Lennie James Offers Some Wisdom About The Walking Dead's Recent Exits

Rick and Madison's respective departures from each show will be felt for a long time to come.

By Chris Morse

Much has been said about next season's departure of Andrew Lincoln from The Walking Dead and how the series can recover and stay interesting in light of it, but Fear the Walking Dead actor Lennie James does acknowledge that when these shows leave characters like Rick and Madison behind, their presence is felt for quite some time. These exits can have a ripple effect on the plot and other characters, leaving behind a situation that absolutely must be addressed in the storytelling.

James spoke with Metro.co.uk and offered some insight into how this situation can be dealt with on a narrative level, comparing the exit of Rick from The Walking Dead to the decision to kill off Madison on Fear the Walking Dead. Here's what he had to say.

The only thing I can really say about those without giving any spoilers [is] that they are both these stories that have to be navigated. The essence of both of those characters is going to be felt not just through the remaining episodes of season nine but possibly for seasons to come in the future.

I doubt the fallout of those characters will be [glossed over] in what remains of our seasons. I think both of those characters cast huge shadows and both those shows will exist in the shadows that they left behind.

Fans must cope with these changes in their own way but they must be addressed in the storytelling as well, as James wisely explained. We'll be able to see the beginning of how that unfolds in Fear the Walking Dead in the second half of season 4, which kicks off tonight with its midseason premiere.

We will be waiting a little longer to watch Rick's story conclude on The Walking Dead, which does not return for its ninth season until Sunday, October 7th.

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Programmer by day, writer by night. Having grown up surrounded by plenty of horror movies and video games, it only made sense for Chris to combine all of these passions into one place: Dead Entertainment. Whether he's working on designs, tinkering with the platform, or just writing up the latest horror news, he's sure to be hard at work keeping the wheels turning on this website no matter what time of day it is. When not coding or gaming, you can find him donning a Cheesehead and heading to the Midwest to cheer on his favorite NFL team, the Green Bay Packers. #GoPackGo

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