After an opening first season of Fear the Walking Dead that had the best ratings for any first season in cable history, the series is set to return for its second season on April 10. While set in the same universe as The Walking Dead, there were clear distinctions between the mothership and its sister series during that first season. Fear the Walking Dead took us back to the beginnings of the outbreak, and introduced us to a different set of characters far less familiar with the threat imperiling them. The setting was different. The tone was different. Even the style of the two shows are distinct.
As Fear the Walking Dead moves into its second season, we will be introduced to another first in The Walking Dead universe: The ocean. Is it the “safe harbor” from a world overrun with zombies that the characters hope it will be, or is the threat just as menacing out on the open water?
We’ll find out on April 10. In the meantime, here are 10 questions our team has heading into the second season.
1. Will season two take place in the ocean?
According to showrunner Dave Erickson, the season will split time between land and sea. How will that work? Zombies cannot swim, so while the Clarks, Manawas, and Salazar families are on the yacht, presumably they are safe from walkers. However, there is the danger that others — particularly those crowded onto smaller boats — will want what they have. In order to escape the apocalyptic pirates or make supply runs, they will have to return to land, and the trailer certainly suggests that zombies are like most of us: They love the Southern California beaches. Even walkers like a nice tan.
Here’s the other problem with the nautical setting: A yacht is an enclosed space, a much smaller version of the arena in the season finale. That means, if one person dies and turns into a zombie, the virus could potentially spread quickly throughout the yacht, just as it did in the prison on The Walking Dead.
2. What is the deal with Strand?