While Fear the Walking Dead is not on the same level of entertainment as The Walking Dead as far as I’m concerned, the spin-off did get some queer representation points in this week’s episode.
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 like The Walking Dead.
What did you think of Fear the Walking Dead revealing that a POC like Victor Strand was gay? Let us know!
Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.
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