The season 1 finale of AMC’s Fear The Walking Dead is nearly here. For many fans of the Walking Dead spin off, the show has been disappointing in terms of a lack of walkers and its slow pace. Now showrunner Dave Erickson is promising a deadly episode. While that isn’t saying much in a series that has lacked in walkers and deaths, let’s have a look at which main characters may die in the season 1 finale.
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For a series that is based on AMC’s The Walking Dead, some fans are a bit disappointed with the slow pace of Fear The Walking Dead. However, Dave Erickson vowed in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, that episode 6 (titled “The Good Man”) “will be the deadliest episode of the season.” So let’s take a look at the main characters and how likely it will be that they die in the season 1 finale.
Many fans are fond of Madison Clark (played by Kim Dickens) with her no-fuss attitude and the realization that life has changed in L.A. The same goes for her son, Nick (Frank Dillane), who was the very first main character to witness a zombie in action back in episode 1. Madison’s daughter, Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey), however, has only caught on recently that the world as they know it is over. So, out of these three, I would place my money on Alicia being the most likely to come to a gruesome end in the season 1 finale of Fear The Walking Dead. However, Dave Erickson recently told Yahoo! that there was the possibility of the relationship between Alicia and her — for all intents and purposes — step sibling, Chris Manawa (Lorenzo James Henrie). If this is true, it is likely both of these characters will be safe in the season 1 finale.
Travis Manawa (Cliff Curtis) is probably the weakest link out of all the characters in Fear The Walking Dead. Not only does he not like using weapons, but, up until recently, placed all this trust in the authorities. With the thinly veiled threat Travis posed to the National Guard in episode 5 (“Cobalt”) insinuating that the Guard might have a riot on their hands if the people of the L.A. quarantine zone didn’t get answers, it seems the untimely death of Lt. Moyers (Jamie McShane) might have been the one thing from saving Travis from a bullet when Operation: Cobalt takes effect in episode 6.
Although, considering how much AMC likes character development, Travis is one of the top characters who could evolve significantly in subsequent episodes of Fear, so I wouldn’t say his time is up just yet. However, once he truly understand the zombie apocalypse, I would start to worry about his safety again.
As for his son, Chris, as was mentioned above, if Dave Erickson is serious about exploring the relationship between Chris and Alicia, he should be safe for this episode at least.
Liza (Elizabeth Rodriguez) is the mother of Chris and the ex-wife of Travis. She is a student nurse so her experience, albeit limited, puts her in a good place as far as the group needing someone who can patch people up. However, now that Liza knows the rules of the zombie apocalypse, there is some question as to how much this character is needed. Considering she helped out Dr. Exner (Sandrine Holt) and, by proxy, learned that everyone is infected and that only severe brain trauma will kill the infected, once she reunites with the main group, the likelihood of her usefulness drops considerably. But while she is yet to return to the group, it seems unlikely she will die in the season 1 finale. Unless she bumps into Nick and tells him, then there are two people who know the rules and her usefulness drops dramatically.
Griselda Salazar (Patricia Reyes Spíndola) was the first main character to lose their life in Fear The Walking Dead, so, technically, if Dave Erickson is claiming episode 6 is the deadliest of the season, then there only needs to be two deaths to beat the current record. Could Griselda’s husband, Daniel (Ruben Blades) or their daughter, Ofelia (Mercedes Mason) be the next on AMC’s hit list? With Daniel’s cold, calculated reasoning and the ability to torture information out of people, it seems unlikely his time will be up in the season 1 finale of Fear The Walking Dead. Daniel has just as much potential of becoming a character like Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) as he does of becoming the Governor, so his character likely has twice the appeal to AMC. His daughter, on the other hand, is yet another teenager/young adult character in a show that already feels like there is just too much teen angst already. Plus, if Ofelia were to die in Fear The Walking Dead, what would Daniel have to live for? Perhaps AMC sees the potential of wiping out an entire family in one fell swoop?
Strand (Colman Domingo) is the newest character on Fear The Walking Dead, but Dave Erickson has already told Yahoo! that Victor will “become the latest addition to [the] large blended family,” so already it seems like this character will hang around longer than the season 1 finale. What will be interesting to see is just how this character develops as he has more chance of becoming someone like the Governor than Daniel Salazar does in Fear The Walking Dead.
Corporal Andrew Adams
Corporal Adams (Shawn Hatosy) spilled the beans on what Operation: Cobalt was in episode 5 of Fear The Walking Dead. If he survives the season 1 finale, I will be very surprised. Although, in saying that, AMC made it look like Adams’ life was about to be terminated in the teaser clip for episode 6, and we know how much AMC likes to manipulate their teasers, so could he actually survive?
So, if all these characters seem pretty safe come the season 1 finale of Fear The Walking Dead, how can this episode possibly be the deadliest so far? Remember that arena that Andrew Adams admitted to in episode 5? The one filled with the undead? The one Daniel Salazar went to investigate? If the doors were to break on that arena, there would be a lot of death. This is the first option AMC has to create a massive kill rate. The other option is Operation: Cobalt. Even if Travis and his blended families escape the L.A. quarantine zone, it is possible many people within the neighborhood could still be killed as a result of the “humane extermination” clause in Operation: Cobalt, thus, paving the way for another easy death count in the season 1 finale of Fear The Walking Dead.
The season 1 finale of AMC’s Fear The Walking Dead premieres on Sunday, October 4, 2015.
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