SPOILER ALERT: The following story reveals key plot points from tonight’s AMC episode Fear the Walking Dead.
Alycia Debnam-Carey bid farewell to AMC’s Fear the walking death after 7 seasons in tonight’s episode entitled “Amina”. Debnam-Carey, who played Alicia Clark, has been part of the cast since the show began.
Debnam-Carey’s exit follows news of her casting in the upcoming Hulu series Saint X which was announced earlier this month. It was speculated at the time that her new gig likely meant her tenure on the AMC series was coming to an end.
Alicia went through some really tough and emotional moments in her last appearance as she fought against turning into a zombie. The attraction to the other side was strong, but with the help of a mysterious little girl – who reveals herself via her subconscious to be her younger self – Alica survives the fever and lives another day fighting for good.
But before that, she reconciles with Victor Strand (Colman Domingo) on the beach as he and the others escape.
“Victor, I didn’t just save you so you could live, to do what I couldn’t. I did it because I love you too,” Alica tells Victor from the beach as he rows away in a boat.
In the final bars of the episode, Alicia embarks on a new mission all by herself after revealing that she’s feeling better than she has in a long time.
“[I’m going] to find the people who heard my message and spend whatever time I have left making sure they have a safe place to go,” she tells her 8-year-old self.
Since Alicia survived the fever, it’s certainly possible that she could return someday in the future. But for now, Debnam-Carey confirmed her exit from the series via social media.
“I was 21 when we started this crazy journey, but now at 28, after 7 years and 100 episodes, I decided it was time for me to move on as an actor and as a person. As is the nature of our jobs, I had to look for new challenges and opportunities and start a new chapter for myself. I’ve been very fortunate to have been a part of something so great for so long, but I hope you can understand and respect my decision to continue to expand and grow. I wouldn’t be here without you all and I’m so grateful,” she wrote in part.
Read her post in full below.
To my dearest @feartwd family, tonight marks the end of an extraordinary and life changing journey as Alicia Clark.
Where to start…
I will never be able to fully express the kind of journey I’ve been working on @feartwd for so long. It has given me so much.
It was the most extraordinary training ground as an actor, where I had the chance to grow and learn. I’ve had the privilege of working with so many inspiring and talented people. It opened up new opportunities for me, like directing, and it connected me to such incredible fans who have supported me along the way.
It was exciting, challenging, fun, tough and inspiring.
I was 21 when we started this crazy journey, but now at 28, after 7 years and 100 episodes, I decided it was time for me to move on as an actor and as a person. As is the nature of our jobs, I had to look for new challenges and opportunities and start a new chapter for myself. I’ve been very fortunate to have been a part of something so great for so long, but I hope you can understand and respect my decision to continue to expand and grow. I wouldn’t be here without you all and I’m so grateful.
I’ve had many conversations with our showrunners @goldbergian and @andrewchambliss over the years and I think we found a fitting way to wrap up Alicia’s story. It’s beautiful, hopeful and elusive.
To the crews and cast from Los Angeles to Vancouver, from Mexico to Texas, I’m grateful for everything you’ve taught me. I love you all so much and I am so lucky to have had you all by my side. To the future cast, I’m so excited to see what you create next! And to my fellow travelers or dying ones who have been with me every step of the way (you know who you are), I will forever be grateful to you.
It’s bittersweet, but it’s time.
Thank you for everything.
My love to you all.