Fear the Walking Dead Recap: What Happened to the Old Salazar?

TVGuide.com | 9/15/2019 | Liam Mathews
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No still-living character has been worse served by Fear the Walking Dead's makeover than Daniel Salazar (Rubén Blades). Since Salazar returned in Season 5 after sitting out Season 4, he is unrecognizable as the character he was in the first three seasons — just like the show is unrecognizable. The Salazar-heavy "Today and Tomorrow" was a stark reminder of how much this show has changed, and what a problem its lack of character consistency is.

Original showrunner Dave Erickson's version of Salazar was a frightening, deadly serious antihero. He had been a death squad leader during the Salvadoran civil war, and had personally tortured and killed 96 people before the zombie apocalypse even broke out. He loved his wife Griselda (Patricia Reyes Spinolda) and his daughter Ofelia (Mercedes Mason) and didn't use his military training unless he had to, but he had ice water in his veins. In Season 1, he flayed the skin off an American soldier's arm to extract information from him.

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By contrast, Season 5 Salazar is a friendly guy who just wants to help people. He has a cat he takes care of and loves very much. The cat's name is "Skidmark," which is a poop joke. We've seen sides of Salazar's personality we didn't know he had and make no sense. He loves music. He has a beautiful singing voice, collects vinyl records, and in "Today and Tomorrow" we learned he loves the Traveling Wilburys. Keep in mind that when the Traveling Wilburys were active in the late '80s and early '90s, Salazar would have been in the United States for a couple of years, raising Ofelia and building his business as a barber, and trying to put his past — as someone who would slowly cut bound men and women's body parts off with razors before...
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