Fear the Walking Dead opens with a look at Nick basically washing ashore. Tents are everywhere, the wind abusing them, but nothing that lives seems to stir. We see a walker slowly making its way in Nick’s direction. More walkers make their presence known. Nick kills one and gets himself inside a tent where he guts the monster and begins covering himself in the entrails. He plans on walking about, freely, which he learned was an option during last week’s episode.
Looking back to the boat Travis and Madison are discussing potentially throwing Strand overboard. Travis likes the idea, Madison is concerned that Strand is still needed. Chris shoots the breeze with Ofelia when suddenly a few strangers in a raft appear and board without permission. One of the strangers, a woman, is pregnant and appears to be having issues. The other stranger, a young man, is explaining their situation when they suddenly turn the tables.
One of the men is Jack, the mysterious voice Alicia has been communicating with. Seems like he’s no nice guy after all. Everyone is tied up, save for Alicia and Strand, who’s being sure to avoid being captured. He escapes on the raft, though our new villains shoot it from the deck.
A flashback focuses on Strand and we get a little bit of information regarding his past. It sounds as though the man may have run into some money problems before the world went to Hell. It also looks as though he was willing to do whatever need be done to right his ship, even if it means robbing someone. We’ll see if his resourcefulness can keep him alive today, in a sinking raft.
We soon learn that a man by the name of Conor is in charge of the goons now on the boat. He sounds like an interesting character.
More flashbacks show Strand living lavishly, on someone else’s card. And that someone, Thomas, played by Dougray Scott, tracks the man down. He isn’t aggressive, however, in fact, he seems more interested in Strand than anything. There’s an interesting history here, for sure. Strand’s looking more mysterious by the moment. And these two are seeing the benefit of a mutual friendship. Interesting way to make friends. Speaking of making friends, this friendship may be a bit friendlier than we initially believed. These two seem awfully close.
Back on the boat Travis bides time with the villains, claiming he can get the boat fired up without the key. A call is made to Conor, the leader of this group and we soon learn that the man is en route. Is this the season 2 major villain? Will we see a major villain introduced? Is it even necessary at this point? We’re still basically getting our bearings here.
Alicia is manipulating one of these clowns. Nick is still on land, looking for – perhaps – an old friend of Strand’s. He finds him, and damn near gets his ass blown to bits, covered in blood and all. Not too tough to confuse this dude for one of the dead.
Nick is in motion with Strand’s pal, and the others on the boat are on the cusp of attempting to take the boat back.
We’re learning that Strand definitely had no plans on escorting any extra bodies to Mexico. What he did plan for the others is anyone’s guess.
We’re down to the final moments of Blood in the Streets and we see that Conor is approaching the boat. He doesn’t look very menacing, but he’s a big enough D-bag to split the family up. He wants Travis and Alicia to accompany him, but he doesn’t care what becomes of the others. He doesn’t seem like much of a leader, let alone a tyrant.
Nick and Strand’s buddy are on a raft headed for the boat and that’s when everything goes crazy. Strand’s friend snipes a few of the hooligans on the boat, which opens the window for the others to also attack, ultimately taking control of the boat once more. Nick and the other man board, everything is in order, except for the loss of Travis and Alicia, who are now with Conor. In the final shot we see that Madison has found Strand floating, and we get what could be a definitive answer: Strand is gay… or is he just an opportunist? Things that make you go hmmm… Some interesting spins on the character.