Alycia Debnam-Carey has left Fear the Walking Dead, saying goodbye to the AMC zombie-drama series she has been on since its very first episode back in 2015.
At this point, it appears that Debnam-Carey’s last episode of Fear the Walking, where she played Alicia Clark, is season seven’s recently-released fifteenth episode, titled “Amina.”
– SPOILERS AHEAD, with plot details from episode s07e15.
Fans would no doubt have been wondering whether or not Alicia would see another day as the character fought off a zombie infection. Sure enough, she managed to do just that, with motivation provided to her by a little girl that was revealed to be her younger self. Alicia passed out after seeing off her Fear Family. But, she awoke, with her fever gone and a renewed energy. “Where are you going,” young Alicia asked her. “To find the people that heard my message,” older Alicia responded. And with that, she walked off, shooting a walker in the head, and continuing on into the distance.
– END OF SPOILERS
Debnam-Carey took to social media with a heartfelt post confirming her departure from the series, writing that “it is bittersweet, but it is time.”
“I was 21 when we began 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,” Debnam-Carey wrote. You can read her full post below.
Of course, with Alicia still alive, there will remain a chance that the character could pop up again sometime down the track. Hell, even Morgan has returned. But for now, Debnam-Carey has already lined up her next series as lead.
In early May it was announced that Debnam-Carey had been cast in Saint X, a Hulu psychological drama that reportedly explores and upends the girl-gone-missing genre with a plot told via multiple timelines and perspectives. Saint X tells of a young woman’s death during a Caribbean vacation and the ripple effect that brings in her surviving sister, who embarks on a dangerous pursuit of the truth. Debnam-Carey replaced Victoria Pedretti (You) in the lead role, following Pedretti’s decision to leave the series over creative differences.
To my dearest @feartwd family, tonight marks the end of an extraordinary and life changing journey of playing Alicia Clark.
Where to begin–
I will never be able to fully express the kind of journey I have had working on @feartwd for so long. It has gifted me so much.
It has been the most extraordinary training ground as an actor where I’ve been given the chance to grow and learn. I’ve had the honour of working with so many inspiring and talented people. It provided new opportunities, such as directing and it has bonded me to such incredible fans that have supported me along the way.
It has been exciting, challenging, fun, hard and inspiring.
I was 21 when we began 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 needed to seek out new challenges, new opportunities and carve out a new chapter for myself. I have been so lucky to be a part of something so awesome for so long but I hope you can understand and respect my choice to further expand and grow. I wouldn’t be here without you all and I am so grateful.
I had a lot of conversations over the years with our showrunners @goldbergian and @andrewchambliss and I think we found a fitting way to conclude Alicia’s story. It is beautiful, hopeful and elusive.
To the crews and casts from Los Angeles to Vancouver, Mexico to Texas, I am thankful 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 cast going forward, I’m so excited for what you will create next! And to my ride or dies who have been there with me every step of the way (you know who you are) I will be forever grateful to you.
It is bittersweet, but it is time.
Thank you for everything.
My love to you all.
Thank you 💀💅🏼💗 pic.twitter.com/beFlxqA96L
— Alycia Debnam-Carey (@DebnamCarey) May 30, 2022