Fear the Walking Dead Episode 2 Recap: The Zombie Apocalypse Has Arrived

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In Fear the Walking Dead episode 2, the zombie apocalypse is in full swing -- find out who found a safe house and who was infected in Us Weekly's recap. Justina Mintz/AMC

Now that more than 10 million people have been introduced to the world of Fear the Walking Dead, it was time for the show not only to up the ante but to get the ball rolling for Madison, Travis, and the rest of the characters we met in the premiere. 

The Walking Dead spinoff’s debut episode drew a basic cable record-shattering number of viewers, but the premiere was simply a brief (and frightening) introduction to the new AMC series. Episode 2 gave the audience some insight into how Los Angeles is reacting to the curious events that are happening and exactly where, who, and what is safe (or unsafe). 

Where We Left Off

Madison (Kim Dickens) and Travis (Cliff Curtis) and their family were still reeling from the events of the first episode. (Remember the whole “There may be a zombie apocalypse happening but no one really knows” thing?) Now that the family was reunited with an understandably shaken and still not well addict Nick (Frank Dillane), they caught up with Madison’s overachieving high school senior daughter, Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey), who walked into an unsettling scene at her boyfriend’s house. The family met her there and it was clear that Matt was infected. 

Panic Has Set In

The city’s residents had begun to panic about the ongoing events that were happening in the city. As public places began to be evacuated, Madison and Travis headed out separately looking for answers and help. Unfortunately, the people of the city wanted answers quicker and were swiftly rebelling, even chanting, “Hell no, we won’t go” as cops they surrounded another infected human. To borrow from Drake (as one does during all of life’s moments, but particularly during zombie apocalypses): Things have gone from 0 to 100 real quick. 

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Episode 2 of Fear the Walking Dead gave the audience some insight into how Los Angeles is reacting to the curious events that are happening and exactly where, who, and what is safe (or unsafe). Justina Mintz/AMC

We Need To Talk About Artie

While Madison and Tobias were at the empty school looking for supplies, they noticed they weren’t alone. Who else was there? Just Principal Artie — with his infection in tow and ready to attack Tobias. Madison came to his rescue, wielding a fire extinguisher and saving the day. Queen Kim Dickens strikes again! 

Barbershop 3: It’s A Safe House

Travis, his son, Chris, and estranged ex-wife, Liza (Elizabeth Rodriguez), found safety in a local barbershop. As they had just witnessed the killing of another infected person, they took refuge in a barbershop-turned-safe house. Unfortunately, it was not run by Cedric the Entertainer.

Everything Is Not Okay

The episode ended with Madison and Travis on either side of the city, looking out as chaos unfolded. Travis, Chris, and Liza, appeared to be protected at their safe house. The family that owns the shop prayed for help, while back at home, Madison, Nick, and Alicia were locked inside as their helpless neighbor screamed for aid. It’s a not-so-wonderful day in the neighborhood! 

Fear the Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.

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