Over the past few episodes of Fear The Walking Dead, we’ve been introduced to a few new faces. In Season 5, Episode 12, we meet another who is played by Peter Jacobson. Continue reading for more details.
It’s no secret that representation is a big deal in the Walking Dead and Fear The Walking Dead universe. The cast selected so far have been rather diverse, some more than others. Though one group hasn’t really been recognized in The Walking Dead universe: The Jewish community. In “Ner Tamid”, all of that changes.
Warning! Spoilers for the latest episodes of Fear The Walking Dead follow.
The reason isn’t solely because a new character played by Peter Jacobson — who is of the Jewish faith — is introduced, but because the episode also recognizes others in the post-apocalyptic world may follow the same religion. Sarah (Mo Collins) paints that picture well as she and Rabbi Jacob bond over their shared faith when they meet.
No one would’ve ever guessed Sarah was a religious person based on her personality and attitude but she clearly possesses knowledge of traditions, as well as the Hebrew language. It’s unclear if Sarah will divulge more about her religious past but that raises an intriguing debate nonetheless.
Also, does Wendell (Daryl Mitchell) follow the Jewish faith too? Sarah calls him her brother and that could extend to the faith they share. Perhaps their shared religion is why Sarah never explains the specifics of her relationship to Wendell — she simply refers to him as her brother whenever anyone broaches the subject.
There’s another person who comes to mind here and that’s Dwight. He also introduces himself to Rabbi Jacob, though he doesn’t say much about his own religious faith. Dwight obviously has his reasons and past traumas could’ve altered his philosophies regardless of how strong.
I mean, having a hot iron branded across one’s face might raise doubts of an Almighty Being watching over the world. He also lost his wife on multiple occasions to make matters worse. That amount of loss would be devastating to anyone, enough so that they begin to question their own faith. Of course, this is all just conjecture until Dwight enlightens us himself.
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