit that they had buried Nick in a field in Hill Country, but they had only buried him there so that they could get to a weapons' cache while they were in a dark place. Madison is upset that the location didn't mean anything to her friends, and she declares that Charlie is right that Nick deserves better. Luciana tells Madison that that's what both Charlie and Luciana wanted, they just didn't know where a better place for Nick was with Strand adding that Charlie thought that Madison would know instead. Touching the can containing her son's ashes, Madison asks Luciana to contact Charlie for her.

Luciana makes contact with Charlie and Madison tells the girl to come back and that she was right about Nick, and he does deserve better. If Charlie brought Nick all the way back from Texas for Madison, then she should be there when they say goodbye to him. However, Charlie tells Madison that she can't come back. Having finally realized that Charlie was telling the truth about caring about Nick and regretting killing him, Madison forgives the girl, telling Charlie that she was just a kid and doesn't have to make up for what she did to Nick and do what Madison asked her to do. However, Charlie clarifies that she physically can't come back as several members of Troy's Group stand outside of the tanker pointing guns at her. Troy bangs on the door, ordering Charlie to turn off the radio and step out of the truck, and Charlie explains that Troy and his men had found her before Charlie could get to the hotel and that they're not going to let Charlie leave. Daniel furiously slams his hand on the table and Charlie explains that her plan didn't work, that Troy's men were patrolling the road. Troy opens the tanker door and reiterates his order for Charlie to get out. Charlie offers to trade her gas with Troy, but Troy intends to just take it from her. Hearing Madison asking Charlie for her location over the radio, Troy asks why he would trust anyone who is talking to Madison Clark. Troy tells Charlie that they have a lot to talk about and knocks her out.

Luciana disconnects the radio, telling Madison that they can't give away their location, and Daniel states that Madison should've never put that idea in Charlie's head. While Madison insists that she was trying to do the right thing, Daniel asks Madison to do the right thing now by helping him to rescue Charlie. Luciana agrees with Daniel, but Strand worries about Daniel having told them earlier that they would suffer major losses if they got anywhere close to the hotel. Daniel insists that they have to try, and Madison agrees, stating that it looks like they're finally taking the fight to Troy.

At night, on the road near the hotel, Madison and the others hear an explosion and pick up radio chatter between Russell and the rest of Troy's men in which Russell expresses concern that the explosion will draw back the walkers that the group had released and the whole tanker had gone up and the fire is spreading fast. Russell orders his men to look for leaking fuel and contain it and Daniel guesses that the tanker must've exploded. Strand tells the others that the hotel is 10 minutes away by foot, but Daniel refuses to drive in as Troy's people will hear them coming and they need to find a way to get in quietly.

Troy calls Madison over the radio, explaining that her tanker had just exploded outside of his hotel, but Madison claims that she doesn't know what he's talking about. Daniel realizes that Charlie had purposefully allowed herself to be captured as a part of her plan and Troy, aiming his gun at Charlie tells Madison that he knows that she sent Charlie to kill him, and she wasn't in the truck when it exploded, much to the relief of Strand, Daniel and Luciana. Troy admits that he was wrong about Madison as he'd thought that Madison would never be able to forgive the girl who had killed Nick, but he figures that Madison must trust Charlie if she had sent Charlie to kill him or maybe Madison had just thought that Charlie would die in the explosion. Madison orders Troy not to hurt Charlie, confirming for him that Madison does care about her. Troy wonders what Nick would think about that, but Madison believes that her son would get it, stating that people change and they can do shitty things and come back from them. Holding his gun to Charlie's head, Troy tells Madison that she'll have to do something that will upset a lot of people if Madison wants Charlie back alive: Troy wants PADRE's location. Strand warns Madison that Troy is going to hit them with everything that he's got if she does it, but Daniel points out that Madison knows that Charlie doesn't deserve this fate. Charlie yells at Madison not to do it and that she knew what she was doing, causing Troy to kick her chair over. Holding the radio near the gasping Charlie, Troy threatens to kill her if Madison doesn't tell him what he wants to know. Daniel furiously swears to strangle Troy with his bare hands and Madison accepts the deal, telling Troy to meet her in front of the hotel.

Madison's group parks near the burning tanker as walkers, drawn by the fire, begin to gather on the hotel grounds. Madison notices that a burned walker is missing an arm too before Strand stabs it in the head, leaving the two confused as to where the armless walkers are coming from. Troy, Russell, and several of his heavily armed men greet the group near the hotel entrance with Troy warning Madison that there are a lot more of them inside and it had better not be a trick. Madison promises that it's not a trick, but Troy doubts her word. Troy promises to hand Charlie over once they get the location of PADRE and has one of his men put Charlie on the radio. Daniel warns Troy that if Charlie has been harmed, he'll make Troy wish that Daniel only took his other eye. Charlie reassures Madison that she's fine, but she again tells Madison not to make the trade for her.

Knowing that Charlie is only in danger because of her, Madison refuses and tells Troy to hand Charlie over and they'll give him the location of PADRE. However, Troy wants the location first and proposes having one of Madison's people take his right-hand man Russell to the location so that he can verify it at which point Troy will release Charlie. Troy tells Madison that he really doesn't care about Charlie, he just wants a safe place to live. Madison questions why Troy cares so much about PADRE, and he claims that Madison took everything from him, and Troy is just returning the favor. Madison wonders if it's about Madison's role in Jeremiah's death, but Troy makes it clear that he doesn't care about his father at all. Troy refuses to clarify his meaning, stating that PADRE is the only thing that matters and Madison orders Strand to escort Russell there. Strand insists that there must be another way to bring Charlie back, but Madison doesn't see another choice. Strand reminds Madison that there are other people to consider such as Frank and Klaus, but Troy promises that he's not interested in the people living there, just the settlement and everyone will have ample time to leave. Strand agrees and he and Russell prepare to turn over their weapons as a gesture of good faith to ensure that they won't try anything.

As Madison radios Charlie that they're getting her out of there, Charlie suddenly stabs the guard holding the radio for her in the neck with a piece of glass that she had picked up when Troy had shoved her to the floor, killing him. Grabbing the man's gun and radio, Charlie enters into a standoff with the other guard in the room, telling Madison that she took out one of Troy's men and she'll take out another. Madison tries to talk Charlie down, but Charlie refuses to let another place that Madison had built fall because of her actions. Madison promises Charlie that this is not on her, and this is not the stadium, reminding the girl that Charlie is only in this position because Madison had set her on this path. Troy tells Charlie that Madison is right and asks why she's taking the fall for Madison. However, Charlie explains that "it's not for her. This place she's building, it's what Alicia wanted. And it's how Nick's death can mean something. On the rafts, when we left the Tower, Victor told me that's what Alicia said to him when she thought she was dying -- make it mean something." Madison insists that they can do it someplace else, but Charlie points out that, since this is about Madison, Troy will just go after the next place that she finds.

Charlie knows that Troy's people won't kill her because they'll lose their leverage otherwise with Daniel pointing out that Troy will never find where PADRE is otherwise. Troy attempts to defuse the situation, telling Charlie that no one's going to shoot anybody and to just put the gun down so that they can work it out. Madison offers Troy a map to PADRE if he lets Charlie go, telling Troy to send Russell to verify it, but just don't hurt Charlie overruling Charlie's objections. However, Charlie knows that Madison won't have to give Troy PADRE if Troy doesn't have anything to trade and puts the gun to her chin, preparing to sacrifice herself to protect PADRE and Nick and Alicia's legacy. Charlie recalls several fond moments with Madison, Nick, Alicia, Daniel and Luciana ending with herself on the beach saying goodbye to Alicia. Ignoring Daniel and Madison's attempts to talk her down, Charlie shoots herself in the head, killing herself much to the shock and horror of her friends. Troy contacts the second guard to see if the shot was the man stopping Charlie, but he confirms Charlie's death instead. A heartbroken Daniel breaks down and has to be dragged away by Hawk and one of his men as he tries to attack Troy in retaliation.

Visibly affected himself by Charlie's actions, Troy promises Madison that he really didn't want things to go down like this, but he can't let her leave with the map. Madison refuses, putting the map away, and Russell interrupts with the news that Tracy's missing. Russell calls a young girl forward, shocking Madison that there's kids with the group. Troy reveals that they wanted PADRE for the same reason as Madison and the others and questions the girl who explains that Tracy had wanted to see the tanker truck as Tracy has never seen a truck running before. Troy orders his men to stay on Madison's people and frantically runs off shouting for Tracy as Madison's people and Troy's group enter an armed standoff.

Troy makes his way to the burning tanker truck through the fire and the growing herd. Troy shoots a few approaching walkers and, running out of ammo, switches to his blade as gunfire sounds from Troy's men fighting the herd that has been drawn to the hotel. Troy clears a path to the truck but is grabbed from behind by a walker that he had missed. As Troy struggles with the walker, Madison takes the walker out with her sledgehammer, saving a surprised Troy's life. Madison explains that Troy's men are overwhelmed, and that she wasn't going to let another kid die after what had just happened. Opening the cab door with a piece of metal, Troy finds it to be empty and realizes that Tracy wasn't inside, much to his relief. Russell reports that they can't hold back the dead who are everywhere, but Troy frantically orders his men to search the area for Tracy.

Madison realizes from Troy's behavior that Tracy is his own daughter which he confirms, asking why Madison thought that they wanted PADRE. Madison is confused as to why Troy didn't just tell them what they wanted instead of trying to take PADRE by force, but Troy once again accuses Madison of taking someone from him and admits that he's afraid that Madison would take Tracy from him too. Troy reveals that Madison is supposedly responsible for the death of Tracy's mother, but Madison has no idea what Troy's talking about. Troy frantically continues his search for Tracy, fighting off more walkers. Madison notices that the walkers coming from the direction of the hotel are all missing an arm, as are many of the corpses and puts the pieces together that it's Troy who has been cutting their arms off and purposefully making Madison think that she's been seeing Alicia everywhere that she looks. Madison attacks Troy with her sledgehammer, knocking him to the ground, and struggles with him, demanding once again to know who Troy thinks that Madison took from him. Troy identifies Tracy's mother as the woman who had rescued him from the dam and gave him a second chance before begging Madison to let him go to find his daughter. Madison spitefully tells Troy that he's now going to know what it's like to wonder where your kid is, but Troy points out that Tracy could still be alive. Knowing that they need to go, Strand pulls Madison off of Troy and drags her away as Troy's men rush around fighting the herd and searching for Tracy.

The next morning, the group arrives at where the Gearheads had parked the tanker for PADRE in the middle of the road. The devastated Daniel sits in the truck bed with Charlie's covered corpse as Luciana gives Madison the keys to the tanker, warning Madison to use the fuel wisely as she won't be getting any more. The Gearheads lost Charlie and Troy now knows about her people, putting them at risk because Luciana had allowed herself to get dragged into a fight that isn't hers. Luciana refuses to let anyone else end up like Charlie and Daniel asks to go with her. Daniel furiously tells Madison that she had sent Charlie to a viper's nest and there's something fundamentally wrong with her. Charlie is the second time that somebody dear to Daniel has died because of Madison and he refuses to let there be a third in Luciana. Daniel tells Madison that she doesn't need him but rather the army that he had assembled if Madison can convince the parents of the children that she had stolen that she had changed. However, Daniel can no longer defend that idea after everything that Madison has done. In Spanish, Daniel reminds Luciana that he had once told her that they were family, and he asks her to come with her so that Daniel can help Luciana and take care of her as he has wanted to for years. Luciana agrees and she and Daniel drive off together.

Left alone with Madison, Strand tells her that what Daniel said isn't true, but Madison knows that it is. Madison sent Charlie into the hotel to make Charlie pay for what she did to Nick, and it doesn't matter that Madison had changed her mind in the end because Charlie's dead. Strand asks who Madison thinks that Troy was talking about when Troy says that he thinks that Madison had killed the mother of his child, but Madison genuinely has no idea what Troy was talking about. Madison tells Strand that she can't go back to PADRE with him and that Daniel's right that Madison can't ask anyone to follow her after what she just did. Strand reminds Madison that they're building PADRE for Alicia, Nick, Frank and Klaus, not for Madison, but Madison knows that if she stays, it's not gonna happen. Strand has to do it instead and keep the promise that he had made to Alicia. Strand insists that he needs Madison and that he can't do this alone, but Madison hands him the tanker keys and tells Strand that he's gonna have to. Madison walks off alone as her old friend watches.

"Keeping Her Alive"

In the woods, Madison sets a boombox down next to Nick's ashes and uses loud music to draw in a herd of over a dozen walkers. Using her sledgehammer, Madison quickly and easily dispatches all of the walkers. Strand arrives with Tracy and Madison asks what he's doing here since Madison had already told Strand that she can't help him build PADRE back into what it's supposed to be. Strand agrees to disagree on that, but tells Madison that that's not why he's here. Madison confirms that she's looking for Alicia as her kids deserve to be at rest and while she can now do that with Nick, she intends to do the same with Alicia. Strand points out that Madison doesn't know where Alicia is, and she asks who Strand's friend is. Strand reveals to a shocked Madison that Tracy is Troy's daughter and claims that he'd found her wandering around the wilderness and saved her life. However, Tracy reveals that Strand had actually kidnapped her, forcing Strand to acknowledge that perhaps the truth lies somewhere in the middle.

Tracy introduces herself to Madison who notes that the girl certainly has her father's eyes and promises that she won't make Tracy pay for Troy's crimes. Tracy asks what crimes and Madison tells her that Troy had killed her daughter "on top of a lot of other shit he probably didn't tell you about." Tracy states that Troy had told her everything: how Madison had killed Troy's father, turned his brother against him and had later left Troy for dead at the dam. Madison acknowledges that that's not exactly how it happened, but she denies Tracy's claims that she'd killed her mother as Madison doesn't even know who the woman is. Tracy insists that her father wouldn't make something like that up and Strand explains that he'd taken Tracy back to PADRE to use as leverage against Troy since Madison wasn't there and it was the only play that he had. However, the others had revolted because they thought that it was too risky to keep Tracy on the island which Madison agrees with.

Strand tells Madison that he brought the girl to her because Tracy might be Madison's best shot at finding Alicia, explaining that Tracy's St. Christopher's medallion had belonged to Alicia. Strand knows because he gave it to Alicia, although he doesn't explain why, stating that what matters is that Tracy might be able to lead them to her. Tracy acknowledges that she might be able to, but Madison is reluctant to get involved on a maybe. Strand suggests that Tracy might be more forthcoming once she realizes that they're the only people who can save her life from June, Dwight, Sherry and the others who are after Tracy because she knows where PADRE is. Madison is annoyed that Tracy wasn't blindfolded, but the little girl smugly informs her that Strand had pulled it off. Strand defends his actions as being necessary because the others were going to send Tracy back to her father and they can save her from that life, but Madison points out that the secret of PADRE's location is the one thing that's keeping Troy from attacking them. Strand insists that he had to make it impossible for the others to turn Tracy over to Troy, claiming that it's what Alicia would've done, but Tracy explains that Strand did it because the others were going to hand him over to Troy too. Strand tells Madison that she's the only person who knows who Strand used to be and believes that he's changed, so Strand asks her to believe him that this isn't about saving his own skin, but about saving Tracy's too. Madison asks if Tracy really knows where she can find Alicia and will take her there, and Tracy claims that she does and recognizes that she doesn't have any other choice. Madison agrees to help Strand keep Tracy safe, but they first have to find Alicia. Madison admits that she's not sure about what will happen after Tracy takes Madison to her daughter, but Strand is right that Tracy can't go back to her father.

At Lowcountry Landing, Madison hotwires one of the Gearheads' trucks, reporting to Strand that it has a full tank of gas, while Tracy looks over a map. Strand finds a gun in the glovebox and quips "thank you, Luciana" and that the sign says to take what they need when Madison wonders if Luciana is going to mind. Madison shows Tracy their location on the map and asks where they need to go while on the radio, Troy tells his men that he doesn't care how many people are at the hotel, they are to push west along the access road. Strand reports that Troy's people are nowhere near them and, while flicking through channels looking for June, Dwight and Sherry, picks up a transmission by people who are looking for Madison and who are checking out the coordinates that Madison gave. Tracy's never heard the voices before, but Strand dismisses it as they will be long gone by the time that the people catch up with them. Tracy asks to see a bigger map as Troy's fight with Alicia happened way further away than the map depicts. As Strand searches the glove compartment for a bigger map, Tracy grabs his radio and gives their location away to Troy. Madison furiously warns Tracy against doing that again and demands to know if she even knows where Alicia is. Strand reassures Madison that they still have time because Troy's people are by the hotel. After looking at the bigger map that Strand found, Tracy points out a location.

The Gearheads arrive and Strand quickly puts Tracy in the back of the truck as Daniel, Luciana and her men confront them. Having been monitoring the radio chatter, Luciana demands to know why they've brought Troy's daughter to her truck stop. Madison promises that they're just passing through, but Luciana reminds her that she's made it clear that she doesn't want to drag her people into this fight. Daniel spots Tracy in the truck and Strand promises that they'll make sure that Troy knows that Luciana and her people had nothing to do with it. Luciana knows that Troy won't believe it and will think that the Gearheads had helped them to kidnap Tracy. Madison apologizes as they hadn't meant for Tracy to send that message, but they need Luciana to let them pass. Luciana refuses, telling Madison that she has already put them in danger by stopping here and Luciana can't let her travel on their roads too. Madison explains that Tracy is helping her to find Alicia so that Madison can put her to rest with Nick, but Luciana is more worried about the people that are still living that she has to protect. Luciana asks them to step away from the truck, intending to give Tracy back to Troy even though Tracy knows where PADRE is. Strand reminds Luciana that she knows better than anyone what Troy is capable of, but Luciana insists that that's why they have to give Tracy back to Troy and demands that they step away from the truck with the Gearheads aiming guns at them.

Suddenly, Daniel tells Luciana to let Madison and Strand go, stating that Troy already knows about this place. Even if Tracy is returned to him, Troy is still going to attack them to get everything they have because that's Troy's nature. Daniel instructs Luciana to set up a defensive perimeter which they have enough people to do, and which will be easier to do without the distraction that Tracy brings. A shocked Luciana pulls Daniel aside who suggests that Strand might've already made a deal with, that Madison might be in on it and Daniel needs to get close to them to find out what's going on. As Luciana signals her people to stand down, Strand questions why Daniel would want to help them. Daniel pointedly tells Strand that he knows what a parent goes through when they lose a daughter and offers his help to find and bury Alicia. Madison agrees, stating that they need all of the help that they can get, and Strand gives Daniel the passenger's seat.

On the road, Tracy has Madison stop the truck while she tries to figure out the exact location on the map. A frustrated Daniel tells Tracy that she's been looking at the map for 15 minutes, but Strand points out that Tracy is just a child. Tracy realizes who Daniel is, having heard about him from Troy. Daniel asks if Troy had also told her why Daniel wants to kill him against Strand's objections that he's scaring her as Daniel believes that even children deserve to know the truth, that they have to understand that what we do or not do creates consequences, and that they need to learn that no one get a free pass. Tracy reveals that her father had told her that Ofelia died because she had tried to poison a lot of innocent people, but Daniel corrects a surprised Tracy that Ofelia had died "because your lunatic father led a herd of the dead to destroy his own settlement" and Ofelia died fighting to defend it because of Troy. Strand realizes that Daniel doesn't care about Tracy or whether or not Madison buries Alicia, but rather Daniel wants to use Troy's daughter to make him feel what Troy had made Daniel feel. Madison tells Daniel that there's something fundamentally wrong with him and Daniel pulls a gun on Daniel, intending to leave with Tracy. Strand wonders why he's the only one trying to do the right thing, reminding Madison and Daniel that they both know how he'll go to do what he believes is right. Before Strand can escape with Tracy, Daniel grabs him and shoves him out of the car, the gun going off in the process and hitting Daniel's headrest. Madison drives off, leaving Strand on the side of the road, with Daniel asking if she wants to find Alicia or not when Madison questions his actions.

Madison, Daniel and Tracy stop outside of a frozen swamp area filled with walkers. Daniel protests that this is not a good idea, but Madison tells him that it's the only one that she's got. Madison notices that the entire herd is stuck, frozen to the ground, and Tracy states that Alicia was in the herd and Troy led it here before the weather got cold. Tracy claims that the herd was following them while they were traveling to the area and that Troy didn't want it to get near the hotel so, when the temperatures started dropping, Troy knew that the mud would freeze them here in the swamp. Madison points out that Troy had told her that he didn't know where Alicia was, but Tracy tells her that Troy had lied because he didn't want Madison to find Alicia and bury her. Madison asks how Tracy knows all of this and, looking at the medallion, she just states that it doesn't matter and the three head into the swamp to find Alicia.

Madison, Daniel and Tracy make their way through the trapped herd with one walker's attempts to move causing the bottom of its legs to break off before Madison smashes its head with her sledgehammer. Looking at the walker's clothes which indicate that the survivor was originally from Texas, Madison notes that it was a long way from home, but Daniel notices that all of the walkers bear similar clothing, and he questions Tracy on how long the herd had been following Troy's group for, but she claims not to have known about it until they got here. Daniel realizes that something's not right as it doesn't make sense and he urges Madison to leave, but Madison is determined to press on, pointing out that the trapped walkers can't hurt them. Tracy only says that Alicia is somewhere in the herd, and Daniel again urges Madison to leave, reminding her that Troy had previously led a herd of the dead against his own people. However, Madison refuses to give up the search for her daughter, with or without Daniel's help and he reluctantly follows her with Tracy.

Deep in the herd, Tracy points out a female walker that's missing her left arm as Alicia. An emotional Madison approaches "Alicia," apologizing for not looking for her daughter and for not being there to stop Troy from doing this to her. Moving the walker's hair out of her face, Madison has several flashbacks of herself with Alicia and discovers that the walker is not in fact Alicia. Tracy suddenly shoves Madison into the walker, knocking them both over and breaking off the bottom of the walker's trapped legs. Daniel restrains Tracy as she tries to escape and a furious Madison gets back to her feet, realizing that Tracy had played her.

Madison demands answers from Tracy who emotionally identifies the walker as her mother Serena, claiming that Madison had killed her. As a result, Tracy had wanted her mother to make Madison pay, but Madison doesn't recognize the woman at all, having never seen Serena before in her life. "But she saw you... and Alicia. She believed what you believed. That's why she's dead. "No one's gone until they're gone." It killed her, just like it killed your kids," Tracy explains, although Madison and Daniel are confused by what she means. Daniel wants to leave and use Tracy to make Troy pay for what he did to their daughters, but Madison is concerned that Tracy knows where PADRE is and so she can tell Troy where the island is if he ever gets her back. Much to Daniel's shock, Madison wants to kill Tracy in order to protect PADRE, but the fact that the girl had just tried to use her own mother to kill Madison eliminates any qualms that Madison has about killing a child. Daniel reluctantly binds Tracy to a tree as she begs for her life, but Madison is unmoved. Tracy desperately reveals the location that Troy had killed Alicia and where she might still be: an old mansion off of Route 26 near Fort Worth, Texas. Regardless, Madison still tries to kill Tracy for the danger that she represents to PADRE by using her sledgehammer to push a walker at the girl.

Madison is interrupted by the arrival of Strand, Ada, Della and Sara, and Madison furiously reveals to her old friend that Tracy had lied about Alicia being here. Strand apologizes, telling Madison that Alicia's body might not be here, but Alicia still is through the three women who are carrying on Alicia's legacy. One of the walkers breaks free and attacks Madison from behind, giving Tracy the chance to break free of her bonds and flee as Madison, Daniel and Strand dispatch the walker. Tracy tells Strand that the group is exactly as Troy had claimed since they were gonna kill her and she escapes. Madison attempts to go after Tracy who will tell Troy where PADRE is, but Strand restrains her, knowing that Madison will only get herself killed. As more walkers begin breaking free of the frozen ground between the group and where Tracy went, Ada promises that she and the other two women will help them to protect PADRE, telling Madison that they knew Alicia and she wouldn't want her mother to die like this. Realizing that Strand and Ada are right, Madison reluctantly agrees, and the group flees from the herd.

Madison, Daniel, Strand, Ada, Della and Sara arrive at Lowcountry Landing which has been destroyed by a gunfight that has left most of both sides dead and more wounded. Tending to a wounded woman, Luciana explains to Daniel that they had Troy and his men surrounded, but it was like they didn't care whether they lived or died. Daniel reassures Luciana that Strand and Madison had no part in this and June runs over with a medical kit to tend to the woman as one of the PADRE fighters dispatches a member of Troy's group who reanimates. Strand finds Frank desperately tending to a dying Hildy who has been shot in the chest and is bleeding out fast. Frank begs his husband to get more dressings, but Hildy dies, and Strand sadly informs Frank that it's too late. Frank refuses to give up on Hildy, but he quickly reanimates, so Strand grabs Hildy's knife and stabs his friend in the head with it. The devastated Frank declares that they need to stop the man who did this to all of their friends and Strand promises his husband that they will.

Sherry dispatches another of Troy's men who had reanimated and tells Madison that Troy isn't here. Luciana explains that someone had stolen one of the Gearheads' trucks after the shooting broke out, and Madison knows that Troy is going to find his kid and PADRE. Luciana points out that Troy lost most of his men in the gunfight, wondering what it matters that Troy knows where to look, but Madison has realized that Troy isn't going to use his men to take it: Troy's going to do the exact same thing that he did at Broke Jaw Ranch 12 years before. "The dead. That's what they were for. They are his army," explains Daniel. Dwight doesn't know how many people they have left, and he and Sherry set out to do a headcount. Madison asks Luciana how far her roads are cleared, but Luciana doesn't want to get involved any further, having lost too many people already by getting involved. However, Madison is more interested in using the Gearheads' roads to reach the mansion near Fort Worth where Tracy had told her that Alicia was killed, and Luciana promises to take Madison there after this is all over.

Madison notices the awe with which Ada, Della and Sara look at her, and Ada tells Madison that she has no idea what it for them to be standing across from them right now. Della adds that until they had heard Madison's message on the repeater network, they had all thought that she was dead. Madison is confused by the fact that they know her, and Sara explains that they had watched Madison's interview with Al so many times that the tape had eventually worn out. However, Madison declares that neither Nick or Alicia are here and that nothing that she said on that tape means anything. Strand insists that it does and that she needs to hear it. When Strand came to Madison at the library, it was because he had thought that he needed Madison to face what was coming, but Strand doesn't. Instead, Strand needs Madison, pointing out that Madison had nearly killed Tracy. Madison angrily insists that it was to protect and that, unlike Strand, she doesn't have anyone left to disappoint, meaning that Madison can get her hands dirty. "Madison, I pushed Alicia away so she wouldn't get her hands dirty. That medallion, I gave it to her so she'd remember who she was because I was afraid I wouldn't be able to. I thought I was protecting her, but I was wrong, Madison. It wasn't about protecting her. It was about giving myself an excuse not to be the better man. I don't want that to happen to you. I won't let that happen to you," states Strand. Undeterred, Madison begins climbing into the back of the SWAT van, pulling a gun on Strand and stating that someone has to stop Troy. Madison refuses Strand and Daniel's requests to come with her, but Madison is worried that they'll just end up dead like everyone else. Madison declares that she can help them by finishing what she had started at the dam and, watched by Strand, Daniel, Luciana, Frank, Ada, Della and Sara, Madison drives off alone in the SWAT van to confront Troy.

"Fighting Like You"

Madison will appear in this episode.

"The Road Ahead"

In the forest, Tracy hides inside a log, trying to flee from PADRE's forces following the murder of her father at the hands of Madison. Dwight and Sherry, looking for her, kill some walkers nearby as Tracy becomes scared of being noticed. They find Russell, who was grievously wounded from his group's fight with the Gearheads. Daniel is suspicious of him and advises the others to stop looking for Tracy, branding them both enemies and commanding them to return to the island to protect it.

Now alone, Tracy attempts to flee but is pinned down by a walker. Madison rescues her, though Tracy refuses to follow her. Trying to resist, Tracy pushes back Madison but instead hurts her leg. Madison embraces her granddaughter, pleading that she is all that she has left and that they have to find Alicia together and put her to rest.

Madison tracks Luciana repairing a car at an auto-shop and holds her at gunpoint. Disabling her walkie, Madison demands she escorts them to Fort Worth to bury Alicia. Fearful of her rage, Luciana tells Madison that maybe finding Alicia will make her see beyond her anger. Madison treats Tracy's injured leg and confides that she believes she will understand why she killed Troy when she's grown up.

Tracy gives Madison the St. Christopher's medallion, attempting to use it as a distraction to steal her gun to threaten her to leave, though Madison shows it has no ammunition. The commotion helps the group locate Luciana and Madison, with Daniel threatening Madison to stop putting the life of his loved ones at risk. Victor begs Tracy to join them at the island, deeming it safer. Enraged, Madison shoots at the sky several times and yells at Victor to get away. The noise draws in the dead, forcing the group to take shelter in the auto-shop following a brief attempt to stop them by Ada and Della.

Inside, Victor is contacted by Frank via walkie, revealing that the surviving members of Troy's group managed to capture the herd again and will release it onto the island.

Concerned about his family, Victor wants to take on the walkers outside and go help but Daniel disagrees, wanting to wait them out to negate any risk for themselves. Victor contacts Frank again who says that Russell wants to talk to Madison, offering to not release the herd if she hands Tracy over. "She's all I have left, Russell," Madison somberly says.

Russell reveals Alicia might have survived her encounter with Troy. During their confrontation, Alicia managed to hurt Troy and cause him to retreat. Troy had then sent Russell and his men to check if Alicia had died, finding only a bloody mattress. Due to his wounds, Troy was angry and Russell lied about seeing Alicia's corpse to please him. Unconvinced, Madison says Alicia, should she be alive, would want to reunite with her daughter.

With the auto-shop cleared, Daniel shouts at Victor and Madison for their egotistical behavior, putting his loved ones in danger over and over. He tells them that they are to blame for every person he cared for dying along the way. The three exchange bitter words, regretting helping each other back in Los Angeles.

Luciana presents Madison with a map and gas for her to retrieve Alicia. Daniel lashes out again, stating that they are better off without Madison, having lost her mind to rage. Victor begs Madison to help defend PADRE but she refuses to help. Before leaving, Victor asks Madison to tell Alicia he tried to be a better man if she finds her. In the car, Madison tells Tracy the story of her abusive father and how she tried to protect her kids but failed because she chose to help others as well. Tracy shoots at Madison in the middle of her story and runs away, leaving her to hyperventilate on the ground. Madison tells Tracy to find Alicia.

At PADRE, the group fails to contain the herd. When all seems lost, Victor screams that it can't end like this as an explosion erupts, blowing up the walls.

In the morning, Tracy finds her zombified father entangled in vines. She reveals she shot Madison and believes that everyone died on the island. Tracy puts down and buries her father and is found by Victor, still alive.

Victor tends to Tracy's wounds and affirms she has more left to fight for. Questioning his survival, Victor reveals Madison had been protected from Tracy's bullet due to the St. Christopher's Medallion. Believing herself too far gone, Madison then went to PADRE, seeking to do something 'monumental' to restore Tracy's faith, and lured the herd using a flare, creating an explosion and sacrificing herself for the others to survive. Victor tells Tracy that sometimes fighting for the right thing might get you killed, but the deed itself will help you live forever in the hearts of those you saved.

Tracy flees, conflicted at Madison's heroic sacrifice and the thought of having no relatives left. Strand tries to chase after her but is unsuccessful.

Two days later, Tracy picks a bluebonnet and leaves it in a makeshift tent beside an unconscious Madison. Hearing her faint wheezing, Tracy assumes she is about to reanimate and points a gun at her.

Madison awakens, once again surviving her attempt at self-sacrifice. Tracy reveals that the oxygen mask kept her alive beneath the rubble and that it took her half a day to dig her out. She apologizes to Madison and tells her she's the only family she has left. Madison apologizes as well, and proudly says she did good.

From far away, a familiar voice asks if there is anyone there. Tracy draws her gun and threatens to shoot, but the woman tells her that she is only here to bury her mother.

The woman, revealed to be Alicia, removes her hood and looks at Madison for the first time in a decade. The two embrace in tears.

The three hear meowing from Alicia's sack. Tracy finds an elderly Skidmark inside, with Alicia revealing she had found him in a warehouse and is seeking to return him to his rightful owner.

Alicia tells Madison she overheard a story about her sacrifice and wonders how Madison survived it all. Madison says that her daughter - the one who Troy took away, was the one who rescued her from the rubble. Alicia confusingly says she never had kids. Tracy pieces together that Troy wanted Madison to fight for her the way she fought for her kids, and that is why he lied originally. Madison questions who told Alicia the story of her sacrifice.

At an overpass, Alicia tells Madison she would have come back for her, but she saw the good others did in her memory and chose to conceal her survival. She says she had been picking up radio chatter from a group called 'M.A.D.R.E.', having been renamed in Madison's honor. Below, the group stops to rendezvous before splitting to create new communities following PADRE's fall.

Victor finds a bluebonnet in his truck. Frank and Klaus join him inside and the former promises they will look around for Tracy some more. However, Alicia, Madison, and Tracy appear in the rearview mirror for Victor. He takes a sigh of relief and asks Klaus to point on a map for where they go from here, now ready to depart with peace of mind.

At the bridge, Tracy questions if Madison concealing her survival was the right thing to do. Madison explains that the others will do more good if she isn't around to give them a reason to stop believing, just like Alicia did.

Alicia wonders where they'll go next. Madison reveals she has been having visions of her and Nick from before the apocalypse in Los Angeles, offering to return there. Alicia says that they saw it get bombed but Madison thinks they might find people that need help there. Inviting Tracy to join them, the three agree to head back to the Clarks' hometown.

Alicia, Madison, and Tracy get into the car. Mother and daughter look at each other and smile before driving off to their new beginnings.

Killed Victims[]

This list shows the victims Madison has killed:

Relationships[]

For a more in-depth look at Madison's relationships, read here; Madison Clark (Fear)/Relationships

Allies

Enemies


Appearances[]

Episodes 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
Season 1
Season 2
Season 3
Season 4
Season 5
Season 6
Season 7
Season 8
Appears Voice is heard
👁 Appears with no lines Appears in a flashback
Appears as a walker 🖼 Appears in a photograph/video
Appears as a corpse Appears in a hallucination/dream

Gallery[]

For more images of Madison, please visit Madison Clark (Fear)/Gallery.

Trivia[]

  • The casting call for this character used the name Nancy Tompkins.
    • Madison was described as "A thirty-something single mom to two kids. She looks like the innocent girl next door, but there's an edge to her."
  • This character's official name was revealed in a press release by AMC on May 11, 2015 as Madison Bennett, though her surname was later changed.[4]
    • Coincidentally, Bennett would later become the official surname of the protagonists of World Beyond, Iris and Hope.
  • Madison is the first main character to kill a walker.
  • Madison is one of the few characters to have killed someone before the apocalypse.
  • It's revealed in "Red Dirt" that Madison was a liberal Democrat.
  • On multiple occasions, Madison has been shown to be good at finding unconventional solutions to problems, including seemingly impossible situations to survive.
    • In "So Close, Yet So Far", Madison comes up with the idea of raiding the school's locker of confiscated drugs to handle Nick's withdrawal when she can't get him a methadone prescription.
  • According to Dave Erickson, by the end of Fear the Walking Dead's third season, Madison was going to transform into a Governor or Negan type villain[5].
    • He also revealed, had he not been fired, Madison and her family were going to survive till Season 7, which would've been the end of the show.[6]
    • Kim Dickens referenced Erickson's original plan when discussing Madison's arc in Season 8[7]: "There are some pretty amazing crimes she's committed in Season 7 that go against her whole theme of motherhood. She's going to have to reconcile that somehow. I think there are some ghosts to reconcile with as well from her childhood, what she did with her father, decisions she made early on in the apocalypse. It's a lot to unpack for Madison. I agreed with Dave Erickson. He wasn't telling me anything specifically, but I kind of thought she was torpedoing towards being a villain. I think she has been a villain. Whether or not she can come back from that, I think that's part of the journey that this season offers for her arc. She's got that moral compass out again, and it's just spinning around haywire."
  • Madison is the only main character who only appeared in flashbacks in Season 4.
    • Seasons 5 and 6 are the only seasons where Madison does not appear.
  • At the Walker Stalker Atlanta 2018, when Kim Dickens was asked by comicbook.com writer Brandon Davis if Madison is truly dead, Dickens told that she has "no idea" if Madison is truly dead or not and that she is "pretty sure that Madison would have shimmied up that wall" and that "she would've never let her babies go like that."[8][9]
    • At the New York Comic Con 2020, when asked about Madison returning, Scott Gimple responded "All I can say is that there's some possibilities. With Tales of the Walking Dead and beyond. (But not Beyond)."[10]
    • When asked if Madison was truly dead, Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg answered "We never saw her body and Madison herself said no one's gone til they're gone".[11]
    • In 2021, Goldberg said the following about Madison: "Madison has never not been a presence on this show, even after her exit in the middle of Season 4 after her sacrifice for her family. Her legacy has continued to live on, and we saw that this season through Alicia, and that will certainly continue as well. What we have planned beyond that, we'll see. That's pretty much as much as I can really say about it."[12]
    • Madison's return to the series was officially confirmed on Talking Dead following the premiere of "PADRE".
  • Madison is the first protagonist in the franchise to have their death confirmed, then later retconned.
    • Madison is one of five characters in Fear the Walking Dead to return after being confirmed dead, the others being Troy, Cole, Vivian and Douglas.
    • Madison is the only one of the five to still be alive.
  • Madison is one of fifteen characters in the TV universe to have dropped an uncensored f-bomb.
  • Madison has the second longest period of absence than any other character to eventually reappear on Fear the Walking Dead; having been absent for 3 seasons (55 episodes overall).
    • Troy holds the longest period of absence, being gone for 5 seasons (70 episodes overall).
  • Madison's bird-themed military nickname assigned at PADRE is "Lark", which is contained in her surname.
  • Madison's survival after the destruction of the stadium went unexplained from "Gone" to "Fighting Like You" where it was finally explained by Ben Krennick.
    • As revealed by Ben, Madison hid inside of the stadium's water truck to survive both the walkers and the inferno that she had set before she was found and rescued by Ben and Shrike. Madison had previously directed Douglas to get the irrigation truck near the end of "The Wrong Side of Where You Are Now", and it was last seen parked near the gate where Madison was believed to have died.
  • Madison, Alicia Clark, Victor Strand, and Daniel Salazar are the only confirmed survivors of the outbreak introduced in Season 1 to not die in Fear the Walking Dead.
  • Madison and Alicia Clark are the only characters to physically appear in both the first and final episodes of Fear the Walking Dead.
  • Madison has met all the other main characters, except John Dorie, Sarah Rabinowitz, Wes, Dakota, and John Dorie Sr.
  • Jake Otto is the only member of the Otto family to appear on-screen and die whose death Madison had nothing to do with.

International Dubbers[]

Language Dubber Other Characters Voiced
Czech Hana Ševčíková N/A
French Rafaèle Moutier N/A
German Melanie Hinze N/A
Hungarian Spilák Klára N/A
Italian Alessandra Korompay Jacqui
Japanese Yūko Sasaki N/A
Portuguese Lilian Viana N/A
Spanish (Latin America) Cony Madera N/A
Spanish (Spain) Toni Avilés N/A

References[]

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