6 of Fear the Walking Dead's most shocking deaths

Unexpected, ugly and upsetting - we look at the show’s most dramatic exits.

By Alex Fletcher Published: 18 May 2018 - 3.47pm

The only thing you can be sure of in Fear the Walking Dead is that nobody is ever truly safe.

The show has killed off leading characters in every season, breaking viewers hearts and leaving our collective jaws on the floor. 

Whether you’re a hero, a villain, on land or sea, there is no safe haven in Fear the Walking Dead and here is a list of the most shocking deaths in the series so far.

1. Artie

An early warning shot that nobody was safe on this show came when Madison’s boss, the lovable headteacher Artie, became one of the first victims of the outbreak.

In only a couple of episodes, we’d warmed to the teacher and having Madison bash him over the head with a fire extinguisher was a sign of what was to come.

2. Liza Ortiz

Elizabeth Rodriguez as Liza Ortiz in Fear the Walking Dead

The first major character to exit the series was Travis’s first wife and the mother of Chris, who got bitten during the great escape to Strand’s boat in the season one finale.

She didn’t want to turn and inflict pain on Chris, so she forced Travis to pull the trigger on her. Her decision would hang over season two as her death divided Travis and Chris to the very end.

3. Chris Manawa

Lorenzo James Henrie playing Christopher Manawa in Fear the Walking Dead

The sulky teen wasn’t happy before the apocalypse and things only got worse when he discovered that his dad had shot his mum to stop her turning.

His fraught relationship with Travis was eventually pulled apart when Chris had his head turned by a gang of idiotic frat boys. The lads had no true loyalty to Chris and after a car accident, they pulled the trigger on the teenager. 

4. Travis Manawa

Cliff Curtis playing Travis Manawa in Fear the Walking Dead

The most heart-breaking entry (and most shocking) is the death of Travis. Honourable, brave and wise, Travis has been the heart and moral centre for the survivors. He’d also shown that he had the strength and fighting skills to take on nearly any amount of infected.

His recklessness following the death of Chris would probably have caught up with him eventually, but in the end, he was actually the unfortunate victim of the Nation and Broke Jaw Ranch wars.

Literally caught in the crossfire between the two groups, his final act of honour was to leap from a helicopter so that he wouldn’t pose a danger to Alicia.

5. Jake Otto

Sam Underwood plays Jake Otto in Fear the Walking Dead

Jake was far too wise, far too moral and far too reasonable to survive in Fear the Walking Dead. He was almost the first Otto to be killed off after trying to bring debate and reason into a fight with Walker, but fortunately came away with only a scar on his forehead.

He was less fortunate when he finally cracked with his psychotic brother Troy. Confronting him on the clifftop, Jake came off worst after Nick stepped in to help Troy, Jake’s final moments included an infected bite, having his arm chopped off and being murdered again by his brother. Brutal.

6. Nick Clark

Frank Dillane plays Nick Clark in Fear the Walking Dead

We're not sure we'll ever get over this one. Frank Dillane decided that he wanted to leave the show during season 3, but his exit was kept under wraps and our jaws hit the floor when he met a heartbreaking end in the episode, Good Out Here. Nick got revenge on Vulture Ennis with a brutal murder, but it came at the cost of his own life. Shot by young Vulture Charlie, Nick slowly drifted from the world clutching his blue bonnets. The fall-out looks like it will change Fear forever.