The running joke through Season 1 of AMC's Fear The Walking Dead was whether or not Nick would ever change his clothes. Now that Season 2 has arrived, Nick has finally found something else to wear. So how long will it be before the captain's shirt and infected warpaint gets old?
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If there's one thing Fear The Walking Dead fans know about Nick (Frank Dillane) is that he gets a little fixated on outfits. Season 1 saw him rush out of a drug den and away from his infected undead friend, Gloria, wearing what appeared to be one of her tops. If he hadn't gotten himself hit by a car, he might still be wearing it. Instead, wanting to escape hospital, Nick stole an outfit from the old man in the bed next to him. And thus, this outfit stayed into Season 2 of Fear The Walking Dead.
And while the T-shirt might change occasionally, Nick still seems pretty attached to the jacket and pants. However, in Episode 3 (entitled "Ouroboros") of Fear The Walking Dead, Nick managed to ditch his jacket to go ashore on a supplies run. In the process, his sister, Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey) found him a captain's shirt to wear. Not long after he put the shirt on, he ran into some trouble with the infected. In the process Nick got infected blood all over him. It didn't take him long to realise the infected are not interested in humans that smell like them and Nick learned a valuable zombie apocalypse survival mechanism well before Rick's group ever did in Fear's companion program, The Walking Dead. And so a new favorite outfit was born.
While it could be argued that with Nick being a junkie, his choice in clothes are of little consequence to him, an upcoming promotional still (see below) from Episode 4 of Fear The Walking Dead indicates his clothes choice could mean more than just that. Once he discovered the blood of the infected could mask his living human scent, it seems Nick has gone ashore once more in his gruesome costume.
And one of the teaser videos for Episode 4 of Fear The Walking Dead seems to back this up. In the clip below, you can see Nick swimming to shore. Once he is out of the water, you realize he is wearing little to no clothes and is pulling what appears to be a waterproof bag behind him. Once on the shore, he attempts to open this bag. Could the bag contain his infected-smeared clothes from Episode 3?
If so, is it really such a good thing for Nick to be covered up in the infected blood so often? It has been a tactic used occasionally in Fear's companion series, but the show's creators are a little hesitant to use this ploy all of the time. Besides the logistics of having to collect walkers for the task, the other reason it is not shown often is because there is the suggestion tainted blood could make a person sick. Something Robert Kirkman pointed out to E!Online recently.
"It's not very practical. Coming in close contact with that material is also going to, you know, cause all kinds of illnesses aside from any kind of zombie-related nonsense. So you don't want to be doing that all the time."So will Nick and his group have to find this out the hard way in Fear The Walking Dead?
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Season 2 of AMC's Fear The Walking Dead returns next Sunday, May 1, with Episode 4, titled "Blood In The Streets," at 9 p.m. ET. The official synopsis for Episode 4 is as follows.
"A family in distress boards the Abigail. Strand branches off and his past begins to emerge. Nick searches for an associate of Strand's."[Image via Richard Foreman/AMC]