Introduced early in season 6, Fear the Walking Dead revisits the mystery key, an important plot point that could have dire consequences.

WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Fear the Walking Dead Season 6, Episode 12, “In Dreams,” which aired Sunday on AMC.

While most of episode 12, “In Dreams,” focused on Grace entering a strange dream sequence, it also revised an important plot point that was first mentioned earlier in season 6: the key. Ever since he took it from a bounty hunter, Morgan has been wearing the mysterious key around his neck. However, at the conclusion of “In Dreams,” he reluctantly hands it over to Riley, a high-ranking member of The End is the Beginning cult, and this decision could have some disastrous consequences.

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In the season 6 premiere, Emile, the bounty hunter in a cowboy hat, came looking for a man named Walter. His job was to retrieve a key in Walter’s possession. With her mission complete, Virginia hired Emile to hunt down Morgan. After a brutal battle, Morgan kills Emile with the bounty hunter’s own ax. Not only does Morgan keep the weapon, but he also picks up the mysterious key despite not knowing its purpose or why it is important enough to kill.

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Later in the season, the key is tied to the end of the world cult. One scene features two characters standing outside a huge stranded submarine where they spray-paint the sect’s motto “The end is the beginning.” It is revealed that they are waiting for an anonymous person to arrive with the key. According to what Riley says in episode 12, that person was the bounty hunter Emile. Riley tells Morgan that they hired a man to retrieve the key and, when he didn’t show up, they sent two more “friends” after him.

Riley approaches Morgan with a group of lackeys. Morgan kills most of the men, but Riley flees only to return, proclaiming, “I told you I was going to get what I came for.” At gunpoint, Riley demands the key. Morgan asks him what opens and why he wants it, but Riley refuses to answer. Instead, respond, “It doesn’t matter. It’s inevitable. It doesn’t matter what you do.” Grace encourages Morgan to hand over the key, based solely on what he learned in his dream. Morgan hesitates, but eventually gives Riley the key anyway.

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Fear the Walking Dead - Teddy Season 6

The sub is likely to contain missiles. When Teddy, Riley, and the doomsday cult were introduced to Fear the walking deadIn the latest episode, she shed a terrifying light on her tagline. “The end is the beginning” refers to the actual end of human lives. Teddy and the cult hold the belief that everyone on Top Side (above ground) is living the “old way.” They fear death instead of seeing it as an opportunity for others. Wes’s brother, a member of the cult, confirmed that Teddy wants to destroy everyone on the surface. If the submarine does indeed contain missiles, it presents you with an easy way to carry out your nefarious plan.

The question of how Walter came to possess the key remains a mystery. It is possible that he was a former member of Teddy’s cult. Perhaps after learning of the leader’s plan, Walter fled with the key to avoid the devastation of the world. There are still many unknowns regarding the stranded submarine. However, Morgan’s decision to give the key to Riley turns out to be a serious problem. Morgan may not know precisely how bad the situation is, but Fear the walking dead seems to imply that disaster awaits the protagonist if he does not stop the cult.

Fear the Walking Dead stars Lennie James, Rubén Blades, Colman Domingo, Danay García, Maggie Grace, Garret Dillahunt, Jenna Elfman, Alexa Nisenson, Karen David, Austin Amelio, Mo Collins, Zoe Colletti, and Christine Evangelista. New episodes air Sundays at 9 pm ET / 8 pm CT on AMC.

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