Big spoilers for the Fear the Walking Dead Season 7 premiere, however the brand new huge unhealthy of the sequence is… Victor Strand (Colman Domingo). Or on the very least, Strand has taken a critically villainous flip within the episode, one thing that co-showrunners Ian Goldberg and Andrew Chambliss have been planning since Season 6.
“The factor that we bought enthusiastic about was basically platforming Strand as a villain that got here from inside our group’s personal ranks,” Chambliss instructed Decider.
Within the episode, choosing up on the cliffhanger from the Season 6 finale, the world of Worry the Strolling Lifeless — and actually your complete Strolling Lifeless universe — has been massively reworked by an exploding nuclear warhead. Now lined in ash and smoke, many of the surroundings is totally uninhabitable. The lone beacon of hope? Strand’s Tower, a neighborhood he’s constructed off the again of Howard (Omid Abtahi), who collected nice artistic endeavors and kicked off the entire course of.
On the floor, Strand’s neighborhood is a utopia, filled with yoga and contemporary meals. However underneath the floor, it’s powered by Strand’s obsessive must show each Morgan Jones (Lennie James) and Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey) improper about him. And to try this, he not solely builds up The Tower, but in addition dons a brand new costume that one may most likely name “Normal Strand.”
“Strand actually sees himself as this historic determine whose writing a brand new chapter in his personal historical past, within the better historical past,” Chambliss continued. “So, that’s why he’s carrying a sword from nineteenth Century Texas historical past. That’s why he’s carrying this jacket that additionally has a historic relevance to him and the hat that he has of a navy basic. It’s all this picture that Strand is cultivating of himself as this historic determine.”
With the intention to introduce Strand 2.0, the showrunners (who additionally wrote the episode) made the selection to start out with a brand new character named Will (Gus Halper), who resides on his personal within the nuclear wasteland. After encountering Strand’s group, he’s taken again to The Tower and it rapidly turns into clear that Will isn’t a random survivor in any respect. In reality, he was a member of Alicia’s group that was locked in a bunker on the finish of the earlier season. He knew Alicia, possibly even cherished her, however was kicked out for unknown causes which will or could not should do with “PADRE,” Season 7’s thriller phrase.
After which on the finish of the episode, after Strand and Will bond, the previous throws the latter off the roof of The Tower, killing him.
“We wished to have somebody are available and think about Strand with a very clear slate,” Goldberg defined. “No less than whereas we’re watching it, we predict he is aware of nothing about Victor Strand or who he’s; and we get to see the phobia, we get to see the whole lot that Strand’s constructed, and actually get to see Strand as this heroic determine who has been in a position to sort of carve out this little oasis within the nuclear fallout.
“And because the story progresses and we understand that may has some connections to Alicia and that he and Strand have some widespread pursuits, our hope was to construct what felt like sort of a real kinship between these two males, and make it really feel like maybe Will and his historical past with Alicia could possibly be the factor that reminded Strand of who he was once, and who he wished to be for Alicia. And we wished to try this in order that we may then pull the rug out from underneath the viewers and have Strand activate a dime when he realizes he’s permitting his emotional attachment to Alicia get the higher of him.”
So in case you had been watching the episode and considering that Will was about to change into a brand new sequence common, and Strand’s right-hand man? That was the entire level. However that stated, that is Worry the Strolling Lifeless, and although Will has undoubtedly been zombified by the tip of the episode, doesn’t imply we received’t see him once more.
“As we hinted at on this episode, he does have some historical past with Alicia and we could very nicely go into the bunker and see what transpired between these two,” Goldberg famous.
In the end, although, what Season 7 — not less than the primary half — is about is Strand’s newfound energy versus Morgan’s hopeful philosophy (extra on the place that stands on subsequent week’s episode), and the surface world.
“[Will’s death] set the stakes and the spike for what the season was going to be about, as we now have the world exterior of Strand’s tower, and we now have Strand on the planet inside his tower, and the way these two issues are going to collide,” Chambliss stated. “Beginning with Strand was actually vital for setting the tone and the promise of the conflicts to return.”
Worry the Strolling Lifeless airs Sundays at 9/8c on AMC, and streams per week early on AMC+.
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