Spoilers for Fear the Walking Dead below!
Fear the Walking Dead has been criticized in the past for moving too slow and the writer's decision not to kill off any of the main characters (with the exception of Chris Manawa and Lisa Ortiz, obviously). That all changed on Sunday night, when the two-part season three premiere resulted in the major, shocking death of Travis Manawa (Cliff Curtis). That family has it rough, huh?
Although Travis is able to claw his way out of a pit of zombies unscathed earlier in the episode, take down a ton of walkers, and save Nick from certain death, he isn't able to escape a bullet to the neck. After carrying Luciana to the helicopter and taking off with Alicia also on board, an unknown someone opens fire below and manages to deal Travis a fatal blow. Despite the gravity of his injury, he has the forethought to realize he's not going to make it and unbuckles his seat belt. He heads towards the chopper door and takes one last look at Alicia (and appears to reveal what looks like a bite mark on his stomach? Maybe that pit escape wasn't as successful as we thought), before throwing himself out of the helicopter to his death so he won't turn on board and harm any of the other passengers.
Since Travis has been an integral part of the story so far and was just starting to become a really interesting character, his bloody demise hit fans hard.
Wow wow wow wow, like seriously what the hell just happened!!! That can't be real. #FearTWD 😳😳😳— Aaron James (@TheAJP513) June 5, 2017
IM SCREAMING WHAT JUST HAPPENED OH MY GOD?!?!? #FearTWD— saige (@saigeysaige) June 5, 2017
— Phillip 🇺🇸 (@Philcovfefe) June 5, 2017
And the winner for biggest WTF opening goes to #FearTWD
— Jake Elman (@JakeElman) June 5, 2017
Someone just got Ned Stark'd on #FearTWD
— Long Time Listener (@ltl27) June 5, 2017
— val🍍 (@MlSELlZAJANE) June 5, 2017
— Tecola (@LearningPains) June 5, 2017
I am literally nauseous. Like, that swallowing before it all comes up, nauseous. Deep breathing, nauseous. #FearTWD
— Ambah (@SistuhSowuhl) June 5, 2017
— april (@Appie_Bear) June 5, 2017
— KîGën 🌺 (@GemmaGenGen) June 5, 2017
— Jred578 (@jred578) June 5, 2017
— humadawha (@humadawha) June 5, 2017
What did you think of Fear the Walking Dead's decision to kill off Travis's character?