Fear the Walking Dead Preview: Episode 2 – Kurt Cobain’s Influence

Nick under the bridge Scene from Episode 1 of Fear the Walking DeadImage Credit: Screencapped.net - Raina
Nick under the bridge Scene from Episode 1 of Fear the Walking DeadImage Credit: Screencapped.net - Raina /


There’s a famous story/myth about Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain temporarily sleeping under a bridge in his youth. The iconic scene in last week’s Fear the Walking Dead of Nick Clark under a bridge could not have been a coincidence. Just look at the nonchalant smoking posture, looking off to the side rather than at the camera. The red checkered pattern of his inner jacket subtly mirroring some of Cobain’s own attire. The Nevermind attitude.

It wouldn’t be the first time a show has drawn inspiration from the legendary rocker. American Horror Story saw Tate Langdon borrowing the green/blue striped sweater made famous in Nirvana’s ‘Smells like Teen Spirit’ music video, the blonde locks, and certain demeanors. In fact, seasons later actor Evan Peters would even record a cover of ‘Come As You Are’ for the show.

It’s a fantastic move. The grunge movement owned the 90s for a reason, time for a comeback. Nick Clark’s character is not angling for a selfie, and not for modern ‘ironic’ reasons either.

All Apologies

What else should he be? Despite his original innocent intentions, Nick finds himself riding a domino effect of worsening, unbelievable situations. Life toppling over with every decision. The rest of the characters question his story accounts at every step. His unreliable protagonist status causes a disconnection between truth, illusion, and reality… Even for Nick. “I did a bad thing.” It’s not till the end of last episode, that confidence is regained. In a very surreal way. All because of one walker in a tunnel.

Heart-Shaped Box

Somehow, Gloria will return. Whether in a flashback to provide a backstory or as a walker remains to be seen. Or perhaps that particular scene was a dream, and Gloria is still out there. Perhaps an infatuation with Gloria causes Nick to hesitate when she comes across another character in a later episode. It would certainly follow in the original Walking Dead’s footsteps.

Fear the Walking Dead TV Ratings

– Last week’s Fear the Walking Dead episode “Pilot”, scored a 4.9 rating. It captured around 10.13 million viewers in the 18-49 age demographic according to TVbytheNumbers. The highest rated debut for a series on cable of all time.

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