Frank Dillane as Nick Clark - Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 2, Episode 8 - Photo Credit: Richard Foreman Jr/AMC

Season 2, Episode 8

Grotesque

Nick's steadfast search for answers leads him into a deadly dog-eat-dog landscape. A dark piece of his past is uncovered.

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Nick wakes up at a crash house in Baja. He finds Sofia, a member of Celia’s extended family. She’s going to South, but tells him to head north if he wants to join up with those like Celia.

Sofia gives Nick a backpack full of food and a jug of water and points him towards the highway.

Nick treks through the hills of Baja and reaches the highway. A sign indicates Tijuana is 100 kilometers away.

Nick searches an abandoned car for supplies but finds nothing.

In a flashback, Nick plays thumb war with his girlfriend Gloria at a rehab facility. She urges him to rehearse an upcoming meeting with his parents to avoid a longer stint in rehab. She role-plays his father and asks him to share his feelings after serving three weeks in rehab. Nick blames his father for being absent in his life.

Back in the present, Nick finds an empty house and sets up camp for the night.

While Nick sleeps, a woman attacks him with a bat and screams. Nick tries to get his backpack and water but she chases him out.

Nick trudges down the road without food or water. He spots a water bottle in a car. He dodges an Infected in the driver’s seat and snatches the water. He also takes a radio from the dashboard. When he sees a Jeep approaching, he ducks behind the car. Three outlaws get out of the jeep and kill a man begging for water. They hear Nick’s radio crackle and chase him through a field. Nick escapes.

Nick walks through the desert. Desperate for water and food, he pounds a cactus leaf and eats the flesh. He gags and vomits it up. Desperate, he urinates into his hand and drinks it.

Nick huddles by a van at night. In a flashback, Nick and Gloria wait in the hallway of the rehab facility. They see Gloria’s well-to-do parents check in at the front desk. Madison arrives and waves at Nick.

In a private room, Madison tells Nick why his father isn’t visiting. He died in a head-on collision. Gloria looks in the room and sees Madison hugging Nick.

In the present, Nick wakes up to two dogs barking in his face. One dog bites his leg. He scrambles on top of the van. The dogs leave him to attack a herd of Infected that is heading toward the van. The herd devours the dogs.

Nick rests on top of the van and inspects his leg wound. The herd hears him grimace and swarms the van. Nick prays. A car horn sounds in the distance. The herd flocks toward the horn. Nick crawls off the van and eats meat from a dog carcass. He removes the belt from a maimed Infected.

Nick covers himself in Infected blood and walks with the herd. His vision blurs. He hallucinates the Infected talking to him.

The herd travels down a road. The outlaws find the herd and start shooting the Infected. One of the outlaws recognizes Nick within the throng. Spooked by Nick’s glare, he freezes. The herd devours the outlaw as his friends drive off.

Luciana and two men watch Nick through binoculars as he travels down the road with the herd. Nick falls to the ground. Francisco insists on saving him, but Luciana refuses.

Nick lays dying on the asphalt. In a flashback, he shoots heroin with Gloria in the shooting gallery at the Los Angeles church where he encountered his first Infected. Back in the present, rain begins to fall. Nick wakes up and drinks in the rain.

Nick hobbles into a town and finds a drug store. He looks for medication to treat his festering wound but finds nothing.

In a barber shop, Nick wraps his wound with duct tape. Luciana and Francisco approach him and asks if he’s infected. Nick assures them it’s just a dog bite. Luciana invites him to come with them.

A man named Alejandro treats Nick’s wound in an infirmary. Afterwards, Nick walks outside and finds himself in the Colonia. The streets are alive with bustling store stalls and laughing children.