Beware, anyone who hasn't watched Fear the Walking Dead's midseason finale, for there are many spoilers on the way.
Well, the Fear the Walking Dead midseason finale was an explosive and striking way to wrap up what has been this series' most evolved half-season yet. To be expected, barely anyone made it through the episode unscathed, either physically or emotionally. Without any further walker-accompanied ado, let's go over where "No One's Gone" left all the main characters, starting off with how Season 4's resolved its biggest mystery.
Considering Kim Dickens' O.G. protagonist hadn't appeared in any of Season 4's current-timeline scenes, Madison surviving the stadium's destruction seemed about as likely as Charlie finding a cure for the walker outbreak. (Read more about it here.) It was revealed that Madison and Althea had crossed paths before anyone moved into the stadium, and that she'd given Al her story. Alicia, who watched the aformentioned tape, finally revealed what happened to Madison, and it wasn't a happy-go-lucky tale. Unable to find a way to get Alicia and Nick (and Mel) out of their walker-surrounded vehicle, Madison took on the role of the pied piper, using a flare to lead the undead herd into the stadium for an all-inclusive immolation. Madison's selfless sacrifice is almost cheapened by Nick's previously revealed death, but in a vacuum, those final scenes were among the show's most beautiful and heartbreaking. I'll probably never look at ramen the same way.
Alicia, Strand and Lucy
For the most part, Strand and Lucy were just along for the ride in the episode, serving largely as enforcers and to supplement the big Madison reveal. Alicia, though, went through the emotional gamut throughout the ep. With the verve of a slasher movie villain, Alicia used grenades to announce her arrival to the group inside the armored truck, and later got into a righteous brawl with Al after making her way inside said vehicle. But once she discovered Madison's video interview, Alicia's thick and brittle exterior started to chip away, and it completely fractured after hearing Madison's hopes and dreams for her kids' futures. Any remaining pieces were vanquished after Morgan echoed Madison's thoughts on how much virtue still remains within Alicia, which is why she was able to share the story in the first place. But she might finally be at peace now.
John and Naomi/June
Jenna Elfman's truth-curtailing character revealed to John that she hadn't told anyone her real name yet, which Is June. And it just so happens to be John's favorite month. Beyond that curious reveal, John spent the episode laid out in Al's truck, basically waiting to die, going so far as to record a farewell message for both the recent love of his life and Morgan. But Nao...er...June was able to retrieve medical supplies from the stadium's makeshift infirmary -- the rare fully successful plan on any Fear the Walking Dead episode -- and she was able to bring John back around to a point where he was no longer knocking on death's door. And if the trailer for the back half of Season 4 is any indication, John will likely be up on his feet before much longer.
Head to the next page to see where the rest of the characters ended up.
I truly thought Fear the Walking Dead would dive into Al's videos labeled "The Bog" with the midseason finale, and that they would be tied to Madison's fate, but it was instead the "Amina" video that ended up being the most important. Nothing too big happened with Al beyond her getting all of the stories she'd intended to get, but she did share a story of her own about her past life before things got all horrible. She was reporting on a village around the world that was run by a warlord called Twisted Round who boasted of big armies to keep citizens in check, and to keep outsiders from bringing in help and supplies. In the end, Twisted Round was revealed to be lying about his armies, and the villagers were then influenced to rise up. It was an oddly placed parable, to say the least.
To be expected with a character who hadn't really faced any critically important dangers in the season so far, Morgan floated through the mid-year finale without taking part in any critically important moments. Sure, he provided the kind of calm and practical advice he usually does, which definitely helped Alicia (and Naomi/June) out, and he made efforts to give John a better chance of surviving. As well, he looked undeniably pleased with the two groups having a meal together by the episode's end, justifying his peacekeeping efforts. But there wasn't much else for him to do, so I'm hoping that Morgan's leg heals completely and he gets some more plot-shaking stories in the back half of Season 4.
Somehow, this little monster managed to survive all the timelines and episodes that Season 4 has put forth thus far, despite the fact that Charlie is the root of all the misery that everyone has been feeling. You know, since she's the one who first did intel-running duties for the Vultures, and then was the one who shot Nick. During the final sequence, Charlie needlessly revealed that she was rescued from the parking lot chaos by Mel, which almost added insult to injury, considering it was a story about Madison's death. The young girl seems to have turned a new leaf, I guess, and totally had Al arguing for her life when it looked like Alicia might indeed get revenge for her brother's death. Maybe she'll become more interesting and enjoyable when the show returns. Maybe not.