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Fear The Walking Dead Season 8’s Alicia Absence Explained By Showrunners

Fear the Walking Dead showrunners Andrew Chambliss and Ian B. Goldberg offer a real-world explanation for Alicia’s absence in the final season.

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Warning: SPOILERS ahead for Fear the Walking Dead series finale!


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Summary

  • Fear the Walking Dead showrunners explain Alicia’s absence in the final season, citing scheduling conflicts and the desire to craft an emotional story.
  • Alycia Debnam-Carey, who plays Alicia, was no longer a series regular on the show, making it challenging to build a larger story around her.
  • The decision to keep Alicia off-screen until the series finale allowed for a narrative question about her fate, impacting other characters emotionally and leading to a rewarding reunion at the end.

Fear the Walking Dead showrunners Andrew Chambliss and Ian B. Goldberg have opened up about why Alicia didn’t appear throughout the show’s final season. The last episodes of the series focus on Madison’s conflict with Troy, a major factor being the villain’s claim that he killed Alicia in the past. However, it’s revealed in the series finale that she is alive, happily reuniting with her mother.

Speaking with Screen Rant, Chambliss and Goldberg revealed why Alicia was absent from the final season until Fear the Walking Dead‘s ending. Golberg in particular explained how the decision was made due to both scheduling her return with actor Alycia Debnam-Carey, and trying to craft an emotional story for the final season. Check out what Goldberg had to say below:

The way that it played out was always the plan, and there were a couple of reasons for that. A big one, a practical one, was that Alycia Debnam-Carey was no longer a series regular on the show as of the end of season 7, so building out any larger story for her would have been very challenging. Alycia was off doing other projects, she was not as contractually tied to the show, and so that just opened up a pathway for us to finding a different way to create that reunion. But, the way that we chose to do that was by creating this narrative question about Alicia’s fate and seeing what that did to Madison and the other characters, and the places it took them to emotionally, and bringing Alicia back at the end of the finale we saw as Madison’s karmic reward for kind of ultimately making the right decision and not letting go of her ideals, even in a very dark moment. So, that’s kind of how that that all came together.

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    Fear the Walking Dead

    Release Date:
    2015-08-23

    Cast:
    Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane, mercedes mason, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Kim Dickens, Ruben Blades, lorenzo james henrie, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Colman Domingo

    Genres:
    Drama, Horror

    Rating:
    TV-MA

    Seasons:
    8

    Story By:
    Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, Charlie Adlard

    Writers:
    Ian Goldberg, Robert Kirkman, Dave Erickson, Andrew Chambliss

    Network:
    AMC

    Streaming Service(s):
    Hulu, Amazon Prime Video

    Franchise(s):
    The Walking Dead

    Directors:
    The Walking Dead

    Showrunner:
    Dave Erickson, Ian Goldberg, Andrew Chambliss

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