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Why [REDACTED] in FEAR THE WALKING DEAD was killed off

If you haven’t seen FEAR THE WALKING DEAD’s April 29th episode “Good Out Here,” then please note this is a *spoiler* post and will reveal a major character death. 

Now, for those who have seen the Fear the Walking Dead episode, “Good Out Here,” we know that one of the dwindling original characters from the show was just shot in the chest by this little girl known as Charlie (Alexa Nisenson) of the Vultures.

Yes, that’s right. Poor Nick, who’s gone through so many changes in his life since season 1, was killed. You may be wondering why the new showrunners Ian Goldberg and Andrew Chambliss would do such a thing. Well, turns out that they didn’t want to kill Nick off, but actor Frank Dillane requested it, as they stated on The Talking Dead after the episode aired.

If you want to know what Frank’s reasons as to why he decided to leave, Entertainment Weekly was able to ask him:

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So, the new showrunners Ian and Andrew mentioned this all came about because you asked to leave the show. What was it that led to that decision on your part?
FRANK DILLANE: I had been doing it for three or four years, the show has undergone many changes in terms of different people in charge, all of this stuff, and I just felt like the beginning of this season kind of felt like the end of an era with this show. And television is hard work, and you have to shoot a lot. I also missed Europe very much. I’m not American, so after a while I get quite homesick and all of those things. I also felt like we had achieved what needed to be achieved in the first few seasons, so I thought it was time to keep moving.

Was it also the desire for a new challenge because you had been doing this for a few years?
Exactly. That was very much it as well. I had been playing Nick for four years and I was ready to play some different characters.

How do you feel about the way Nick went out and what Scott, Ian, and Andrew came up with?
Beautiful. I really loved the ending. I thought the character Charlie was great and a lovely death scene. I was very happy with it.

What was shooting your death scene like? Was it emotional for you and other people on set?
The big scenes that are very gut-wrenching to watch are often the most boring to film, so, for me, I think it was very early in the morning and it was very cold. It was 4 a.m., I think. I wasn’t in that good of a mood. I think everyone else was quite emotional. For me, I’m not very good with my emotions, so I think I probably was feeling it in a different way. I’m not very emotionally intelligent, so I was in a bad mood if I remember correctly.

But having now heard and having some reception back from people, and the more I think about Nick and his arc and his death, I had a little cry yesterday, funnily enough. [Laughs] It takes me a while before stuff sinks in. I’m certainly going to miss Nick.

How collaborative was it coming up with the story of how Nick would die? Were you involved in giving them feedback in how you would like to see his journey end or did you leave that in their hands?
I always wanted Nick’s death to be something like he slips on a banana skin and hits his head or something falls of a roof and juts knocks him out and kills him, or something not dramatic, but they never went with that. Ian and Andrew are really great writers. I trust them very much and I think what they’re doing and what they did was really good.

Let’s play “What If?” Morgan has just handed Nick that book The Art of Peace. If Charlie doesn’t go and shoot him what do you think the future holds for Nick? Does he become receptive to this “all life is precious” philosophy because he’s a guy that does like to latch on to things, as we saw with Celia back in season 2?
Yeah, probably. He’d be good in a cult, Nick. I think he probably would have latched on and him and Morgan would have probably gone like a house on fire. But, alas, I get shot in the stomach instead.

You’re not done on the show quite yet though, right? Because Nick is still obviously alive and around in this past timeline so there is at least a bit more to come there before you’re off the show for good.
Yes, absolutely. I think what Ian and Andrew are doing is really, really interesting in playing with time like that. I actually haven’t watched anything so far. It’s a bit sad to watch stuff but reading the scripts, it’s quite interesting to have a character who has died but is still around, so I wonder how that will be.

So, there you have it. It’s definitely sad to see such a complex character and talented actor leave the series, but at least he’s not completely gone from the series just yet. We wish Frank well and hope to see him again in another outstanding project.

Fear the Walking Dead airs Sunday nights at 9pm on AMC.

By Nat, the Geek Girl

Southern California native who likes movies, books (Shadowhunter Chronicles, NA, YA fantasy, Red Rising series), TV shows (The Sandman), and San Diego Comic-Con. I also like to write, but don't get to do much of that aside from on here. I fell into the BTS rabbit hole, and I refuse to leave.