Roughly seven months ago, AMC promised that a surviving member of its “Fear the Walking Dead” web series “Flight 462” would join the cast of the show in its second season. In episode 3, titled “Ouroboros,” that finally happened as the fate of the web series’ characters was revealed in a pretty grim storyline.
For those that are unfamiliar, the network announced in October that a web series set in the time and world of “Fear the Walking Dead” would show up during commercial breaks of “The Walking Dead” Season 6. The 16-part storyline took place on a plane as a group of passengers discovered that there was an infected person among them. When it was all said and done, the plane was crash landing over the ocean and the two main characters, Charlie (Michelle Ang) and Jake (Brendan Meyer), were bracing for the impact. Sadly, fans were left on that cliffhanger until Season 2 of “Fear the Walking Dead” finally addressed them in episode 3.
[SPOILER ALERT: The remainder of this article will discuss episode 3 of “Fear the Walking Dead.”]
It turns out that, after the crash, Jake was badly burned along the right side of his body. Although he was near death, Charlie made good on her promise to keep him safe and swam with him to a nearby life raft. There were two men on board who reluctantly agreed to let her and Jake stay. However, when it became clear that Jake’s wounds were life-threatening, one of the men tried to kill him in his sleep to avoid his inevitable turn. Fortunately, Charlie is a light sleeper and managed to drive a stake of some kind into his stomach before he could finish Jake off. However, with one stranger still on the raft and time running out for her companion, Charlie had to make a decisive move.
Later on in episode 3, the crew of main characters surviving aboard the luxury yacht Abigail become stalled when something blocks and clogs up their filtration system. When Travis (Cliff Curtis) goes to investigate, he discovers the other man from the raft, now a zombie, trapped inside the ship's inner workings. In addition to being really gross, it revealed that Charlie had the choice between a living person and the dying boy she made a promise to, and she chose Jake. Later on in the episode, she’s seen back on shore running through the sand to avoid the reanimated corpses of her fellow passengers. When Daniel (Rubén Blades) finds her and brings her back with the rest of the away team that was scavenging the wreckage for supplies, she informs him that they have to make a stop first.
Somehow, Jake managed to stay alive while Charlie foraged for medicine. Sadly, when they were brought back to the Abigail, Strand (Colman Domingo) was in no mood to pretend that they were in any position to take on two more people. Travis (Cliff Curtis) came up with the elegant solution of towing them in their raft behind Abigail. However, when Strand started to realize that keeping them meant losing control of his yacht, he secretly went down and cut their tether. As a result, the last time fans saw Charlie or Jake they were shrinking off into the distance, abandoned with limited provisions on the open water. While many thought one of them would make a permanent addition to the cast, their fate seemed pretty grim. It’s unclear if that was the last fans will see of them, but for the time being the “Flight 462” storyline has come to a tacit conclusion.
Fans will just have to tune in to Season 2, episode 4 to see if Charlie and Jake make a return to the AMC series.