Fear the Walking Dead wrapped up the first half of its sophomore season with an action-packed midseason finale, and fans are already looking forward to what’s next. With the second part of Season 2 fast approaching, showrunner Dave Erickson has already begun dropping hints about what to expect when the series returns. Here’s everything else that we know about the next half of Fear the Walking Dead Season 2 so far. [Update, 7/22/16: Added trailer that premiered at San Diego Comic-Con 2016 (see above).]
1. We’ll find out what Nick’s destination is
In the season finale, Nick became so upset over the fate of zombie lover Celia that he refused a ride back to the safety of the Abigail and decided to strike out on his own instead. From the looks of things, he’ll still be going when Season 2 returns. In one of the newly released first look photos, Madison’s estranged son is seen journeying down the highway on foot.
So does Nick have a plan moving forward or is he just heading out aimlessly and angered? “To a certain degree,” showrunner Dave Erickson said, per TVLine. “We connect something in the premiere of the back half. We find out he had something in his hand that we didn’t know about that makes him a little bit less insane than to just walk off. He also reconnects with someone when we come back in Episode 8.”
2. Madison will showcase her dark side
Madison had a Rick Grimes moment this season, when she essentially murdered Celia in cold blood. According to Erickson, we’ll see more of her violent side in the back half of Season 2.
“Madison has alluded to it before, but she’s had an interesting relationship with violence. She does have a morality, and she does have good qualities, obviously. But what we’ll find out [in the second half of the season] is that there’s a darker side to Madison Clark,” he said. “The more we get to know her, the more we’ll understand why she’s willing to go to the places she does.”
As for her motivation in the murder, Erickson explains, “You also have to bear in mind … that you have a woman in Celia who seems harmless in that moment but also poisoned an entire congregation to protect the infected in her wine cellar! She’s not someone to be trifled with! So the question for us was, what would Madison do if, for example, she’d gone to the shooting gallery and found her son having shot up, and been confronted with his drug dealer? Would she have called the cops? Would she have dealt with it in the moment?”
As her actions highlight, Madison clearly has the ability to “go to a violent place when the need arises,” as Erickson suggests.
3. Chris will face continued struggles to stay in control
Chris has always been a troubled kid, but he’s become downright dangerous and terrifying over the last season — and that’s not set to change anytime soon. “Chris is in a very strange place where he doesn’t have, initially, someone to connect to who really understands him. He’s really kind of rudderless and lost,” Erickson told TVLine. “When he gets to Episode 3 and he’s forced to put down that man on the plane, that’s incredibly traumatizing for him, but it also speaks to the philosophy that he’s beginning to take on, and that will manifest itself in the back half of the season, which is that in this world, it’s what you have to do.”
His instability has only increased since the murder of Reed. “The big transition for him is going from putting down the dead to putting down the living, then trying to justify and rationalize — with Reed in Episode 5. If there’s a breaking point for him, it’s that,” Erickson explains. “In killing Reed, he’s basically signaled to everyone else in the family that he’s crossed the line. I mean, it’s murder, and they’re now looking at him as a murderer. So I think the level of confusion he’s suffering … that’s a lot of noise in his head.”
His struggle will continue to unspool in the back half of the sophomore season. “Part of what we discover in the back half will be Chris trying to come to terms with himself in this world,” he said.
4. Travis and Chris’s relationship will continue to evolve
As Chris struggles with his inner turmoil, Travis will have a hard time maintaining their relationship, especially in lieu of the dangerous environment they find themselves in. “In terms of understanding and adapting to the apocalypse, Travis has now killed some of the dead, but he’s still trying to hold on to something. In the back half, specifically, that will be his son,” Erickson said. “So how that relationship develops or evolves is going to have a lot to do with how Travis and Chris make peace with — or don’t make peace with — the apocalypse.”
5. What we’ve seen so far
AMC’s official synopsis for the back half of Season 2 reads. “As Fear the Walking Dead embarks on the second half of season two, the Clark, Manawa and Salazar families fracture. The events that took place at the Abigail compound have set all of our heroes adrift. Now they must forge their own paths to survive.”
The network has released a brief teaser for the upcoming episodes (seen above), as well as a teaser image and some key art. The photo shows a pack of walkers, as seen below, while the promo art teases plenty of death in the upcoming season.
Fear the Walking Dead Season 2 returns to AMC on August 21 at 9 p.m. Eastern time.