The stars of Fear The Walking Dead have paid tribute to series lead Kim Dickens, whose Madison Clark was killed off in Sunday’s mid-season finale.

The cast processed Dickens’ exit “badly,” Alicia actress Alycia Debnam-Carey said on live after show Talking Dead.

“We found out before production had started. For all of us it was very devastating obviously, you know, we’re such a tight knit family, we’ve just become so important in each others’ lives,” Debnam-Carey said.

“For me, it was definitely difficult. And it was heart wrenching and really hard for us — we processed this over months, really, all of us, and it’s, you know, something we’ve just had to come to terms with, but at the same time, obviously it does move the story in a really different direction.”

The season 4 mid-season finale, ‘No One’s Gone,’ ended with the revelation Madison sacrificed herself at the stadium as it fell, staying behind and wielding a flare to draw a horde of walkers inside and away from a fleeing Alicia, Nick, Strand, and Luciana.

“I think there’s a bit of symbolism actually, in the show, where she’s holding that torch,” said Colman Domingo, who plays Strand.

“And I think Kim Dickens herself is someone who sometimes you need to burn something down to light someone else’s way. And I think Kim Dickens has become such a dear friend and comrade, she’s a pro through and through, and she’s also one of the funniest people that I know. This is something a lot of people don’t know, she’s hilarious.”

He continued: “And she will always say something and lay us out, because we never see it coming. And constantly, we’re like ‘I don’t see it coming,’ and then she keeps hitting us with it. And she’s got so much humanity and heart and she’s been such a ferocious, kind, gentle leader, that’s exactly what…

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