To keep lovers of all things zombie engaged on Sunday nights, AMC followed the end of “The Walking Dead” Season 6 with the beginning of “Fear the Walking Dead” Season 2. After the season premiere showed the dangers on land and at sea, episode 2 will throw our main characters headlong into a cat-and-mouse game of survival.
According to the plot synopsis of the episode, titled “We All Fall Down,” the group will encounter a family of survivalists, presumably perfectly suited for life in the wake of the end of the world. However, after the group became aware the ocean may be filled with people thinking about both surviving and prospering, there may be more to this new family than meets the eye.
The previous episode concluded with Travis (Cliff Curtis), Madison (Kim Dickens) and the rest of the group learning that the person with whom Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey) was conversing on the radio might not have been completely honest with her. Somebody out there shot up a sailboat filled with survivors, and it was heavily implied that the man on the other side of Alicia’s radio conversation, Jack, was the one responsible. However, could it have had something to do with these new survivalists?
Meanwhile, with the survivors attempting to feel out this new family, Salazar (Rubén Blades) is keeping his eye on the prize and probing Strand (Colman Domingo) for weaknesses. As anybody who has been paying attention to the series will note, Strand can be trusted about as far as he can be thrown — which would be overboard in the event Madison had anything to say about it. Nobody knows why he bothered to save them, or how he obtained the resources to do it, but one thing is clear: He’s acting very strangely.
Madison took notice and asked Daniel about him in the premiere episode. Despite grieving over the loss of his wife mere hours ago, the old man appears to be keeping a close watch on Strand in the teaser clip below, hammering him with small questions about whether he’s the person he says he is. In a slip of the tongue, or possibly more, Strand hints the luxury yacht Abigail may not actually belong to him, as he has maintained previously. This tidbit could pose a problem for him as his only source of authority is to cling to the naive notion that his name being on the ownership papers means anything amid the zombie apocalypse. Despite this apparent disclosure, Travis and the rest of the characters on “Fear the Walking Dead” are at least temporarily respecting his claim to the yacht and the decisions that go along with it.
“Fear the Walking Dead” Season 2, episode 2 will air on AMC Sunday, April 17, at 9 p.m. EDT. It will be available for viewing on the network’s website the following day, along with the Chris Hardwick-hosted aftershow “Talking Dead.”