January 28, 2023

‘Concern the Strolling Useless’s Showrunners on Alicia’s Plans for 7B

[WARNING: The following contains MAJOR spoilers for Fear the Walking Dead Season 7, Episode 9, “Follow Me.”]

It’s fairly clear that every one will not be properly with Alicia Clark (Alycia Debnam-Carey). When Season 7 of Concern resumes, Alicia is being tormented with nightmares, fevers and all issues of illnesses each from the bodily after-effects of her chew (or the amputation) and her guilt over what occurred with Arno’s (Spenser Granese) group — guilt that’s actually looking her as Arno won’t let it go.

By the tip of the episode, Alicia’s head is on a bit extra straight, and she or he’s realized that she must belief herself to construct a group stronger than Victor Strand’s (Colman Domino) folks within the Tower. However we nonetheless have a ton of questions on what’s forward in her journey, so we picked the brains of co-showrunners Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg for all of the intel. Learn on for extra on Alicia’s well being points, her mysterious savior, and the actual query you’re all considering: Why bagpipes?

On this episode, Alicia meets a deaf, widower, musician Paul (performed by Warren “Wawa” Snipe). Why was he the precise man for her to fulfill at this second?

Ian Goldberg: This episode is about Alicia studying to belief herself and to hearken to the voice inside herself. It begins out together with her believing that she must comply with another person — she must comply with this voice which she believes initially is the Senator walker that’s going to steer her to Padre. And by the tip of the episode, it turns into about her believing that she must be the person who is adopted. However there’s fairly a journey to get there.

Alicia’s been a personality who has finished many leader-ly issues over the collection, however she’s at all times been a confidant for another person, or like a lieutenant for different leaders. This was an episode the place we needed to strip away all these folks for her. She has simply declared warfare on Strand, her closest pal, who’s now turn out to be an enemy. She is grappling together with her personal mortality together with her harm and the aftereffects that she continues to really feel from the amputation and the chew. And so, we needed her to be remoted and aside from her regular assist group, and Paul felt like the precise character, the precise reflection, and the precise individual to assist heal her wounds, and she or he to assist heal his over the course of the episode.

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She did seemingly have a bit little bit of a management position with Arno’s group although, and it didn’t go so nice. Does she nonetheless actually need to be a pacesetter, though she has this ticking clock health-wise and this dangerous expertise hanging over her head?

Andrew Chambliss: I don’t know if I might essentially say it’s her objective at the beginning of the episode. I might say that she is feeling like she owes quite a bit to each Arno’s folks and her personal folks as a result of in some ways she seems like she allow them to down. She put a lot religion on this thought — {that a} walker may lead her to a sort of promised land — and that was born out of desperation of wanting to supply security for these folks, and it clearly it didn’t go properly as we are able to inform from the way in which that Arno goes after Alicia right here.

So, this episode is basically about her realizing that the errors she made prior to now weren’t born out of her personal faults, however born out of the truth that she wasn’t listening to herself. And this episode is about her realizing that, and if she actually desires to be a pacesetter and actually desires to make up for the errors that occurred with Arno and his group, she’s going to should be the one to hearken to herself and take step one ahead. And I feel she additionally feels some sense of duty to be the one to steer this warfare as a result of the individual on the opposite aspect of it’s somebody who’s so near her, or as soon as was so near her.

And Victor’s fiefdom goes stronger, however we’ve seen beforehand that it may be terrorized. Who’s a much bigger menace to him proper now: Arno, now that he’s discovered that walker pit, or Alicia?

Goldberg: I might say they’re each fairly formidable, and we are going to proceed to see Arno’s story as we get deeper into the season, however as daunting as Arno could also be, I’d be extra afraid of Alicia at this level. She has extra to lose, that is extra private to her and she or he’s motivated by, as Andrew mentioned, her personal private funding with Strand, and she or he has an urgency with which she has to do every thing as a result of she’s grappling together with her personal bodily well being. So, I wouldn’t mess together with her.

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The well being facet of all of it — does this imply that Alycia Debnam-Carey isn’t surviving on this world for much longer?

Chambliss: All we are able to say is that Alicia Clark is affected by what might be an an infection from a walker chew; it might be an an infection from having her arm amputated in a drainage tunnel. She doesn’t know, however the truth that she is placing up this struggle is the factor that’s going to outline her journey over the course of the season. And I might say whether or not the fevers that she is affected by are from the walker chew or another an infection — if anybody may beat both a type of issues, I might put my cash on Alicia.

I need to pivot again to Paul actually rapidly — why bagpipes? Was it at all times bagpipes within the script?

Goldberg: Humorous sufficient, that was a part of it. The preliminary inspiration got here from simply being a fan of bagpipe music. I at all times get moved to tears once I hear a very good bagpipe rendition of “Superb Grace,” it simply kills me each time. However Andrew and I have been in Austin [Texas, where the series shoots] and I feel there was a parade that was going by way of downtown, and there have been some folks taking part in bagpipes and we simply began [talking] and realized that it will be a extremely tough instrument to play in the event you have been within the zombie apocalypse as a result of they’re so loud that there’s no approach that you may play them with out endangering your self, or another person, or drawing walkers. In order that was simply the kernel of an thought. Like, ‘properly, if somebody have been to play the bagpipes within the apocalypse, it must be with that particular M.O. in thoughts of deliberately creating a number of noise.’ That was simply type of the genesis of the concept and we needed to seek out the precise story to make use of it in, and this was the one.

Chambliss: And Wawa realized to play bagpipes for this. He has a musical background, however he went that additional mile and realized to play bagpipes.

fear the walking dead season 7 episode 9, alycia debnam-carey as Alicia Clark

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That’s superior. Now, this mysterious lady who retains saving Alicia — will we preserve seeing her? And may we view her as a dream/imaginative and prescient or a flesh-and-blood individual?

Chambliss: The reply to the primary query is that she is essential to Alicia’s story. There are lots of people on the market attempting to outlive within the nuclear apocalypse, and Alicia is searching for folks to avoid wasting, so there could also be some connection there the place this lady turns into necessary to Alicia for that cause.

After which as for the query concerning the actuality of what Alicia is seeing, that’s simply one other open query that we’re going to be exploring as we go ahead. Alicia is affected by these very vivid fever desires and she or he’s not 100% positive what’s completely actual and what’s not. Even by that token, the lady might be actual generally and might be a part of her fever desires generally.

Concern the Strolling Useless, Sundays, 9/8c, AMC