In the future, we learn more about Cole’s backstory and his dangerous world. In 2014 Haiti, meanwhile, Cole’s time-travels cross paths with Cassandra Railly’s recent past. The future plot suggests the kind of storylines we’ve seen in recent Walking Dead seasons, sans zombies. The present-day plot reveals some crucial clues, while showing us that you don’t need to visit the future to find a post-apocalyptic setting…

…or the kinds of decisions these circumstances can lead people to make.