Madison’s Dead Christmas Dream

In the last episode of season three in Fear The Walking Dead, a wayward Madison has a strange dream where she’s celebrating Christmas with some deceased characters like Troy, Jeremiah, Jake, and Coop. It’s a spooky Christmas dinner in her dream.

To start, Madison answers the door and invites Victor Strand, a gay Black man, into the Christmas dinner. At first, Madison and Victor exchange smiles at the door; next, Victor enters the party and begins to give out gifts. However, towards the end of the meal, Victor Strand leaves the party without telling anyone after being disgusted by the blood. it’s a strange opening to this episode.

There are many problems with this scene. First, most of the guests are enemies, so they wouldn’t eat together. Second, Madison seems to believe this dinner will happen, which is unrealistic. Also, Jeremiah Otto’s sons probably wouldn’t eat him. When you enter Madison’s house, you see smiling dead relatives on the walls, and she’s the only woman at the celebration. So, there are many issues with this scene.

Additionally, the scene could be warning us about something else: Don’t sit down at the table with the demons. Don’t participate in their demonic activities. In the scene, the guests are eating the flesh and blood of people, much like Jesus’s symbolic last supper. And Christmas has its roots in pagan religion, a refuge for demons.

Also, the scene could be a take on Jesus’ last supper. In the last supper, Jesus has one last supper with the apostles before he’s arrested. He has a meal and talk with them; also, he shows them the meaning of his flesh and blood being spilled out by the use of unleavened bread and wine. Further, the scene with an unfilled seat suggest a missing person; similarly, the missing chair at the last supper represents Judas’ seat. Perhaps, someone is betraying the group or Madison is Judas; nonetheless, this scene is open to interpretation.

Interestingly, in this scene, Jeremiah Otto’s beheading bears a resemblance to another biblical tale. In the Bible, John the Baptist, who baptized Jesus, was also beheaded, but it was at the request of King Herod’s step-daughter and her mother, Herod’s wife. Herod didn’t want to carry out the beheading but was bound by a public promise he had made.

One more thing to note: Walker, who is Native American, is participating in a strange Christmas dinner dream. He’s sharpening his knives and excited to eat. But, historically, Christmas isn’t a Native American tradition. It originated from Swedish pagan tree worship and became popular during the Enlightenment in the Americas. However, in this apocalyptic scene, a new kind of Native American identity is being created.

In one unsettling scene with Walker and Madison, something strange happens. Just as Madison is about to reveal a Christmas turkey, the scene suddenly changes. We see Madison hesitatingly serving up the head of a person named Jeremiah Otto, who’s associated with a white supremacist group, as the main dish. At that moment, Walker looks at Jeremiah’s head with a empty stare, and Madison avoids his gaze, appearing guilty. Meanwhile, Jake, who is Jeremiah’s son, starts eating his father’s body while Walker cuts it into pieces. Some guests keep eating, even though there’s blood all over the table. It’s a strange and disturbing dream that Madison had.

At the end of the scene, Madison starts to realize things about herself. She goes outside, stops, and sees only graves, which makes her face reality. She’s lost in thought, maybe feeling guilty or regretful.

In summary, it’s a peculiar Christmas dream for the conclusion of the story. It’s filled with symbols and meanings, and everyone can understand it differently.

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