According to the producers, during the third season, “Frank asked the producers and AMC to end his run on the show in order to pursue other opportunities. … We have loved working with Frank, and while he’ll be greatly missed, we’re also excited about the storytelling opportunities these next chapters of the series present.”
Death has been a fact of life on both “Dead” series, but Dillane was one of the few remaining players from when the show premiered. Kim Dickens and Alycia Debnam-Carey, who play his mother and sister, respectively, remain.
Dillane addressed his departure, briefly, in a taped message on “Talking Dead,” the AMC talk show devoted to the series. “It’s been one of the great pleasures of my life to be on this show,” he said, wishing well to his former co-stars.
“Fear the Walking Dead” returned two weeks ago behind “Walking Dead’s” eighth-season finale. Last week’s episode, without the benefit of that lead-in, drew a little more than 3 million viewers, per Nielsen data, which represents marked improvement over the apocalyptic drama’s third-season average.