Fear the Walking Deads Strand star exposes hidden meaning in key portrait scene
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Fear of the Walking Dead returned to AMC for its seventh season in October, making the hit Walking Dead spin-off well underway. Sunday’s episode focused heavily on Victor Strand (played by Coleman Domingo) and the star recently revealed the real meaning behind the key portrait scene.
Unlike the original series, Fear the Walking Dead primarily followed the lives of a blended family during the onset of the apocalypse.
Throughout the journey to survival, many other characters were introduced including Strand, who also made his first appearance in season one.
He was a complex person with villainous tendencies, Strand happened to already have knowledge about the outbreak and its effect on humans – despite being imprisoned.
After escaping with Nicolas Clark (Frank Dillane), Strand quickly adapted to the new world and began to assume power.
By season seven, this power saw Strand accumulate an apartment in a skyscraper building known as The Tower, which was also home to 200 other survivors.
However, in Sunday’s episode titled ‘Portrait’, all of his wealth and influence almost came to a screeching halt.
It began after he was getting his portrait painted by artist Julianna (Federica Rangel) where he instructed her to paint it from his perspective to capture his essence.
The session was interrupted when he was called to the roof where Morgan (Lennie James) was holding baby Mo and begging Strand to save her life.
After he returned Strand was repulsed by the portrait and tossed it on the roof, before allowing Morgan to enter.
June Dorie (Jenna Elfman) diagnosed the baby with a double ear infection and the two men sealed a deal with a drink.
Immediately after, a walker strapped with explosives smashed into the room, Strand was able to push it back out the window, before hearing a blast which destroyed the two lower floors of the Tower.
The entire war for entry into the Tower also saw Strand get poisoned by Morgan, by the end of the ordeal he took the destroyed painting and hung it in his study and said: “This is the way people need to see me.”
Actor Coleman Domingo was asked about what this meant in an interview with TV Line, he responded: “I think that what the artist had done is painted a really gorgeous, epic portrait of what she sees.
“He asks her, in the beginning—he says, ‘I don’t want you to do that, I want you to see what I see.’”
“That’s the challenge,” Coleman continued, “how do I see the world, how do I see myself? That’s what the portrait is.”
He added: “For it to be the beautiful, idealized portrait of a leader was not enough for him.”
Coleman explained: “By the time it was ripped to shreds by walkers and bloodied and torn up a bit, he thought, ‘That’s more like it. That’s who I am. That’s what I need you to see; how complicated I am.’”
“And also, because I think that’s a very honest portrayal of himself. He’s like, ‘No, no, no. I want you to see what I’ve built and the way I’ve done it. It’s beautiful, it’s power, it’s grisly, it’s intelligent, it’s witty, it’s dark, it’s bloody, but it’s real.’
“I think he wants people to challenge history and the way we interpret it,” he concluded.
Fear The Walking Dead continues every Sunday on AMC.
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