In the season two finale of ‘Fear The Walking Dead,’ one major character is killed off, Alicia takes her first human life, and Madison finds herself one step closer to finding Nick.
Episode 1: Nick Gets Some Really Bad News
We are immediately reunited with Ofelia (Mercedes Mason), who is still on the run after abandoning her friends at the resort. She’s having some car trouble, which quickly turns into normal end-of-the-world trouble with the infected when they surprise her with an attack. It looks like she might be at the border, as her truck is parked against a large metal gate blocking the roads from drivers. However, we learn that while Ofelia may have been totally crazy to leave her group behind, she is pretty good at taking care of herself — taking out four of the infected on her own. When she spots more on the way she grabs her things and heads off on foot, walking along the metal wall.
Eventually she comes across an opening in the fence and is able to crawl through, finding herself on American soil for the first time in who knows how long. But what’s her final destination? Unfortunately we never get to find out because she is shot at by what seems to be a refugee solider.
Next we’re brought to the colonia where Nick (Frank Dillane) has been living, and we see him sneaking out of bed where he leaves behind a sleeping Luciana (Danay Garcia). As planned in the previous episode, he meets up with one of the guys from the community, takes the drugs they use to exchange for water, then heads out towards the warehouse. Let’s hope his newfound bravery isn’t a huge mistake.
They arrive safely to the warehouse, but when the gang members try to take the oxy they demand to speak to Marco (Alejandro Edda) first. It seems like the gang members are preparing for something, especially since we can clearly see the warehouse is starting to look a little bare. Moments before Nick meets with Marco he’s pointing out a spot on the map and telling his comrade that they will use a “lot of firepower” to get inside wherever it is they are going — likely the colonia. That’s when Nick arrives and tells Marco he knows that they found them, and that he promises they will deliver every week on time if Marco gives his word to leave them alone.
Marco finds humor in Nick’s offer, then reveals that he has teamed up with another gang member that controls all of the drugs in Tijuana. Apparently Marco has something this man wants, and then he reveals that it’s the colonia. Marco knows how they get in, how they get out, and he tells Nick that if he doesn’t want to die that he needs to leave the colonia today. Nick asks where he expects all of those people to go, and Marco laughs the question off before showing him the bodies of Francisco (Alfredo Herrera) and his family — a visual message that they do not care about the people inside the colonia.
Madison Figures Out Who Brandon & Derek Are
Over at the resort we meet with Madison (Kim Dickens) who is sitting on a chair watching Travis (Cliff Curtis) sleep. Apparently he’s still having trouble with letting Chris (Lorenzo Henrie) go off with Brandon (Kelly Blatz) and the others, so once he wakes up Madison tries to help him cope. It appears that Travis refuses to leave the room he’s in, likely Madison’s, and he’s still in the dirty clothes he arrived in after walking for days to the resort. Madison leaves him alone to get breakfast with the group downstairs, but it’s Alicia who brings breakfast to Travis. This seems a lot more like an act of guilt than pure kindness, especially since it’s Alicia who first butted heads with Chris and caused a huge conflict within the family. After a moment of silence Alicia apologizes for that, but Travis reminds her that she had every right to be scared of Chris. Travis then apologizes to Alicia for not protecting her better, which is a sweet gesture since he’s the only father figure she has left.
In the garage underneath the resort Madison, Alicia and Hector (Ramses Jimenez) are serving breakfast to the refugees they let inside. Brandon and Derek (Kenny Wormald) are an immediate annoyance, making derogatory comments about the smell and yelling about needing medical attention. Madison approaches them and asks them to be more quiet, which is when they tell her they were in an accident with their truck — and that their buddy who was driving didn’t make it. Could they be talking about Chris? The two guys argue over why they let a 16-year-old from Los Angeles drive, and it hits Madison that they could be talking about Chris — but she plays it cool before heading back upstairs to tell Victor (Colman Domingo).
Madison runs into Victor’s room, who is looking much better now that he’s healed from being stabbed, and tells him that the two American kids in the garage — Derek and Brandon — are the ones Travis left Chris with. Madison is totally freaking out because she doesn’t know what to do, and Victor tells her that they can’t tell Travis what’s happening.
After her chat with Victor, Madison has Andres (Raul Casso) look at Brandon’s shoulder, and he decides they need a room in order to put it back into place. When they go to leave the garage with the two young men the rest of the refugees completely freak out, assuming that they are getting a room and/or better attention because they are American. A riot starts and the refugees follow Madison, Andres, and Hector as they move Brandon and Derek outside. Madison tells Elena to open the gate because they are leaving, and they prepare to shove the two guys out — until Travis stops them. He runs up out of nowhere and demands Madison stop, then asks Brandon and Derek where Chris is. They don’t answer him.
Nick returns to the colonia to find a very angry Luciana looking for him, and he immediately tells her what’s going on with Marco. They rush to Alejandro (Paul Calderon) to tell him but while they are doing so they are attacked by one of the infected, a patient who must have died in his sleep inside the pharmacy. Alejandro saves Nick from being bit by tackling the infected, only to be bit himself. Nick tries to take the infected out himself but the two of them topple over the banister and land on the patients below them. The infected bites the nose off of one patient, then a finger off of another before Nick finally grabs hold of him. With no weapons to use, Nick forces his thumbs into the infected’s eye sockets and goes deep inside his skull until he punctures the brain. Once the infected is dead, Nick pulls his thumbs out and watches as blood pours of the dead man’s eye sockets. I have to say, that is hands down one of the gnarliest infected/walker kills in the history of the Walked Dead franchise. Woof.
Moments later we watch as the two patients who were bit are sent into the infected bit through the school bus, while Alejandro stays behind with his arm wrapped up. Is it possible he can survive a second bite?
Nick seems terrified, especially after they force the bitten on the infected, so he immediately rushes back to his place to start packing. Luciana is not interested in leaving, in abandoning Alejandro, but Nick is begging her to come with him. That’s when Alejandro walks in and Nick doesn’t hesitate to ask him about his bite. Nick tells Alejandro that he has never seen him scared until the moment he got bit, to which the pharmacist does not respond. Luciana seems confused by why Nick would say that, so Nick demands that Alejandro tell Luciana the truth. That’s when Alejandro reveals he is not actually immune, that he had never been bitten by the infected before, and that he’s going to die. Luciana is still baffled, at least until she checks his forehead and feels that he is warm. Alejandro tries to convince Luciana to stay with him but she refuses, which leaves the pharmacist no choice but to leave Nick’s room. Unfortunately even after Alejandro is gone Luciana tells Nick she’s not leaving with him.
We Finally Learn What Happened To Chris
Back at the resort we watch as Travis leads Brandon and Derek into a restaurant space, with Madison, Oscar (Andres Londono) and Andres behind them. Travis begs to know what happened to Chris and Brandon says he’ll only tell them if they fix his shoulder. Andres steps in and pops Brandon’s shoulder back into place, and then the prick has the audacity to demand that they are allowed to stay once they tell Travis what happened. Travis is finally sick of these two and their bull, so he grabs Brandon’s sore arm and twists it until they agree to talk.
As Brandon and Derek tell the story about the car accident, we see flashbacks of Chris driving the truck with them sleeping in the back. Brandon tells Travis that Chris must have dozed off while driving, and that when they woke up the truck was flipping over and over again. We get to watch as the truck flips over an old campsite, and Brandon tells Travis that Chris was killed instantly when he flew out of the windshield — even adding gory details about how his neck was “jacked” up from the accident. Travis is gutted by this, but believes them and even asks where they left Chris’ body. That’s when Derek mentions that they pulled Chris out of the car and buried him by a tree, just like Travis would have wanted. Travis immediately catches that Derek says they pulled him out after Brandon says he was ejected through the windshield, and you can actually see something snap inside of Travis as he pushes the restaurant door closed and locks out everyone else — leaving the two jerks locked inside a room with him.
Travis immediately starts beating on Brandon and Derek, demanding to know the truth about what happened to Chris. After a few hard blows and blood spatter, it’s finally revealed that they had “no choice” but to put Chris down. With this we get one more flashback, showing Chris pulling himself out of the truck with a broken leg. He drags himself as far away from the truck as he can but it’s not enough, as Brandon and Derek and trailing him with a shotgun. When the camera pans out we see Brandon shoot Chris straight in the end, leaving the young boy lying in a pool of his own blood in the middle of the road. It’s a horrific twist, a gut wrenching moment, and, despite everything Chris put his group through, very, very painful to watch. At this point Travis has had enough, and despite Madison’s desperate screams to stop he continues to beat up Brandon and Derek until they can’t move. This is his final revenge for everything they put him through on the farm, taking away his son, and then killing the boy with no mercy.
The last time we see Derek is when Travis throws his limp body through a glass wall. A moment later Travis crushes Brandon’s skull with his foot, stomping on the kid’s head repeatedly until you can actually hear the crunching of his skull. This could be way too obvious, but something tells me that Travis will never be the same again.
Episode 2: Travis Is Exiled From The Resort
As the second episode of the season two finale begins, we pick up exactly where we left off: with Travis sitting in a state of shock after killing Derek and Brandon with his bare hands. Hector uses a chair to break the glass window, which finally allows other people access into the room. Hector and Andres rush to Oscar, who is collateral damage from trying to intervene while Travis was unleashing his wrath on Brandon and Derek. Once they get Oscar out of the room they take Travis right from Madison’s grasp to “somewhere safe” so they can deal with him. Madison is baffled by their decision to imprison Travis, but she is the one who made the rules: no violation inside the resort or you’re out.
With Victor and Alicia tailing her, Madison storms her way through the resort to find where they are keeping Travis. Victor is trying to talk her down and reminding her that she made the rules, that Travis will be exiled and that there is nothing they can do about it. That’s when Alicia intervenes, surprisingly, and suggests that they leave with him. Unfortunately for Madison, Victor reveals he isn’t leaving with them no matter what — and then he leaves them behind to deal with Travis on their own.
In order to get Travis back Madison tells Elena (Karen Bethzabe) that they are all leaving, asking for just one night to get their things together before heading off. Elena agrees despite Hector’s frustration, and Madison is allowed to take Travis upstairs for the night. He isn’t happy that they’ve all decided to leave on his behalf, but he seems to exhausted from his killing spree to argue with her. After all, Madison is the boss!
As this is happening Alicia goes to check on Oscar, who she finds passed out on a table in a dimly lit room where Andres is working on him. He tells her he has to cut a piece of Oscar’s skull out to relieve the pressure from the swelling, then asks her to leave. For some reason Alicia stays just close enough where she can watch as Andres uses a razor to slice open Oscar’s head.
Nick Learns The Truth About Alejandro
Over at the Colonia, Luciana is tending to Alejandro’s bite wound — but he isn’t doing well. He looks terrible, and although Luciana tries to put some makeup on him it doesn’t help at all. Before she leaves him alone she tells him he needs to lie to the people inside the colonia before disappearing, because they still need something to believe in and they can’t know that he’s dying. With that she leaves him alone, though sadly it doesn’t seem she’ll be leaving with Nick any time soon.
Just as he’s leaving his place with his bag and jacket Nick spots Luciana walking across the colonia. He tries one more time to convince her to leave but she still isn’t having it, and in fact she insults his manhood by calling him a boy and telling him to do what he does best: run. Ouch.
Shortly after Alejandro, who is looking worse and worse by the moment, addresses the people of the colonia to tell him that Marco’s gang is coming. Despite his rapidly declining health, Alejandro delivers a powerful speech that reminds the people that no matter what happens they still have their faith. As this is happening we watch Nick hit the road with nothing but his duffel bag, but something catches his attention just outside of the colonia walls. In the distance Nick spots a helicopter landing, maybe only a few miles away — a definite sight for sore eyes as the world is ending.
For some reason this sends Nick back to the colonia, where he finds Alejandro on his last leg inside his home. He tells Alejandro about the helicopter that landed, apparently over the border, and that if he agrees to leave that Luciana will go with them. Before Alejandro can make a conscious decision Nick injects him with the oxy he was trying to crush when he arrived, and watches as the man passes out beside him.
While Alicia sleeps in preparation for their departure tomorrow, Madison has a long overdue heart-to-heart with Travis about how much they’ve both changed. He tells her that he’s not sorry for killing Brandon and Derek and that he never will be, and she tells him she understands more than he knows. That’s when Madison finally tells him how she killed Celia (Marlene Forte) by locking her in with the dead back at the compound, only to protect Nick. Their differences seemed to be interfering with their relationship, especially after being reunited, but it turns out that Travis and Madison are much more alike than they ever really knew.
Unfortunately, Oscar dies after Andres cuts into his skull, and it fires Hector up. He tells Elena it’s not right that Travis and Madison are just upstairs sleeping comfortably in bed while they are dealing with losing Oscar, and despite Elena’s protests it’s pretty clear that Hector is looking to retaliate.
Alicia Bravely Saves Travis From Death
It’s Travis who hears them coming, and Hector who is first to take him down. Andres watches as Hector beats on Travis, as another one of their men holds Alicia and Madison back. She begs for them to just let them leave, promises they’ll disappear forever, but it’s not enough. Out of nowhere Andres pulls a gun on Travis and points it directly at his head, telling him how he had to cut open his own brother. Just as he’s about to pull the trigger something stops him, and after he collapses we see that it was Alicia. She used her knife and stabbed him right in the heart, watching as he died on the floor. This is the first human life Alicia has taken, and it stuns her. Madison practically has to drag her out of the room, which she’s only able to do because Victor pulls a gun on Hector and the others to get them to leave.
The entire family runs downstairs and jumps into a truck to leave, but Victor refuses to go with them. He hands Madison his gun and then watches the tail lights as Travis drives the truck straight through the front gate to freedom. As they move on once again, Madison watches as Alicia stares out the window blankly with tears in her eyes. “You’ll be alright,” Madison tells her, before locking eyes with Travis in the rearview mirror. The question begs to be answered, are they killers… or are they survivors?
When Travis finally stops driving we find that he’s at the warehouse where Madison thought she heard the gang members (aka Marco) talking about Nick. The place is deserted, completely empty, but Madison is still hopeful there is something that will lead her to where her son is. The only thing Madison and Travis find inside are the three bodies of Francisco’s family, so they search the bodies for any information and find a drivers license with an address. Unfortunately for Alicia, it seems she wasn’t let in on the “find Nick” mission.
The next morning we watch as Marco and trucks full of gang members arrive at the colonia. They break through the wall where the horde of walkers are, get through the bus and finally make their way into the colonia only to find it has been completely deserted — just like their warehouse. There isn’t a soul in sight, and the gang celebrates by shooting their guns in the area.
Madison Gets Closer & Closer To Seeing Nick
However, we quickly learn that Alejandro hid behind a wall near the walker horde and somehow found the strength to get inside the bus once the coast was clear. He gets the bus started and moves it just enough to let all of the walkers out, who head straight for Marco’s gang after hearing all of the gun shots ring out. The guys try to shot at them but they just don’t have enough fire power, so they run for it.
When Travis, Madison and Alicia finally arrive at the colonia it’s a ghost town. There is no walker horde, there are no gang members, and they don’t know it yet but Nick is long gone with the rest of the people towards the border.
It’s Alicia who discovers Alejandro on the brink of death inside the bus. When Madison and Travis arrive she’s already laid him down, knowing full well he’s about to die but still hoping to get some information out of him. When he comes to for just a moment, Madison is able to ask about Nick. All Alejandro is able to get out is “border,” then he pauses and adds that Nick “saw something.” Those are his last words before he dies right there before them, leaving Madison no choice but to stake him in the head so he doesn’t return.
As Madison is taking care of Alejandro we watch Nick, Luciana and the rest of the colonia arrive at the border. They go through the toll plaza and that’s when Nick is able to spot another helicopter, assuming it’s a refugee camp. Everyone gets very excited and slowly starts to move forward, but they are caught by surprise when what appear to be refugee soldiers — just like the one that found Ofelia in the previous episode — open fire on them. They ruthlessly shoot at everyone and anyone, including Luciana who is hit in the chest. Nick manages to grab Luciana and hide her behind a booth, but it doesn’t take long for two of the American shooters to find them. Thankfully they don’t immediately shoot the couple, but they separate them — and the last we see of Nick is him being kicked in the face by one of the men.
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