Another member of the Westward-bound group is gone on “Z Nation.” After a heavy zombie battle, Mack (Michael Welch) fell victim to the living dead, sparing Addy’s (Anastasia Baranova) life one final time.
Mac’s death bring the toxic relationship between the two to an end once and for all. For Welch, his character dying not only makes sense, but it had to happen.
“I think for the sake of the Mack and Addy arc, it did make sense. Mack and Addy were stuck in a certain place,” he tells Zap2it. “They had gone through something where I don’t know that they would have ever been able to heal from that.”
Once Addy betrayed Mack to join the Sisters of Mercy in Season 1, things were never truly the same between them.
“I equate it to in a relationship if someone has an affair and you’re forced to stay with them,” Welch explains. “It’s one thing if you try to work it out on your own, but it’s another when you literally have no choice but to stay with this person that you really don’t feel the same way about anymore.”
Still, while he may have no longer been able to fully trust Addy, Mack still had love for her — though it was a but misguided.
“[His love is] more that Mack just does not know how to survive without Addy,” Welch says. “She has been the driving force that’s kept him alive this whole time. His whole sense of identity is wrapped up in protecting this girl. He can’t just move on from that, but at the same time I don’t know that he can forgive her for what she did.”
However, now Addy has been set free, in a way. While she loved Mack and will no doubt mourn his death, it’s the beginning of a new chapter in her life.
According to Welch, that story is far more entertaining than the two of them not being able to fully accept each other for the life of the series. “I think that Mack’s death allows Addy to move on and evolve from there, in a way that may be more interesting than the two of us just being stuck in the same place,” he says.
Besides, Welch knows how the zombie apocalypse works. “One of us was probably going to die eventually anyway,” he jokes.
“Z Nation” airs Fridays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Syfy.