Colman Domingo began playing Victor Strand on Fear The Walking Dead as a mysterious recurring character. Even after breaking out and taking command of the core group of characters, the show bid its time before revealing the greater depth of Strand, particularly that he was fighting to get back to his lover, Thomas. But when season 2A concluded, Strand was reeling from having to kill an infected Thomas to prevent him from rising again. Domingo confirms that the grief from these events will be present in Strand’s story moving forward.
“His plans have all gone awry in every single way, that was the one thing we knew he was going for, he was trying to get to the compound, he was trying to rejoin with Thomas Abigail, he had a set plan and now that plan is gone. So he’s adrift; he’s adrift for the first episodes of 2B. He’s just trying to figure out where he is in the world and what’s important to him.”
As the core group of characters fractures into separate segments, Strand will begin to form more relationships with people whom he had formerly seen as little more than a means to and end. This also allowed him the opportunity to work more closely with Kim Davis during season 2B.
“Kim Davis is everything. She’s one of the most extraordinary actors working in television and in film. I admire her; she’s very smart, she’s very generous. She laughs a lot with me as well, and we work hard together. I think we’re a great team.”
With Victor Strand being such a rich, complex character that also offers representation both in regards to race and sexuality, Domingo is thrilled to play material who deviates from the usual tropes seen for these minority groups.
“I don’t even think the intention was for it to be a character that we haven’t seen before or a character that would eschew certain tropes. I think that they were just building this character of, ‘What is the strongest character for this show?’ I don’t even think that Victor Strand was meant to be African-American at all. From what I know with the showrunner, the intention was that the character, it’s written, it’s in the language, and whether he is white, black, Asian, or other, I think Victor Strand possibly could have been a woman, or gay, straight, you name it. But I think that’s the cool thing about it. All I can do is try to be honest and sincere, and work hard, and try and bring something complex that people respond to in some way.”
Fear The Walking Dead season 2B premieres in the UK on AMC Global exclusive to BT on 22 August at 9pm.
Watch our full video interview with Colman Domingo here: