Episode four of Fear the Walking Dead season two titled “Blood in the Streets” revealed Victor Strand (Colman Domingo) as gay. Even though I haven’t been watching Fear the Walking Dead (it just isn’t interesting enough for me) I checked out “Blood in the Streets” to see how Victor’s sexuality was handled.
The moment Victor shared the screen with his future-lover-to-be, Thomas Abigail (Dougray Scott), the chemistry between them was evident. I was actually expecting them to start making out after a few seconds together. However, that didn’t happen, and Victor stole Thomas’ money because he went bankrupt after Hurricane Katrina. They ended up becoming a couple later on but their first encounter was very interesting.
The flashback helped make viewers understand that even though Victor’s a calculating and logical person, he isn’t evil. He still has a sense of respect and honor. The flashback also explained Victor’s motivation to get back to Mexico. He left Thomas there and even though he promised to come back in two days, it wasn’t possible once the zombie-apocalypse occurred.
The only thing I didn’t like about the flashback was the way writers used it. While Victor and Thomas’ interactions had undercurrents of intimacy it wasn’t until the final flashback those two were shown kissing. Why did the writers feel the need to make Victor’s sexuality a “surprise”?
Anyway,”Blood in the Streets” helped make Victor Strand more of a character rather than a cardboard cutout of someone who is always logical and lacks empathy. Also, kudos to Fear the Walking Dead for making a main character come out as gay in its second season rather than taking years to do something similar.
What did you think of Fear the Walking Dead revealing that a POC like Victor Strand was gay? Let us know!
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Strand is one of the best characters on the show and I loved getting backstory on him. My take on the “surprise” was a little different. I didn’t think the reveal was about Strand’s sexuality, I thought the chemistry as you said was clear from the start, but about showing that Strand had genuine feelings for Abigail, that it wasn’t just a long con. Fear is definitely not as good as TWD, but I think it’s improving, so I’m rooting for it.
it was a good move; gay people should be represented in ALL things… now, can we please have a white male character that isn’t evil or a drug addict?
Three years of lesbians supporting this show and we finally got a kiss from two total strangers who just met and then parted and one of them was not Alicia lmao! This show. #Feartwd
#FearTWD Raise your hand??if you guessed the ? scene with Isabella & Al from the get go. Can you say, Cliché?
Fear the Walking Dead had the best send-off to Pride month that any gay little heart could’ve asked for. Now I can rest easy. #FearTWD
well since we know twd loves to kill off their gays, Al or Isabella will die #feartwd #ftwd #fearthewalkingdead #demdeadz
To the people who are shocked that “Al is gay,” are you fucking kidding me? Seriously? First of all, I had her pegged from the beginning. Secondly, why does it matter if she’s gay or straight? That was a perfect moment no matter who she was kissing! #FearTWD
Fear of the walking dead had a little bit of gay pride in this episode. Kudos ???️?#FearTWD
Althea stans THRIVING this episode. We get a backstory, an Al-centric episode, a potential gay romance, all while working on the most important storyline in both shows… #FearTWD
I don’t know why people it’s so happy about a another gay character and a lesbian romance in This it’s will end in tradegy as ’s kinda will end bad.
Crossing fingers that TPTB of #FearTWD don’t make the same mistake with Al and Isabella as #TWD did with their LGBTQ characters … killing them off, one by one.
Isabelle is gonna let her live, Al is gonna tell everything that’s how they get to Rick and Isabelle is gonna die in the movie when CRM finds out she told secrets #FearTWD
Take a look at Garret Dillahunt’s extensive listing of projects.
In addition to Fear TWD and Army of the Dead, Dillahunt has an impressive listing of past and future projects.
He is currently filming for season seven of Fear TWD, and in the past, he starred in The Guest Book, The Gifted, The Mindy Project and Justified, to name only a few.
He will star in a drama titled The Long Home based on a novel by William Gay that follows a young contractor hired to build a honky-tonk for the man who killed his father. This film has an outstanding cast, including James Franco, who also directs, and Josh Hutcherson, Timothy Hutton and Robin Lord Taylor.
Coming soon to Netflix, Dillahunt will star in Blonde, a fictionalized take on Marilyn Monroe’s life. He will star in another film, Ambulance, an action thriller about two robbers who steal an ambulance after a heist goes south.
If you are a fan of Dillahunt’s, there are plenty of opportunities to see him in action in his past, present and future projects.
Be sure to catch Dillahunt when Fear The Walking Dead returns on AMC on April 11.
AMCFear the Walking Dead. His character appears in Season 1 and Season 2. After starting out as a guest star playing a recurring character, Domingo was made a main cast member at the end of Season 1.
Domingo, who is gay and has written about his experience growing up and coming out in a one-man play, calls the show’s handling of Victor Strand’s sexuality “brave” and “courageous,” and “very normal.”
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Before Nick’s death, he and Luciana were dating. On the search for her missing brother, Luciana meets Nick and takes him back to La Colonia, so that he can rest and heal from his injury (being bitten by wild dogs in „Grotesque“). Although they disagreed on things and even got into heated arguments throughout late Season 2, they still appeared to harbour feelings for each other. It’s in „Pablo & Jessica“, that Luciana first kisses Nick and their romantic relationship starts. When a threat looms over La Colonia, Nick begs her to leave with him and outs Alejandro’s secret to try and convince her. He is protective, caring and honest towards her which plays into his development as a person.
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Back near the Ranch, Nick watches men dispatch infected headed their way. Nick rules the dead are drawn by the cattle but a man from the Nation determines they’ll die soon from lack of water. Nick walks over and shoots a cow in the head to keep the dead away.
Nick and Alicia stand on the Ranch’s balcony talking. She lights cigarette with him. Nick is feeling guilt for killing Jeremiah and is now staying in his house. Nick admits he is worried about their mom and he is also worried about Troy. She says he doesn’t owe Troy, but she likes him and is self-destructive like he is.
Later that night, Nick is in bed. He gets up and makes sure the knife is still by his bed. He hears a noise outside and goes to the door. He lights a cigarette and turns to find Troy standing there. Troy says smoking will kill him. Nick says he shouldn’t be there but there he is. Troy says he can’t sit down because he’ll pass out and he can’t pass out because he’s on a mission. He says Nick saved him in his own way so now he’s here to help Nick. Troy says a reckoning is at hand, something good. He says it’s so big it’s “biblical.” Nick tells him he should leave or Nick can hide him for a few days, but Troy locks himself inside and demands that Nick listen to him. He warns Nick that in a matter of hours the Ranch will be obliterated in a few hours and he wants Jake to see it. Troy goes inside and Nick follows him.
The next day, Nick shows up at Jake’s house and tells him and Alicia that Troy was here last night and warns them about something coming to the ranch. Jake thinks he knows where his brother would be, at the outpost, and Alicia says Troy is baiting both of them. Jake says he has to face him. She tries to tell Nick not to go but he feels he has a sense of duty to go, and he also has to watch over her boyfriend. She insists that Jake take a walkie talkie and tells him that he’s “the last good man” she knows. Nick and Jake drive off.
While on the road, Jake reaches into the glove compartment and pulls out a gun. Nick tells him that Troy could have killed him, but quickly realizes he can’t explain that one. He backpedals and says that Troy was there as a warning, not to hurt them. Jake tells the story of when he was 12 he went to hunt the coyotes that were attacking the herd. He found a rabbit that had been skinned alive and staked into the ground. He says he put it down because that’s what you do. To something that is lame or sick. He knows Troy will never get better. He warned him about this. Nick looks away and sees dust in the distance. He drops an F-bomb.
In the distance there is a huge herd of Infected that are heading straight for the Ranch. Nick radioes back to Alicia. He tells her a horde of Infected are coming towards them. Jake says they won’t be able to stop them if they head right, so Nick suggests they use the truck to lead them left. Down the hill they spot Troy, who is looking out over the mess. Troy sees them and they realize he could derail their plans.
Nick and Jake run up to Troy, who is wearing ammo around his neck with his rifle at the ready. Nick wants to talk to him but Jake says he’s too far gone and there’s no coming back from this. Jake relents and Nick approaches him. Troy says this is “a cleansing” and Nick says he is messed up in the head. Troy admits that he is a bit fuzzy. He has been leading the Infected for two days now, starting and stopping them with constant stimuli. Jake begs him not to do it but Troy enjoys the sound they make. He compares it to hearing a baseball being smacked out of the park, and he asks if Nick was ever into organized sports. Jake was all of that, he says. Jake did everything right. Troy points at the Infected and says this is evolution. Darwinian. Nick calls it murder, and Troy repeats the word. He asks if Nick really wants to “go there.” The Infected will clear out the Ranch and Troy thinks it’s a good thing. Jake threatens to kill him but Troy knows better. He fires the gun and Jake attacks him, pinning him down.
Nick tells Jake not to kill his brother because he’ll never live it down. He mentions the rabbit screaming, and Nick tries to reason with him. He says he’ll never be able to live it down, which leads Troy to wonder if Nick is having trouble dealing with his own conscience. Jake wants to know what he’s talking about and Troy tells Nick to tell Jake the story. Jake slowly realizes what Nick did and though Troy tries to instigate the situation, Jake says he doesn’t care that Nick killed their father and that Alicia might have known. Jake says none of it matters and aims the gun at Troy. Nick uses the rifle to knock Jake out of the way, sending him rolling down the hill toward the Infected.
As Nick and Troy run after Jake, one of the Infected lands on Jake and bites his arm. Nick pulls him off and asks Troy how long his brother has before the infection takes him. Troy says he doesn’t know but Nick doesn’t believe him. Jake tells Nick to cut his arm off. Nick tells Troy to stretch out his brother’s arm and though he initially hesitates, he eventually pulls his arm out and Nick chops it off. Jake screams in agony.
The truck speeds along down the path. Nick drives while Troy holds his brother in the back. He tells Troy to keep pressure on the arm until they make it back, but Troy is convinced that the Ranch is gone. In the distance, Nick is close enough to see the invasion through binoculars.
Nick goes back to the truck. Troy has Jake on the ground and he doesn’t look good. He died from his wound. Troy says his brother wasn’t supposed to die. He looks stricken. His brother was “the one who wasn’t supposed to die.” Nick tells Troy that he needs to put him down. Troy had wanted his brother to see what he did. Nick drags him to the edge and shows him the attack on the Ranch, telling him that’s all on him. He radios Alicia but she doesn’t answer. Troy tells him to do what his brother should have done and kill him. Nick kicks a gun at him and tells him to kill himself.
Nick looks back at Troy. Jake has started to turn and Nick tells him to do it. Troy holds his brother’s head down and builds up the gumption to kill him. Troy eventually runs his knife though his brother’s ear. Nick watches him. Troy says he needs some sleep. Nick says they need to find a way to save everyone Troy tried to kill, and tells him he can sleep when he’s dead. From there, Broke Jaw Ranch is overrun.
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Fear The Walking Dead, companion series and prequel to The Walking Dead, took an unexpected turn on Sunday by unveiling a tender gay romance which proves to be the key to the mystery currently happening in the show.
In the latest episode of season two of FTWD, titled ‘Blood In The Streets,’ fans are given a throwback for one of the protagonists, Victor Strand, played by actor Colman Domingo.
In the show, Strand is viewed by his peers as a mysterious character with a doubtable background, even though he’d saved their lives by putting them on his million-dollar luxury yacht, Abigail.
Some of them do not believe that Strand is capable of amassing all the wealth he possesses. And with the ambiguity of the destination they are headed to, trust continues to break down among the group of survivors.
However, in the throwback, fans are informed of Strand’s secret relationship with wealthy businessman, Thomas Abigail, played by actor Dougray Scott, who lives in Mexico.
This solves the mystery behind Strand’s wealth — his luxurious house and boat — as well as his secret mission to sail south from Los Angeles.
Now, the fate of the survivors on the yacht remains unclear, after being ambushed by pirates and had two of them taken away as hostage.
It is also unsure whether Strand’s boyfriend is still alive and waiting for him in Mexico.