By Dalton Ross
Updated July 19, 2016 at 04:56 PM EDT
Credit: Richard Foreman Jr/AMC

There’s nowhere to hide for the survivors of Fear the Walking Dead when the zombie drama returns for the second half of season 2 on Aug. 21. That’s because the splintered group is now not only scattered to the winds after the destruction of the Mexican compound, but they also have no safe haven.

Showrunner Dave Erickson hints that the lack of a home base will become a major obstacle moving forward. “Initially, for the first half of the season, they had the boat, which, despite some of the threats and the jeopardy they faced, there’s really few better ways to travel in the apocalypse than on a luxury yacht,” says Erickson. “They had water, and they had a certain degree of safety until things went sideways. And with the compound they had a place where there was hot and cold running water and there was food and initially there was safety.”

But now, all that is gone. “This is the first time, for all of them, where they have to survive on the land for a time and they have to figure out a way,” says Erickson. “That’s going to be a crucial step for Nick, especially, when we first return next season. We’re going to see each group, with one exception, struggling to find a place. There are going to be some close calls for everybody.”

Judging by how things left off, Nick seems to think his place is among the infected (which we see en masse in the exclusive image above), and that storyline will continue to play out in the back half of season 2. “Nick has a certain comfort level with the dead and with this world that is foreign and upsetting to Madison,” says Erickson. “The truth of the matter is, if you actually look at the structure of the first half of the season, despite their best intentions, they do leave chaos in their wake, anytime the family arrives someplace.”

But Erickson notes that the carnage that left Nick so distressed may start to evolve into something else. “That is something they will become better at as they sort of abjure in the apocalypse and get a better understanding of their place in it now and how to function. “They’ve now been through some s— and so they’re going to be better prepared for what’s to come, and that includes Travis, ultimately.”

And what exactly does that mean in terms of Travis? We’ll have to wait to find out until the AMC series returns on Aug. 21 at 9 p.m. ET.

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