Fear the Walking Dead: Is Naomi still alive?

Naomi (Jenna Elfman) in Fear The Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 6Photo by Richard Foreman Jr/AMC
Naomi (Jenna Elfman) in Fear The Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 6Photo by Richard Foreman Jr/AMC /

Alicia said that Naomi is dead, but can we really believe her? Here’s why it’s entirely possible that Naomi is still alive on Fear the Walking Dead.

The Fear the Walking Dead universe operates in the same universe as The Walking Dead, and that means that you don’t know someone’s dead until you see it. Glenn looked like he was a goner until we learned he was under a dumpster. We’ve seen Nick and Luciana survive an ambush and come out of it alive. Daniel Salazar has nine lives to be sure. So can we really trust that Naomi, otherwise known as Laura, is actually dead?

Alicia’s language is what tipped me off about the possibility of Naomi being alive. It seemed that she was voicing more of a “she’s dead to me” vibe than “she’s dead and gone” vibe. (Incidentally, this ties into my current theory that Madison and Naomi are both very much alive, and that Strand, Luciana and Alicia left them behind somewhere) 

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John isn’t ready to accept Alicia’s accounting of the situation because he has no reason to trust anything she says. This is a good thing, because she might not be telling the truth. Though he is a very nice guy, he’s smart. He’s a former police officer. He knows how to read people and it’s easy to imagine that he doesn’t buy the whole story either. How do we know Alicia didn’t take Naomi’s bag and leave her high and dry somewhere?

Something feels off about Naomi being dead. If nothing else, it seems like a pretty big revelation only five episodes into the new season. Could this be a red herring, or a bit of leger de main intended to shift the audience’s attention away from something?

Not only is it hard to accept that Naomi is dead, but after seeing John and “Naomi” together there are quite a few fans of the show rooting for a reunion. Jenna Elfman and Garret Dillahunt both turned in stellar performances and it would be great to see their characters come together after so much time has passed. There was a lot of unfinished business at the end of “Laura.”  (Hopefully the folks at the Emmys are paying attention!!) Though happy endings are a rarity in this apocalyptic world, this is one time we’re hoping for a miracle.

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Fear the Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9pm on AMC.