Fear the Walking Dead season 7 showrunner Ian Goldberg shares his thoughts on John Dorie Sr.’s death. As the season nears its end and the stakes are pushed higher and higher, the fates of Fear the Walking Dead characters become more and more uncertain. Each season of the long-running franchise has brought the deaths of prominent characters, and season 7 has proven no exception.
Fear the Walking Dead season 7 episode 12 began with Baby Mo suddenly going missing. As a way to get into Victor Strand’s (Colman Domingo) ear, so he could transform the community into something better for a future generation of survivors, Dorie (Keith Carradine) vowed to find the baby and return her. He soon finds out that June (Jenna Elfman) and Grace (Karen David) have decided to whisk the baby away to allow Morgan (Lennie James) and Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey) to wage war against the Tower, Strand’s high-rise community. In an effort to protect June and Grace, Dorie kills Howard (Omid Abtahi) and steals Baby Mo away through the swarm of walkers, sacrificing himself to get the child to Morgan.
During AMC+’s Fear the Walking Dead: Episode Insider (via ComicBook.com), Goldberg admits he truly found it difficult to bid Carradine farewell. The showrunner shares that the actor brought a wealth of experience to the role like no other actor could, and gave Dorie a sense of real dignity. Read what Goldberg said of Carradine and Dorie’s death below:
It’s so hard to watch this episode and say goodbye to Keith Carradine. He is this character. He’s got so much gravitas and strength. He just brings something that no one else could have brought to this role. We were such big fans of his from his very long and impressive body of work, bringing him into the show. And what we always like to say is that when characters die or when we say goodbye to characters, we want it to hurt. We want it to be impactful because that means that you cared. […] His final sacrifice, both painful and beautiful, just is a real testament to Keith’s incredible work as an actor and what he brought to this role. We’re very, very grateful to have had the chance to work with him.
Carradine follows a time-honored tradition within the franchise. Like all seasons of The Walking Dead and its spinoffs, shocking deaths are to be expected among the vast, ever-revolving cast of characters. Alicia, Strand, and Daniel (Rubén Blades) are the only three remaining cast members from Fear the Walking Dead season 1. However, it has recently been revealed that Kim Dickens will return as Madison Clark following her supposed death in season 4.
Carradine joined the horror-zombie series in season 6 as John Dorie’s (Garret Dillahunt) estranged father. Dorie was a former policeman who broke the law to convict serial killer Teddy Maddox (John Glover) of murder. Unfortunately, that act brought him nothing but shame and guilt, breaking his family apart. Carradine expertly portrayed a man still struggling to mend his fractured soul with the skill only a venerable actor of his pedigree could provide. Dorie’s death proved to be a cathartic moment for the character, as he finally committed himself to providing a better future for Baby Mo, a promise that he had previously failed for his son. With only four more episodes to go until the season’s end, and a war looming between Alicia and Morgan against Strand and his militia, Fear the Walking Dead is setting itself up with more unexpected twists and potential deaths of beloved characters.