First off: spoilers for the latest episode of Fear The Walking Dead are posted below.
As DJ Khaled would say: Another one. The mid-season finale for the fourth season of Fear The Walking Dead aired last night (10 June) – a repeat screening will air in the UK tonight at 9pm on AMC UK – with the episode spelling the end for (final spoiler warning) Madison.
A mainstay since the first-ever episode back in August 2015, the end of Madison’s (played by Kim Dickens) time on the zombie-filled show is the latest major character to depart during this current season.
At least she died a hero’s death: locked in a walker-filled baseball stadium having sacrificed herself for the good of her family, and firing one last flare off in a show of defiance. Before, y’know, she was then seemingly torn to shreds by a horde of the undead.
Speaking on the show’s accompanying commentary show The Talking Dead, Dickens – who said she was ‘devastated’ to find out from showrunners that her character was being killed off – suggested that there wouldn’t be a reprieve for her character. ‘It’s so sad,’ she said. ‘Madison has been an incredible character to play. I feel like I worked my whole career to get to this point to play her. ‘It’s been an honour.’
Dickens said she’d relished playing ‘a complicated woman with a dark past [who has] a very strong and good instinct’. ‘She’s a mother. When you inform your story from there, it turns things on its head,’ she added.
‘It spins you out from the stories you can tell.’ The fourth season of Fear The Walking Dead will resume after its break on August 12 – who will get the chop next?