In true franchise fashion, Fear the Walking Dead brought together the surviving members of the Manawa/Clark clan at a luxurious Mexican compound run by a seemingly well-intentioned (but ultimately shady) matron, Celia, the lifelong caretaker of Strand’s lover, Thomas, only to viciously tear them apart throughout May’s midseason finale.
Breezy days filled with sunshine, homemade meals, and watching a working television atop plush Ikea furniture (looking at you, Alicia) are short-lived in this series’ universe, and the last two episodes of the Walking Dead spinoff definitely made sure we don’t forget that. As Daniel and Chris slowly descended into madness, their actions left their loved ones in peril, with Travis chasing after his recently-departed son into the dangerous Mexican countryside just as Daniel, grappling with haunting delusions from his past, torched Celia’s estate in an attempt to atone for a history of violence.
A lot happened across the last two episodes of Fear the Walking Dead, and EW wants you to be appropriately prepared as the Fear the Walking Dead cast and crew heads into their San Diego Comic-Con panel on Friday, July 22.
Where we left off: With Celia’s burning mansion serving as an ominous backdrop (thanks, Daniel and pyro-figment Griselda!), Madison, Alicia, Ofelia, and the recently-banished Strand (that didn’t help much, did it?) fled the compound in a pickup truck. Nick, having formed a spiritual bond with Celia under the disdainful gaze of Madison, whom we saw lock Celia inside her own self-made zombie dungeon, refuses to join the group in their escape. “[Celia] was right about us. We destroy everything,” he tells his mother as she implores him to enter the vehicle. He takes off into the night as a crowd of zombies approaches.
Meanwhile, after discovering his runaway son Chris’ whereabouts, Travis vows to remain with him until he’s no longer a threat to other people. After Nick finds Travis and Chris, Travis sends him back to the compound, instructing the compliant former junkie to keep Madison in the dark about his plans to stay behind with Chris.
What we know about season 2’s back half: There will be zombies. Duh. Also: Nick is still rocking his signature, blood-soaked-t-shirt and jeans getup as he traverses an abandoned highway (presumably) somewhere in Mexico.
“For Nick, he wants to find a place where people see the dead the way he does,” show runner Dave Erickson told EW about the season 2 continuation. “Where people see the dead not as a threat, not as a danger, but as an extension of themselves – sort of an evolution. That’s his goal. So, when he leaves, when he realizes Celia’s gone, and the compound is burned, he’s going to set out to find people who are more likeminded and will give him some clues along the way. And then it sort of falls into the be-careful-what-you-wish-for category. When he actually gets to a place with some degree of spiritual comfort for him. It’s not going to last very long.”
Comic-Con burning questions: Did Daniel really go down in flames as Celia’s compound burned around him? Will Michelle Ang’s Alex, whose raft Strand cut loose from the Abigail, return? Will the group finally reunite — alive?
Fear the Walking Dead’s second season continues Sunday, Aug. 21 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC. The show’s Chris Hardwick-moderated Comic-Con panel, featuring cast members Cliff Curtis, Kim Dickens, Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Lorenzo James Henrie, Mercedes Mason, and Colman Domingo along with executive producer and show runner Erickson, executive producers Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Dave Alpert, and Greg Nicotero, begins Friday, July 22 at 12 p.m. PT at Hall H in the San Diego Convention Center.