In The Good Man (S01E06)

where the characters leave their walled off community I don't see them closing the gate.

Is there a reason why they wouldn't do this?

They don't have any beef with any of the residents as far as we see in the show.

  • Not entirely true. They mention that the neighbors don't know what's coming and comment that the neighbors stood by and did nothing when the army abducted Nick and the mother.
    – phantom42
    Oct 6, 2015 at 12:25
  • @phantom42 Well if you are a normal person then you cant POSSIBLY have a beef with civilians not doing anything to stop a FULLY armed platoon. Even if i had the bals to come and say anything to the officer in charge that wouldnt change the outcome. Other than me getting arrested or worse. So I personally wouldnt murder hundreds of people because they didnt come to my rescue. I dont even know the names of most of the people on my street so why should i feel mad if they dont want to risk their lives for a somebody they might have seen on the street?
    – Cherubel
    Oct 6, 2015 at 12:30
  • i'm not disagreeing - just pointing out that they clearly didn't have the full warm fuzzies about everyone.
    – phantom42
    Oct 6, 2015 at 12:34
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    something is fishy when they also choose to kill the entire base full of soldiers and civilians to find 3 persons.
    – Cherubel
    Oct 6, 2015 at 13:04
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    @Cherubel Maybe, but the army was going to kill everyone there before leaving, so it's not like they could just wait until they evacuated and then go get their family members. Oct 6, 2015 at 13:58

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I am going to call it what it appeared to be: This collection of characters on Fear the Walking Dead are not very attentive, a bit selfish and generally unconcerned about anyone's needs but their own.

  • The controls had to be on both the inside and the outside because if they weren't, the military could not have closed the door behind them, as they appeared to have done.

  • Knowing what they intended to do would leave a catastrophic number of the Walking Dead everywhere, you figure they might have taken the time to tidy up behind themselves and give others at least a fighting chance with the gates all around them.

  • The only reason I can see for not doing it is if they thought there wouldn't be any power afterward, this would mean it couldn't be opened or closed after the power went out.

  • I want to give them the benefit of the doubt that there was a reason, because otherwise I have to assume they are just careless and unconcerned about the welfare of others.

  • Which I found odd since they took the time to free prisoners when they went to the hospital. Perhaps it was a plot hole no one thought to fill...

  • I think there's a good chance that the gate only opens and closes from inside, since the military was trying to keep bad elements out (and apparently killing people in the surrounding areas), and since they maintained a constant guard inside the gates. The guard would open and close the gate whenever a patrol was returning. Also, they probably learned how to open the gate from the captured soldier, and since no one else knew how to open it, locking it behind them might have left everyone else trapped inside.
    – Wad Cheber
    Oct 7, 2015 at 0:43
  • might be a plot hole but might not be. they demonstrate no remorse whatsoever at getting the entire personel at the base killed by the zombies ( including the sick civilians )
    – Cherubel
    Oct 15, 2015 at 7:20

The only reason I can think of is this: they left the gate open so that they would be able to return later.

It makes sense that the military would design a gate that cannot be opened from the outside, right? I suppose Travis could have flipped the close switch and ran back through before the gate closed, but then (if the military is as smart as I think they are) the survivors would have a harder time getting back home. Yeah, they have bold cutters, but who wants to spend time snipping a fence with a zombie horde at their back?

Also, as some people have said, Travis' group doesn't really feel any responsibility to protect their neighbors. There is evidence of this when Madison sees the family as they are leaving. They are acting like the apocalypse has not happened while Madison has already seen and done some horrific things. At this point I feel like Travis' group have adopted the attitude that they have to take care of themselves first.

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    They knew they were not coming back, though. The plan was to get their family members and head east. Oct 6, 2015 at 13:56
  • That was their plan, yeah. Why not leave the option open, though?
    – milk
    Oct 6, 2015 at 14:35
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    because it wasn't an option. They were leaving because it was no longer safe. Not much point returning to a place you know will be dangerous. Oct 6, 2015 at 14:36

First off, no, we don't see anyone closing the gate, but that doesn't necessarily mean that no one did so. It might have happened after the shot ended.

Even if we assume that the gate was left open, it doesn't necessarily mean that they chose to leave it open. Consider the circumstances under which the fence was erected.

  • The military cleared the surrounding areas, isolated a single neighborhood, and set up their defenses there.

  • "Cobalt" was put in place as a last resort, in case the crisis spiraled out of control, but the military probably believed that Cobalt would never be needed.

  • Thus, the military built the fences and gate under the assumption that they, the army, would always be in control of the gate.

  • This means that they thought there would always be a guard inside the gate, waiting to let patrols in and out of the compound.

  • This in turn means that they probably didn't put a control panel on the outside of the gate. Whoever was on guard duty would use the interior control panel to open and close the gate.

  • Furthermore, it makes more sense to have a single control panel inside the compound, because the whole idea of having a compound is to keep the people outside of it out. Giving the people outside a way to get in defeats the purpose of having a gate.

If this assertion is correct, there is a simple answer to the question of why they didn't close the gate: because they couldn't. The control panel was inside, so once they left, they didn't have access to it.

But even so, this doesn't necessarily matter. Chances are, the gate was designed to close automatically after a few seconds. As such, there probably wasn't any need to close it manually.

  • What is the basis for the assumption that the gate will close automatically? Is this a normal feature of a real world military gate? Oct 15, 2015 at 14:09
  • @DaveJohnson - Military and civilian.
    – Wad Cheber
    Oct 15, 2015 at 18:33

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