Fear the Walking Dead opened with shots of Los Angeles cloaked in blackness before zooming in on the arena, the chains holding the doors shut locking the horde of thousands of zombies inside, threatening to break.

Fear The Walking Dead Recap

Travis (Cliff Curtis) and Madison (Kim Dickens) tell Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey) and Chris (Lorenzo James Henrie) that the military is evacuating, and that they’re moving out of the neighborhood as well. Before they flee, though, they need to stop at the compound to pick up Griselda (Patricia Reyes Spíndola), Liza (Elizabeth Rodriguez) and Nick (Frank Dillane) – and they need Andrew (Shawn Hatosy) to help them locate them once they get there.

While Ofelia (Mercedes Mason) confronts Daniel (Rubén Blades) about his lies during the war in El Salvador, Andrew tries to manipulate Travis into setting him free, claiming that Daniel will assuredly kill him as soon as he gets what he needs. As the plans is set in motion, Daniel leads the thousands of zombies from the arena right to the military base. He then meets up with the rest of the group in the car park, where he learns that Travis let Andrew go. Although he believes Travis made the wrong call, he goes with him and Madison and Ofelia to the compound, leaving Alicia and Chris to guard the vehicles.

With their parents gone, Alicia tries to soothe Chris, assuring him that if they can’t get into the compound they’ll turn around and come back. In an argument, Alicia mirrors her mother’s belief that you can’t save everyone, while Chris mirrors his father in his belief that everyone can be saved – and be saved through the justest of means. When they hear footsteps approaching, the two jump back into the car and duck down. Instead of the infected, however, it’s member of the military who want to commandeer their ride. They put up a fight, but it’s futile.

Meanwhile, at the compound, Nick is growing increasingly restless in the cell with Strand (Colman Domingo), who urges him not to draw attention to himself. In the medical ward, Bethany (Sandrine Holt) and Liza see that the compound has been compromised and realize that the evacuation crew realizes it as well. Bethany urges Liza to run and that she’ll take care of the remaining patients. As for Chris, Bethany tells her that if no one has gone for him yet, they won’t be now.

While Liza and Nick, who’s still with Strand, start to walk out of the compound, Travis and Madison are entering.  As the zombies raid the compound, military men are falling everywhere, zombies feeding on their flesh. Just as it looks like Nick and Strand have been cornered by the infected, Travis, Madison, Daniel and Ofelia show up. Not far behind them is Liza, who has the key card to let them out. In the kitchen of the compound, zombies confront the group. Nick saves his mother’s life with a hammer and then introduces her to Strand, who had saved his life.

After the imminent zombie threat is over, Daniel asks Liza about his wife, and she has to tell him and his daughter that not only is she dead, but that there’s nothing left to see of her. In any case, she leads them to the medical ward, where Bethany has killed all of the sick. She tells Liza that she should have gone when she said – but here’s a way through the sub level. When Bethany refuses to follow, Strand gets everyone moving and suggests that they head west instead of east.

By the time the group emerges from the compound, nothing but burnt remains are left, including those of Griselda’s. When the group return to the cars, the SUV is gone, but Alicia and Christopher are still alive. Andrew is also there, and he has a gun pointed on Daniel. Instead of shooting him, however, he shoots Ofelia. Finally, Travis loses it and punches Andrew close to death. Fortunately, Ofelia was only shot through the arm, and Liza predicts she’s going to make a full recovery.

With everyone in a car, Strand leads them to his luxe generator-powered house on the water. Finally in what appears to be a safe space, Liza warmly embraces Chris and then heads off towards the water. Madison, sensing that something is wrong, follows her and soon learns that Liza had been bitten. Using Madison’s own words against her, she says, “Don’t make Travis do it. It will break him,” while handing her a gun. Before Madison can go through with it, Travis finds them. He tries to dissuade Liza, but she tells him she’s seen that everyone who dies will turn. Convinced, Travis solemnly takes the gun from Madison.

While the kids are eating ice pops on the deck, they hear the fatal gunshot. Chris and Alicia run down to the shore to find Liza dead. Travis, as broken as Liza had predicted, kneels down into the water in tears.