Fear TWD's all-Spanish episode revives major character

Ben Lee
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Warning: This article contains spoilers from the latest Fear the Walking Dead episode (season 3, episode 4).

Fear the Walking Dead made a bold move this week by airing an episode that was virtually all in Spanish, requiring viewers at home to read subtitles.

It was pretty awesome, actually, as we finally got the backstory of what happened to Daniel Salazar (Ruben Blades) after he was written out in the mid-season finale last year.

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While the episode got a lot of praise, some fans complained about having to read the subtitles.

Here are some of the reactions from the episode...

A number of viewers praised the show's decision to have an episode in Spanish:

Others used Twitter to take issue with that creative choice:

And there were some people who defended Fear's decision:

Dave Erickson, showrunner on the AMC drama, explained why the writers made the call to have the episode in Spanish.

"I wanted to do it," he said. "One of the great upsides of the show last season and this season is because we are in Mexico, it has become something of a bilingual show, which I like.

"I knew I wanted Daniel to have his own episode, and since that episode took place in Mexico and obviously he was coming into contact with Mexican characters, there was no reason for him to speak English.

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"I hope that people don't get frustrated by the subtitles, but creatively, it just made sense.

"I mean, if you're telling a story that's set in Mexico and the characters are all Spanish-speaking characters, there's no reason to play it in English. If we had thrown in a character who was English-speaking just to make sure we had some balance between the languages, that would have felt a little bit cheesy, a little bit forced."

Fear the Walking Dead airs on AMC.

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