Victor Strand has a new outlook — and a new look — in Season 7 of Fear the Walking Dead. Season 6 ended with the cunning conman hinting at a villainous turn as a survivor of the nuclear zombie apocalypse when he hunkered down with historian Howard (Omid Abtahi), the curator of a makeshift museum now preserving history through his collection of treasures. It’s there that Strand will once again enjoy the finer things in life — art, books, music, and good bourbon — as he rebuilds this corner of the zombie apocalypse that Teddy’s (John Glover) warheads turned into a near-uninhabitable nuclear wasteland.
“We made a decision towards the end of Season 6 to grow his beard back because I think he trimmed up in the middle of Season 6 … or even late [Season] 5, because he was becoming a bit more open, you were able to see his face. Now Victor does not want you to see his face,” Domingo said of Strand’s scruffy Season 6 look on Talking Dead. “He wants to be a bit more hidden, with all the hair and stuff growing out to cover up a bit. We’re also investigating with Season 7 for him to have a bit more finesse and polish because that’s going to be the ultimate version of Victor.”
This Ultimate Victor might be the ultimate villain for Alicia Clark (Alycia Debnam-Carey), who Teddy locked away in a bunker to rebuild the world he hoped to destroy. On Talking Dead, Debnam-Carey said that Strand’s attempted sacrifice of Morgan Jones (Lennie James) aboard a walker-filled submarine “speaks to how destructive Victor Strand has become and that maybe this world has finally turned him into a worse person than she thought he could be.”
Showrunners Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg teased Season 7 will have a new look when this second apocalypse brings out another element of human adversary wearing gas masks and “really cool-designed garb accouterment to this new reality.”
In Season 7, Domingo said, “I hope that Strand has found a really good wardrobe, and I think that he has. Strand is always very concerned about outward appearances, and I think that this new version of Strand, he’s going to say, ‘Meet me here.’ That’s what I’m looking forward to, and great storytelling.”