“Fear the Walking Dead” aired its Season 4 premiere last night. In a shocking twist, Victor Strand was killed off by his nemesis Daniel Salazar in an attempt to protect him from being exposed as a sociopathic serial killer. It is unclear what will happen now that Victor is dead and whether or not this could completely shake up the show’s narrative going forward.
The “victor strand” is a character that has been in the show since season 1. He was introduced as a mysterious man who had some information on Lydia and her group, but then he turned into an antagonist, killing people left and right.
“She won’t have anything to do with me after this,” Victor Strand (Colman Domingo) snarls at Alicia Clark (Alycia Debnam-Carey) following yet another stunning Strand maneuver to kick off Season 7 of Fear the Walking Dead. Season 7 Episode 1, “The Lighthouse,” contains spoilers. Strand’s dirty deed of sacrificing Sanjay (Satya Nikhil Polisetti) to save Alicia from walkers, as well as his attempted sacrifice of ally Morgan Jones (Lennie James) aboard a nuclear submarine — Strand’s way of proving himself to Alicia by being the hero who stopped Teddy’s (John Glover) arsenal of warheads from firing — were both featured in Season 6. Strand and Alicia are a couple. became shielded survivors of the nuclear zombie apocalypse when the bombs went off.
Strand and Alicia
Strand gives Alicia the Saint Christopher medallion that a supposedly amnesiac Daniel Salazar (Rubén Blades) gave him to help him “carry great responsibilities” when Virginia (Colby Minifie) promotes him to Ranger in Season 6 Episode 2, “Welcome to the Club.” Strand’s failure to follow his intuition led to Sanjay’s death, and it’s a mistake he’ll never make again.
Strand reassigns Alicia to a location that is far away from him, telling her: “You remind me of who I am as a person. And I have to forget about that person in order to accomplish what I need to do right now – for you, for me, for all of us. And I’m not going to be able to achieve it with you at my side.”
“Alicia, I don’t want to drag you down with me. I need to forget about myself “Strand agrees. “You, on the other hand, do not. Whatever happens, don’t let it get the best of you.”
In Season 6 Episode 14, “Mother,” as Teddy explains his intentions to use nuclear weapons to bring about the end and the beginning, a captive Alicia contacts Strand and asks, “Can I trust you?” To stop the explosives, Alicia orders Strand to travel to Morgan and discover a beached submarine near Galveston, Texas. Teddy sequesters Alicia in a fallout bunker under The Franklin Hotel in order to live and “rebuild the world” after it has been destroyed.
Strand tells Morgan, “I’m behaving selflessly to rescue everyone,” inside the walker-infested nuclear submarine in Season 6 Episode 15, “USS Pennsylvania,” and he wants Alicia to know it. Strand discovers why Alicia requested Morgan as time runs short to halt the launch: “She did not give me a message. She said it with you in mind. And now I understand why. Because you’re going to do things that I’m not going to do.”
Strand tosses Morgan into a horde of walkers and abandons him to die, giving Teddy and Riley (Nick Stahl) barely enough time to detonate 10 bombs. Morgan, on the other hand, survives, exposing Strand’s selfishness, which he justifies as a means of saving lives: “Don’t claim you did it for anybody other than yourself. You did it so that you could tell Alicia how much of a hero you were today.”
Strand and Will are a couple.
Strand meets lone survivor Will (Gus Halper) in a high-rise building spared from the bombs months later in Season 7 Episode 1, “The Beacon.” Strand’s right-hand Howard (Omid Abtahi) believes the Tower is a vibrant society that is “building the foundations of a new civilisation,” and it’s all because to Strand’s intuition.
Will presents Strand with the Saint Christopher medallion that he claims he discovered on the deceased. Strand will grant Will sanctuary in The Tower if Will shows him where he got the necklace and helps him identify its owner.
When Will makes a mistake and asks Strand why he’s out in this harsh wasteland seeking “for her,” it’s revealed that Will knows Alicia — and she warned him that Strand isn’t entirely trustworthy. When Strand tries to leave a wounded Will behind, he exclaims, “She’ll never forgive you if you do this,” but Strand answers with an allegation that he wants to make things right with Alicia: “I want to prove to her that she was completely incorrect about everything. That’s how I come out on top.”
Will was putting Strand to the test to determine whether he was someone worth rescuing. He says that Alicia has a history with Teddy’s supporters and that she is selflessly guiding them. Or she was: she’s gone missing, on her way to someone or someplace called “Padre.”
The medallion was presented to Alicia by Strand “in order for her to remember who she was I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to do the same for myself since I didn’t think I’d be able to “he declares “I think we both delivered on our promises.”
Strand concerns about Alicia’s safety when Will identifies assaulting zombies as individuals from the bunker, so he risks his life outside a lighthouse with a functional beacon in walker-infested fog. Will tells Strand, “You still care for her.” “You don’t sprint into the fog like that to make a point to someone. You do it because you care about them and want to help them.”
Strand and Will return the beacon to The Tower after discovering the bunker in The Franklin Hotel with no evidence of life. If Alicia notices it, she’ll follow the light until she locates them. Strand admits that Alicia is “the closest thing I have left to family,” and warns Will that she may remind him of “the guy I once wanted to be.”
Will informs him that Alicia can assist him in becoming that person. Strand, on the other hand, went against his instincts and almost perished when he left The Tower, something he can’t repeat. Strand sees that other towns have succumbed to the same cause: love. Like Strand and Will’s feelings for Alicia.
Strand adds, “Attachments don’t make you powerful.” “They annihilate you.” Will understands the beacon isn’t for Alicia as he looks down upon walkers drawn to the light. “It’s to keep her and everyone else as far away as possible,” explains the narrator.
Will has trust in himself. Alicia thinks she’ll locate The Tower and talk to Strand, but she doesn’t, and Strand shoves Will over the roof, where he dies. “After this, she won’t have anything to do with me.”
Will’s Demise Is Explanated
“I believe Strand is curious about what Alicia told [Will] because I think, in many ways, it will signal how Alicia feels about him when he eventually meets her,” showrunner Andrew Chambliss said on Fear the Walking Dead Episode Insider. “When he believes Alicia is in danger when all of the walkers arrive at the lighthouse, he goes out into the fog to battle them. He puts his own life on the line, and it’s this that finally makes him understand how much he feels about Alicia and how much her approval matters to him.”
Ian Goldberg, the showrunner, said, “That is, in the end, why he decides not to bring Alicia to the tower. And, in reality, doing anything, doing this heinous act of murdering Would, will assure that Alicia will not have anything to do with him. Strand has a Darth Vader moment here, where he decides to shut off this link in his heart for the sake of power and to defend what he’s constructed.”
Will’s damaged corpse reanimates and becomes part of Strand’s walker army, holding the living at bay.
“He’s sort of become what he always wanted to be,” Chambliss said, “but he’s actually left on the top of that tower wondering exactly how much it cost him.” “It may have cost him the person he loves about the most, and when we see him standing up there with all the dead walkers coming towards the tower, it’s sort of a metaphor for who he is — someone who has drove all the live people away from him and is now surrounded by death and ruin.”
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