Is Fear the Walking Dead hinting at the mother of all reunions? Recently revealed spoiler synopses for the final four episodes of Season 6 have sparked speculation that Alicia Clark (Alycia Debnam-Carey) will reunite with her mother, Madison Clark (Kim Dickens), in an upcoming episode titled "Mother." Madison seemingly died in the mid-season finale of Season 4, "No One's Gone," when she ignited a fiery blaze at the baseball stadium Alicia nearly revisited earlier in the season. This imagery was recreated when Alicia set fire to an underground community in "The Holding," which ended with Alicia captured by cult leader and self-described "mama's boy" Teddy (John Glover).
Reads the synopsis for "Mother," airing May 23, "While held prisoner by Teddy, Alicia reunites with old friends and must confront her past." Commenters on social media are now speculating that a reunion and a reckoning with the past means the return of Madison, who may have survived her sacrifice at the stadium.
"The Holding" references Madison when Riley (Nick Stahl) prompts Alicia to study a walker covered in leaves, reminding her of the stadium and how her mother "gave her life so we could live." Madison is mentioned a second time when Alicia sacrifices herself to destroy The Holding by fire, and Teddy tells her she's "following in the footsteps of [her] mother."
Teddy goes on to say he wants to "save" Alicia, telling her, "I've been looking for someone like you for a long, long time." What this means will be revealed in "Mother," but it appears Teddy wants Alicia's help launching the nuclear weapons aboard the USS Pennsylvania.
"I think he sees something special in Alicia, something that he hasn't found in anyone else yet," showrunner Ian Goldberg told EW. "And we learn at least part of that is what she talked about in her interviews early in the episode with Riley and her relationship to her mother and her mother's sacrifice. And also seeing her do something similar by the end of this episode that she put herself in harm's way so that the rest of her friends could escape."
"And Teddy says, 'I'm a mama's boy myself.' And that is something we will explore later," Goldberg teased. "There's definitely more to mine there, but I think there's a kinship that he feels with Alicia. Granted, they're very different types of characters with very different agendas, but he has a very specific role in mind for her in his twisted view of how he's going to bring about the end. And the question is, is Alicia going to go along with that?"
Goldberg and showrunner Andrew Chambliss previously walked back comments about Madison's death earlier in Season 6, just before Fear filmed just minutes away from the Dell Diamond baseball stadium — a location not visited since Season 4. When Insider asked Goldberg and Chambliss to confirm Madison's death, the showrunners paused before Chambliss said Madison's return is "definitely something we talk about."
Asked point-blank to confirm whether Madison is dead, Goldberg said: "Well… we never saw her body. And Madison herself said, 'No one's gone until they're gone.'"
Here's how Fear fans are speculating about "Mother," premiering May 23 on AMC:
M A D I S O N ! ! pic.twitter.com/FmVt4zzWMm— bea 🦝 (@AbbyCadbea) May 7, 2021
The synopsis sound good Mother is about Alicia being reunited with old friends and confronting her past I am intrigued I say it every year I hope Madison returns 😂🙏💛— Tom Turner 🏳️🌈💛 (@tomturner1) May 7, 2021
No One's Gone
Madison returning in the 6x14 ??? Maybe guys— TheVince3317 (@TheVince3317) May 8, 2021
Just imagine how insane that could be
Until They're Gone
Mother ?👀🤔 pic.twitter.com/lurXzXVDPx— CharlieTastic (@charlesville97) May 7, 2021
May be her biggest return yet unless they are teasing us again— grimeify (@Grimeifys) May 8, 2021
[615: USS Pennsylvania]
[616: the beginning]
What could this mean I don’t know but if she comes I’m ready to scream and spam my Insta story #madisonseason7 #FearTWD #bringmadisonback pic.twitter.com/7JnMswYM5v
if #FearTWD brings back Madison in s6 or confirms she’s alive, that would be the cherry on the cake.— Ethan (@EthanCorby) May 7, 2021
#FearTWD 6x14 "Mother"— Elias (@EliasnjTWD) May 7, 2021
Alright so the obvious guess based on the title is Madison, I've had a gut feeling all season Maddie would be making her way back into the fold, what better time to do that than now. Though I am a little hesitant considering how bluntly obvious this is.