WARNING: The following contains spoilers for the two-hour season finale of Fox's The Passage, "Last Lesson."
The Passage has been one of Fox's most intriguing horror shows in quite some time. It cleverly works in drama and sci-fi themes, detailing the journey of a vampire brood led by the overlord called Dr. Tim Fanning (Jamie McShane), who's been studied by the U.S. government at a secret facility called Project Noah in Colorado.
Season 1's eight episodes focuses on scientists using Fanning's blood to create cures for various diseases, as well as a legion of blood-sucking super soldiers, with the show's protagonist, Amy (Saniyya Sidney), being the only one to maintain her humanity. In the season finale, "Last Lesson," Fanning and his apostles break free and, in the process, they turn America into an apocalyptic wasteland along the lines of AMC's The Walking Dead.
The Walking Dead is known for charting a dystopian course through America over nine seasons, initially starting with Rick Grimes and company searching the zombie-riddled world for a cure. Sadly, none existed, resulting in society clinging to glimmers of hope, surviving and praying someone develops a solution to eliminate the zombie threat that's overrun the country. Similarly, in the closing scenes of The Passage, that's the same precarious position Amy has been placed in when the show jumps forward in time 97 years to 2116.
After Fanning and his horde break out in 2019, within three months they spread the virus all over America. Each vampire heads back to his or her hometown and infects everyone else, leaving the country in dire straits. Amy, though, holes up in a cabin with her former handler and now-father-figure Brad (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) and his ex-wife Lila (Emmanuelle Chriqui) in Wyoming. But after Lila departs for the Center for Disease Control, Amy has no choice but to use the lone vial of cure she had to save Brad's life after a vampire attack. In the immediate wake of this incident, though, life goes to hell.