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Strand's Tower, also simply referred to as The Tower, is a location that first appeared in Season 6 of AMC's Fear the Walking Dead. An unfinished office building prior to the apocalypse, it was taken over by Howard and secured into a safe-zone sometime after the outbreak ravaged southern Texas. After the nuclear warheads destroyed much of the Texas landscape, Victor Strand took over leadership of the settlement and began a dictatorial regime. Since then, the office building had become home to over 200 survivors and had served as an authoritarian refuge for survivors of the nuclear fallout. It was located at coordinates 29 degrees, 20 minutes, 14.1 seconds north, 94 degrees, 59 minutes, 25.7 seconds west.


Nothing is known of this location's history, although it appears to be an unfinished office building.


Season 6[]

"The Beginning"[]

Victor rides alone through an abandoned city. He decides to investigate a nearby building. Victor finds the lobby infested with walkers and just barely manages to fight his way to the stairwell. Upstairs, he yells for any survivors. While the floor was clearly occupied before, as evidenced by walkers corpses and camping equipment, it seems to be empty now. Victor looks out the window for a possible escape route, but finds the building is now surrounded by the dead. He yells in frustration and collapses on the floor. After a few moments, however, Victor hears faint music coming from upstairs. He climbs one floor and carefully enters a room full of historic artifacts such as paintings and antique guns. Suddenly, he is held at gunpoint by a survivor named Howard, who asks how Victor got past the dead he let in. After disarming, Victor asks Howard if he saw the missile, which the latter confirms and asks if it is going to hit where they are. Victor replies that it's going to hit anywhere, and reveals that he was there. Victor says that unless Howard has a place undergrounds they can shelter in, there is nothing more they can do. Howard seems resigned to hear this, and offers Victor some bourbon and asks that he turn over the record so it can continue playing. Howard also reveals that he was a historian who used to teach at UT. Victor asks if this is where he got the artifacts, but Howard says he scavenged most from museums and art galleries. He did this in an effort to preserve history. Noticing his necklace, Victor asks if Howard is a religious man. The latter denies this, but says that his wife was, and thought the necklace would protect him. Victor recounts how he gave the necklace to a dear friend once, but doesn't elaborate when Howard inquires further. Howard, however, insists Victor tell his story, so Victor obliges him. He says how they were trying to build a future, but another group was trying to end it all. They were nearly successful at stopping this group, but ultimately failed. When Howard asks why, Victor says that it came down to two men, who had to give their lives to save everyone, but when push came to shove one of them couldn't do it. When Howard asks why not, Victor chuckles and says that the man simply wanted to survive and take the glory for himself and, in doing so, co-signed everyone to the destruction he was hoping to circumvent. When Howard asks which man Victor is, he claims he was the one who was ready to die. Howard questions why Victor is there and not with his group, but Victor simply replies that something led him there. Amused, Victor supposes this is the ending he deserved, or thought he did. The men then hear a loud bang, signaling that a warhead has dethatched. Howard wishes that he met Victor sooner, and goes on to introduce himself. Victor, on the other hand, introduces himself as "Morgan Jones."

Meanwhile, the warhead that had detonated near Victor and Howard's location shakes their building, but ultimately leaves it intact. Relieved, Victor starts laughing, and when Howard asks why, he replies that it is because he is still alive after everything he did. Victor goes on to admit he lied about his identity, as he was the other man. His name, Victor says, is not Morgan Jones, but Victor Strand, a man who's thrown men to the wolves when necessary, and has not been afraid to cut the cord when he had to. He describes himself as a backroom dealer, a grifter, a shark, and someone who has cheated again and again without fail, if the opportunity presented itself. When Howard asks why, Victor simply replies that it is for survival, something he's done all his life. He cites this behavior as the reason why he is still here. Victor emotionally exclaims that he comes from nothing, and he had to rebuild himself from the ground up, over and over again, like a civilization. Continuing, Victor notes that they have a great future behind them, which they can use to rebuild, "with art, and books, and music, and good bourbon." It feels like a dawning of a new day to Victor.

Season 7[]

"The Beacon"[]

Two men guard Will in an elevator. As soon as the doors open, Will flees. Strand stops him at gunpoint.

Strand and Howard interrogate Will as he devours a plate of spaghetti. Will says he was a senator's aide before the fall, and that he used to belong to a settlement. He says the only people he has seen have been the Stalkers who kill and strip the dead.

Strand takes Will on a tour of his tower, which he has developed into a community. Will sees a wall of dead walker photos. Strand says some tower residents have lost loved ones, and that his rangers track them down and photograph them to give his residents closure.

Strand shows Will the rooftop garden, and says he built the community using his instincts. Will comments on Strand's brazen confidence. Strand decides not to admit Will into his community, because he does not share Strand's vision. Will gives Strand a medallion as a parting gift. Strand recognizes it as the medallion he gave to Alicia, and offers to let Will stay at the tower if he shows Strand where he found the medallion.

"Cindy Hawkins"[]

John wakes up in a bedroom at Strand's tower. June says they were rescued after someone heard his radio messages. Strand checks in on John. John refuses to join Strand after he tried to kill Morgan. Strand says they don't have a choice. John asks who the strangers in the gas masks were. Strand says John can help him figure that out. He pours drinks and toasts to their future. John declines his drink. After Strand leaves, June shows John a large horde of walkers surrounding the tower. She says that escaping isn't even an option.

Morgan searches for June and John at the bunker after hearing John on the radio. Strand radios Morgan and says June and John are safely with him. He says Morgan failed as a leader and that he will now help people his way. Morgan vows to kill Strand if he finds out that Strand is hurting his friends.

"Breathe With Me"[]

Morgan, Sarah, and Josiah arrive at a platform on the outskirts of Strand's Tower, which is still surrounded by walkers. They're ambushed by Strand and Howard. Strand confirms that Wendell is living at the Tower, but refuses to allow Sarah, Morgan, or Josiah into his community. He offers to let Wendell come out to see Sarah but warns that he would not allow Wendell to return. Worried that Wendell would leave the Tower if he knew she had been there, Sarah begs Strand not to tell Wendell that she came for him. Strand agrees, then leaves. Morgan invites Josiah to stay with him and Grace, but Josiah declines the offer. Before he leaves, Sarah gives him some pills that help with radiation exposure. Morgan invites Sarah to join him. They head back to the sub.

"Till Death"[]

Dwight and Sherry arrive at the caller's meeting spot and get ambushed by Howard and his rangers.

Strand hits golf balls off the roof of his tower. Howard brings Dwight and Sherry to him and removes their hoods. Strand bursts into laughter when he realizes the identity of the Dark Horses. He tells them he has a proposal.

Strand takes Dwight and Sherry on a tour of the tower and says that June, Wendell, and John Dorie Sr. are living there, but that he won't allow Morgan and Grace into the community. He offers them residence at the tower if they can find one of his former residents, Mickey, who went searching for her husband and is obsessed with a place she heard about on a radio transmission. They refuse his offer.

Mickey, who is later found, tells Dwight and Sherry that she escaped Strand's tower by taping phone books to her body and pushing through the herd around the tower. She says the only reason Strand wants her back is so that no one else finds out how she escaped.

"The Portrait"[]

Strand sits still while a woman paints his portrait at the tower. He orders the artist to paint him the way he sees himself, not the way she sees him. Howard brings Strand the intake phone to speak with Arno, a prospective resident who offers his carpentry skills. Strand says they already have someone with Arno's skill set, then hangs up on him. Throughout the week, Strand takes calls from prospective residents while he sits for his portrait. He rejects everyone. Howard suggests Strand at least meet some of the people, but Strand says he's following his instincts. One day, Howard tells Strand they have a caller that Strand will want to see with his own eyes. From the roof, Strand sees Morgan and Mo at the intake platform. Morgan tells Strand that Mo is sick and begs for medical help. Strand sends him away.

The painter finally finishes Strand's portrait. Strand stares at it and hears walker sounds in his head. Strand hurls the portrait off the roof. He orders Howard to find Morgan and grant him entry into the tower. Inside the tower, Strand asks Morgan why he came. Morgan says he had no choice when Mo fell ill. June examines Mo. Morgan accuses June of siding with Strand, but June defends her decision. She reports that Mo has a double ear infection and says it will take 36 to 48 hours to know if the antibiotics are working.

Strand pours a drink for himself and Morgan and starts to demand a favor. They're interrupted when a walker slams into the window. Strand sees a group of assailants flinging walkers at the building with a catapult. Another walker is catapulted through the window, followed by a large explosion that rocks the building. Howard runs in and says their assailants, the "Stalkers", want to talk to Strand.

Strand gets on the intake phone and speaks to the leader of the Stalkers: it's Arno. Arno says that he stuffed pieces of a leaking nuclear warhead into some of the walkers. He threatens to fling contaminated walkers at the tower unless Strand grants his group residency. He gives Strand an hour to decide. After hanging up, Strand doubles over in pain and gasps for breath. Strand wakes up in bed and insists he was poisoned. Howard radios John Sr. for a status update from the roof.

John Sr. aims his rifle at the Stalkers, but warns that shooting them would cause a massive explosion. Morgan offers to radio Grace for help, but Strand says there are no radios in the tower. Morgan implores Strand to relay a message to the armory, where the walkies are located. Strand reluctantly agrees. Howard tries to radio the armory, but the line has been severed. Arno flings another walker at the tower as a warning after spotting John Sr.'s gun. Strand vomits blue liquid. June realizes he was indeed poisoned. Strand tells Howard and John Sr. that there's a traitor in the tower and insists on going to the armory himself to radio Grace. He lets slip that he turned Sarah away from the tower, much to Wendell's surprise. Strand takes Mo and refuses to give her back unless Morgan accompanies him to the armory. Morgan shimmies down the cable of an elevator shaft to reach the armory. Strand comforts Mo as she cries, then lowers her down to Morgan. Strand asks Morgan to find Alicia and says that he didn't personally look for her because he doesn't think Alicia wants to be found by him.

Strand wakes up almost fully recovered from the poisoning and finds June and Morgan at his side. Morgan says Grace and Sarah helped overtake the Stalkers. Strand realizes Morgan could have left him for dead and says maybe they'll find Alicia together. Morgan holds out his hand to help Strand up. Strand sees a blue stain on Morgan's thumb and realizes that Morgan poisoned his drink with methylene blue. He attacks Morgan. Morgan holds Strand over the edge of the elevator shaft, but Howard shows up and abducts Morgan at gunpoint. Rangers hold Morgan over the edge of the roof. Grace calls to warn Strand that some of the radioactive walkers joined the herd around the tower and will either explode or leak radiation. She offers to remove the irradiated walkers in exchange for Morgan's life. Strand agrees but says she and Mo must live at the tower. He orders rangers to retrieve his painting.

Strand stares at the salvaged painting, now darkened with dirt and grime, and says this is the way people need to see him. He orders Howard to bring Mo so that she can get used to her new father.


Alicia and Morgan follow Vazquez through the night. Alicia races ahead and says they found PADRE. Morgan tells her it's not PADRE: it's Strand's tower.

Alicia and Morgan watch from afar as Vazquez joins the herd around Strand's tower. Alicia despairs. Morgan insists she join him at the sub, but Alicia reveals that the infection is still inside her and that she will eventually turn.

Strand and his rangers find Alicia and Morgan. Alicia reveals that she was not bitten. Strand urges her to live at the tower with her group. Alicia finally agrees but makes him promise that he will treat her people well, even if she isn't there. She then sees a walker on the ground: it's Will.

Alicia demands to know why Strand killed Will. Strand says Will professed his love for Alicia. He knew that killing Will would hurt Alicia and keep her away. Without Alicia, Strand could then build the tower the way he wanted to. Alicia vows to take the tower from Strand. Strand says he will protect it. "Then we're going to war," she says.

"Mourning Cloak"[]

The Tower will appear in this episode.


In preparation for an attack on the tower, Morgan's Group collects a weapons cache that Dwight found. After Daniel Salazar kills Arno, the Stalkers join forces with them as well to take the tower for everyone. As he dies, Arno warns Daniel, Luciana and Wes that someone is letting radioactive walkers out of the Crater and they have to take the tower as it's the only safe place for everyone to survive. Luciana also lies to Daniel that his dead daughter Ofelia is in the tower to get Daniel's help against Strand in his confused state.

Following the events at Manny's Salvage Yard, Wes makes his way to the tower and calls in from the platform offering to make a deal with Strand to help save the tower.

"Sonny Boy"[]

The Tower will appear in this episode.

"Divine Providence"[]

In the Tower, Strand shaves his beard off as music plays in the background. The Lead Ranger brings the news that Alicia is here for him, which a pleased Strand calls divine providence. On the roof, an excited Strand tells Wes that today is one of those days where one must wipe the slate clean, and Wes warns him that Alicia didn't come alone. Through binoculars, Strand sees Morgan's Group - now including both Alicia's Group and the former Stalkers - surrounding the platform with Alicia, Daniel, Luciana, Sarah, Jacob Kessner, Dwight, Sherry and several others gathered on the platform itself.

Strand contacts Alicia, noting that although she brought company, Morgan isn't amongst them. Alicia reveals that Morgan is somewhere safe where Strand won't find him with Mo and Strand accuses Morgan of being a coward who ran for the hills. Strand tells Alicia that it's auspicious of her to show up like this as Strand was already going to call Alicia to talk. Strand invites Alicia in to have a drink with him and she asks if this is him waving the white flag. Strand simply states that they'll talk about that on the inside and he again invites Alicia in for a drink, just the two of them. With a look at her friends, Alicia accepts Strand's offer, and they hang up. Wes questions what Strand is doing, but Strand simply claims that he has it covered. Wes looks doubtful, and reminds Strand that he drove Alicia away for a reason and Strand could lose everything that he built by letting her inside of the Tower. Strand promises Wes that he won't, and he orders Wes to retrieve a bottle of wine for them from cold storage. As Wes leaves, Strand orders one of his guards to be ready when the sun goes down.

Strand greets Alicia and a struggling Daniel in the lobby, noting that Daniel wasn't invited. The Lead Ranger explains that Daniel pushed through the barrier and nearly broke Stern's neck. Alicia reassures Strand that she didn't ask Daniel to come while Daniel demands to see Ofelia. Strand is confused and Alicia admits that Daniel isn't doing well. Strand orders Daniel taken to the basement, reassuring Alicia that he won't harm Daniel because "that's what the roof is for. We're just gonna put him on a little time out." Alicia explains that Luciana had lied to Daniel and told him that Ofelia was in the Tower, but Wes reveals that he had already told Strand. Pouring them a drink, Wes tells Alicia that she can pretend to be outraged all she wants about his betrayal, but at the end of the day, Alicia, Luciana and Morgan are just like Strand, but at least Strand owns what he does. Alicia reminds her former friend that Wes wouldn't be alive if it wasn't for her, but Strand points out that he saved Wes too, causing Wes to ask which one of them he owes his life to as a result. While Strand is pleased that they're reunited at last, Wes is furious as Alicia and her friends left him to die in the Franklin Hotel bunker.

Strand dismisses Wes and offers Alicia the grand tour and to share their drinks in the comfort of his penthouse, but Alicia refuses. Strand offers a toast to new beginnings, but Alicia guesses that they have very different ideas about what that means. Strand notices that Alicia is wearing the St. Christopher medal that he gave her and Alicia explains that she took it off of Will's body when she buried him following Strand's murder of her friend. Strand notes that it still means something to Alicia regardless and Alicia reminds Strand of what he said when Strand gave it back to her at Lawton: "you said you needed to forget who you were. For you, for me, for all of us. Was it worth it?" Strand claims that it was absolutely worth it, although Strand argues that he didn't forget who he was, he embraced it.

While Strand knows what Alicia must think of him, he states that their story isn't over, but Alicia tells Strand that, in one way or another, he won't be running the Tower after today. However, Strand tells Alicia that this isn't about today, but rather tomorrow and that everything that he's done since that last night in Lawton was in hopes that it would lead them here. "To what? Me and an army of people who you pissed off, shit on and left to die?" questions an incredulous Alicia adding that they're ready to kick Strand's ass. Strand suddenly orders his men to "do it," and to cut the phone on the platform as he doesn't want anyone warning Alicia's people. While Alicia has her army, Strand has one of his own. "There's a herd of walkers trapped in one of the craters from the blast, soaking up some nasty stuff for months. I just told my Rangers to lead them here." The generator starts to power Strand's lighthouse beacon and draw the dead and kill Alicia's army. Alicia tries to escape, but she is almost instantly recaptured. Strand is sure that Alicia will come around eventually, stating that when he first lit the beacon, it was to keep Alicia out. Now, the beacon's purpose is to keep her trapped in the Tower. On the roof, one of the Rangers turns on the beacon, and another scans the horizon as the sound of walkers can be heard in the distance.

Alicia desperately bangs on the doors, calling for her people to fall back and get inside, but Strand informs Alicia that they can't hear her. Alicia demands that Strand turn off the light as he's going to kill them, but Strand refuses as the others were never a part of his vision for the Tower. Strand believes that once they build the Tower into what it can be, Alicia will understand. Strand orders Wes to take Alicia downstairs until this is all over and to take Daniel to the roof to make an example out of him. Wes is sorry that he ever doubted Strand, but Alicia removes the glove on her prosthetic arm, attacks the two Rangers guarding her, slices Wes and holds the blade on her arm to Strand before grabbing his gun. Holding Strand hostage, Alicia demands that Wes turn off the light, but Strand warns him that Alicia's army will wipe them out if he does and everything that Strand has built will be gone. Wes refuses to budge, so Alicia decides to do it herself despite Strand's warnings that he has 50 Rangers between the lobby and the light ready to do what he says to protect the Tower. However, Alicia doesn't believe that they will while she has a gun to Strand's head and she forces Strand into the elevator with her, leaving Wes and the other two Rangers behind.

In the elevator, Strand tries to convince Alicia that she's only delaying the inevitable, but she refuses to relent. The elevator stops on the third floor, having been shut down by the Rangers and Strand refuses to override it even when Alicia threatens to kill him, confident that she can't stop what's coming. Alicia questions if Strand would rather die than give the Tower up, but Strand believes that she won't kill him. Wes bangs on the doors of the elevator and Alicia hits the emergency stop button to keep him from getting in. Strand insists that he's doing this for Alicia's own good, but Alicia accuses Strand of only doing this for himself. "You're doing what Teddy did -- locking me up, while you destroy the things I care about. And I'm gonna tell you the same thing I told him. I'm not making the world the way you want it to be."

Alicia tries to escape through the celling panel, but she becomes dizzy and collapses, allowing Strand to disarm her and pull his sword on Alicia. Strand knows that Alicia feels this way right now, but he believes that they have a long future ahead of them. Alicia tells him that they don't, sarcastically asking Strand if it looks like she has a lot of time left. Strand assumes that she just has a fever, and he tells Alicia that the Tower has a fully stocked infirmary with antibiotics and other medicine. However, Alicia already knows that it won't work because she's tried everything and her illness is just getting worse. Strand desperately suggests that June will be able to figure something out, but Alicia knows that no one survives what she's been through. Alicia isn't afraid to die, but she refuses to let it end like this for everyone else. As Wes continues banging on the doors and calling out to Strand, Alicia pleads with him to turn off the light, promising that she will call off her army if he does. Looking at the medal that he gave her, a hesitant Strand states that her word isn't good enough, and Alicia questions what will be. Strand asks Alicia to spend what little time she has left in the Tower with him so that Strand can show Alicia that she's wrong about him, and Alicia allows Strand to help her to her feet, accepting the deal.

The doors open to Wes and four Rangers, but Strand orders them to stand down. Wes prepares to take Alicia downstairs, but Strand reveals that he has made a deal with Alicia: Strand will turn off the light in exchange for a ceasefire. Wes is shocked, accusing Alicia of playing Strand and telling him that Alicia's forces have them surrounded and, the second they turn off the light, they're done. However, Strand believes that Wes is wrong since Alicia has also agreed to live in the Tower with him. Wes is incredulous that Strand believes that Alicia will just accept that after all that he's done, but Strand's instincts tell him that he's right. Strand points out that listening to his instincts has made the Tower what it is and Strand won't stop listening to them now.

Pulling a gun on Strand, Wes refuses to let him do this, calling Alicia Strand's blind spot. Wes is insistent that someone has to protect what Strand has built and he will do it if Strand won't. Strand points out that Wes is outnumbered, and Wes asks the Rangers with them if they want to give all of this up and go back to living outside because of Strand's instincts, the same instincts that lost them the baby and the safety of the walker moat and told Strand to bring Alicia inside. The Rangers turn their guns on Strand and Alicia, betraying Strand in favor of Wes. "No. No, we can't trust your instincts, Strand. Not anymore. You wanna turn that light off... you gotta go through us. It's over. For the both of you."

Stating that he never should've let Wes in, Strand lowers his gun, seemingly in surrender. However, as the Rangers move to grab Strand and Alicia, Strand suddenly opens fire on Wes and a Fire Extinguisher, killing one of the Rangers and creating a smokescreen that allows Strand and Alicia to escape into a stairwell as the Rangers shoot at them and miss. Alicia tells Strand that they need to warn the others, but Strand knows that the Rangers will be guarding the doors like hawks as well as the tunnel. Alicia points out that they can't make it to the roof on their own, but Strand suggests that they may have one ally left and he leads Alicia downstairs.

Over the comms, Wes orders the Lead Ranger to kill Daniel, telling the confused man that Strand's not in charge anymore. The Ranger questions what's going on up above, but Wes states that he's got it handled and that they can't take any chances, so the man needs to take Daniel out. However, Daniel sneaks up behind the Ranger and begins strangling him with the chain of his handcuffs. Daniel mockingly tells the Ranger "do you know why this is happening to you? It's never too late to learn new things. When you handcuff a person, you put their hands in the back, not the front." Daniel digs his handcuffs into the side of the man's neck so hard that his jugular vein is ruptured before he dies. Daniel then uses the man's keys to remove his handcuffs and he takes the Ranger's gun.

Strand and Alicia enter Daniel's cell and Daniel aims his gun at Strand. Alicia tells an incredulous Daniel that Strand's helping them, but Daniel believes that Strand is lying to them. Strand warns Daniel that the beacon light is drawing a herd to the Tower and, if they can't turn it off, everyone outside is going to die. Daniel tells Strand to call off his dogs, but Strand reveals that they no longer work for him, and Alicia explains that they need Daniel's help to get past the Rangers to the roof. However, Daniel refuses to help anyone until he sees Ofelia who he believes is in the Tower. Alicia tries to remind Daniel what happened in Mexico, how Strand had helped Daniel to search for Ofelia and was going to reunite them, but Ofelia got sick and Daniel didn't get there in time. Daniel experiences flashbacks of going to Mexico with Strand and he remembers that while Ofelia was sick, Strand never reunited them, and they never found her because Strand kept lying. In his delusional state, Daniel continues to believe that Ofelia is alive and in the Tower and that Strand knows where she is. Strand finally lies that Ofelia is on the top floor, pleasing Daniel that his daughter is in the penthouse, annoying Alicia. "She's there. We just need you to help us get to her," claims Strand. Finally, Daniel lowers his gun and agrees.

As they ascend a stairwell, Daniel kills a Ranger that he encounters and continues on alone to take out anyone that heard the shot while Strand and Alicia hang back. Alicia questions what the plan is and Strand reveals that he had locked June, Grace and Wendell on the top floor after Mo's escape. Alicia asks what Strand thinks is going to happen when Daniel realizes that Ofelia isn't in the Tower, but Strand believe that it won't matter because when June, Grace and Wendell are freed and on their side, Daniel will have to relent. Strand insists that he's only finishing what Luciana started and he's willing to continue the manipulation of Daniel if it's what keep the Tower standing despite Alicia's protests that it will destroy Daniel. "Alicia, I know you must think I'm a monster, but I'm the same man I've always been. I've just stopped apologizing for it." Alicia asks if Strand actually believes that, and he insists that he does and that so will Alicia which is the reason that Strand is willing to turn off the light: Strand wants Alicia to see that everything that he's done is worth it. Daniel kills another Ranger, but Alicia nearly collapses from her illness and Strand insists upon getting her to the infirmary for treatment rather than continuing up. Although reluctant, Daniel agrees to the change in plan.

In the infirmary, Daniel exchanges fire with two Rangers as Strand treats Alicia, killing both Rangers. Strand finds epinephrine which June used when Strand was poisoned which will be helpful to Alicia. As Strand gathers medicine, Daniel notices a list of the Tower residents which doesn't have Ofelia's name on it. After a moment, Strand admits that Ofelia isn't on the top floor and that he'd only told him that because he knew that it was the only way that Daniel would help him. Claiming that he can help Daniel now and, Strand leads Daniel to Charlie, claiming that she's his daughter. However, Daniel is not fooled, and he continues to demand to know where Ofelia is.

Strand reiterates that Ofelia had died in Mexico and that Luciana had lied to Daniel for the same reason that Strand did: so that Daniel had something to fight for. Daniel is disgusted by Strand's lies, but Strand insists that "I'm trying to save the closest thing I have to a daughter. Surely you can understand that, Daniel. Ofelia's gone. But it's not as if you have nothing left. Charlie. She means something to you. She's sick. She doesn't have much time left." Angrily yelling that Charlie isn't his daughter, Daniel pistol-whips Strand and prepares to kill him. Alicia weakly calls out to Daniel to stop, suggesting that Daniel can do for Charlie what he couldn't for Ofelia and be there for her. As Daniel starts to cry, Charlie calls out to him as well and Daniel orders her to look away, not wanting this to be what she remembers of him. Strand and Alicia implore Daniel to be the man that he wanted Ofelia to see, and Daniel has several flashbacks of Ofelia, including embracing Ofelia after her death. Finally snapped out of his fugue state, Daniel relents and lowers his gun.

Strand injects Alicia with adrenaline as Daniel sits with Charlie. Strand thanks Alicia, knowing that Daniel would've killed him if Alicia hadn't appealed to his better angels. Alicia asks what happened to Charlie and Strand explains that it's radiation exposure that's worse than what Alicia was exposed to. They think that it was alpha particles from the same walkers that are on their way to the Tower. According to June and Grace, Charlie may only have a couple of weeks left to live. Strand sadly confirms that there's nothing that can be done for Charlie. Strand calls it even more reason to preserve the Tower so that Charlie can spend those weeks in here rather than outside. Strand and Alicia prepare to go, but Daniel refuses to leave Charlie's side because she needs him. Daniel asks if they can still go up to the roof, and Charlie encourages him to go, but Daniel wants to be with Charlie and Strand and Alicia leave without him. Charlie apologizes for not being Ofelia, but Daniel tells her not to be. Charlie helped him remember why Daniel wanted to find Ofelia before she died and being with Charlie is helping Daniel to think more clearly.

Strand leads Alicia to an armory, explaining that the Rangers had stashed weapons on every floor after Arno's attack so that they'd be prepared in case anyone was planning an encore. Strand gives Alicia a gun and she asks if Strand had meant what he'd said to Daniel about Alicia being the closest thing that he has to a daughter. "He and I wanted the same thing. I needed him to know that," confirms Strand. As they arm themselves, Alicia tells Strand that he did make Daniel see it and it wasn't just Alicia that had talked him down. Strand fondly recalls that they used to do this sort of thing all of the time, saving people, and Alicia sarcastically reminds Strand that Wes was one of them. While it's been a while, Strand thinks that despite everything, he and Alicia still make a pretty good team. Alicia guesses that they'll find out before hearing the sounds of searching Rangers nearby. Alicia worries that there are way more Rangers than them and that the Rangers will see them coming, but Strand pulls out tear gas grenades as a solution.

In the stairwell, Strand and Alicia deploy the tear gas while wearing gas masks. Alicia worries that they're flying blind, but Strand points out that the Rangers are even worse off than them. Strand tells Alicia that he'll clear the stairwell while Alicia stays behind to clear any stragglers, but she's doubtful that this plan is going to work although Strand states that this isn't his first time walking into the unknown. Strand charges up the stairs and, in a hail of gunfire amongst the tear gas, kills the Ranger guarding it and calls to Alicia that it's clear and to head to the 6th floor.

Strand emerges from the stairwell, where he is confronted by Wes and five Rangers who comments on Strand's use of tear gas against the Rangers. Wes recalls how on the day they first met there was tear gas involved too, but a great deal has changed since then, including the two of them and Alicia. Wes knows that Strand wants to believe the best in Alicia, admitting that he did too, but we are who we are. Wes tells Strand that he's come so far, and he urges Strand to finish what he started and protect what he's built at the Tower. "It's honest. It's real. It -- it doesn't try to be something that's not possible. Do not throw it all away for her," urges Wes. Stating that he's not, Strand rushes back into the stairwell which Alicia has yet to emerge from, much to Wes' frustration.

Inside, Strand finds a weak Alicia sitting on the stairs because the adrenaline is starting to wear off. Alicia admits that she's surprised that Strand came back for her, and Strand tells her of course he would and about how the last time he was in a fog like this, he was with Will. While Strand gave Will plenty of reasons to leave him out there, he didn't because Will knew that Strand was trying to find her. On the landing above them, Wes tells Strand and Alicia that he can't let them do this and they open fire, forcing Strand and Alicia to flee.

Strand and Alicia barricade themselves in a room, knowing that they don't have enough ammo to defeat the Rangers. The two take cover as Wes and his men shoot through the door at them, and Wes calls for them to come out. Strand apologizes to Alicia, telling her that he had just wanted to have a clean slate and for them to rebuild together, but Strand thought that they had more time to heal and mend. As Wes begins to break through the door, an emotional Strand admits that "Will made me realize something that I should've told you a long time ago. That I love you, Alicia. You're the closest thing to family that I have left. That's what this is about. That's what it was always about. I just wanted to... prove something to you. I hoped that this place would show you the -- the man that I am. Everything I've done, everything that it's cost me... that it was worth it... because if it didn't... then it was for nothing."

Wes and two Rangers break in and Strand and Alicia, with no other choice, surrender. Alicia pleads with Wes not to do this as the people outside don't deserve to die, but an unmoved Wes tells her that the people in the Tower don't deserve to die either and that while Alicia might want to save everyone, she can't. Strand tells Wes that Alicia will call off her army if they turn off the light, leaving Wes incredulous that Strand honestly still believes that. Wes remembers how he'd told Strand and Alicia on the day they met that "people are people", admitting that he'd thought that they were the exception to that rule. However, Wes now knows that no one is, and he thought that Strand understood that and that it was the reason that he had kept Alicia far away from the Tower. Strand now believes that that was a mistake and that the Tower won't be weaker if they help people outside, it will make it stronger instead.

Wes produces a transmitter that he found in Alicia's bag as proof that Strand is wrong, shocking him. Wes questions why Alicia brought that in out of all of the things that she could've brought, and Alicia admits that she brought it from the bunker to broadcast a message from the roof. There are people out there that need help, help that they thought that they could find with PADRE. Alicia is convinced that there is no PADRE out there so she thought that she could use the transmitter so that she could build PADRE at the Tower. "I told you I'm not afraid to die. But this place... will live long after I'm gone." However, Wes insists that Alicia is just lying to Strand like Luciana lied to Daniel and that the transmitter is the real reason that Alicia wants to go to the roof. Wes thinks that Alicia is just telling Strand what she needs to so that she can get what she wants. If Alicia sends that message, she will draw more people to the Tower, and they won't stand a chance. Wes prepares to have his men execute Strand and Alicia to protect the Tower against Strand's objections.

Suddenly, Daniel appears and shoots the two Rangers dead before Wes shoots Daniel in the left shoulder, causing Daniel to drop his gun, giving Alicia the chance to grab one of the Rangers' machine guns and enter into a standoff with Wes. Daniel reassures Alicia that he's fine and she tells him he has to warn the others with Strand directing Daniel to where June, Grace and Wendell are locked in an apartment on the 6th floor. Alicia orders Daniel to free their friends and then to warn the others to get away from the herd. Moving closer, Wes threatens to kill Alicia if he does it, unwilling to let Alicia stop the herd. An emotional Alicia reminds Wes that she and Strand had saved his life once before and he'd used to believe in them, and Alicia asks Wes to believe in them again. Suddenly, Strand stabs Wes through the chest with his sword, killing Wes. A shocked Alicia asks why Strand would do that and Strand tells her that it was "the same reason I built the Tower the way I did. So you wouldn't have to. He wasn't gonna stand down, and we're running out of time. Let's go turn that light off." Strand runs off and, after a last look at Wes' body, Alicia follows him, leaving Daniel behind to warn the others.

Outside, Dwight puts down a walker that is drawn to the Tower by the beacon. Dwight is worried since Alicia should've been out by now and Luciana points out that they can't wait much longer with Sarah agreeing that as long as the beacon is on, walkers will be on them. Sherry notices that someone is coming as Daniel arrives with June, Grace and Wendell. An emotional Sarah reunites with her brother for the first time in months and Dwight and Jacob question what's going on inside of the Tower and how the four got past the Rangers. Daniel tells everyone that while he doesn't have time to explain, they all need to get back inside of the Tower immediately. Grace asks about Morgan, but Sherry reassures her that Morgan had followed Grace's request and took Mo somewhere safe, but they don't know where.

Daniel warns everyone that they need to hurry as the beacon light is drawing the dead from the crater to the Tower. In Spanish, Luciana asks if he's sure and Daniel confirms it, telling Luciana rather pointedly that he's not a liar. Dwight asks how far they are, but Daniel isn't sure, revealing that Alicia and Strand are turning the light off as they speak. "Vic and AC are on the same team? What the hell did we miss?" quips Sarah. Daniel begins leading everyone inside of the Tower and brushes off June's attempts to patch him up, wanting her to tend to Charlie first. Daniel explains to a confused Luciana in Spanish that Strand had tried to convince him that Charlie is Ofelia, continuing what Luciana had started. Luciana apologizes for her actions, and a confused Daniel asks why she did it. Luciana admits that she thought that it was the only way before three Rangers open fire from the roof, killing two members of the group and sending the rest ducking for cover behind the platform. The group desperately returns fire as Wendell notices the herd approaching and he realizes that the Rangers are trying to box them out, forcing them to move out of cover.

On the roof, Strand kills two of the Rangers from behind while Alicia kills the third, ending the gunfire from the roof. Strand and Alicia notice five Rangers below charging at their friends and Strand guesses that the Rangers guarding the tunnel must've circled around. Knowing that the others are sitting ducks and seeing that the walkers are almost here, Alicia orders Strand to turn off the light while she gives the others as much cover as she can. Alicia shoots the five Rangers, but Strand hesitates to turn off the light. Strand realizes that Alicia is never going to forgive him, that even if Strand turns it off and helps Alicia to save everyone, the damage has already been done.

Stating that they don't have time for this, Alicia charges Strand, but he throws her into a cable, severing it and damaging the light. Strand angrily states that it was never going to be enough to make Alicia love him, but Alicia tells him that it could've been, but Strand ruined it by killing Wes. An emotional Strand insists that he didn't have a choice, but Alicia angrily accuses him of always having a choice and making the wrong ones. Although Strand tells her that he had killed Wes to save her life, Alicia believes that Strand was only trying to save himself and he didn't care who he had to kill to do it. Alicia kicks Strand backwards and struggles with him, telling Strand that "the person you used to be -- the person you said you wanted to forget -- that was never you!" In the struggle, Alicia punctures a gas can with the blades on her prosthetic arm and breaks another cable in the process, sending the antenna falling and shattering the light. The herd arrives, devouring a few members of Morgan's group as the rest rush inside of the Tower and barricade the doors against the radioactive walkers, watching them through the glass in horror.

Alicia climbs the platform holding the light with her transmitter and she hooks it up to the antenna. A despondent Strand tells Alicia that it's too late and there's no way out of here, but she ignores him. Stating that there's one, Alicia begins her broadcast. "This is Alicia Clark. If you're listening to this, you're not alone. The place you've been looking for, the place you've heard about, PADRE, it's here -- the Tower. Coordinates 29 degrees, 20 minutes, 14.1 seconds north, 94 degrees, 59 minutes, 25.7 seconds west. We're gonna build the new home you've been looking for. We can help you. But first... we're gonna need a little help from you." Sparks from the broken light suddenly set the spilled fuel on fire and it quickly spreads. Strand warns Alicia that the fire is going to spread through the whole building, but Alicia passes out as the fire spreads across the roof and Strand calls out for her.


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Season 8[]


Seven years after leaving Texas, Strand has several flashbacks to his time as the tyrannical leader of the Tower. Strand, who has become the benevolent leader of the community at the Emissary Suites hotel, admits to Madison Clark that he's remorseful for his actions as the leader of the Tower and had reinvented himself as "Anton" to become the man that Alicia had believed that he could be. After getting separated from the others, those that had washed ashore with Strand refused his help, unable to forgive him for what Strand did as the leader of the Tower, and ultimately starved to death while Strand was off trying to find them food.

"Keeping Her Alive"[]

After rescuing Strand, the woman explains that she was one of the people who he had refused entry to the Tower to along with her father. The woman reveals that dozens of survivors had heard Alicia's message and came to the Tower, only to find it on fire. Alicia found them and went back into the Tower to get the fuel from the basement generators. Using the fuel from the Tower, Alicia was able to drive the survivors out of Texas in Al's old SWAT van.





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