Fear the Walking Dead: Sherry’s Return Explained

Fear the Walking Dead season 6 episode 3 saw the return of Sherry, played by Christine Evangelista, who's been missing since The Walking Dead season 7.

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This Fear the Walking Dead article contains spoilers.

Fear the Walking Dead season 6 delivered its first big reveal of the season at the very end of “Alaska.” After months of searching for his long lost wife, Dwight finally reunited with Sherry (Christine Evangelista) in a surprising manner, connecting via walkie basically out of nowhere. Whatever you might think of the way the reunion was executed — I found the matter-of-fact way Dwight ran into Sherry to be a bit underwhelming — this cliffhanger ending marks a major milestone in Dwight’s story of love lost. Now reunited with Sherry, perhaps the former Saviors can finally begin to do what Morgan begged that they do at the end of season 5: live.

But where has Sherry been all of this time? In case you don’t remember, she’s been missing since The Walking Dead season 7 episode “Hostiles and Calamities.” After freeing Daryl from his cell in the Sanctuary, Sherry fled the Savior compound, deciding that she’d rather try and make it on her own than live under Negan’s cruel rule. Sent out to hunt her down, Dwight, then one of Negan’s main lieutenants, ended up covering for her when he found a farewell note from Sherry and her wedding ring in an old house. Rather than give chase, Dwight lied to Negan, telling him that Sherry had been devoured by walkers so that the Savior leader would stop searching for the traitor who’d freed his most precious prize.

While Dwight didn’t immediately set out looking for Sherry, a bit distracted by the all out war being fought between Negan and Rick Grimes, he did eventually leave Virginia to go find her. (It’s more like Daryl banished him for his past crimes, including the murder of Denise.) The trail led Dwight to the South and the world of Fear the Walking Dead, running into John Dorie and June at Humbug’s Gulch in season 5. This whole time, Dwight has been following notes and symbols from Sherry, who’s marked her path for her husband to find.

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In the episodes “The Little Prince” and “Still Standing,” the trail finally went cold when Sherry left Dwight a final letter asking him to stop searching for her so that he could start living again and make a new path. While distraught at first, Dwight made peace with Sherry’s decision, although it was a hallucination of Sherry in the season 5 finale “End of the Line” that led Dwight to the horses that saved his life.

But the search is finally over for Dwight, who not only had to climb up a walker-infested office building to help Al reach the mysterious CRM pilot Isabelle but also survive a case of bubonic plague (what the hell?) to find Sherry. The episode ends before we can actually learn anything about where Sherry’s been, but it sounds like that will become clear as the season progresses.

What we know for sure from the notes that she left behind for Dwight in season 5 is that Sherry’s been drifting for a while, moving from place to place, seemingly without joining up with any group. After spending so much time with the Saviors, it’s understandable that she’d probably be wary of settlements.

Unfortunately, she’s reunited with Dwight at the worst possible time. After all, Dwight is being forced to work for Virginia and her Pioneers, and finding Sherry will surely complicate things, as he will not only have to endanger himself and Sherry but also Al’s life in order to stay with his wife. This reunion should make for a very interesting storyline as season 6 continues.