Thoughts On AMC's Fear The Walking Dead Season Two, Episode Ten With Lorenzo James Henrie

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In last week's episode of AMC's Fear the Walking Dead, Strand described Nick to Madison as, "bulletproof." This is apparently genetic as, despite Maddie's best efforts to the contrary, she and Strand managed to survive what appeared to be a no-win situation, once again, in tonight's episode.

Nick, meanwhile, is becoming a valuable asset to La Colonia and may have kicked heroin in the process. We will see — Alejandro is a pharmacist, after all.

It isn't a bad thing at all that the core cast has suffered merely one casualty since leaving Los Angeles, but it is noteworthy. There is only the constant feeling of dread, knowing that as we get to know each character more intimately, eventually, more than one of these people will fall. The mothership ripped off that bandage pretty quickly.

Then again, Ofelia might be dead after separating from Alicia. My guess is that, not unlike Rick in the parent series and Tyrese in the comics, so much has happened to her in such a short time, she really needs an outlet and has a sufficient level of rage that she could actually pull it off. Braining a couple dozen reanimated corpses is a great way to deal with anger, and helpful to your fellow survivors. Or she gave into the hopelessness, and the next time we see her, she's going to be cuckoo for people puffs.

Alicia not only made a new friend, but we found out why it's "raining men" at the hotel. The comparison with hotel manager, Elena (Karen Bethzabe), and the Gabriel character in The Walking Dead is inevitable. It really is hard to say which is worse: Gabriel locking his congregation out of his church or Elena locking a wedding party in a ballroom just as the recently deceased father of the bride began to snack on his daughter. We are sure to learn more about Elena in the coming episodes, but the separating factor appears to be that Gabriel at least feels guilty about it.

Then again, the payback for Elena's "sin" was relatively immediate and we learned the valuable lesson that zombies are a lot like toddlers: they walk in an unstable way and are easily distracted by keys.

The big question is how those who lived through the wedding party managed to survive for roughly a month (give or take) without the same advantages as Elena who has – well, had – the keys to the entire hotel, access to enough supplies for thousands of hotel guests and a cousin with a talent for dealing with the walkers.

And we finally caught up with Travis and Chris!

Yeah… Chris…

Separating from the Clarks seems to have been good for him; as has helping Travis nurse his wounded foot. The two appear to be fixing the damaged father-son bond that defined their relationship for much of the show. There is even a touching moment when Travis teaches Chris to drive.

The only problem is that Chris feels his father just doesn't understand the new world and its rules as he does, which is amplified when they cross paths with a group of fellow Americans. The Americans are amiable, sharing supplies and giving them a ride. On the other hand, they have guns and use them more to assert power than for protection, eventually resulting in Chris shooting a frightened farmer in cold blood.

Contrary to his character's dark, brooding and even somewhat frightening demeanor, Lorenzo James Henrie — who plays Chris — is upbeat and positive. Henrie recently spoke to Bleeding Cool about his character's changing state of mind in world where death is a constant, killing is common and he is getting all too comfortable with it. "He seems like he's evening out right now, or he has some kind of calmness about him, [because] he's away from the [Clark] family right now," Henrie said. "He doesn't feel pressure to be able to fit in with them. He knows he's not like them. He's adjusted."

Or is he? According to Henrie, "In the second half of the season, he is becoming his own man and he's becoming his own guide in the sense that he's convinced of this new world, these new laws and the new nature and the dynamics of this world." And while the gun-toting trio is the furthest thing from Travis' choice for people Chris could look up to, "When he meets the Americans, he is finding his own home, and every decision he makes is right in his mind."

Though Chris has punched Travis in the face a couple times and seems drawn to a more violent and reactionary way of navigating the apocalypse, Henrie asserted that the relationship with his father is still key. "It's cool seeing his dad teaching him how to drive. That love, that father-son bond, it is there, but it's sad because Chris knows it will never be the same," said Henrie. "What Chris is doing from now until the end of the season is his form of love and affection. He knows that his dad isn't going to change. So he is saving his dad from what could be potentially harmful from the Americans. He knows that he has to protect his dad, [who] isn't adjusting."

Fear the Walking Dead airs Sundays on AMC.