Fans of Robert Kirkman and AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead recently began coming to terms with one of the not so recent losses of a member of the show’s original cast members, Frank Dillane; the actor who portrayed Nick Clark.
In the third episode of season 4 entitled, “Good Out Here“, we saw the surprise killing off of Nick, at the hands of the young girl named Charlie (Alexa Nisenson). Interestingly enough however and to the credit of the show, the decision to kill off Nick, was not originally in the new vision and story line of the show’s new showrunners Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg. As fans have become aware, it was in fact Dillane who personally asked the series new showrunners to kill off his character.
When he spoke to the Hollywood Reporter, Dillane said, “I had been doing the show for three to four years now. There had been much chopping and changing. I was very close to Nick. I played him for a very long time. But it felt like it was time to move on and try different things, and play new characters.”
While the actor praised the show, he also thought it was the right time to leave saying, “It felt like an end of an era, with Ian and Andrew coming in. They are great writers; really, really fantastic. And now that Lenny (Lennie James/Morgan) is crossing over into Fear the Walking Dead, it felt like the right time for me to move on.”
Dillane also seemed to indicate that he didn’t see great things going on in season two, even though season three seemed to be more exciting to him. The actor went on to say, “I didn’t really have anything left. I didn’t have any new ideas for Nick. It just felt like it was time to move on. I wanted to start playing some new characters and do some more films. But I’m very sad to see Nick die.”
The actor’s comments also seemed to have hints of discontent within them, which included aspects of the changes throughout the second and third season. But Dillane did seem quite genuinely pleased with the new direction of season 4. The actor also indicated that even though Nick did die, the fans have not seen the last of Nick due to the flashback way the current storyline has been shot. “You’ll see me in the past. You’ll still see Nick around.” With Dillane adding, “. . . as I was reading the script, I found it quite interesting. It’s sort of a different way of storytelling. I think it’s quite incredible, what they’re doing.”
While Dillane’s comments cemented many fans worries with respect to the direction of the show prior to the fourth season’s shake up, the actor’s optimism toward the direction of the new season was indeed heartening. But Nick’s death left some clues that this the fourth episode entitled “Burried“, seemed to flesh out a bit.
When Nick kills Ennis in a vengeance filled rage, the question was what did Ennis and the Vultures do that would take Nick to the edge of his savagery? We now know that the baseball stadium gets overrun, and seeing how attached and vested Nick had become with his new home, this could easily be reason enough for Nick to lose his apocalyptic cool with Ennis. But the Blue Bonnet flower that Nick is looking at when he is gunned down, leads to me to question if in fact something happens to Nick’s onscreen mother Madison (Kim Dickens). After having killed Ennis, he was thinking of his mother and it is then that he is shot, and I cannot help but wonder if this was foreshadowing on the part of the show’s producers!? Will we perhaps see Madison die protecting her and Nick’s beloved baseball stadium?
But regardless of whether or not Madison’s death has been foreshadowed, in a recent interview with TV Line, one of the show’s producers, Andrew Chambliss, confirmed that Daniel Salazar (Ruben Blades) is indeed still alive and will be returning to the show in some form.
“There is a very good chance that he will appear in the Walking Dead universe. He is alive and out there,” said Chambliss, “the details surrounding that are something that we’re still keeping under wraps.” The Fear the Walking Dead co-showrunner went on to say, “He’s [made it through] a fire in a wine cellar, then getting shot in the face and then a dam explosion. He’s definitely a survivor!“
So while the zombie tarot cards may have showed a hint into Madison’s future, we can all be sure to be watching out for Daniel Salazar’s return sometime probably in the second portion of season four of Fear the Walking Dead.