As one menace ends, one other begins on Fear the Walking Dead. With Virginia (Colby Minifie) six feet under, the trail has been cleared for the End is the Beginning folks — the unusual group that’s been effervescent within the background all season lengthy — to rear their heads. And that’s precisely what occurred on this week’s surreal, haunting episode, titled “The Holding.”
Spoilers previous this level, however In the hour, Wes (Colby Hollman), Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey), Althea (Maggie Grace) and Luciana (Danay Garcia) head to an underground parking zone that has been arrange as an odd farm fertilized by zombies. The group at first appears to be led by Riley — performed by Nick Stahl — however finally is revealed to be the brainchild of Teddy (John Glover), who has constructed a cult that believes the world above is finished, and something left must be torn down and destroyed.
That’s the plot, however the emotional fulcrum of the episode is the shock introduction of Wes’s brother Derek, performed by Chinaza Uche. Over the course of the hour, Wes and Derek focus on artwork, attempt to perceive the divide between the 2 of them, and finally Wes finally ends up killing Derek by shoving him into an overgrown zombie tied to a pillar.
To discover out extra about what went into constructing this episode, making a brotherly bond, and the way unhealthy issues are going to get with Teddy’s group, learn on.
Decider: What was it like getting this massive, bizarre showcase of an episode?
Colby Hollman: They instructed me that we’re doing anthology type episodes this season. They instructed me I had an episode developing. I’m at all times excited to flesh out extra of Wes as a result of I actually actually love this man, I like having the ability to sit in him. When I learn the episode, I used to be like, “yo, they don’t have to do all of that.” They gave me a little bit blessing with the arc they gave me, a little bit juicy materials. That’s what each actor actually goals about. What they like to do is basically dig deep. They let me do this at a number of factors on this final episode. I used to be so excited after I learn it, I jumped out of my seat, actually.
The massive emotional crux for Wes is the reintroduction of his brother… What was it like working with Chinaza Uche on this?
When they introduced in Chinaza, they took us to the studios collectively, we’re within the van, and it was speedy, it was really easy with him. We simply actually get pleasure from one another’s presence. Even after the actual fact, we nonetheless converse. Outside of being on set, we have been hanging out, we go seize lunch each probability we might. I confirmed him round Austin a little bit bit, however it was sort of closed down. So it was exhausting to do this. But, it was very, very seamless with him. We sat down within the workplace to rehearse. It was our massive three scenes, so it flows so naturally. Okay.C. [Colwell], our director for that, was sitting throughout the desk from us and it wasn’t actually exhausting for us to get there with one another as a result of, I don’t know, I suppose typically it’s like that. We have been very aware of one another.
I’m a fan of his from his work on Dickinson, and he at all times has this very earnest, cautious supply, it’s very completely different from yours. So from an appearing perspective, what did you focus on by way of making it clear that you just two share a familial relationship?
His job was a little bit bit tougher than mine, undoubtedly, as a result of he needed to are available in on a longtime character and glean one thing from that. He knew that he was my older brother, so what issues have already established as elements of Wes within the earlier season, in earlier episodes. What’s one thing that they each do, and the way can we make the viewers consider this. We leveled with one another, truthfully, instructed him some issues about myself. What made me tick what made me the best way I used to be, and vice versa. That knowledgeable us as to how we must always transfer about one another and that respect for one another’s private historical past. Using that to our benefit actually helped us, and helped our relationship breathe.
Ultimately, Wes finally ends up killing his brother, which is so heartbreaking and so exhausting to observe. How do you suppose he got here round to that call?
I sort of wish to go away that to the viewers, actually, due to two issues. I’m reaching for the gun, sure, however that doesn’t imply I wished to kill this man. It might be simply to disarm him and get the higher hand. But then when the combat occurred, and the gun was turning on me, that was combat or flight, that was survival at that time. My innate response is to only combat again, and I drive him again into the zombie. Or it might be, this was deliberate after I was going for that gun, and I used to be planning on killing him proper then and there. But that’s, a tougher fact to take care of. Does Wes actually suppose that he must kill his brother in that second? That’s for the viewers to resolve.
The combine on this episode, the group is basically fascinating. You obtained you, Alicia, Althea and Luciana. What was it like taking part in with this crew?
Yeah, it’s all ladies, highly effective ladies. Then me. [Laughs] They are all BA’s, they’re sturdy, sturdy ladies and it was enjoyable as a result of these individuals are far more established in The Walking Dead universe than Wes is, and attending to be that newcomer on the block, and attending to bounce my energies with folks which can be already grounded on the planet greater than I’m was very enjoyable. I’m gonna set up what Wes brings to the desk compared to what what we’ve already seen, and outdoors of the characters, them as folks. Alycia [Debnam-Carey] and Maggie [Grace], man, that could be a humorous trio. Talk a few blended bag, and I beloved each second. A number of it was, we’re all working collectively like ensemble work, when it was with them on the display screen. The means they bounce off one another, and their familiarity. Their welcomeness to me, it was actually a pleasure.
The parking zone set is so weird… What was it like, being on that set, and experiencing that?
Let me let you know, after we first obtained on that set, it was chilly outdoors, however it was sizzling as Dickens inside. It was stuffy, I’m like, “how are we gonna survive two weeks?” They found out the air by the second or third day. It was one thing else. It was actually cool attending to movie down there as a result of I hadn’t seen something prefer it. It confirmed the experience that wants to enter issues like lighting, and sound. Because they needed to get energy down there. It was actually a feat, and so they did such a very good job of executing it. It took some getting used to as a result of we additionally wore the masks down there.
The walkers being floor into fertilizer, simply from a viewer perspective… I couldn’t think about consuming something grown in that. Would you eat meals that had been fertilized with walkers?
[Laughs] No. My Mama at all times says, you’ll be able to’t eat everyone’s meals. That was a shining instance of that as a result of if I knew that there was a zombie… I wouldn’t contact it with a ten foot pole. I’ll be out of there so fast. That’s why in the beginning of the episode, we requested them questions like, “can we leave?” Because I’m making an attempt to get out of right here instantly, expeditiously.
One of probably the most hanging visuals is that overgrown walker within the middle there, tied to the pole. What was it like working with him on set, as a result of within the present the characters are placing no matter they need on the zombie. But in actuality, you have got any person in a walker costume, tied to this pole, that everyone’s simply staring in any respect day lengthy.
It was ominous, actually. Set dec[oration], they do such a very good job in creating this, and it actually makes our job a lot simpler. When I say it was ominous, it felt like some sort of like non secular sanctuary or one thing. It was actually gentle in that space. It was this fluorescent, shiny. So everybody else is within the shadows and darkish and heat lighting. It felt like some sort of angel of dying was sitting there always. That’s precisely what Teddy and Riley and all of them see, is that this nearly religious medium. They did that actually nicely.
We lastly meet the End is the Beginning folks this episode, led by Nick Stahl and John Glover. What’s it been like having them be a part of the solid?
John Glover, I heard about this man earlier than he walked within the door. Everybody’s like, “Yo, when you meet john Glover, that image right there, man. His image is so powerful, so perfect,” and I’m similar to, “okay, who is this guy? Why is everybody always talking about him?” So I’m going again to set from from lunch. I used to be going again to my trailer, and I run into an outdated man simply sort of standing on the market. I’ve by no means seen this man earlier than. I like to speak to folks, so I’m speaking to him and seeing who he was. He’s not giving any info, however he undoubtedly leaves an impression. We get within the van on the best way again to set and it seems that was him, and I mentioned, “it’s true!” Everybody’s speaking about how he has power about him.
Then, Nick Stahl, I actually get pleasure from that man, he’s one in all my mates. Not earlier than the present, however now he’s. We simply kicked it, and we spent a while collectively, he’s simply such a real individual and he’s an awesome actor as nicely. I like working with him.
Wes has been so outlined by his artwork and the best way that he approaches his artwork. In this episode, he’s actually taken to process by his brother for his type. Are we going to see Wes’s creative type, or not less than the best way that he approaches artwork change going ahead via the sequence?
Yeah, undoubtedly. Artists are affected and impressed by what occurs of their private life, and imagining seeing your brother and the individual that you discovered artwork from, you modeled after, having to take that individual’s life away is unquestionably gonna have an effect on them do one thing in Wes’s artwork. Stick round and see how that materializes.
Before I allow you to go, this has been probably the most lethal season of Fear the Walking Dead in a really very long time. How unhealthy are issues going to get as we enter these last few episodes?
Oh, you guys usually are not prepared. We are all so excited for you guys to see the remainder of this season.
This interview has been edited for readability and size.
Fear the Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9/8c on AMC.