Fear the Walking Dead fans are questioning if a tagline released with the first trailer for Season 6 hints at the return of Madison Clark (Kim Dickens), who appeared to die in a blaze in the spinoff's fourth season. Because Madison's death occurred off-screen, and because Dickens has challenged how Madison was killed off, there are now theories the person who appears to be a blonde-haired woman seen locked in a jail cell in the trailer could be Madison. If Madison managed to escape the Dell Diamond baseball stadium before it went up in flames, the tagline for the new season could be a clue towards her survival:
"Who will rise from the ashes?" asks the Fear the Walking Dead Season 6 trailer published on social media, sparking theories the tagline is referencing Madison, who potentially did not die after igniting a blaze at the stadium community once home to children Nick (Frank Dillane) and Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey).
It was previously suspected fire and phoenix imagery was hinting at Madison's return in Season 5, where Alicia came across trees painted with hopeful messages, including, "If you're reading this, you are still here." The artist was later revealed to be newly encountered lone survivor Wes (Colby Hollman), who inspired Alicia to take to painting trees to give hope to others.
Alicia honored her late mother by painting a white bird rising from flames with the message, "No one's gone until they're gone." The painting was inspired by Madison's last words and Amina, the family's name for an injured bird the Clark kids once nursed back to health.
A year ago, Dickens admitted in an interview she "can't imagine" Fear would "want to revisit Madison," whose lead role was inherited by Walking Dead transplant Morgan (Lennie James). More recently, when promoting new series Briarpatch, Dickens suggested a return was possible.
"I think fans are still upset about it at times. I don't know," Dickens told Access about Madison's death when asked if she could return to Fear. "That's the nature of the genre, though. You can be gone like that. And you can also pop up at some time, at any time."
RISE FROM THE ASHES. HOLY SHIT. ARE YOU TEASING MADISON?!!!!— Robbie Loves Caryl 🌸🏹⛵️ (@TWDeadDaily) April 8, 2020
Madison of course....rise from the ashes - clever 😏— KP Kop (@KPkski) April 7, 2020
hopefully madison— films are forever 🍺 (@beatrixk1dd0) April 7, 2020
Madison 👀 pic.twitter.com/xUlm6FmMGn— 𝗚𝗼𝗸𝘂 𝗕𝗹𝗮𝗰𝗸 (ゴクウブラック, ┊キラー神 (@BurrakuOriginal) April 7, 2020
Please bring Madison back! She belongs back on Fear.. pic.twitter.com/EZWHqd0ER9— Kristy (@Kristy52694449) April 7, 2020
Oh man, that was such an awful thing with the trees, don’t remind me🙄 talk about a let down— _Mase_Windu_ (@mbower20) April 8, 2020
Madison?😳— PFK🐧 (@pfkennedy6597) April 7, 2020
Out of the flames came Madison— Tom Turner (@tomturner1) April 7, 2020
Rise from the ashes? We only know this answer!— Netti (@Reyesannabeth) April 7, 2020
Madison, Madison, Madison
But at first she must scurries up the Wall!💪 pic.twitter.com/lbaJXIwISx
Fear the Walking Dead Season 6 premieres this summer on AMC. For all things TWD, follow the author @CameronBonomolo on Twitter.