'Fear The Walking Dead': A Cryptic Tree Message Has Fans Suspecting Madison Will Return

Rachel Tsoumbakos

SPOILER ALERT: This article discusses AMC's Fear the Walking Dead. Please proceed with caution if you have not yet viewed all available episodes and wish to avoid spoilers.

When Madison's (Kim Dickens) tragic backstory was finally revealed in the Season 4 midseason finale of Fear the Walking Dead, many fans were shocked to find out that the character had died. However, many more also believed that because viewers didn't actually see Madison perish, there was hope for her still.

Now that a new trailer for Season 5 of Fear has dropped and fans have had enough time to fully analyze it, some believe AMC has dropped hints about Madison's potential return. However, the first new hint was actually dropped during the Season 5 midseason finale, according to Metro. During this episode, John (Garret Dillahunt) and Dwight (Austin Amelio) came across a tree with a message written on it.

"If you're reading this, it means you're still here," the message said.

A ladder is also drawn on the tree alongside the message and what appears to be flames at the base of it. Fans are now speculating that this imagery could represent Madison's escape from the Dell Stadium where everyone else thought she had perished.

In addition to this image, in the new Season 5 trailer for Fear the Walking Dead which was released at San Diego Comic-Con, video footage is shown of John near another tree that appears to have the same message as the first one. However, this tree, rather than having a ladder leading out of the flames, appears to have a series of stars on it. Once again, though, there appears to be the red of flames at the bottom of the tree. The image then pans out as Alicia walks towards it.

The tree is shown a second time briefly in the new trailer. This time, only one branch is shown as Victor Strand (Colman Domingo) and Luciana (Danay Garcia) walk past it.

Of course, as per usual with this sort of speculation, viewers will just have to wait for new episodes of Fear the Walking Dead to air in order to find out more.

Season 5 of Fear the Walking Dead returns to AMC on August 11.