Fear The Walking Dead Season 4: The positives and negatives

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Frank Dillane as Nick Clark, Colman Domingo as Victor Strand, Danay Garcia as Luciana, Alycia Debnam-Carey as Alicia Clark – Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 4, Episode 3 – Photo Credit: Richard Foreman, Jr/AMC

POSITIVE — Nick Clark’s Death

Nick Clark fans, don’t get angry with me. I didn’t want him to die.

I feel very similar about Nick’s character as I do to Madison’s (I prefer Nick). It didn’t bother me that we had to lose them both. Madison’s death just wasn’t done well, as I pointed out already. Unlike Nick’s death, which felt much more dramatic.

First of all, it came out of absolutely nowhere. If you saw it coming, you are either a prophet or you’re friends with Frank Dillane. It was equal to the shock factor that some had to feel when Travis was shot out of the helicopter in season 3.

Second, the build-up in episode 3 was good. Morgan continuously warned him. “It’s not going to work out how you think.” Blinded by rage, Nick wouldn’t listen. He killed in revenge and was then killed in revenge.

Fans were crushed by Nick’s death. As someone who’s been spectating Nick’s tragic journey since the very first episode of Fear, I was left staring at a TV screen with a dropped jaw. Did that really happen? Whether I liked it or not, I had to appreciate the way the writers did it. Especially because their hands were forced.

Also worth noting, Nick’s death impacted the characters much more than Madison’s. Morgan actually got to meet him and tried his best to save him. This came full circle when he finally got Alicia to put an end to her lust for blood against anyone she felt wronged her. She chose peace… It just took her a while.

It was emotional, it was surprising, and didn’t feel nearly as forced as Madison’s. This is how you do a death scene.