Fear the Walking Dead: Alicia’s on a slippery slope

Alycia Debnam-Carey as Alicia Clark - Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 4, Episode 6 - Photo Credit: Richard Foreman, Jr/AMC
Alycia Debnam-Carey as Alicia Clark - Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 4, Episode 6 - Photo Credit: Richard Foreman, Jr/AMC /

Alicia Clark was building a reputation of being the level-headed on in the face of danger on Fear the Walking Dead, but it looks like things are changing.

In terms of character development, no one has undergone a journey on Fear the Walking Dead quite like Alicia Clark, played by Alycia Debnam-Carey. Of all the characters, she has been through a massive transformation that has taken her from self-absorbed teen to survivalist extraordinaire. By the end of season 3, it can be argued that Alicia was the best leader of the Clark family, but season 4 has Alicia going down a dangerous path.

We don’t know what has been happening since Alicia, Strand and Luciana left the Stadium. Something has them rattled, clearly, and Nick’s sudden death didn’t help things. This trio has an ax to grind and they make no apologies about wanting revenge. But, revenge against what? We don’t have those answers – yet – but one thing is for sure: Alicia is becoming a danger. 

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At the end of “Just In Case” Alicia shot John Dorie. She was aiming for Naomi, who arrived in their Land Rover as the fight was about to break out with the Vultures. It’s crystal clear that the trio has no love for the Vultures, but we have no idea why Alicia would be so angry with Naomi. Even so, Alicia was wrong to pull the trigger.

Alicia is angry with Naomi, no question, but shooting at her was a bad move. By this point Alicia should have known better. You can’t go shooting people, no matter how upset you might be. That almost always ends badly. We’ve seen that before in The Walking Dead, and we’ve seen it in the Fear the Walking Dead universe. Shooting people usually leads down a dark path, and for Alicia this seems to go backwards from where she was in season 3 when she was the voice of reason.

Seeing Alicia so upset is unsettling because she was the level-headed one. You can’t go backwards from shooting at someone, especially if the wrong person gets shot. The problem is that now John Dorie has been shot, and even if he wasn’t the intended target she will have a hard time explaining why she pulled the trigger. (If he makes it, of course) (And if he allows her to explain…this could lead to a break between the two groups)

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Alicia needs to reign in her emotions, because going off the way she did always leads to trouble. Hopefully she pulls herself together because the Vultures are still there and the last thing the group needs is a three-way battle out in the open.

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