Fear The Walking Dead Season 4: The positives and negatives

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Kim Dickens as Madison Clark – Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 4, Episode 2 – Photo Credit: Richard Foreman, Jr/AMC

NEGATIVE — Killing off Madison Clark

I’m not a huge Madison fan. Never have been. That doesn’t mean this was a good move.

The problem here isn’t that the writers offed two main characters within one half of a season, but the way they did it. Yes, Madison went out heroically saving her children, which totally makes sense for her strong, caring character. However, the show had been teasing her death since the season’s third episode.

Because of the hints that she had died before Morgan came across the stadium survivors, there was little suspense. Few words were spoken during her death scene. Only a few last words. She deserved more. We deserved more.

Madison led the horde of walkers away from her friends and family, but it was their own faults for letting that many undead surround their car to the point where they got stuck.

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Although the main character of Fear The Walking Dead has never been consistent (Madison, Nick, Travis), I would say that Madison was the most prominent character of the show. Although her death will have a major impact on the next half of the season, I can’t help feeling that this may have been a very, very risky decision.

I also wanted to see some Madison-Morgan interactions, Madison’s reaction to losing Nick, Madison to show up on The Walking Dead to meet Rick Grimes, Madison as Alpha (okay, now I’m just reaching, but it would’ve been a great twist). If they just had to kill her off, at least make it the Season finale. Oh well.

What was most bothersome?

Kim Dickens loved playing this character and she really owned it. Unlike Frank Dillane (Nick) who wanted to leave the show, Dickens was heartbroken that new writers Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg chose to write Madison off. Plenty of fans share her feelings.