Read only if you watched the mid-season finale episode of ‘Fear the Walking Dead’, “No One’s Gone.”
All of our mouths were dropped at the end of last night’s mid-season finale of ‘Fear the Walking Dead.’ Kim Dickens who plays Madison Clark was just as shocked, disappointed and heartbroken as all of us last night when the ferocious female leader was killed off the show.
If you’ve been watching season 4 of ‘Fear’ so far, then you’ll know that this was not the only shocking death of this season. In the third episode of the season, Madison’s son, Nick Clark (Frank Dillane) was fatally shot by Charlie (Alexa Nisenson). Fans thought that this would be the only big death of the season, but they were horribly mistaken.
Fans have been on the edge of their seats waiting to learn the fate of Madison Clark in the present-day storyline since the beginning of the season. Season 4 of ‘Fear’ started with Morgan Jones crossing over from ‘Walking Dead’ to ‘Fear’ and brought a huge time jump to the spinoff series.
The first eight episodes of the fourth season have been jumping back and forth in time. Madison was only seen in frequent flashbacks until her fate was revealed in present-day. Madison Clark sacrificed her life so her kids and friends could live.
The mother of two leads a ginormous herd of zombies brought by this season’s enemy, The Vulture’s into the baseball stadium that was formally a community that Madison built. Madison locked herself in the stadium and lit the zombies who were already covered in oil, on fire, where she died with them.
Unlike Frank Dillane who played, Nick on the show, Dickens did not want to be killed off of the show. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly she said:
“I have loved playing this character, I’ve loved this show, and I’m so proud to be strong female empowered lead of a genre show. They’re usually led by male leads, and it was just such an honor to have this special experience of being that lead female calling the shots.” Dickens added, “She was a mother too—a mother who was ferocious, and I just thought it was just such an honor to get to play her.”
“I mean, this is a woman who was not just surviving, and interested in surviving one day at a time—she was interested in saving her children and starting over and creating a new world,” says Dickens.
Dickens believed that Madison had many more stories to tell and many more places to go. But, she also trusts the writers and producers and knows that frequent and surprising deaths like this happen all the time on shows like ‘Fear.’ “These kinds of deaths will ultimately propel the story of the other characters into other places. It’s a part of the genre, it’s part of the storytelling device, and I just have to wrap my head around it and going into production.”
Dickens Message to the Fans of ‘Fear’
When Entertainment Weekly told Madison that people said they would be done with the show if Madison was killed off, Kim Dickens had this to say to them. “Characters will meet their death untimely and it may not feel fair, but it does try to play try to play truthfully our story. So, I understand the heart break, trust me, but I just think it’s part of it.”
What’s in Store for the Second Half of the Season?
Dickens said that she has no idea about what’s in store for the second season. “I haven’t seen any of the scripts even,” Dickens said. “I haven’t really heard anything about what’s going to happen on the show. It’ll be interesting to see.”
‘Fear the Walking Dead’ will return in August on AMC, Sundays at 9 p.m.