The last time we saw Fear the living dead, Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey) was making a bold statement. Supported by her mentor Morgan (Lennie James) and against her former ally Strand (Colman Domingo), she declared: “We are going to war”. So when the series returns this Sunday, it means the conflict between Morgan and Strand has a strong third leader in Alicia. And after seven seasons, no one is happier to be in this position than Debnam-Carey.
“It’s a journey we’ve been on for a very, very long time,” Debnam-Carey told Decider. “Watching her be a reluctant leader, but also finding all of these tools and learning from her mistakes, and growing from mentors throughout her journey into the apocalypse. Seeing her finally come to a point of autonomy, self-confidence and drive is truly satisfying and rewarding. It feels like we’ve finally made it to the top of Alicia.
It was also not an easy journey to get there. At the end of the first part of season 7, Alicia – who had been offscreen most of the time – returned after losing an arm after being bitten by a zombie. Not only that, but having to amputate the arm herself to save her life left the character lost, broken and confused, thinking the undead can talk to her and convinced that she was slowly dying from the zombie infection, against all odds. reason. When we return, however, this week’s episode is about Alicia moving past that to realize her true destiny.
“This first episode digs into Alicia as a leader,” said co-showrunner Ian Goldberg. “And how she is going to have to take on this leadership role. In a way, unlike she’s ever done before… She’s got a daunting task ahead of her, this war on Strand, they’re outnumbered, he’s got this massive Tower infrastructure. How will she find it?
Goldberg went on to note that the mid-season premiere, which he and co-showrunner Andrew Chambliss penned, is “a very personal story” for Alicia, showing how she goes from someone who thinks she has to keep up. other people – Morgan, Strand, previously her mother Madison (Kim Dickens) – to “realize that maybe she can be the one that people follow.”
Although Alicia’s stepping up changes the series considerably, for Morgan, at least, it couldn’t have come at a better time. The sometimes-pacifist once took the lead in the offensive against Strand, but now his priorities have changed to focus on protecting his new family: a baby he saved; and his kind of girlfriend Grace (Karen David), who is currently essentially a hostage in the Strand’s Tower community.
“It fundamentally changes [the power dynamics] because some firm lines are drawn in the sand,” added James. “Not just Alicia declaring war on Strand, but Alicia, for the first time, really knows that people saw strength in her. She realized strength in herself. She really stepped forward and took the lead. command… That’s one of the things that Morgan saw in her.
However, Alicia’s stepping up changes things, however, as Debnam-Carey notes, it’s something that “fans have been waiting for a long time. Me too. To see it come to fruition is really satisfying. And for me, that felt like a much more solid place to drive the character. Because he’s so engaged, active choices are made rather than constantly doubting himself. Or being uncertain, having this mental uncertainty and inner restlessness. Finally, we let’s see a commitment to herself, her leadership, her ideology, and there’s a fierce ideology and an unwavering resilience and commitment to do whatever it takes to make sure people are safe.
Fear the living dead returns Sunday at 9/8c on AMC, with the first two episodes streaming on AMC+.
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