Spoilers below for anyone who hasn't yet watched Fear the Walking Dead's midseason finale.
Fear the Walking Dead served up the second of Season 4's massive, game-changing deaths when it was revealed in the midseason finale that Kim Dickens' Madison Clark had sacrificed herself to save Nick and Alicia. Her death was expected, given how the season played out, but the outcome was still devastating to behold. And it sounds like Dickens herself has had a difficult time dealing with the story taking that unfortunate turn. In her words:
That should settle things for anyone who might have thought it was Kim Dickens who spearheaded the choice to take Madison out of the running for the rest of Season 4's most current timeline. While Frank Dillane's interest in branching out was indeed the reason why Fear the Walking Dead killed off Nick Clark, Madison's death was one fully set in (tomb)stone by the show's creative team, which includes first-year showrunners Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg, and Walking Dead franchise overseer Scott Gimple.
Which means it was all the more shocking and heartbreaking for her to deal with as the season went on. As Kim Dickens put it to EW, she actually found out about Madison's death a month before Season 4 went into production, so every Madison scene in the half-season is one where Dickens was fully aware of her character's impending doom. Which helps to make those moments even more emotionally disquieting, since Madison was in full-on optimism mode for almost all of it, not counting her initial meeting with Maggie Grace's Al.
But while Kim Dickens may not be fully content with her off-the-show status now, the actress can at least come to understand Madison's death from a narrative perspective, and how it can benefit things in the long run. According to Dickens:
Kim Dickens also said that she thinks it was a bold move to kill Madison off, and that it will send the story "into a spin." That said, she also claimed she doesn't know anything about where the second half of the season is heading and hasn't even seen any scripts. So I guess that means we won't be seeing Madison at all when Season 4 returns, which probably also means no more Nick.
Fear the Walking Dead will return to AMC audiences for the second half of Season 4 on Sunday, August 12, at 9:00 p.m. ET. Anyone in need of something else to watch in the meantime should hit up our summer premiere schedule.