Fear the Walking Dead Season 8 Episode 2 Recap – “Blue Jay,” the second episode of Season 8 of AMC’s “Fear the Walking Dead” television series, follows June as she takes action against PADRE by targeting his collectors. Among these collectors are her friends Dwight and Sherry and their child Finch, who become targets of PADRE regulations. Dwight seeks June’s assistance in rescuing their son.
While searching for Hannah, Adrian encounters June, Dwight, Sherry, and Finch during his journey. Inspired by Madison Clark’s actions, Morgan Jones takes an aggressive stance instead of accepting his fate passively. The episode provides insight into Morgan’s past and reveals what has become of Finch at this point.
“Fear the Walking Dead” Season 8 Episode 2 Recap
At the beginning of “Blue Jay,” June executes a surprise attack against PADRE collectors using tranquillizer gas, incapacitating them and collecting their severed fingers in a jar. Adrian, who had just finished searching for Hannah, held captive by these collectors, encounters June and begs for her help in finding Hannah. However, June clarifies that she does not intend to assist him or his group, forcing Adrian to leave.
June continues to gather intelligence on Dwight and Sherry, eventually confronting them directly with an assault. June recognizes them and questions why they brought Finch to the mainland. Dwight and Sherry reveal that Finch suffers from appendicitis and requires urgent surgery.
Initially reluctant, June agrees with Dwight and Sherry that they will allow Finch to undergo the necessary surgery at an abandoned railway. With their agreement, June transports all three to the abandoned railway, where Finch can receive the necessary treatment despite initial resistance.
Sherry encounters June, who confesses that she worked as a scientist under PADRE’s command, conducting tests on individuals bitten by walkers in an attempt to find a cure.
However, Adrian arrives at the scene and becomes aware of June’s disturbing experiments. He discovers his daughter Hannah among the walkers, and June reveals her ineffective efforts at saving Hannah, despite doing everything possible. Overwhelmed with grief at seeing Hannah become part of the undead, Adrian seeks comfort from his daughter but ends up being bitten and joins the walkers’ ranks, leaving him as one of them.
As events unfold, PADRE soldiers and Shrike, June’s former research collaborator, arrive at their location, increasing tension and uncertainty even further.
“Fear the Walking Dead” Season 8 Episode 2 Ending Explained
Madison finds herself under PADRE’s control and confronts Morgan about his apparent weakness in protecting Mo. Morgan regrets past actions or inactions, but Madison knows that dwelling on them won’t do any good. To restore his sense of strength and protect Mo, Morgan must accomplish an important task: take advantage of a momentary distraction caused by Madison to escape as quickly as possible.
Although Morgan doesn’t explicitly state his goal, it seems to be tied to his past. He must accept the shame and guilt he feels for failing to save Jenny and Duane, including their mother. Graffiti on his houseboat at the start of Season 8 suggests that these memories have always been painful for him. When Mo discovers writings like “Duane,” “Jenny,” and “King County,” it becomes clear that Morgan hasn’t fully come to terms with their deaths. He likely fears that he won’t be able to protect Mo, just as he failed to protect Jenny and Duane as he had hoped.
Morgan can do little to rectify his past mistakes now that Jenny and Duane have passed away, but their descendants still live among them. His obligations lie with Mo, and to protect her from falling into PADRE’s clutches, he should provide a safe haven where she can live in peace without threats from walkers and PADRE alike.
What Happened to the Finch at the End?
Shrike makes a significant entrance and announces that PADRE is resuming their experiments, this time using an improved strategy to protect children from walker bites. Now transformed into a walker, Adrian is instructed to bite Finch as part of this plan. June, who cared for Finch before Dwight and Sherry adopted him, feels compelled to continue the experiments to save him. Inspired by Alicia’s escape from becoming a walker herself, June remains determined to find an effective solution. Motivated by this, she believes she can save Finch before becoming one herself.
June draws upon her knowledge and information gained through previous experiments to find ways to assist Finch. Although previous attempts may have proven futile, June refuses to write off the possibility of success despite previous setbacks. She conducts trials and searches for treatments for Finch’s walker bites that could prove effective.
June may finally hope to solve Finch’s case and save his life despite previous setbacks. However, his situation remains fragile due to PADRE’s involvement and hidden agenda. If PADRE implements their updated plan and uses Finch as a test subject, his life will be in peril if the plan is successful. They appear willing to sacrifice him to determine the effectiveness of their medicine in protecting future generations from walkers.