Fear the Walking Dead season 4 episode 3 proved to be a pretty devastating episode and for one simple reason: The death of a major character.
Remember early on in the third season when the series killed off Cliff Curtis’ character of Travis? Well, the series did something similar tonight with Frank Dillane and the character of Nick. He died over the course of this episode in an emotional, difficult send-off. This was a storyline that was actually in the works for a long time.
Speaking in a new interview with TVLine, executive producer Andrew Chambliss discussed what led up to the departure of Dillane from the show:
Frank [Dillane] actually had approached AMC and the producers during Season 3, asking to leave so he could pursue other projects. So it was actually in the works before we came on board, and it was one of the first things we were tasked with as we were mapping out the season. Our approach to it was finding the most emotional way to give Nick a send-off that would really impact the story moving forward. And it was something we worked closely with Frank on. It was important to him to give Nick a send-off that honored who the character had been and kind of the possibility of where he might have gone.
This is a move that does obviously shake up the show in a big way, especially when you think about the family that was at the center of the show’s first season. The only characters at the moment who are still a part of the show at the moment are Madison (Kim Dickens) and Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey). This is a very different show from what it started like and it’s sad to keep losing people — especially since the past year or so has seen a pretty significant spike in quality.
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