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?
Easily the most compelling character of the opening season was Colman Domingo’s Victor Strand. We don’t know much about him yet, except that he likes resourceful people, and he was wealthy enough working as a fixer in the pre-zombie apocalypse that he owns a beach house and a yacht. He also seems to know a lot more about zombies than other people. Unfortunately, he also may be a sociopath. We have no idea what his motives are, but we do know that he’s taking the rest of the survivors to a yacht.
3. Will season two continue to take place in Los Angeles?
We know that the second season will take place on water and land. However, we don’t know whether the land portion of the series will continue to be Los Angeles or somewhere else. We know that the second season was filmed in Baja, Mexico, but we don’t know yet if the series’ setting will relocate there or somewhere else.
4. Will the family who fights zombies together stay together?
One of the growing pains in the first season of Fear the Walking Dead involved how much the central family seemed to dislike each other. They always seemed to be at odds, disagreeing on how to confront the threat from the zombies. Though they were part of this new post-zombie world, the bickering among family members still resembled what was typical of family members pre-zombie.