This article will contain spoilers for Fear The Walking Dead.
“Still Standing” put together a lot of the individual story arcs the showrunners had been building this season. We got to see the treehouse the kids were hiding out in, the Al open up about her recent rendezvous with a new friend, and John finally is honest with Dwight about Sherry’s letter.
We also may have seen the last of Alicia.
One way the showrunners have been keeping this season interesting is by introducing radioactive walkers. Since the dead are so little of a threat now that kids are tying them up in forests by their own intestines, this adds a new layer of complexity and makes walkers a problem again.
Alicia followed the children to their hideout, still trying to goad them into getting on the plane. She was denied and disarmed, ultimately getting through to Morgan who was helping Grace. Morgan urged her to try and get the kids to come with her, and they only started to seriously consider it once their walker traps failed and the dead were knocking down their fences.
Alicia convinced them to give her back her weapon, which she used to kill multiple walkers. During one kill, some of the blood ended up getting on her face. She looked closer and found a dosimeter around its neck, meaning she may have just become contaminated with radiation.
It’s very likely the last of the Clark family could have just met her end – though it isn’t certain. The showrunners have already killed off Madison and Nick, so there’s nothing that says Alicia is safe. In this universe, no character is unkillable.
However, just because she came in contact with the blood doesn’t automatically make her a goner. She could get sick, but not sick enough to die. There’s also the off chance the walker she killed ended up picking up that dosimeter when they were still human – maybe they found it and were never in contact with the melted down power plant. It’s a long shot, but it’s possible. We’ve seen the show go to broader stretches in the past.
Also in this episode, John finally broke the news to Dwight about the letter. He only did this after he realized his covering up the truth would put Dwight right in the danger zone of the other reactor as it threatened to melt down. Grace tried to prevent it, but things aren’t looking good. Morgan returned to help her and reasoned that it was time they all started trying to live – to help people, but not just to help people.
The show has already changed the cast around greatly, but would killing Alicia away be too much? The Clark family represented the show since season one, and having them all gone so soon would seem odd. It isn’t out of the realm of possibility, so it gives fans a reason to tune in for the rest of the season.