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"Sonny Boy" is the twelfth episode of the seventh season of AMC's Fear the Walking Dead. It is the ninety-seventh episode of the series overall. It premiered on May 8, 2022. It was written by Jacob Pinion & Justin Boyd and directed by Ron Underwood.


When baby Mo goes missing inside the Tower, Dorie Sr. finds himself in a unique position to prove his worth to an increasingly paranoid Strand.



Other Cast





  • First (and last) appearance of Kat. (Unknown)
  • First (and last) appearance of Matin. (Photograph)
  • Last appearance of Howard.
  • Last appearance of John Dorie Sr.
    • With the death of John Dorie Sr., June Dorie is the last member of the Dorie family left alive.
      • In addition, there are no longer any living blood relatives of John Dorie.
  • The title of the episode, "Sonny Boy", is the same as the Al Jolson song.
  • This episode was made available for streaming to subscribers of AMC Premiere on May 1, 2022.
  • This is the second episode of Fear the Walking Dead to be released in the U.S. on Mother's Day, which is rather coincidental considering the premise and themes of the episode. The first being "In Dreams".
    • This episode, along with "In Dreams", were coincidentally named after songs in which Grace is featured as the central mother figure to the child and sings the latter songs to.
  • The boots in Howard's collection are listed as belonging to Deadeye Driscoll who had died in them. In "J.D.", John mentioned that Deadeye Driscoll was killed by John Dorie II with his family's guns.
  • Strand mentions the events of "Blackjack" and John Dorie's attempt to build a raft to cross floodwaters in order to reach June.
  • Mickey using a makeshift suit of armor to escape from the Tower in "Till Death" is mentioned.
  • Wendell suggests that John use the walker guts trick in order to get through the moat. However, John refuses as they don't have enough time for that and it's too dangerous for Mo.
  • It's unclear what happened to John's gun with his death, if he returned it to June off-screen or if he still had it on him when he died.
  • Some of the zombies amongst the herd surrounding the Tower appear to be radioactive zombies, presumably from the crater.

Episode Highlights

  • John attempts to take Howard's place as Strand's partner, planting a walkie on Howard.
  • Charlie is revealed to be getting worse and she is now bedridden with radiation burns.
  • As a paranoid Strand searches the Tower for signs of a resistance, a walkie is discovered in Howard's possession, shattering Strand's faith in him and baby Mo goes missing.
  • Howard reveals that his wife had left him with his son before the world ended and he's driven by the hope that they will find the Tower.
  • June, who is collaborating with Grace, attempts to sneak Mo out through the tunnels, but she is caught by John who is determined to protect Mo at the Tower as part of his legacy.
  • Before being captured by Strand, John is revealed to also be terminally ill with radiation sickness, having gotten it when he went to rescue Charlie.
  • Despite John revealing the truth about framing Howard, Strand forces him to throw Howard off of the roof to his death before revealing that Howard's family is already dead and that he'd lied to Howard about it.
  • John decides to carry Mo through the walker moat to Morgan using a makeshift suit of armor. After getting bitten in the process, John sacrifices himself to distract the herd.
  • Using an old antenna, Strand threatens to kill June and Grace if Morgan should ever set foot in the Tower while inviting everyone else to join him.
  • Wes becomes Strand's new partner.