WARNING: This article contains spoilers for Fear the Walking Dead. Though, you probably knew that already, right?
After last week's pilot episode, Fear the Walking Dead really upped the ante this week as we launched into a city on the verge of an apocalypse. There was undoubtedly more action as we watched Los Angeles melt down and descend into riots after the fear and confusion of the residents reached fever pitch.
Episode 2, "So Close, Yet So Far" started exactly where the pilot episode left off with Travis, Madison and Nick driving away from the scene of Cal's death. From there we experienced the pain of seeing our group split up, each trying to do the best for their families (Travis finding his son and ex-wife, and Madison finding drugs to ease Nick's withdrawal). And the episode finished with our characters still split, with a half baked idea of heading for the desert, but no way of getting there.
We saw and learned a lot in "So Close, Yet So Far," but why not see if there's anything you missed with this top 5 list:
1. The name of the high school is a tribute
As the city of Los Angeles falls, the name of the high school Madison and Travis work at is a pretty cool tribute to the man that help build it: Paul R. Williams. Paul R. Williams was an architect who, over the span of his career designed over 2,500 buildings - the vast majority of which are in Los Angeles. In addition to designing the houses of celebrities (for the likes of Frank Sinatra and Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz), he also designed many public buildings you may be familiar with, such as the Theme Building at LAX, the LA County Courthouse, and the Hollywood YMCA. In addition to designing thousands of buildings in LA, at the time Williams became certified in 1921, he was the first certified African-American architect west of the Mississippi.
2. It's much harder to kill these walkers
At this point in The Walking Dead, it's pretty easy to crush a walker's skull with any sort of object. Nearly two years into the zombie apocalypse, walkers have decomposed and slowed, as a result they have become much less of a danger when they're alone, or in small groups. All these fresh, newly turned walkers in Fear the Walking Dead will be much harder to kill, as shown by the number of hits it took Madison to take down the zombified Artie. Granted this was her first kill, but the extinguisher was heavy and she was wielding it with strength. With LA being a big city, and the walkers being freshly turned, I think we might see some pretty brutal sights when survivors encounter these stronger walker herds.
3. The authorities are withholding information
Last week, we saw the viral video of the highway shooting in Fear the Walking Dead, where the police didn't seem to know how to cope with the zombies at all, finally landing a headshot and taking it down. This week it was evident that the cops had all been briefed on what to do, and we saw two gunned down in public, setting off a riot in the process. In addition to knowing how to take down walkers, if the cop stockpiling water is anything to go by, then it also appears they also know the city is on the verge of disaster, and are protecting themselves as much as (if not more than) the city. With the increased noise of sirens and helicopters, it doesn't look like it'll be long until LA is a lawless.
4. The new family is hiding something
It seems as though we've meet the Fear the Walking Dead version of the Greene family in just the second episode! Daniel and Griselda Salazar (who are originally from El Salvador in case you were intrigued, like I was), along with their daughter Ofelia, were the three who gave shelter to Travis, Liza and Chris during the riots. Daniel was reluctant to let the three inside, and when they were allowed in (thanks to Griselda), he was extremely insistent that they remain in the shop, and not go into the family's apartment. Was Daniel just trying to keep the three strangers from his private residence, or is it more likely to be something similar to the Greene family with their barn full of walkers? Maybe a son or another relative, like the ones Griselda was praying for at the end of the episode?
5. Matt is definitely dead
Right at the end of the episode we revisited some of the locations from throughout the episode - Principal Artie lying dead inside the school, a burning car in the middle of the riots, and a couple of suitcases sitting by a car with an open trunk. Unfortunately, that abandoned car pretty much confirms that Matt is dead, and it's more than likely his parents are as well. Returning home to find your son zombified is probably quite a shock, and by the time Matt tore into them with his hungry gnashers it would have been too late. I guess it was a good thing that Nick had his seizure, because it more than likely prevented Alicia's death.
Bonus: Smart nod to the new special
In case you didn't hear, it was announced at the end of last week that AMC will be producing a standalone 30 minute special that will be entirely set on a plane in the Walking Dead universe. The special will be set in the same time as Fear the Walking Dead (at the beginning of the apocalypse), and audiences will see a planeload of people dealing with a zombie outbreak while in midair. The show will debut online and according to EW "unfold in chapters that will air during Walking Dead’s on-air telecasts." What's even cooler is that the standalone show will eventually tie into Fear the Walking Dead when one of the survivors of the zombie-plane will join the cast of Fear in the second season. With all of that being revealed just days before this episode, it seems like it's no coincidence the camera zoomed in on this plane.