Following the broadcast of the last episode of season 10 of The Walking Dead last week, AMC resumed the broadcast of season 6 of Fear The Walking Dead this Sunday, April 11, 2021. Good news? Not really. Through this unprecedented episode 8, the creators have quite simply staged the death of a character adored by fans.
John Dorie killed in Fear The Walking Dead
First, Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg (the showrunners) revealed the identity of Cameron’s killer at the start of the season. Who was it? From Dakota. An unexpected twist which nevertheless motivated John Dorie, until then in a suicidal state of mind, to re-mobilize and get closer to the young woman in order to help him not to sink following this act.
A situation that allowed us to realize how good a man John Dorie is, but a decision that unfortunately was fatal to him. And for good reason, unwilling to listen to any advice, the survivor played by Zoe Margaret Colletti made the horrible decision to shoot him in the chest and throw him over a bridge. And as if the sadism of the creators weren’t already effective enough, the duo then had fun making us suffer in the worst possible way. How? ‘Or’ What ? By making us believe that John had survived this betrayal, before finally revealing to us – through June, his wife who had just recovered him in the water, that he had transformed into a zombie.
Garret Dillahunt satisfied by this death
Death + zombiefication = a double shock for the fans which did not however surprise Garret Dillahunt, the interpreter of John Dorie. On the microphone of EW, the comedian on the contrary revealed that he had been expecting such a fate for several years, “I think it was around season 5 that we started talking about it. Then after we had real discussions between season 5 and season 6 on how John should go.“.
And obviously, where fans are now heartbroken, Garret Dillahunt is quite pleased with this conclusion, “They came up with a great idea – at the same time great, tragic, beautiful [quand June découvre John, cela fait écho à leur toute première rencontre, ndlr], and credible in such a world. And then in addition, it moves the story forwardIn short, we are far from easy and cliché death to fill a scriptwriting void.
Above all, Garret Dillahunt confessed, there is no point in mourning the death of John Dorie since he is responsible for it himself. When asked by EW if this departure from the show was related to a creative decision or a personal decision, the comedian revealed, “I don’t think it’s a secret, it’s a little bit of both. I loved my time on this show and will always treasure it. But I had been having a few ants in my legs for a while and I’m not a child anymore. There are other things I want to do.“
So yes, we all want to mourn John Dorie’s disappearance today, but it was unfortunately inevitable. Life is unfair, it’s not new!