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Fear the Walking Dead recorded his first regular character from The Season on Sunday's episode "Good Out Here," and it was a great one. Frank Dillane's Nick Clark killed his vulture Ennis Ennis and then paid the price when young Charlie shot him in the chest and also killed him. (Violence generates violence.)
But it will not necessarily be the end of Nick ̵
Why kill Nick? And what will his death be because of Sister Alicia? And friend Luciana? And the man who wanted to stop him and showed him a new path, Morgan? We asked all this and more about showrunners Ian Goldberg and Andrew Chambliss. Read both sides to get the full scoop.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So you turned into the Grim Reaper at the weekend and got your first big victim out. The episode ends with Nick being shot by cute little Charlie. Why that poor Nick? Is not this guy through enough already?
IAN GOLDBERG : Well, one of the hardest things for Andrew and me when we acted as a showrunner was that Frank had asked, even before we performed, to run the show to pursue other possibilities. So it was really an emotional outcome for an incredible character he played. That was something that was really important to us, how to tell an emotional story for Nick and send out his character appropriately. But with the way we play in these first eight episodes over time, we'll see Nick again, since we have multiple timelines.
That's interesting because people are usually killed in a series That's it, but as you say, there are still more stories to tell with him, right?
ANDREW CHAMBLISS: Yes, there it is definitely. We were also in an interesting position. Without giving too much of what is to come, I think it will create a really interesting emotional context for the future characters as they mourn someone who was as part of their life for the show as he was at the same time (19659003) Ian, you mentioned that Frank wanted to be free to do something else, and what do you have, there are also some logistical hurdles in things we may not have seen in Regarding: "Okay, we have to summarize all these things at once and distribute them on episodes," which sometimes has to happen on TV?
GOLDBERG: No, there were really no logistical hurdles for us. It was just, as I said, an emotional story for Nick. We should also say that we love working with Frank. We believe that he brought tremendous talent and life to this character over the course of the first three seasons, now in the fourth. We felt very honored that we could tell this story with him. One of the things that mattered to him the first time we talked to him and started talking about it was that he really wanted to honor Nick and send him away in a way that was emotional and memorable and really something meant. I think what people will see if they keep watching – Nick's death will make waves because he has so many connections to so many different characters.
And we see him in the bluebonnet field lying part of this death scene back and forth. Man, flowers have a pretty deadly story in this franchise!
CHAMBLISS: When we set out to find the flashback that would accompany the story of his dying, the flowers for us he found peace and found the thing Madison had taught him To find in the episode, just a little bit well in this very difficult world. That is the origin of this genesis. But when we shot it and really thought about it, we noticed that, "Oh wait, there is a story with flowers in The Walking Dead " especially with "The Grove". It's funny because "The Grove" is one of our favorite episodes. Michael Satrazemis is our production manager at Fear and we think that maybe was in our subconscious mind when we built this story. Yes, it may not be a good idea to watch Bluebonnets while you're in Texas.
What makes Nick kill Ennis from El Camino? Is there anything specific that we have not seen that triggers this, or just the vulture shower that holds Nick in his arms?
GOLDBERG: I think you see in the episode that Ennis pushes some really hot buttons for Nick. The biggest one for us is Charlie. Charlie has a complicated story. With Nick and Charlie there was a closeness, almost a brotherly relationship. There was a tremendous betrayal when he realized that she was a vulture and had visited the stadium for the vultures. It felt like Nick fighting for Charlie's soul to choose between. He lost her to the vultures. It's really hard for him to see her with Ennis and Mel on the other side of the stadium wall. That's a component of it.
The other is that we have seen that Nick has made some sense in working the cornfield and developing food for everyone inside. When the harvest fails, Nick feels as if he had failed all, so when he met Ennis outside the church and Ennis said, "At least I keep feeding my family." I think he really knows how to provoke Nick. These are two important reasons why Nick is so driven and why he is so violent against him. Then, as you said, there's more to tell, so viewers get an emotional context.
Let's say "What If?" Play and say that Charlie does not shoot Nick. How do you think he responds to this book that Morgan has just given him and this philosophy of all life is valuable because we have seen that he was previously receptive to other teachings, as with Celia in Season 2?
CHAMBLISS: I think you make a very good point. I think we can see a little bit of the glimmer right now as he sits down with the book and starts to look at it. Nick, a lot in the episode when he was with Morgan, though he's chasing Ennis, there's still a part of him that almost wants Morgan to jump in and stop him and not just stop him, but really provide some answers for him. That's really what Nick's questioning: "You've killed before, what do you mean when you say you lose people, do you lose yourself?" There is a real longing for Nick to find a new way of life So, I suppose, if Charlie had not shot him, there's a very good chance that Nick may have become someone Morgan has taken under his wing and is starting to teach his way as well.
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