The mid-season finale of AMC’s Fear The Walking Dead ended with the core group splitting up, each going their own way for various different reasons. So what will this mean moving forward into the second half of Season 2?
SPOILER ALERT: This article discusses Season 2 of AMC’s Fear The Walking Dead. Please proceed with caution if you wish to avoid spoilers.
Episode 7 (entitled “Shiva”) of Fear The Walking Dead‘s second season ended with three groups. Travis (Cliff Curtis) and his son, Chris (Lorenzo James Henrie), decided to stay apart from the main group due to the fact Chris is having a hard time coping with the apocalypse. Nick (Frank Dillane) chose to stay among the undead, the only place it seems he really feels comfortable. And, finally, Strand (Colman Domingo) ended up with an insta-family in the form of Madison (Kim Dickens), Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey), and Ofelia (Mercedes Mason). So what will happen to these three groups in the second half of Season 2 of Fear The Walking Dead? And will they ever meet up again? Let’s take a look at what we know so far.
Travis and Chris
According to an interview Fear’s showrunner Dave Erickson did with TV Line after Episode 7 of Fear The Walking Dead aired, Chris’ instability has come about as a direct result of divorce. Added into the fact, thanks to the zombie apocalypse, that his father had to kill his mother, and you have a recipe for disaster.
Prior to the apocalypse, Chris had issues with his parents’ divorce that culminated with a lot of anger towards his father. And now, his father is all he has. Yet he is also in a group that includes his new family by way of Madison and Alicia. Perhaps some of this anger is also directed at Alicia because she still has her mother? While this may be the case, according to Dave Erickson, Chris did not intend to cause harm to Alicia and her mother as they lay sleeping in Episode 7 of Fear The Walking Dead.
“If that gunshot had not gone off, I don’t think he would have hacked up his stepmom, but that gun did go off, and he freaked out and ran. And when Travis finds him in Episode 7, I think he just doesn’t know if he can control himself. And part of what we discover in the back half will be Chris trying to come to terms with himself in this world.”
Nick, it seems, has always been a part of the walking dead thanks to his addiction. Even so, it has taken him this long to realize he feels a kinship to the undead. As a result of this, Episode 7 of Fear The Walking Dead saw Nick strike out on his own. So how will this work out for him in the second half of Season 2?
In the teaser video below, it seems Nick will discover that just because he feels like he is one of the undead doesn’t mean he can just keep going like they can if he gets injured. It seems Nick will learn a very valuable lesson that to survive in the zombie apocalypse, you need to be in a group.
Strand, Madison, Alicia, and Ofelia
In Episode 7 of Fear The Walking Dead, we saw Ofelia lose yet another loved one, Strand had to bury his boyfriend, Madison had to leave her son and her boyfriend behind, and Alicia left her brother. How will this dynamic of loss play out moving forward into the second half of Season 2? According to an interview Dave Erickson did with Yahoo!, Madison may have left Nick behind, but he is still her one weakness.
“I think she is somebody who will continue to rise as a leader, and she will take steps forward and she will fall back, because fundamentally the one weakness that she has is Nick. It’s the one element of her life [where] she sometimes makes very bad decisions and sometimes commits acts that seem reprehensible and are, but from her perspective, she’s willing to die for her son, and she’s also willing to kill.”
So expect to see this group, at least, to be led back to search for the others if Madison is at the helm.
Season 2 of AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead returns Sunday, August 21, with Episode 8 at 9 p.m. ET.
The official synopsis for the second half of Season 2 of Fear The Walking Dead is below.
“As Fear The Walking Dead embarks on the second half of season two, the Clark, Manawa and Salazar families fracture. The events that took place at the Abigail compound have set all of our heroes adrift. Now they must forge their own paths to survive.”
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