The future is bleak in the season two premiere of ‘Fear The Walking Dead.’ Even with a sick yacht to save them from the perils of Los Angeles and mankind, Travis, Madison, and the rest of the group find out the hard way it’s just not safe enough.
On the April 10 premiere of Fear The Walking Dead‘s second season, there really is no safe harbor. Travis (Cliff Curtis) and Madison (Kim Dickens) are back and desperate to find somewhere to start a new with the help of Victor Strand (Colman Domingo). Unfortunately, they run into serious trouble very quickly on the water.
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Los Angeles is burning (literally) as our small group of survivors race to get to Victor’s yacht, Abigail, before it’s too late. You can hear bombs going off, missiles flying, and Chris is still saying goodbye to his mother’s dead body on the beach. But, there isn’t much time to waste, because while they are waiting for a tiny boat to return and pick them up, walkers slowly but surely start to storm the beach. Talk about timing!
Everyone is forced to take action, especially Travis and Madison. They take out the walkers using rocks from the beach and their bare hands, and somehow they manage to survive long enough for Nick to return with the small boat. They pile in, Travis even carrying Liza’s body, and board the yacht that Victor has waiting.
Once they are all on the yacht, Victor prepares to take off into the water as the rest of the group watches their hometown burn to the ground.
The following day Victor seems to be getting everyone accustomed to life on the water. When concerns are raised about him not being on the bridge and acting as captain, Victor reveals that the yacht is incredibly high tech and can more or less man itself without someone behind the wheel 24/7. Pretty baller — and extremely helpful considering the circumstances.
It doesn’t take long at all for the group to encounter other people. As they are sailing away, screams can be heard from a short distance that grab everyone’s attention. Madison quickly tries to get Strand to stop and help the group of people, but he refuses and it’s clear he won’t even consider letting anyone else on the yacht from here on out. While that’s probably smart, it’s surprising to Madison for obvious reasons — people are suffering, this situation is entirely too new to understand, and Strand isn’t up for a compromise.
Interestingly enough, Travis is with Victor on this decision.
Alicia Makes An Unlikely Friend
Meanwhile, Alicia is listening to a radio to see if there’s any word of a safe place to go. Instead, all she hears are the desperate pleas of those looking for the same. Strand seems to have his sights set on San Diego, but he says something pretty poignant after revealing his plans: “The entire world is ‘I don’t know’ right now.” I wonder if he has any idea how right he is about that.
Since we picked up right where season one left off, things are pretty intense among the group. Their world has completely fallen apart, and the aftermath has left most of them suffering to accept their new reality. Chris sits in bed and stares at his mom’s dead body all day, while Travis worries about him like crazy, and Alicia refuses to sleep because she’s too stressed out after listening to the radio.
Plus, Ofelia hasn’t spoken a word since she got on the boat, and her dad, Daniel, is holding down the yacht’s back end with what appears to be a massive machine gun. As you might remember, her mother died while being held in captivity by the government, and she found out the hard way that her father more or less tortures people for a living. Awesome!
Eventually Alicia finds a channel on the radio that is playing music, and a young man’s voice occasionally speaks asking if anyone else is out there. For some reason, his plea and the music combined get to her, and she let’s him know she’s alive, too. She spends the rest of the day talking to the guy, and finds out that he and his brother are on a boat in a cove somewhere they think is safe. However, he won’t tell her where exactly just yet… which is a good sign, isn’t it?
When Chris finally decides to step back into the land of the living and leave his mother’s body alone in the bedroom, he finds Daniel fishing on the yacht and joins him without hesitation. That’s the one good thing about being on the water: if they can fish, they can eat.
We also find out that Ofelia, who was injured in the season finale, seems to be in some pain with her wound. It’s still bleeding, and Nick points out that it doesn’t look while offering to help her clean it up. She refuses, but seems touched that he tried to help her. I’m immediately concerned about her wound… and whether or not it’s leading to a deadly infection.
Strand Needs To Be Watched
The mysterious Strand seems to enjoy hanging out by himself. When Madison goes looking for him, she can hear him talking to someone… though he later tells her he was only talking to himself to keep awake. It’s a curious thing, but quickly gets shrugged off. That is, until, Madison talks to Daniel about Strand. He mentions that he thinks their host has ulterior motives, and admits that he’s been watching him — and will continue to do so.
When the time comes to dump Liza’s body, Travis is the one who says some final words over her body. The moment seems to be going well until Chris slowly walks up and then, out of nowhere, covers her face and aggressively pushes her body into the water. Intense.
Alicia and the man on the radio, Jack, have become friends. She’s only shared a little bit of information about the yacht, but it’s enough to be concerned when suddenly Jack’s boat is taking on water. Coincidence? Strand doesn’t think so, even after Alicia tries to convince Travis that picking up Jack and his brother would be a good idea. Not on Strand’s watch!
Strand likely made the right decision though, because when Alicia tells Jack that they can’t come and help, his entire demeanor changes. “I’ll see you soon,” he tells her, then goes radio silent.
Chris Puts His & Nick’s Life In Danger
Things finally seem to be calming down when Daniel sets up a beautiful dinner made of the eel he caught earlier. It’s likely this group hasn’t eaten in a day or so, so they are all pretty excited to sit around the table like a family and enjoy a meal. But Chris passes on the dinner, and instead decides to jump off the back of the yacht and go for a swim.
Nick is the first one to jump after Chris, and once he catches up to him in the ocean Chris tells him he just wanted to swim for a little bit. Nick is fine with this and goes off swimming on his own, giving Chris some room while staying in the water just in case.
As he’s swimming he sees another body floating in the water, and it’s moving so Nick assumes the person is alive. When he swims up underneath it he gets just close enough for the walker to reach out and try to grab him. There’s a short struggle, and that’s when everyone else on the yacht spots the wreckage from another boat. Travis jumps on the dingy boat to pick up Chris in the water, and then rushes to get Nick before returning.
Meanwhile, Strand is alerted to another boat “flying” towards the mat 25mph. He’s convinced it’s the people who caused the wreckage, and the same guy that Alicia was talking to all of this time. Once Travis and the boat return, Strand floors it to try and escape.
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