Warning: This article contains SPOILERS for Fear the Walking Dead season 5, episode 9.
Is Alicia going to die on Fear the Walking Dead? With Morgan crossing over from The Walking Dead and the companion series getting a host of new characters along the way, Fear the Walking Dead completely transformed in season 4, and that transformation has continued throughout season 5. Unfortunately, part of the show’s changes included trimming the original cast (who’ve been around since the very first season and the start of the outbreak), whether or not the decision was the actors or the producers’.
While Daniel Salazar (Rubén Blades) returned in Fear the Walking Dead season 5, the only two cast members who have been around the entire time since season 1 are Alicia Clark (Alycia Debnam-Carey) and Victor Strand (Colman Domingo). However, Debnam-Carey is the only person who’s been a series regular since it all started. Sure, Morgan (Lennie James) may have taken over what appears to be the leading role of the series, but Alicia is still there at the top. The question is, how much longer does she have to live?
In Fear the Walking Dead season 5, episode 7, “Still Standing”, Alicia fends off dozens of walkers while the children escape from their hideout. Unfortunately, she comes into direct contact with a walker that came from the nuclear power plant. Earlier this season, Grace (Karen David) made it abundantly clear that everyone avoid walkers with dosimeters on them, because those walkers may be irradiated, and killing them could risk exposure to fatal doses of radiation. Sadly, Alicia killed one of those walkers, and the zombie’s blood splattered all over her.
Given that Alicia finds the dosimeter after she kills the walker and is then provided a moment of realization of what just happened, Fear the Walking Dead is clearly setting her up for death – or, at least, the perception of her impending death. Of course, this could simply be another example in which either The Walking Dead or Fear the Walking Dead has attempted to trick audiences into thinking a major character is going to be killed off, only for everything to be okay in the end. Perhaps the most infamous example of this from either show is how Glenn miraculously survived a horde of walkers by crawling underneath a dumpster.
At this point, it’s unclear if Alicia will survive her encounter with the seemingly irradiated walker, but if she does, viewers may once again feel cheated, as they have before. But if she dies, then it’s possible that many viewers may jump ship, seeing as this will mark yet another instance of Fear the Walking Dead killing off an original character only to replace them either with someone completely new or a known character from The Walking Dead. In this case, Dwight.
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