Fear the Walking Dead: Dead in the Water (2022): S01E05 – We Have Orders


Follows the USS Pennsylvania as Riley and crew survive the apocalypse in a submarine.

Part of the Walking Dead franchise. Also known as Dead in the Water: A Fear the Walking Dead Story.


As Captain Renwick orders him to prepare to launch, Riley hesitates, pointing out that they would be firing on their own country. However, Renwick is sure that command would not have sent the coordinates if they did not have a good reason. Pierce reminds Riley of his earlier suggestion that this will stop it somehow and Renwick tells him that they have an incredible responsibility and while it is not an enviable task, it must be done. Riley reminds Renwick that firing nuclear weapons at their own people has never been done before, but Renwick is uninterested. Riley suggests that someone might have gone rogue, but Renwick dismisses it as impossible and he believes that whatever is happening on the Pennsylvania is probably happening in Chicago too and their nukes can stop it.

Removing his launch key, Renwick prepares to follow through with their orders while Riley continues arguing against wiping out an entire city. Renwick tells Riley that there’s a chain of command and that Riley is at the bottom of it. Inserting his key, Renwick orders Riley to take out his own launch key, but after a moment of hesitation, Riley flat-out refuses. Riley tells Renwick that he joined the Navy to protect their country, not to destroy it. While Riley swore an oath, it was not to do something like this even though they all knew that this day could come.

Renwick suddenly descends into a coughing fit before insisting that if Riley wants to keep his family safe, this is how he does it. However, Riley reveals that he will be killing them instead as his wife and son are in Chicago. Renwick states that they are more than likely already dead, but Riley refuses to believe it. Renwick reminds Riley that that very morning, Riley had told him that he didn’t even want to be a father, but Riley tells him “that doesn’t mean I’m not gonna die trying to protect him.” While Renwick is worried about his family too, he believes that their country is at stake and counting on them and he refuses to relent. Riley puts his key around his neck and under his shirt, refusing to turn the key.

Grabbing his gun, Renwick states that it takes two men to launch a missile, but Riley doesn’t have to be one of them. Renwick orders Pierce to take the key from Riley, but Pierce joins him, as does McGuire. Renwick calls their actions mutiny and threatens to have them all court martialed, but McGuire states that their orders are comparable to Nuremburg and Riley tells him that Renwick’s superior orders are cruel and war crimes.

Renwick suddenly collapses to his knees and Riley rushes to help him, discovering that the captain has been bitten on the arm. Knowing that he is doomed, Renwick asks Riley to tell everyone that he went down with the ship and Riley nods in agreement and apologises. The two men share one last joke before Riley takes Renwick’s gun. Renwick expresses hope that the three are right about not launching the nuke and Riley promises to do what needs doing. As Pierce looks away, Riley mercy kills the dying Renwick with a headshot.

Putting the gun down, Riley tells his companions that they are going to get out of here. Putting on Renwick’s key, Riley addresses the crew over the PA system, informing them that Captain Renwick is dead and that they have a new mission: “get this ship topside. Go home.”

Fear the Walking Dead: Dead in the Water Series

You can find a full index and overview of Fear the Walking Dead: Dead in the Water here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 10 April 2022.
  • Running Time: 40 minutes (per episode).
  • Rating: TV-MA.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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