Fear The Walking Dead: Is Travis ready to become a survivor?

Madison Clark and Travis Manawa, Fear The Walking Dead - Photo Credit: Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC
Madison Clark and Travis Manawa, Fear The Walking Dead - Photo Credit: Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC /

Travis Manawa on AMC’s Fear The Walking Dead struggled coming to terms with the horror and death around him during season 1, but is he ready for season 2?

Fear The Walking Dead‘s first season was a big hit for AMC, as it set numerous viewership records for a debut cable series and slowly gained a faithful audience over the course of its six episodes. Luckily for fans, the show has already been renewed for a second season to continue telling the story of this group of survivors from California.

One of those survivors was Travis Manawa, played by Cliff Curtis. Travis was one of those characters that frustrated you to watch because he always expected people to be rational and do what is right. He continually fought to keep his morals, even showing that he couldn’t bring himself to kill a zombie.

At the end of season 1, Travis had grown significantly on Fear The Walking Dead. His character learned that he and his family can’t survive the way he was living, but the question remains as to whether or not this change in his mindset is a permanent one or if he just acted out of emotion because of the situations around him.

In a recent interview on ComicBookResources.com, Cliff Curtis discussed the turning point in Travis’ mind and feels that he feels the character might be ready to do what is needed to survive.

"“There was a point in the first season where it really looked like we were going to split, that it was not going to work out well for us because we were diametrically opposed in terms of what the right thing was to do in the circumstances. But now that Travis has sort of crossed a line and this threshold has been broken, they can be a lot more aligned in terms of how to deal with situations.”"

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We saw a similar situation in The Walking Dead when Rick Grimes woke from his coma. He woke up terrified, yet didn’t want to hurt anyone. Rick had Morgan Jones to explain to him what the outbreak was doing to people and point him in the right direction. There is a similar progression on Fear The Walking Dead, only it comes along more slowly because there is a lot of confusion as to what is going on and how to keep the families together.

"“We started off all lovey-dovey, and then we grew further and further apart, until right at the end, we get pushed back together again, emotionally, anyway. I’m really looking forward to us working together as a team a lot more, but I don’t know what they’re going to give us. They might not deny a couple that satisfaction, but that’s what I’m looking forward to — the potential, anyway.”"

Fear The Walking Dead will return for season two in 2016, but there has yet to be a premiere date announced. However, we can expect to see the Travis doing his best to keep his family together while searching for a place they can call home.