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- "I'm done listening to you, Morgan. Everyone is. Everyone tried it your way and look what happened. Death, destruction! Face the truth, Morgan... You failed. You're a failure! (...) I don't see it that way. And now... It's my turn. I'm going to do what you couldn't. I'm going to rebuild the world. I'm going to help everyone that you let down. Well, the ones that I see fit. All while you watch from the outside!"
- —Strand to Morgan about his plan to rebuild the world.[src]
Victor Strand is the current deuteragonist (previously tritagonist) and a former antagonist, as well as a survivor of the outbreak in AMC's Fear the Walking Dead. Prior to the outbreak, he was a conman who met and fell in love with Thomas Abigail. Following the fall of society, Strand is imprisoned by the National Guard and makes an unlikely friend in Nicholas Clark. Upon the two escaping the compound, Strand offers his family and friends a chance to survive aboard his personal yacht, the Abigail.
During his time with Madison's group, Strand acts selfish and secretive, ultimately with the plan of getting to Mexico to reunite with Thomas. After Thomas succumbs to the infection, a depressed Strand continues with the group until coming across the Rosarito Beach Hotel, where he ultimately abandons Madison and the others to become a medic.
Later on, after being told to leave the hotel, Strand reunites with Daniel Salazar, but his selfish ways remain unchanged as he plays a large part in the destruction of the Gonzalez Dam. Sometime after, Strand decides to change his selfish ways and becomes a resident of the Dell Diamond Baseball Stadium community until its fall. He was a member of Morgan's group until the caravan was forcibly split up and resettled into Virginia's various settlements where he became the leader of the Pioneers after Virginia was exposed. Following Teddy's launching of the nuclear warheads, Strand encounters Howard in a tower on the outskirts of the blast and starts a thriving new community. He served as the primary antagonist of Season 7.
Victor is a mysterious character who has acquired great personal wealth as immediately indicated by his suit and jewelry, then later by his gated coast-side estate, Aston Martin and luxury yacht. He appears to already have some knowledge of the outbreak and how it manifests itself in humans. It is unknown how long he was imprisoned at the temporary hospital set up in Raynard Community College before Nick arrived. He is calm and does not panic when confronting the walkers, even when he was trapped at the end of a locked corridor as a herd approached. He appears to have adapted quickly to the new world, telling Nicholas Clark that the only way to survive a mad world is to embrace the madness.
Victor has a good sense of judgement, dismissing Douglas Thompson quickly as weak, yet believing that Nick has the skills to survive, identifying his heroin addiction as a precursor to the behavior necessary for survival.
He appears to have some elements of a sociopath, such as lack of empathy when he refused to release the other hospital prisoners, when he mockingly upset Douglas further by making taunts regarding his wife with another man, and leaving Melvin Allen, who was being devoured, to die, telling him to keep the watch he used as a bribe. This is elaborated on as he seems very controlling on board of the ship, refusing to take in survivors he encounters at sea, claiming that his mercy quota has been filled and that it is his ship. Despite this and refusing to help with Travis' plight, Victor intervenes to save Madison, Alicia and Travis' lives when he didn't have to and helps them escape.
Following the events at Gonzalez Dam, Victor shows a change in personality for the better. He openly admits to wanting to change from who he once was and though tempted to revert to his old ways when things get bad, Victor chooses to do the right thing.
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Early on in his childhood, Strand's mother had abandoned him and his father. His father was barely able to hold a roof over their heads due to making a living out of preaching at local strip-malls. Strand eventually worked his way through college to become a businessman where he was able to build his fortune through real estate investment and debt buying.
He ended up suffering a massive financial blow after a large portion of his local investments in New Orleans were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. This led him to resort to money-theft schemes on random strangers. One of the victims of his money-theft was a powerful businessman like himself named Thomas Abigail. Thomas was impressed by Strand's scheme and, rather than turning him in, began a partnership and eventual romance with him.
Victor Strand became Tom's life partner and the two lived together in Valle de Guadalupe of Baja California, overseeing various housing projects. Luis Flores was sent to Los Angeles, California to close a deal, but Victor Strand decided to attend there as well to fasten the deal. However, riots were breaking out in Los Angeles and various other cities in the United States due to police brutality and a strange new virus that caused violence and instead opted to go into hiding. Victor assured him it would be quick and departed.
Whether or not Strand was able to close the deal, Tom was right and the epidemic grew worse. The strange new virus began resurrecting the dead and causing them to attack and kill the living. Riots caused Los Angeles to fall into chaos as the electrical grid failed. Martial law was enacted and the border to Mexico closed, cutting Strand off from Tom.
The National Guard then arrived to quell the riots and secure safe-zones in the greater Los Angeles area. The National Guard held their fort at a local community college. Strand then managed to bribe certain military personnel of his belongings in exchange for entry and other particular services of protection. Joining him were other survivors found that were being quarantined and tested for the virus. Brought into his cage, from the El Sereno safe-zone were Douglas Thompson, who was having a nervous breakdown, and Nick Clark, a heroin addict.
Victor Strand is seen talking to Douglas Thompson, feeding into his paranoia in order to get taken out of the cage, and suggested that his wife is beautiful enough to be taken care of and protected by another stronger man. Agitated, Doug wrestles with the fence, forcing the soldiers to take him out. Strand later turns to Nick Clark and asks about who he is.
Later on, the soldiers check the temperatures of the people in the cages. Strand's temperature is at 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit while Nick is at 101.6. The soldiers try to remove Nick from the cage fearing that he might be turning. While Nick struggles, Strand talks to the commanding officer and asks him about the watch he gave him, which the officer likes. Strand then offers him a diamond cuff-link so that they'll leave Nick in the cage, the officer agrees but only if he gives him the second matching cuff-link. It is revealed by Strand at the end of the episode that he saved Nick because he needs his skills to help him escape. He shows Nick a key that he has acquired that will help them get out.
Victor and Nick make their escape with the soldiers are distracted taking down the captive walkers that Daniel Salazar has released and led to the entrance as a diversion. Running down the hallway, they are unable to escape the corridor due to the doors being electrically locked, but are found by Madison Clark, Travis Manawa, Daniel, and Ofelia Salazar. They are saved by Liza Ortiz, who finds them and uses her card to open the door. Successfully escaping the facility, Victor has plans to find "Abigail" and leads the group back to his ocean front home where they can tend to the injured Ofelia. Nick talks to Victor, who is packing up a briefcase and preparing to leave, saying the group cannot stay there when he leaves. Victor gazes through binoculars at the ocean and motions Nick to look also. As Nick sees a yacht in the ocean, Victor indicates that Abigail is his boat.
Victor takes command of the ship Abigail and offers it as temporary residence for the survivors as they hurriedly leave the coast, carrying Liza's body with them. He offers to take the group to San Diego and insists that the ship is his to do as he wants. He becomes agitated when he learns that Alicia has been keeping radio contact with strangers. His stance is that people can't be trusted in the current situation.
At the end of the episode he notices another ship approaching (presumably the one Alicia had contacted previously) and feels certain that they can not outrun it.
His communication with the other survivors is generally tense, to the point that he seems to avoid sleeping entirely. The only exception seems to be Nick, who he pays some attention to.
Strand monitors the unknown ship on the Abigail's radar. He speeds up the boat and they lose it.
Travis informs Strand that, according to the log, the military has already burned San Diego to the ground. Strand proposes they hide from the fast-approaching ship by retreating to the coastline. Travis suggests Catrina Island, which has a ranger station that may offer supplies and a short-wave radio.
In the wheelhouse, Daniel accuses Strand of wanting to offload members of the group to conserve his resources. Strand deflects Daniel's accusations.
While on the boat, Strand makes a phone call to someone promising to "be there" soon.
When Madison and Travis bring Harry Geary onto the boat, he is against it and wants him off the boat as he states children are the definition of dead weight. However, the boy's brother comes back to retrieve him.
On the Abigail, Strand tries to call his contact via satellite phone to confirm that he is coming. The phone cuts out. The boat creaks to a stop. Travis determines that the engine malfunctioned due to a blocked water intake. He says the problem will require him to look under the boat. Madison urges him to wait until sunrise, but Strand and Travis agree that they cannot waste time.
Later in the engine room, Travis begins removing backed-up sludge from the filtration system and informs Strand that the repairs may take all day. Strand snaps that they cannot wait this long.
Madison confronts Strand about his secret plans and demands to know what is in Baja. Strand reveals that he has a safehouse with food, water, and concrete walls in Rosarito, Baja California, but explains that he has precious little time to get there. She demands that he take the entire group with him. They cautiously make a pact to trust each other. With this new information, the couple realize they have no choice but to trust Strand.
Back at The Abigail, Madison informs the group that Strand has invited them to join him at a compound in Baja with food, power, and water. Strand refuses to let Alex and Jake board the ship. Travis insists that they at least tow Alex's raft to San Diego and the group gives them provisions.
Inside the boat, Strand paces up and down. Eventually, he dashes outside and cuts the raft loose despite Madison's objections. Strand returns to the wheelhouse in silence.
Strand instructs Nick to swim ashore to meet a colleague that will help give everyone passage into Mexico.
Travis condemns Strand for cutting Alex's raft loose, but claims he was in the right.
When Reed and his group invade the boat, he rushes to the wheelhouse to get his MP5, only finding the magazine removed by Daniel. Out of ideas, Strand jumps ship on a raft and attempts to row away from the yacht. However, Reed sees him escape and shoots. He misses Strands but manages to shoot holes in the raft which will make it sink and Strand risks drowning for hypothermia.
While on the ocean hypothermia and fatigue take their toll on Strand as the raft slowly deflates. He tries to dry his satellite phone by blowing on it but later, Strand accidentally drops the phone.
As he drifts on the ocean remembers his encounters with Thomas Abigail. The first time they met was at a bar in Baton Rouge soon after Hurricane Katrina. Thomas tells Strand that he's in town to buy property. Strand explains that everything he owns is underwater. Strand assists Thomas to his hotel room, where Thomas passes out. Strand borrows Thomas' credit cards.
The next day, Thomas and a companion, Luis Flores, confront Strand about the credit cards. Instead of calling the cops, Thomas tells Strand to meet him at the bar to discuss how Strand can rectify the situation. Strand says he always intended to pay him back — with interest.
Strand and Tom sunbathe at the Baja house. Tom urges Strand to put off his work trip to L.A. but Strand says it's too important to their business. They hold hands.
As the outbreak begins to occur, Thomas tries to dissuade Strand from going to L.A., given reports of its severity. Strand promises to return in two days. They kiss.
Strand cannot stay afloat any longer and begins to sink. Madison grabs him just in time and hoists him aboard the Zodiac.
Strand recovers in the wheelhouse. Daniel tells Madison that they can use Reed's relationship to Connor as leverage over Connor. They locate Connor's base by scanning the radar for a cluster of five boats. Strand allows the group to recover Travis and Alicia with their word that they go straight to Mexico and Madison steers the Abigail north.
In Spanish, Luis tells Strand someone is waiting for them and they need to go, but Strand says "he" would understand. Luis counters that he only has enough money for two people to cross the border. "Everything is a negotiation," replies Strand, as Daniel listens in.
Strand begins to move about. Madison forbids Strand from sending Nick on any more errands. Strand argues that Nick knows how to survive and that he saw Nick's potential within minutes of meeting him. Madison says Strand has never seen Nick in the throes of addiction and worries that Nick is using again.
Strand spots a cluster of five boats docked along the shore and tells Daniel that they've arrived at Connor's base. He and Nick monitor the pier through binoculars during the exchange.
In the wheelhouse, Luis prepares to meet with his military contact on the flotilla and pay for their passage. Strand sees military officers approaching in a boat. Concerned that a second officer is coming along with Luis' contact, he orders Madison to hide everyone below deck.
From the engine room, Madison's group listens to the conversation between Strand, Luis and two military officers. Gunfire erupts after the officers insist on searching the boat to make sure no Infected are aboard. Luis is killed during the shootout. The military don't bother with them and Strand steers the Abigail toward the Mexico coastline. When asked by Madison on what went wrong, he says, "Someone said asshole in Spanish."
Once on shore, they make their way to a church. Strand begins to panic and calls out for Thomas before going into the church. Zombies begin to appear and he assists in fighting them.
Strand drives the group to Thomas' gated estate where Celia, Luis' mother, greets them. Strand informs her that Luis is dead. "He's one of them now," Strand says. "Then he'll find his way back," she replies. Strand rushes to Thomas' bedroom, a blood-soaked bandage on his bitten arm. Strand helps him into bed.
Madison brings food to Thomas and Strand in their room. Thomas asks Madison to look after Strand when he dies.
Alone together, Strand urges Thomas to end the suffering and let go of life. "I could go with you," Strand says, offering to kill himself so that they can remain together after death. Thomas, however, gives the impression that he doesn't want to live like an Infected.
Celia brings the wafers to Strand and Thomas and commends Strand for deciding to die with Thomas. She leaves the room and locks it. Thomas stops breathing and Strand kisses him. Strand searches Thomas' bedroom drawers. Strand picks up the gun and shoots his lover with a pillow covering Thomas' face. Strand sits next to Thomas with a gun.
Everyone runs to Thomas' room, where Strand has just shot Thomas in the head. Celia screams at Strand for shooting Thomas instead of allowing him to turn. Celia forbids Strand from burying Thomas and attacks Strand when he declares that Thomas wasn’t her son. Celia orders Strand and those he brought along with him to leave by the next day.
Strand digs a grave for Thomas. Daniel urges him not to bury Thomas in such an unholy place. Strand notices Daniel's unusual behavior and asks what's wrong with him but the old man does not answer.
Madison tells Strand that she's worried about Nick. Strand is unsurprised that Celia was able to indoctrinate a young and vulnerable addict. He invites Madison to join him on the Abigail but she refuses to leave without Travis.
When night falls, Strand with the estate as promised despite Madison's pleas to Celia to allow him to stay. However when a fire suddenly consumes the estate, Strand sneaks back in and steals a pick-up truck. He picks up Madison, Alicia, and Ofelia. Strand forces Madison into the truck as Nick refuses go with them. They watch a blood-slathered Nick walk away untouched among the Infected as they flee.
After driving around north and south of the compound for days with Madison, Alicia, and Ofelia, searching for the others especially Nick. Victor suggest that the ground needs to go back to the Abigail for shelter and resources like water, telling Madison they can't just keep scavenging. Once Madison agrees and the group heads back to the boat, Victor is distraught that the Abigail is no longer docked where they left it believing the Mexican military took the boat after they docked.
Following Alicia's suggestion the group goes to a abandoned hotel and Alicia and Ofelia go off to scavenge supplies. Victor offers to make an upset Madison a vodka martini at the hotel bar. Over martinis they talk about Madison's past and she reveals she used to bartender to put herself through college. She calls out Strand's martinis as "bullshit" and starts to pour tequila shots for both Victor and herself.
Once intoxicated Victor talks with Madison about their past lovers, and also scenarios where Madison and him could have met in the real world before the apocalypse. He freely admits he would have hit on Madison if he saw her sitting at the bar and told her nothing of his partner - much to Madison's shock. Victor admits to Madison he is simply "a seducer of people" and he would have with her if the world was still the world before everything happened.
After Madison smashes glasses against the wall, Strand begins playing on the piano and ultimately the noise begins to attract the undead to them. Victor stands on the bar kicking many of the undead in the face while fighting them off with Madison. He ends up trapped behind the bar with Madison with the infected swarming him.
After being feared dead in the overrun ballroom, Strand and Madison suddenly appear to save Alicia, Elena and Hector from an underground tunnel they are trapped in. As Alicia and Madison embrace, Strand joins Elena and Hector in blocking the door.
In the bar of the Rosarito Beach Hotel, Strand and Madison fight off an Infected herd. Madison hears Alicia calling for her. She kills an Infected and opens its belly. She and Strand cover themselves in the Infected's blood.
Strand and Madison walk unnoticed among the Infected. They exit the bar and barricade the door behind them. Outside, they find the truck missing. Strand presumes Alicia and Ofelia fled together. they both take refuge inside the hotel's spa building. Madison tells Strand that Alicia would never abandon them. Madison and Strand hear a loud knocking sound. They follow the sound to a locked door and hear Alicia screaming for help on the other side. Madison breaks the lock with a fire extinguisher. Alicia, Elena and Hector pile out.
Strand stands in front of the hotel with Madison and call for Oscar, the groom. Oscar appears on a balcony and allows them inside after they drop their weapons. Madison and Strand meet with Oscar and Ilene, the mother of the bride. Madison proposes they join forces to make the hotel their home and secure it against Infected and enemies.
After the meeting, Madison and Strand predict that they will have trouble convincing Ilene. Hector, Alicia and Strand begin their sweep of the hotel. Hector opens the door to a hotel room, releasing an Infected. Alicia stabs it in the head. Meanwhile, Strand and Elena open all the doors to the hotel rooms, releasing the trapped Infected.
As the Infected are let out, Madison bangs on a metal bowl, using the sound to lead them to the connecting foyer. She's joined by Strand, Elena, Alicia and Hector, all leading herds from different sections of the hotel. When the herds meet, Madison leads the unified pack of Infected out onto the pier.
Strand finds Oscar guarding the honeymoon suite. Oscar admits that his undead bride, Jessica, is inside. Strand tells Oscar that the infected Jessica is not his wife anymore. "Death parted you," he says. "Let me help you."
In Elena's room, Strand, Madison, Alicia, and Elena decide to run the generator for just a few hours a week, enough to make ice and boil water. Strand answers a knock at the door. Ilene stabs him. "You took my daughter from me," she says and runs. Madison tends to Strand's wound in bed. Oscar brings over Andrés, a medical school student. Andrés examines Strand's wound and says he needs a suture kit, antibiotics, and erythropoietin. Elena suggests a place that might have such medicine.
At the hotel, Alicia lays a blanket over Strand and compresses his wound. She explains that she helped Nick through his detox withdrawals and says that Madison still doesn't fully see her. "Then make her," Strand suggests.
After recovering from his wounds, Strand is inform by Madison that Brandon and Derek are in the parking garage and that she suspects Chris is dead. Strand discourages her from telling Travis, as it would destroy the only thing that keeps him going. It's the same hope Strand lost when Thomas died. Madison agrees that the news about Chris would break Travis.
After Travis beats Brandon and Derek to death, Madison insists they need to leave the hotel with him but Strand refuses to have anything to do with the plan. Later, after the residents try to kill Travis when Oscar Diaz dies of his injuries, Alicia kills Andrés and Strand appears to help them and forces Hector and the residents to leave Madison, Alicia and Travis alone at gunpoint. Strand helps the three escape, but insisted staying at the hotel.
Strand is with Elena and Hector outside the refugees clamor at the gate of the Rosarito Beach Hotel, demanding to see the doctor. Elena denies them entry, insisting that she can't help them. Strand sees this all unfortunately. He delegates a plan in Spanish, telling everyone he is a doctor. The group calms and listen to him. He shows them he is injured, as well, and gains their trust. He insists they let people in and accommodate them, as well as an upgrade to his own room. Elena and Hector are angry at Strand, but he tells them that he just saved them, the refugees would have killed them all if he didn't let them in.
At the hotel, Strand treats a child with minor wounds, as he removes a bullet from a young man's leg. Later, he sits on his own, looking out the window. As he rests, Elena urgently summons him to treat someone in dire need of a doctor. She brings Strand to the medical tent, where a woman is about to give birth. Strand insists he is not that kind of doctor, but he agrees to assist when the patient's husband threatens him with a knife.
Having delivered the baby, Strand is handed a bottle of liquor and he's covered in blood. The people with him are ready to help him continue the lie about being a doctor in an effort to protect themselves, but because of this, Strand is told by Elena that he must leave immediately, sending him out on foot, but Hector tells Strand there is another patient in need of his services before he goes. He brings Strand to Ilene's room and asks him to convince her to eat. She has been holed up there since she stabbed Strand.
Strand enters a room with a sandwich. It smells horrible. He calls out for her but hears no response. Walking further into the room, he finds a mannequin but is caught from behind by Ilene. She apologizes for stabbing him. He opens the door to let some air into the room. He preaches stories of hope to her and she comes around to it. He is going to leave this place and has somewhere in mind. She offers him a box which was supposed to be a wedding gift. He thanks her before, she does the same for him, and walks off the balcony to her death. Strand is surprised.
Strand finds that the key Ilene gave him operates a car in the hotel's parking garage, and he swiftly sneaks out in a Maserati. "My style and my color," he says before driving away in it.
Strand drives to a water depot at Gonzalez Dam, where he finds a long line of thirsty Tijuanans trading for water. He cuts to the front of the line and asks to speak with Dante. A guard orders him to wait in line and shoves him to the ground. Dante Esquivel, Strand's former business associate, emerges and greets Strand, indirectly saving him from being executed by his own men. A while later, Dante sits down and invites Strand to chat about the old days, back when they were both fierce businessmen that controlled the market with a fierce hand. As the discussion progresses Dante eventually brings up Victor's business associate and lover, Thomas, asking Strand if he knows his status in this new world to which Victor simply stands in silence, Dante understanding that means he probably didn't make it.
Dante leads Strand to a walkway on the dam and surprises him by double-crossing him. Strand watches as Dante's men push a prisoner over the edge into a pit of Infected. Dante makes it clear that he didn't consider him a friend and that the whole drink they they shared earlier was just a ruse so that Dante could get Strand's guard down. He expresses his wish to feed Strand to the walkers down below, because he considers Strand a thief that can't be trusted, he almost gives the order for him to be dropped before Victor states that if he doesn't spare him, he will regret it.
In an attempt to make himself indispensable, Strand tells Dante that people will turn against him if he keeps serving water too close to his source. He offers to help organize an off-site water depot. Dante agrees to spare his life, and in exchange, Victor will become a worker for him: "You will feel just like the people you have taken from. You will feel powerless," he tells Strand.
Strand sits in a cell. Someone hands him water through a window. He chugs it, then looks through the window to see that the offering was given to him by Daniel Salazar, who survived the fire estate.
Strand is brought water by Daniel and asks if Ofelia is alive. Strand tells him Ofelia is waiting for him at a hotel down the coast. He begs Daniel to help him escape so that they can go to Ofelia. "She's waiting for you," says Strand. Daniel calls Strand's bluff: Ofelia wouldn’t be waiting for him if she believed he was dead. Daniel leaves Strand to rot in the cell. Strand angrily calls him out, saying he owes him for saving his life.
Dante and J.C. take Efraín, Lola, Strand and Pablito to the dam catwalk for execution. Dante pushes Pablito over the edge despite his pleas of innocence. Lola is next up to be executed, but Daniel has a different plan. He head-butts J.C., shoots him, then kills Dante, saving Strand's life.
Strand and Daniel sit in Strand's car as a herd crosses the road ahead. Strand warns Daniel to prepare himself in case Ofelia is no longer at the hotel when they arrive. Daniel's suspicion of Strand grows, as he orders him to drive through the herd.
At a pit stop on the way to the Rosarito Beach Hotel, Daniel asks Strand why he left the hotel. Strand explains that he wanted to broker a deal with Dante for water. Daniel doubts Strand's story, causing Strand to lash out.
Daniel and Strand arrive at the hotel only to find the entrance abandoned. Strand assumes that the hotel must have been taken by the Dead. He warns Daniel not to go inside, but he insists they look for Ofelia.
Daniel and Strand enter the hotel and find blood all over the ground. Daniel points his gun at Strand and rings a bell, bringing the Dead upon them. With the dead closing in, Daniel pressures Strand to tell the truth about where Ofelia is. Strand finally admits that she left the hotel while he was still there. He leaves Victor behind and his words echo as Victor watches him speed away: "Let's see how you get out of this one."
The Infected attack Strand. Daniel drives off in the car, abandoning Strand. Strand then runs away from the dead.
Strand is first shown scavenging for food and is dodging walker threats. In the distance, he sees the Abigail yacht, still afloat. He is ecstatic to see it, quickly going out to it across the water. Once aboard, he finds multiple dead officers, so he backs away slowly to look for a weapon. The best he has is a harpoon gun and knife. He kills one walker then an officer and uses his gun to take out the rest. Strand searches the yacht for supplies. He comes across empty bottles before heading to the top of the ship. The yacht is out of order and not going to work. He searches every crack but finds nothing. Atop the ship, he puts on a white suit jacket, pops champagne, and calls out, "It's good to be home!"
Stand is drunk, messing with his radio. He makes contact with a Russian cosmonaut who’s stuck in space. The Russian mocks Strand's curiosity about if this virus has effected the rest of the world. The man says he is speaking to Strand from space. They begin quoting literature in their conversation, agreeing that champagne and vodka are what they need. "Last words are for fools, they are not said enough," Mr. Vaschanko said. The signal begins to cut out. "The world is dead," Strand tells him. "The world will not die until you die," the astronaut tells him. "Do not wait until your death bed to enjoy your champagne." The signal is lost and Strand breaks down. He talks to the sky.
Strand prepares himself on the boat. He pours alcohol all over it on the way out and grabs his sunglasses before lighting it on fire. He walks along the beach with a smile as it burns. He starts to make his way north.
After making it to El Bazar, Strand is shown getting roughed up by a gang of men who work for Proctor, the man who runs the trading post. Madison witness this and rushes to his aid. Maria Lu calls off the deal once she realizes that Madison is friends with Strand, who owes a debt to Proctor. Madison uses a shovel to start a fight and free Strand. The men end up getting the upper hand but Walker comes to their rescue. Strand gets them to a safe place. Strand leads Madison and Walker to a hideout. Strand tells Madison that he is trapped here until his debts are paid. He starts trying to smooth things over with flattering words to Walker. He reveals that he plans to reconnect with a friend who controls a dam near Tijuana and reveals the dam's existence and tells Walker there is a good reason he has survived this far.
Madison wakes up in Strand's place. He gives her water and sits beside her. They catch up with each other. He asks about her, then about Nick. Madison reveals she found him before telling him Alicia is north. "My children are alive," Madison said. Strand is relieved and learning of Travis' death, He embraces Madison. Guards barge in with Walker as their captive. Walker says the guards had threatened to kill them. A guard tells Madison that Strand must pay off his debt to Proctor by defending the front gate from Infected while chained up. Strand urges Madison to leave him and return to Nick and Alicia. "The whole world is lost," Strand tells her. "My mother named me Victor because she knew I'd always win. I'll be fine." Strand is escorted out with the rest of the prisoners. "Don't worry your pretty blonde head," he tells her.
Outside the stadium, Strand is escorted to the gate. A man shoots down an infected and uses its chain to keep Victor on the post. He removes Victor's handcuffs and leaves him there with a pipe for a weapon. Strand will have to spend the night here defending the location. Strand grabs a hammer as a group of Infected approaches. Meanwhile, Strand has become surrounded, He uses a hammer to take them down. He is surrounded just as Madison and the men who put him out there gun down the undead and help him up. "Your debt is paid," Madison tells him. Walker confronts Madison about using his gold to pay off Strand’s debt. She reasons that the water tanker was just a short-term solution and that Strand can lead them to a longer-term solution: a dam.
Strand, Madison and Walker cruise down a highway in their truck. They are 30 kilometers from Tijuana. Walker insists they won't go there and Strand promises they are not. After a while, they come upon a herd of walkers blocking the road near abandoned cars. Strand, however, has a plan. He tosses a beeping key on the side of the road and the noise attracts the infected. Slowly, Walker pushes the truck forward and literally through the cars.
Strand leads Madison and Walker through sewage tunnels but appears to lose his way. Strand tells Madison and Walker that he's looking for a symbol that Proctor's scouts used to mark the tunnel that leads to the dam. Walker decides to head back to the surface and leaves them. Strand tells Madison that Daniel is at the dam but that Daniel is angry with him for misleading him on Ofelia’s whereabouts. Strand breathes a sigh of relief when Madison informs him that Ofelia is alive and safe at the ranch. As they head down the tunnel they run into Walker who is fleeing from a group of Infected.
Strand finds the symbol and points out the pipe that leads to the dam. As they crawl to their destination, they run into an Infected blocking the way. Madison kills the Infected with a hatchet then hacks its body into pieces to unplug the pipe, but as she does so the blocked up sewage is released and gushes over them.
Strand emerges from the sewers, to see Daniel and his group. He is not happy to see him but Madison emerges and asks Daniel to lower the gun. Walker lowers his first. Madison is surprised to see Daniel is alive. He tells her he is better now before asking about Ofelia. "She's alive, Daniel," Madison tells him. He is reluctant to trust her because of Strand, but Madison reveals Walker helped her and now they need Daniel's help. They need water. Daniel takes Madison's group to see Lola, who is the leader of Gonzalez Dam. They wait outside as Daniel speaks to Lola. Madison assures Walker, Daniel will help them. Madison asks Lola for water in exchange for resources such as cattle or guns. Lola refuses to make a deal and orders Madison to leave the next morning.
Elsewhere, Walker tells Strand that he intends to kick Madison, Alicia, Nick and the ranchers off the ranch since Madison has ruined their chance to replenish the water supply. Strand offers to help Efraín treat Everardo's wound. He doesn't want to trust Strand, though, because Daniel calls him "the snake." Strand starts getting to know them, though. They debate different outlooks of the world. Strand rules, "Uneasy lays the head that wears the crown."
In their rooms, Madison and Strand have a moment together. Strand suggests she leaves the Ranch. Madison, however, insists the dam is not safe because Lola refuses to defend it. They open up more deeply. Madison reveals how much she has done for the kids and how much they have seen. Strand wants her to remove the kids from the picture for a moment and think about what she wants. Madison says that she wants to keep living at the ranch, saying it has problems, but it's the closest thing to what she know. It's where she wants to be. She asks Strand what future he sees. "One where I don't fail my friends," Strand said.
Strand carefully watches Lola's crew prepare a tanker for the water run. Daniel senses that Strand is plotting something and offers to look the other way if his scheme benefits them both. Madison joins Strand at the gate to head back to the ranch. Strand tells Madison to stay away from the water tanker. Moments later it explodes, blowing open the gate. Infected, burning in flames, stumble towards the dam. Strand and Madison look on. Lola’s men kill the Infected with help from Madison and Strand. They walk past the wreckage of the truck putting down infected. Daniel aids their efforts. Lola is down there, now. Daniel says all but, "I told you so." People are heard chanting at the dam as they approach. Daniel calls Strand and Madison over so the crew can fix the fence.
Inside, Lola is finally will to bargain. She is going to trade water for guns and ammo. Daniel writes down exactly what they need. Madison can deliver the demands and asks for 10,000 gallons of water per week and a truck full now. Madison rules the trading post Bazar will be the meeting point. Lola says Ofelia must attend the meeting.
Daniel sends off Madison and Strand in a water tanker provided by Lola. As they drive back to the ranch, Strand admits he rigged the explosion. Madison asks how Strand pulled off making the truck explode. "Trick I saw in an old movie," he said. "I had my doubts!" She thanks him. "You would've done the same for me," he insists. Madison and Strand spot Walker on the road. Walker smiles and gets inside the cab.
Strand arrives back at the ranch with Madison and Walker to find it overrun by walkers. After Ofelia and Crazy Dog blow up the ranch's fuel reserve to destroy the horde, Strand joins Madison, Walker, Nick and Troy in rescuing Alicia from the pantry. However, they are too late to save the majority of the ranch's residents and Natives who either died in the walker attack or suffocated in the pantry. Strand and Madison gazes upon the decimated ranch. With Broke Jaw Ranch destroyed, Madison decides to return to the dam accompanied by Strand, Ofelia, Walker and Crazy Dog while Alicia goes her own way followed by Nick and Troy to ensure her safety. Everyone heads off in their own directions as Strand is shown driving the truck with Madison, Ofelia, Walker and Crazy Dog in it.
Strand, Madison and Walker drive a tanker to the trading outpost to meet with Lola and Daniel. Strand worries that things might go south when they show up to the trade empty-handed. Madison is confident that handing over what they have will be enough to convince Daniel to continue helping them, even after the attack on the Ranch cost them so many supplies. If Daniel refuses, Madison argues that they at least have Ofelia.
While on the back of the truck, Ofelia grows weak and and falls off the truck. Strand and the group notices a bite mark on Ofelia's collar bone. She got bitten while clearing the vents. She begs Madison to take her to her father, and Madison says she will make it happen. Madison's group arrives at the outpost a day early. Strand tells Madison that the outpost guards will kill Ofelia if they think she’s sick, but Madison insists they must enter to get Ofelia a bed and medicine. Madison's group hands over their weapons at the checkpoint. Ofelia steadies herself, and a guard waves her through. Madison sells part of their rifle stash to pay for entry. They're allowed entrance even though the exchange rates have gone up, much to Strand's frustration. Madison sets up Ofelia inside a room then goes to find painkillers. Walker stands guard over Ofelia.
Strand confronts Madison and says that they just gave away their bartering tools for Ofelia to say goodbye. Strand tells her she is giving up all of their resources without thinking of the consequences. Madison asks if he's afraid of Daniel, but Strand says that she shouldn't assume and that he’s going to help them when they show up with no weapons and a dead daughter and he walks away.
Elsewhere in the Bazar, Strand explores various corridors. People are heard having sex, others are gambling, and other inappropriate acts are being carried out. As Strand tries to head to a locked area, he is approached by the men who were holding him earlier. He wants to talk to Proctor John, but the men insist he'll just have to stay with them until Strand says he has something that John will want.
The next day, the group heads to the trucks, splitting up from Nick and Troy, and Madison asks Strand if he's ready. He says he is "always" ready, looking back at the security guards who he may or may not have worked out some sort of deal with.
Strand joins Madison at the dam and tries to comfort her about Alicia and Nick's departures. She recalls old holiday memories with her kids and reveals she thought she would have that at the Ranch. Strand insists they can have that here and they'll build such a paradise here that her kids will want to come home. He offers her some scotch.
Madison and Strand drink heavily together. Strand tells Madison that he's never killed a living person. Madison says that it's just a matter of time. Daniel informs Madison that Nick has arrived at the dam.
Troy and Nick are quick to reveal to Strand, Lola and the others that the Proctors are going to attack the dam. Daniel reveals there are three entry ways. They come up with a plan to defend the dam which calls for C4 and teamwork. Strand urges Madison to leave with Nick, but Madison insists on staying to help. Troy volunteers to help set up the explosives.
Strand orders Nick to take his mother and leave. He is going to stay behind because he has "obligations" here. Nick calls him out for sweating, and forces Strand to confess that he made a deal with Proctor John to facilitate a takeover of the dam in exchange for a role as steward of the dam. Strand explains that Proctor John agreed to spare Madison and Nick as part of the deal but worries that once Daniel and Lola resist the attack, the deal will no longer be honored by the Proctors. At the dam, Daniel talks with Strand. He is unhappy about how the water is pumping in the wrong direction. Strand insists Lola has it taken care of.
Strand approaches Daniel and Lola with a gun when Lola was to fix the levers and orders her to step away. She realizes the entrance in unprotected. Strand reveals his plans and turns the gun to Daniel who eventually attacks him and they fight for the gun. Strand shoots Daniel in the chin in front of Lola. Daniel slowly rises up with a bullet hole in his cheek, spitting blood and teeth from his mouth. Strand escapes, while Lola escorts him out of the room.
The Proctors infiltrate the dam through the unguarded tunnels. Daniel's men ambush the Proctors. Gunfire breaks out, killing Efrain. A Proctor brother confronts Strand about the ambush. Strand assures him that Lola and Daniel are dead.
Strand brings Madison and Nick to a remote room and promises to try and keep them safe. He takes the detonator, locks their door and leaves.
Strand is at the bottom of the dock, greeting Proctor John arriving with Alicia and his men. Strand exchanges quick glances with Alicia. John admonishes Strand for the unanticipated resistance from dam guards. Strand quietly assures Alicia that Madison and Nick are alive and in hiding. He vows to help them escape if she agrees to work with him.
Strand checks in on Madison and Nick. Madison holds him at gunpoint and accuses him of ratting out Daniel and Lola, but releases him when he reveals that Alicia is at the dam with John. He instructs Madison and Nick to change into worker uniforms so that he can sneak them out. He admits that he shot Daniel but didn't kill him. Without other options, Madison and Nick reluctantly acquiesce to his plan. Nick tells Strand there's "hope" for him since he didn't kill Lola.
Strand walks Madison and Nick across a bridge on top of the dam. John's men kill Lola's guards and throw them over the bridge. Strand tells John's men that their boss asked him to kill Madison and Nick personally. The escape is short-lived as Lola attacks the group and guns down several of John's men. John shoots her dead and discovers Strand trying to smuggle Madison and Nick. Strand is terrified to see him, as Lola's ambush exposes his lies and he and his group are taken captive.
Moments later, John has brought Strand, Madison and Nick into an office. He pistol whips Strand as he tries to explain his lies. Alicia tries to calm him but is ordered to be silent. Strand doubles down on Daniel being dead despite John discovering Lola having been alive. Madison vouches for him and introduces herself. John orders Alicia to her mother. One of John's men recognizes Nick from the trading post and recalls that he was with another man. John decides to kill Nick, who he deems untrustworthy, and must therefore also kill Madison and Alicia, knowing they'll seek revenge for Nick's murder.
Strand, Madison, Nick and Alicia walk across the dam bridge together. Nick hugs Strand goodbye then gets in position for his execution. Strand tells John that the dam is rigged with explosives and reaches into his pocket to pull out the detonator, but comes up empty. Nick reveals that he took the detonator while hugging Strand.
Nick threatens to detonate the explosives unless John allows Madison, Alicia and Strand to escape. Alicia urges Nick to come with them, but John points out that Nick cannot leave the detonator's range. Nick calls the negotiations his "suicide note." John agrees to his conditions. Strand, Madison and Alicia run from the dam and they reach the Zodiac and launch into the water. Strand, Madison and Alicia fix the motor and power ahead.
Nick flips the switch and detonates the explosives. The dam breaks apart as John and his men flee. Madison, Alicia and Strand struggle to escape the current created by the imploding dam. The boat is sucked into the dam.
After the events of the dam, Madison found Strand near death and nurse him back to health.
In the past, Strand, Nick, Alicia and Luciana wake up at their new home in a baseball stadium. They begin their daily routine and then start working on projects around the stadium. Strand joins Nick and Alicia for breakfast, talking about celebrating the day. Cole, a resident at the stadium, sits with them.
When Strand and the others go on a search mission, Cole tries to join them, but Strand tells him to stay behind for watch duty. Strand, Madison, Alicia and Luciana leave without Nick. On the road, Madison jokes with Strand about Cole's crush on him. Nick contacts them via walkie and informs them that weevils are destroying the turnips, just before losing connection.
Strand's crew arrives in a deserted town. They split up to find Charlie's family. Strand and Luciana enter a store that has been picked clean. Luciana predicts that Madison won't go back until she has performed a thorough search. Strand points out that he would not be alive if it weren't for Madison's determination. To this day, he's not sure why she saved him after he betrayed her at the dam. Strand and Luciana receive three static bursts and realize that Madison is in trouble.
Strand, Luciana and Alicia stop a survivor named Naomi, who snatches Madison's keys and starts to leave, before they cut her off. She runs to the top of an oil tank and falls through the roof. Madison jumps in after her and helps Naomi fight Infected in a pool of oil. Strand and Alicia pry open the hatch to the tank and kill the remaining Infected. Alicia rescues Madison from an Infected. Strand's crew returns to the stadium and rams into the Infected with their truck, saving Nick in time.
Strand, Douglas and Cole push Nick's truck back toward the stadium. Luciana sees something in the distance and yells at them to ditch the car and get back inside. A convoy of trucks pulls up behind them. Luciana sees something in the distance and yells at them to ditch the car and get back inside. An army of trucks and a group called the Vultures parks in the lot, refusing to leave until they give them all of their supplies.
The next day, Strand, Alicia and Cole stare at the newcomers outside. They hear Madison hammering in the dugout and decide to join her.
On the road, Strand, Nick, Alicia and Luciana hold Morgan, John, and Althea at gunpoint. Luciana finds a white "51" flag in the SWAT vehicle and accuses them of belonging to Mel's group. Al insists she doesn't know the significance of the flag, but Alicia orders them to show them where they found the flag. They get on the SWAT truck and drive.
Strand, Luciana, Nick and Alicia hold Morgan, Althea, and John prisoner in the SWAT truck. Al reveals that she only gave them partial directions to the location with the numbered flag. She agrees to provide the rest of the directions on the condition that they tell her their stories. She escapes from her bonds and attacks Nick, causing him to jostle Luciana in the driver's seat. Luciana swerves off the road and crashes.
John and Althea hold Strand and his group hostage. They unsuccessfully try to extract the SWAT truck from the mud. Luciana offers to locate a tow truck, but demands that she and her friends be released. Al cuts their bonds but holds Nick hostage. Morgan offers to stay with Nick while the others find the tow truck.
Strand, Alicia and Luciana set out with John and Althea. Strand asks Althea why she collects people's stories. She attempts to not answer, but Strand tells her not to change the subject and asks again why. Althea declares that the truth matters and again offers to disclose the location of the flag in exchange for everyone's stories.
Strand's group returns to the SWAT truck and finds it swarming with Infected. John spots an arrow left by Morgan to indicate the direction that he and Nick went. Alicia offers to help tow the truck while Luciana and John look for Morgan and Nick. Strand agrees to tell their stories to Althea if she takes them to the location of the flag. Alicia fights off Infected as she attaches the tow truck cable to the SWAT truck. Strand pulls the truck out of the mud. Afterwords, Strand and his group catch up with Morgan and Nick.
Later, Nick gets shot in the chest by Charlie, who runs away. Strand, Alicia, and Luciana try to revive Nick, but he dies. Strand, Alicia and Luciana mourn over Nick's death.
Strand, Alicia, Luciana, Morgan, Althea and John ride in the SWAT van with Nick's body. In a flashback, Althea videotapes Luciana as she plunges a knife into Nick's head to keep him from turning. She films Alicia killing an Infected Ennis, and Strand covering Nick's body with his jacket.
In the SWAT van, Strand informs Althea that his group is ready to tell their stories. Althea turns on her video camera and asks the group how they ended up in their current situation. Luciana explains that everything traces back to one particular day. In the past,
Strand, Nick, Alicia, Luciana and Cole eat breakfast at the stadium. Strand wants to enhance people's meals by putting their precious syrup on it. They reject it, insisting he save it for when things get better. Naomi seems skeptical and sits just far enough away for it to be obvious. They're going to go out on a supply run. Madison distributes maps of potential supply locations that the Vultures might have missed.
In the SWAT van, Strand tells Al that their first misstep that day was to go on runs. Strand leads Cole through a greenhouse. Cole pries Strand for details about his life as they search a nursery for plants. Cole asks Strand why he's afraid of him. They kill a group of Infected together. Strand and Cole continue their run elsewhere. Strand warns Cole that he has done questionable things in the past.
Strand brings Cole to a secret car and reveals a stash of provisions that he has been stocking for himself as evidence of his duplicity and they begin arguing about how people make it or don't. Strand tells him he does what it takes to survive. He proposes they run off together. Cole rejects Strand's offer and drives back to the stadium alone.
In the SWAT van, Althea questions whether Strand thinks this is his fault. Alicia defends him, saying it's not his fault, and he wasn't the only one who thought about leaving. Strand sits in the driver's seat of his escape car.
Everyone returns to the stadium. Strand follows in his SUV and reveals he brought all of the supplies back because he "got a little reminder of what he stood to lose." In the SWAT van, Strand tells Althea that he never told anyone that he'd hidden the supplies only for himself. Strand tells Althea he should have kept the car a secret. Luciana tells Althea that they should have left the stadium for a new destination. They declare that Nick is dead because they wanted to believe the stadium would work out and they should have convinced Madison to leave or found a different place to go.
At night, Strand and the group parks the truck in a field. They come across a cache of weapons. Rather than burying Nick, they had Al bring them to the spot to dig up a cache of guns. They're planning to kill the Vultures. Althea is not happy about the group's deception. Strand has a map to their location. Alicia questions whether or not Althea will drive them. Strand convinces her to come see how this ends for herself.
John finds the Colt in the backpack and realizes that Naomi is Laura. Alicia tells him that Naomi died at the stadium. John chooses to remain behind as Althea takes Alicia and her friends after the Vultures. Morgan stays behind with John as Strand and everyone else leaves in the van.
Strand, Alicia, Luciana and Althea speed toward the Vultures' next meeting spot. Alicia interrogates Althea about the SWAT vehicle's firepower, but Althea makes it clear that she only records events and will not participate in their fight.
In the past, Strand, Nick and Luciana consult the road atlas to find a location that might yield seeds and fertilizer. Luciana asks Strand where he found the car with food. Strand concocts a story and sees Cole glaring at him.
Strand thanks Cole for keeping his escape car a secret. Cole explains that he’s merely keeping quiet because he's worried Strand might harm him if he talks. Madison checks in with Strand and suggests they share some liquor that she found. Strand and Madison take swigs straight out of the bottle. Strand asks Madison why she saved him after the dam explosion, despite his treachery. Madison explains that she knows Strand is a decent person. "That and I really like drinking with you." she says. They're interrupted by the sound of a car honking.
Viv stands in the way as Naomi tries to leave the stadium in a car. Viv tells Madison that Naomi was trying to run off with one of their cars. Naomi says that she was merely driving to a location that might have seeds and fertilizer. Strand and Madison join her. Strand, Madison and Naomi pull over at a motel and kill Infected in the front office. Madison deduces that the people killed each other over a can of baked beans. Strand finds a stash of snacks.
Over dinner, Naomi explains that she's taking Strand and Strand to an abandoned FEMA shelter. She admits that she had been planning to flee the stadium when Viv caught her, but that she had intended to leave them with a map to the FEMA shelter. Strand orders her to hand over the car keys, and everyone gets some sleep.
In the morning, Strand and Madison finds out Naomi is gone. Strand and Madison look at the FEMA map to catch up with Naomi. Strand admits to Madison that the car with supplies had been his escape car. He warns Madison that some people, such as himself and Naomi, never change.
Strand and Madison enter the FEMA shelter and spot Naomi on the scaffolding. Naomi tosses them the "JIC" keys and tells them there's a truck outside with supplies, but Strand refuses to leave her behind. Madison distracts Infected while Strand strings up some rope. Naomi shimmies across the rope and escapes with Strand and Madison
Strand, Madison and Naomi rest in the lobby. Naomi explains that she and her daughter, Rose, had stayed at the shelter, where a woman named Ellen taught "Just in Case" survival skill classes. Naomi says that she left the shelter to find antibiotics after Rose caught pneumonia. When she returned, Rose had died, turned and infected everyone else. Naomi takes Strand and Madison to a well-stocked "Just in Case" truck that Ellen had prepared in the event of an emergency. After putting down the reanimated Ellen and removing her body, they prepare to return to the stadium.
Strand assures Naomi that anyone can start over. Strand, Madison and Naomi return to the stadium with plants and fertilizer. Cole congratulates Strand on helping accomplish their mission. Strand, however, dishes credit to Madison and says he didn't actually tell him who he is. Strand tries to talk to Madison, but she ends the conversation in a distracted mood.
In the present, Strand, Alicia and Luciana wait for the Vultures at their designated meeting spot. They see a van approach.
Morgan and John get out of the van. Alicia's group forces them to their knees. Morgan explains that they warned the Vultures to stay away. A moment later, Melvin and his Vultures arrive in their vehicles and face off with Strand's group. On Mel's walkie, a woman asks where everyone is. A Land Rover pulls up, and Naomi steps out, revealed to be alive. John walks toward her. Alicia shoots at Naomi, but accidentally hits John. He falls to the ground.
Strand and his group exchange gunfire with the Vultures. They kill all the Vultures and Morgan, John, Althea, Naomi and Charlie escapes. Strand, Alicia and Luciana fire at their truck as it leaves. Strand, Alicia and Luciana predict that Naomi is heading for the stadium. They all come up with a plan in the truck before Alicia heads out to finish off Melvin.
In the past, Strand informs Madison that the Vultures removed all of the Infected that they had trapped in storage tanks. He shows her a stack of white number flags that the Vultures had used to tally up the Infected. The total indicates that Ennis is amassing a vast army of Infected. Strand later witness Madison exiling Mel out of their home.
At the gate, Strand and Cole fortify the walls. Alicia approaches, though, and she and Nick are leaving to find Melvin. Strand questions whether or not Madison knows they're leaving. Nick acknowledges that she doesn't. "Your mother did the same thing for me," Strand says. "Far be it for me to stop you." and allows them to leave. They find Melvin and spot Ennis' convoy heading toward the stadium and Alicia warns Strand that the Vultures are coming.
Strand asks Cole to alert Madison to the approaching convoy. Strand and Madison see an ice cream truck drive up to the stadium gate, leaving behind a trail of oil. Ennis and the Vultures open the trucks and release the Infected. A massive herd makes its way toward the stadium gates. A Vulture lights the trail of oil. Strand notices that the Infected are covered in oil and will start a fire if they get close. Madison orders someone to get the irrigation truck then runs toward the gate to help Nick and Alicia. Strand and Luciana join her.
Strand, Luciana and Alicia catch up to Althea's group, with their intentions to kill Naomi and Charlie to avenge Madison and Nick. They open fire on Althea, who fires back. Strand suggests they head toward the infirmary. Alicia hatches a different plan. Alicia takes Charlie hostage and orders Althea to tell Naomi that it's safe to come out of the tunnel.
Strand and Luciana aim their guns at the tunnel exit. Althea distracts Alicia while John quietly presses the transmission button on the walkie, allowing Naomi and Morgan to overhear Alicia and realize they're walking into a trap. Strand informs Alicia that Naomi has not emerged from the tunnel. Alicia sees the walkie next to John and realizes what happened. A fight breaks out and Althea attacks Alicia. After a while, Morgan convinces Alicia not to kill Naomi and relinquishes the weapon. Alicia breaks down in tears, finally bring peace between the two group.
In the past, Madison tracks down Strand, Alicia, Nick and Luciana at a motel. Strand sees the ramen in her truck. Madison brings Strand and the others to the stadium. She vows to build a new community and bring in survivors.
In the present, Althea drives the SWAT van with Strand's group on board. Althea asks what happened to Madison. Alicia tells her to pull over. Strand, Alicia, Luciana, Althea, Morgan, John, Charlie and Naomi, who's real name is June, sit around a campfire. Althea begins filming and asks what happened at the stadium.
In a flashback, Strand, Madison and Luciana kill Infected to clear a path between the vehicle and the stadium. The stadium residents flee, but the Infected overcome the stadium residents as they try to escape. Madison lights a flare and leads hundreds of Infected inside the stadium. Unable to escape through the tunnels as there are still too many Infected outside, she locks the gate and lights the oil-soaked herd on fire. Nick and Alicia sob as they drive away from the inferno with Luciana and Strand.
In the present, Strand's group tells Althea that Madison killed herself to save them, causing everyone to break down in tears over the story. Althea lowers her camera and writes "Madison" on the interview tape. The group eats ramen around the campfire.
As Morgan ventures onto the property where the mansion Strand is staying is located on, he encounters a lone zombie. As he attempts to take it out, Strand shoots it as he hangs from a second story window, holding a bottle of wine. Strand has been spending his days raiding the mansion's wine cellar and getting drunk while Luciana listens to music in the other room. He rejects Morgan's offer to travel to Alexandria. Later, he saves Luciana from a zombie that made its way inside the mansion. When John Dorie shows up at the house, he recruits Strand to help search for Charlie, who has gone missing just as a storm begins to roll into the area.
As Alicia points a gun at Charlie's head when the basement floods, Strand appears briefly in a flashback to when he held down on Nick's chest when he was dying, and grabbed a walker that was on fire when the stadium fell.
While Morgan is on a bridge heading back to Texas to find the others, he hears Strand's voice saying to enjoy his trip, remembering his last encounter with him before he was heading back to Virginia.
Somehow after the storm, Strand and John are marooned on a small island. Strand wakes up at a ranger station. He uses binoculars to scout the area. It's surrounded by water. Nearby, John is chopping wood with his gun belt hanging on a tree. He is forced to put down a walker, still recovering from his bullet wound. He and Strand realize a bird has been attracting the dead with its noise.
Strand rules that if he had alcohol this place would be paradise, which he had until he agreed to go with John and he definitely won't board the raft John is building. "It's time to stop being foolish," Strand rules.
Later on, John prepares to depart on his raft. Strand watches him struggle. An alligator starts to approach John so he shoots at it, forcing it to scamper off. Strand jokes that they are still roommates.
John spots a walker walk into the river only to get mauled by the gator. Strand walks up and tells John his efforts to find June are useless but John tells him they'll get off the island if they try hard enough. They end up arguing about how far they've come and how different they are from the past.
After John finds an overturned pick-up truck at the top of the hill , Strand climbs on it and wrestles with a walker for a bottle of scotch. The movement causes the truck to roll down the hill, which impales the walkers with a branch while Strand miraculously survives. John scolds him for his decision, but Strand ignores him and walks off.
A while later, John confronts Strand on his drinking, who tells him he drinks to forget and he has no one left to drink with. He laments that he only has things to look back on compared to John, who has something to look forward to. John tells him he can drink with him on the boat, which is even outfitted with a truck horn. Impressed, Strand finally agrees to come with him. John uses the truck horn to lure a walker into the water, so the gator can devour it and give them time to escape.
Strand and John paddle halfway down the river until the radio horn cuts out. The walkers roam away as their boat gets attacked by the gator and quickly fills with water. Strand fires his gun to distract the walkers while they sadly swim back to the island. Strand takes a swig from his bottle and holes up in the cabin while John eats one of his candies.
On the island, Strand and John notice Alicia and Charlie waving at them from across the pond and regain their hope of getting rescued.
After a while, Strand and John hear a vehicle nearby and discover it's the SWAT truck. Alicia plows it through the lake to rescue them as the two men take a swig from their bottle in celebration. Charlie returns John's hat and he commends her for talking again. Strand notices Martha zip-tied in the back and asks who she is.
In the SWAT truck, John radios Morgan to give him the all-clear on speaking freely on the walkies and June responds immediately. They're both elated to talk to one another. June gives him her location and he says they’re on their way.
After reuniting with the rest of the group, Strand and the others contact Morgan on the radio, telling him they're going to save him. Morgan looks down and sees their plan: a fire truck.
While Morgan tosses his stick down and gingerly begins climbing down the building, Alicia, June and Luciana draw a herd of walkers and barely make it back to the fire truck alive, only to find Martha missing.
As the group gets surrounded by walkers, Jim decides to sacrifice himself to save them. Before he does, he radios Sarah the recipe for his beer. She writes it down, Jim takes a deep breath, and throws himself off the ledge and onto a car, attracting the walkers away from the fire truck.
On the road, Sarah decides they should name the beer "Jimbo's Beerbos" in his memory. Morgan proposes they find Althea and then travel to Alexandria together.
After the group finds Al, they sit around a campfire and Morgan describes his plan to pick up more boxes at the truck stop to distribute them en route to Alexandria.
The next day, the group arrives at the truck stop and stocks up on supplies from the store. Outside, Althea loads the van when some walkers approach. Al jumps down to fight them, but is too weak and passes out. Alicia shoots at the herd and then instructs everyone to get inside as the noise will attract more.
Inside, everyone doubles over in pain as more walkers scrape at the windows. June realizes that someone opened the water bottles in the store and poisoned the water. Al deduces it was Martha.
Finally able to communicate, Morgan tells them it's anti-freeze. June tells them the antidote is ethanol and the group hatches a plan to get it from one of the trucks outside.
June and Charlie create a distraction while Strand and Luciana make it to the truck. The walkers turn their attention to them but Althea jumps in her SWAT truck and machine guns the walkers, while accidentally putting holes into the tank and causing the ethanol to drain out.
June updates Morgan on their problem and he tells them he can't lose them. John encourages him and says he's strong with or without them.
Suddenly, Morgan shows up and reveals that he brought a truck of Jim's Augie's Ale, saving the day. The group drinks the beer and suddenly regain their strength. Strand tells Alicia he thought he'd never have anyone to drink with again since Madison and Alicia says he has her.
Morgan then brings Strand and the group back to the place he left Martha. He finds her severed arm attached to the police car and sees her turned, walking on the road. He stabs her in the head and then buries her.
Morgan tells everyone he's no longer going to Alexandria. He says that Martha became the person she was because nobody helped her when she needed it and that more people need help.
The group arrives at Clayton's supply factory and Morgan says they should follow his path and help others. Alicia says it can't just be about boxes, they need to build something like Madison would want. Strand, however, questions where they will find people. Althea suggests they can start with the people she interviewed.
Shortly after, Strand and the group mobilizes a convoy of vehicles outside the factory. They load up on ammo and head out. Morgan gets on his walkie and broadcasts that they are coming to help anyone who might be in need.
Four months after using the denim factory as a headquarters to distribute the supply boxes, Strand and the group have had poor luck in finding or recruiting other survivors, with many of the people interviewed on Althea's tapes dead or missing.
On the road, Strand and Charlie ride in Al's armored truck side by side with Sarah and Wendell's truck towards the factory following Althea's distress call asking him to find a man with a second plane using a tape labeled "Skidmark".
At the factory, Strand and the others discover Logan and his crew has taken over the place and are forced to leave at gunpoint. That night, Sarah and Wendell drink outside the factory and lament their failure. Charlie says she can find a way in and Strand vows to get the mill back. He wishes he was on the plane but vows to get on the next one and reunite with the rest of the group.
A while later, Strand watches one of Al's tapes and discovers the man with the second plane is Daniel. He pauses the frame and stares in disbelief at his old acquaintance.
Inside Althea's truck, Strand makes a tape where he tells the others that if they're watching it then he didn't make it. He grabs a few supplies and a beer before heading down a road onto El Paso.
Sometime later, he arrives at the entrance of some compound with rebar sticking out of the road. An orange cat greets him before a walker impales itself on the rebar. Suddenly, a gun cocks and Victor puts his hands up, asking Daniel to act calm and reasonably. Daniel orders him to turn around slowly. He tells him that his cat, Skidmark, likes him. Daniel then shoots a walker behind Strand before inviting him inside.
Daniel guides Strand through a warehouse full of cars and trucks, demanding he not touch anything and saying he inherited this place. Strand asks if he could borrow his plane to find his friends. Daniel asks if it's for Madison and Strand breaks the news about her and Nick to Daniel's visible sorrow. However, Daniel doesn't believe him and claims Strand just wants the plane for himself because he is always self-serving. He reminds Strand that he once shot him in the face and left him for dead on a dam which he rigged with explosives. Strand desperately explains people can change and gets Daniel to help him better tune the radio.
That night, Strand makes contract with Luciana and informs her that the man with the plane is going to help them, but the radio feed cuts out. Daniel believes that the others need help and tells Strand to follow him. However, Strand is escorted off of his property. Daniel is confident the group will survive just fine and that Strand's interference will only make the situation worse for them based on their past history with each other. Daniel fires a couple of shots into the air, insisting Strand to leave now. "If you come back, the next one will be in your face," he tells him. Strand leaves furiously and smashes the head of some walker with a rock before heading off into the moonlight.
At night, Strand sends Charlie to check out Daniel's plane. She finds it and radios him, Sarah, and Wendell so Strand instructs her to open the gate. However, Skidmark finds Charlie and meows at her, causing Daniel to investigate. Charlie hides in Daniel's new car but Skidmark follows her as he approaches and loads up the truck with guns. Strand wants Charlie to run but she insists on staying as Daniel leaves in the truck.
The next day, Strand and Sarah are loading up the plane at Salazar's compound. He realizes some of the gages from the cockpit are missing and then sees a note that says "I already said no! Channel 8". Strand turns his walkie to the channel and radios Daniel, who assures him he's far from the warehouse, but when he gets back he'll kill him. Sarah radios Daniel next and he advises her to stay away from Strand. He then tells Charlie to show herself, which she does. "I am going to save her from you," Daniel tells Strand. He tries to plan his next moves and Sarah suggests they search the warehouse for the plane parts.
Later, Strand radios Daniel and begs him to bring the instruments back and he says he will, but they’re bringing a herd of walkers with them. He gives him instructions about returning but Sarah says she broke their fence down to free the plane. A while later, Charlie returns to the warehouse and gives Strand the plane instruments. Suspicious, Strand radios Daniel to ask if he's putting him in danger. Daniel tells him he wants to get back at him for lying to him about Ofelia, confusing the others. Strand explains how he lied about Ofelia's whereabouts and prevented him from saying goodbye before she died. Charlie says that despite their past, they need to save Daniel.
On the road, Sarah and Wendell arrive in Al's van to help Daniel, but the machine gun lever doesn't shoot, so Daniel hides underneath. Strand and Charlie then arrive in a truck with the plane in the back. Strand leads the walkers towards him, turns on the propellers, and watches as the walkers kill themselves until the plane engines stop. Strand confronts Daniel, who tells him he won't shoot him after all.
At the warehouse, Strand looks at Daniel and nods at him in appreciation as he leaves. Afterward, he radios Luciana to tell her about the broken plane.
Strand, Charlie, and Sarah work to relay instructions to the group via radio on rebuilding the crashed plane by examining Daniel's wrecked plane. However, due to the threat of a second power plant meltdown, Morgan and the others are forced to give up the truck stop's generator, leaving them without the ability to communicate with the others.
Strand and the others are left with a plane with working propellers but no working engine while Morgan and the others have working engines but no propellers. Staring at an old advertisement for Jim Brauer's brewery, Strand notes that at least Jim had the advantage of self-sacrifice, causing Sarah to sharply rebuke him for his disrespect towards Jim's sacrifice. Charlie stares at the advertisement and asks Sarah if she and Wendell had gotten everything from the brewery. After Sarah states they took all of the bottles, Charlie draws their attention to something on the advertisement.
Later, Strand contacts the others to reveal that he and Charlie are coming with the propellers using Jim's beer-themed hot air balloon while Sarah and Wendell clear a runway for their return. However, the balloon runs out of fuel and crashes in a field in the radioactive zone caused by the power plant meltdown. Morgan warns the two against killing any walkers as they could become contaminated themselves. As Strand and Charlie assess their situation, a herd appears with at least two radioactive walkers, worrying them due to Morgan's warning.
Strand and Charlie stave off walkers at the crash site. He finally frees the propeller as Charlie uses the balloon as a walker barricade. He then tells Charlie they'll have to wait until help arrives. A while later, Strand reveals to Charlie he could have been on the first plane and promises he won't hesitate again. Suddenly, Morgan pulls up in a truck wearing a hazmat suit. He kills the walkers and reunites with them.
Strand then listens as Morgan radios Grace to convince her to come with them to no avail. However, Morgan tells Strand and Charlie to get the truck and he'll meet them at the truck stop later.
At night, Strand and Charlie arrive at the truck stop and update Luciana on the situation. They then finish repairing the plane with the propellers. A while later, Annie and the kids arrive. Luciana introduces them to Strand and Annie tells him Alicia's still out there in the woods, worrying him.
In a flashback, Strand and the group takes turns on the radio trying to reach out to strangers who might need help, to no avail. In the present, he and the group wait on the airfield for the rest to arrive.
Strand then witness the nuclear plant explosion in awe, making him and the group proceed to get the plane ready to leave. When Alicia gets inside the cabin, Strand tells her that Madison would be proud of them. After everyone makes it on the plane safely, he and Al steer through the wall of smoke from the reactor filling the runway and make it into the open air. That night, the plane roars toward the dark runway as Wendell fixes the lights at the last second, allowing the plane to finally land.
Strand approaches Daniel as he admits he was wrong. "We all are sometimes," Strand says happily. Suddenly, a woman contacts Morgan on the radio, asking if that was his plane flying overhead. She's seen his boxes and wants his help. The communication cuts out as Logan interrupts the signal and says they need to chat. He pulls up in an old truck as everyone focuses their guns on him.
Logan tells Strand and the group the gasoline is going bad and that Clayton wrote down an oil rig location. He says if they hand over his journal he'll help them find it. They're skeptical, but he makes the case they won't be able to help anyone without it and suggests they should find it first before his former crew.
Sometime later, Strand and the group formed a convoy to travel throughout Texas to help others and invite them to join their community, while establishing additional outposts to recruit the survivors reaching out to them over the radio.
In an interview by Althea, Strand explains that their mission is a test the universe has planned for them to prove their strength as survivors. He is also revealed to be part of the lead vehicle on supply missions, alongside Alicia and Luciana. They map out the roads for the group.
Strand then accompanies Alicia and June search supplies from the pharmacy that Tess said her husband was at. They don't find him so they split up to look. Suddenly, he saves Alicia from a walker. They then discover that the walker is Tess' husband.
Strand, Alicia, and June arrive at the house with the inhaler as Morgan is stepping on a landmine with the group looking on. He watches as Morgan radios Tess to get outside and get the medicine to no avail. Morgan promises the group they will have dinner together, when Tess finally emerges from her house and admits her husband isn't coming back. She hands him a clothespin to use as Morgan tells Strand and the others to back up. He successfully takes his foot off of the mine and once out of range, it explodes. Morgan returns to give Tess and her son the inhaler. Strand and the group then confess they are proud that the woman stepped out for the first time in two years to help them and they were there to help her.
That night, Strand and the caravan dine together. Al then asks the group what each want, with Strand wanting to make the most of his second chance. The tape concludes with everyone pleading with future survivors to help others.
Strand accompanies Alicia on her mission to find the person painting the trees. As a walker appears and she hesitates killing it, Strand saves her at the last second. Alicia apologizes but he tells her he should have been closer. She looks back at the tree's message and asks Strand, "You ever get the feeling the universe is trying to tell you something?". Alicia claims the message gives her hope.
Suddenly, Wes radios them and asks for help, saying he has seen the tapes. They quickly locate him and load his motorcycle on their truck. Wes explains he had encountered a hostile group and Strand quickly deduces it's Logan. Wes tells them he needs to get back to his brother and they decide to help him.
On the road, Wes tells Alicia she's probably wasting her time searching for the painted trees. She says she wants to meet the person responsible, but Wes is dubious. As walkers eat a dead bull, Strand and Alicia drop Wes off at the police station he's residing at and promise to load him up on gas. Suddenly, gunshots ring out from inside and an injured man sprints out, steals their truck, and drives away. Wes shoots at him and quickly runs out of ammo, which attracts nearby walkers.
They grab weapons from the police car and quickly realize they only shoot rubber bullets. Strand accidentally shoots tear gas at a walker, forcing everyone to flee inside. Alicia pours water on Strand's eyes and gives him a wet towel when his eyesight doesn't improve. He then proceeds to rest as Alicia tells him she wants to maintain her no kill rule for now and goes to confront Wes.
After a while, the group plan to find the man and escape the station. When Alicia finally gets the keys to a cruiser, a walker walks through the glass on the front door. Alicia nearly kills it with a police baton but Strand kills it with her pipe. Wes then kills the rest and the group leaves. Later, they find the truck crashed into a fence and the man walking down the road, presumably reanimated.
Strand and Alicia follow Wes as he approaches the man, who is revealed to still be alive and attacks him. Strand runs and watches as Wes kills him and retrieves his manuscript. Alicia questions his decision to kill over a book. He tells her "people are people" and the man should keep the manuscript. "He died for it. He can keep it", Wes says sarcastically before walking away.
A while later, Strand says to Alicia he's sorry Madison wasn't the person who was painting the trees as she had hoped. He then watches as she paints a bird on a tree and writes "No one's gone until they're gone," in honor of mother's last words and as a signal of moving on.
Strand watches as Alicia finishes painting on another tree. He then informs her that she left the radio on and they're almost out of gas. She says that Wes might hear it, but Strand doesn't think Wes is worth it due to his "people are people" philosophy. Suddenly, Janis radios asking for help. Alicia calls John and June and tells them that someone might need help, but they're on the way to the oil fields to deal with Logan. Alicia decides they will help Janis and they set off.
On the road, the car runs out of gas and they're forced to run. Janis who refuses to say her name, says there are too many walkers to fight off. Alicia tells her to stay safe, and she sends a message to Morgan and Al before taking off on foot. The next morning, Strand and Alicia arrive at the station and reunite with Wes and Janis. Strand is surprised that Wes has changed his view on people after their encounter. Janis then warns them they have to leave before the people she ran away from find her. Alicia assures her she's safe with them now.
Strand and the rest of the caravan keep traveling in search of a permanent home. At night, Strand and the group camp as Dwight kills a walker from one of the original western towns and John suggests that could be the settlement they've been searching for. Suddenly, Charlie calls out for June to run over and help Grace, who has passed out. Later on, Morgan decides the group should leave in the morning.
The next day, the convoy stops their truck because they realize its too heavy to make it across a bridge. The wires start to snap so Morgan instructs everyone to cross the bridge without the cars. Suddenly, Virginia drives up and offers to help, explaining she's been following them and can't believe they used extra resources to help Grace. However, no one listens to Virginia and she orders her people to shoot their guns in the air so a nearby herd finds them. She reminds them to give her a holler and drives away.
Strand, Morgan, and Althea handle the walkers as everyone works hastily to move the resources across the bridge while. When more arrive, Morgan is forced to move everyone across. Tom trips while recording as the truck falls through the bridge. He laughs at his good fortune until the bridge under him collapses too. Later, Al edits the footage until the batteries die. On the side of the road, Morgan tells the group they should continue and Janis says it's what Tom would have wanted. They ditch their trucks and make the journey on foot.
Sometime later, the group finds a billboard for the Gulch. Later on, they arrive at the gulch but see that it is completely overrun with walkers. The group debates their next move. Strand calls upon Al to do something but she doesn't want to let Virginia look good so she shuts down the cameras. When they are out of options, Morgan decides to call Virginia but Dwight decides to leave the group and travel on his own. As he leaves, Morgan apologizes to Janis and then radios Virginia for help.
Strand and the rest of the caravan survivors rest along the outskirts of Humbug's Gulch as Morgan contacts with Virginia for help. After a while, Dwight arrives with some horses and explains if they're alive then there must be water nearby. They argue over whether to stay or not and eventually decide to stay, where they'll deal with the walkers and Virginia. Strand and a group break open the fence and use the horses to lead the massive herd to ambush Virginia and take their supplies while the rest moves into the gulch.
On the road, Strand and Daniel leave to find water while the rest continue to lead the walkers down the road. In the woods, Strand tells Daniel they should consider joining Virginia, but Daniel reminds him she's not giving them a choice and that's all they need to know. Suddenly, they spot Luciana among Virginia's people so Daniel radios the group to abandon the plan while Strand goes to talk to Virginia.
That night, the group gets separated and driven away. Strand promises Alicia they can do more damage to the pioneers from the inside. He is then thrown into a car and taken away.
Strand and Alicia are tasked with cleaning out the town's latrines. Right after they light the barrels of waste on fire, a couple of rangers drive up in Althea's MRAP. One of them, Marcus, demands that they move the barrels, as the wind is blowing the smell to the cafeteria. The pair refuse, prompting Marcus to threaten them. Despite this, Strand remains unintimidated, and even throws his waste bucket at Marcus' feet, provoking the ranger into holding him at gunpoint. A young girl from behind the fence yells at Marcus to leave Strand and Alicia alone. The ranger complies, but after Hill arrives to inquire, Strand and Alicia are taken into custody so Virginia can judge them. As they're being escorted through Lawton, Alicia spots the girl from earlier and thanks her for saving them, but the latter tells her to think nothing of it, and introduces herself as Dakota before departing. The pair are brought before Virginia, who is receiving a haircut from Daniel. They try to greet their friend, but to their shock, he doesn't recognize them. Virginia explains that Daniel was hellbent on getting Skidmark back, and lost his memory in the resulting altercation. Virginia then reprimands Strand for assaulting a ranger, and decrees that they will be assigned to a job that better suits their talents, pulling Alicia's sharpened gun mount out of the drawer. She hands it over to Hill, and warns Victor to not squander another opportunity, before leaving. Alicia asks Strand what Virginia meant by that, but he claims to not know. Strand then tries to communicate with Daniel in Spanish to get him to drop the act, but his comrade still doesn't recognize him, but offers him a religious medallion to help him bare his burden, since Daniel senses that Strand lost someone.
On the road, Alicia asks if Strand really believes Daniel doesn't remember anything, but Victor notes that Daniel never flinched before, not even when shot by the former in the face. He looks around the S.W.A.T van and bitterly muses how he gave it to Virginia, but Alicia is certain she would have gotten it sooner or later. Upon their arrival to the sugar plant, Hill tells them to get out, as the two grow concerned over the sound of walkers. Alicia asks Hill what's behind the door besides the dead, but he nonchalantly tells her they will find out when they clear it. Strand presses for more info, but Hill simply tells them that whatever is behind the door is the key to the future Virginia is trying to build and, if they survive, they will get to be a part of that future. One of the workers tries to make a run for it past them, but is quickly gunned down by a ranger. When Hill hands Alicia her weapon. She protests that they need more efficient weapons to clear that many walkers, so Hill says he will send a truck with supplies. Strand wonders why they can't just use the MRAP to clear the plant, but Hill says that would destroy what Virginia wants to obtain. He then leaves them to their mission. Alicia notes that the Pioneers don't trust them, but Strand points out it's with good reason. As Strand and Alicia inspect the gate, they are reunited with Charlie, who reveals that she's being punished for trying to run away. They are also joined by Janis. When asked who's in charge, Janis replies that the rangers are, but they keep their distance after what happened to the night team. She also reveals that there are 9 rangers guarding them. Strand then inquires about the trustworthiness of the other prisoners, before putting forth his plan: killing the rangers and escaping.
While cleaning the floor, Sanjay explains to Strand that one of the molasses tanks burst, and that the walkers are covered in it, so when they grab you, it's nearly impossible to break free. He also reveals that this is how the night team died. When questioned about how he made it out, Sanjay says that he stayed back, although he admits he could have done more to help. Sanjay also expresses his admiration of Strand for standing up to Marcus. Strand and Alicia are then summoned by two rangers to pick up their delivery. The promised supply truck is loaded with spears. Alicia doesn't believe their plan will work. Strand protests that they outnumber the rangers three to one, but Alicia points out the rangers have guns. Despite this, Strand is adamant that this is their only move, but Alicia senses that Strand is doing this for some other reason. Strand asserts that they've been listening to other people for long enough, and that it's time they start making the calls themselves. Just then, Charlie discovers Dakota hiding in the back of the truck. She pleads with them not to alert her to the rangers, as she heard their conversation, and knows what Virginia will do if they try to kill them. When asked how she knows this, she reveals that she is Virginia's sister.
Continuing their conversation in a tent, Dakota explains that others have tried to escape before, and that Virginia will either hunt them down or, if she can't find them, kill the people they love. Strand realizes that Virginia is going to come looking for her sister, and Dakota acknowledges this, but claims that she wanted to get away from her sister and find people that could help her do that. She picked them since she saw the tapes they left. Strand asks how they're supposed to help her escape if they can't. Dakota claims that there is a weapon in the warehouse they're supposed to clear, and Virginia wants to use it against someone she's been trying to kill. Dakota doesn't know anything more about the weapon, but believes that they can use it against Virginia if they recover it. Strand asks why they should believe her, to which Dakota replies that she hears everything that goes on in Virginia's house since she lives with her. As an example, she cites the deal Strand made with Virginia. Puzzled, Alicia asks Strand about this deal, before angrily storming off. He rushes after her, and explains that he gave her the S.W.A.T van so Ginny wouldn't separate them. Alicia protests that she can take care of herself, but Strand admits that he did it for himself, since he needs her to survive "the way it should be done". When asked to elaborate, he recounts how Daniel told him to remember who he was, and that being with her helps him do that. Alicia smiles at that, but goes on to state that they shouldn't go through with their plan, dubbing it too risky, and thinks they should get the weapon instead. Strand thinks that could get them killed, but Alicia points out his way could as well. She reminds him of what he said about making their own decisions, and thinks they should make this one. Strand reluctantly accepts her plan.
They construct a makeshift corridor to corral the walkers. After Janis reassures him the structure is sound, he asks Sanjay if he is sure he is ready, but Sanjay claims he wants to escape as much as they do. Before they start, Strand asks Alicia if she is having second thoughts, but she is certain the plan will work. With that, they get into position, as Sanjay raises the door and the walkers come pouring out. At the end of the corridor, the workers quickly dispatch the approaching walkers and drag them away. As the walkers begin to pile up, however, the structure begins to give way. Strand orders Sanjay to close the door, but the latter is nowhere to be found. Strand instructs Charlie to close the corridor gate instead, while Janis and some others rush to reinforce the corridor wall. In the commotion, Charlie is grabbed by the walkers and pulled in. Although the other are able to kill most of the walkers attacking her, Charlie is unable to free herself due to the molasses. Just as a walker is about to bite her, Dakota saves Charlie in the nick of time by killing it. The workers are able to close the gate, and Charlie thanks Dakota for saving her. Just then, two rangers arrive and discover Dakota. They alert Hill to her location, and order the workers to drop their weapons. Strand and the others comply after some hesitation. As the rangers try to apprehend Dakota, Janis yells that the barricade they're holding up is about to break. Alicia quietly tells Strand they need to finish this, and he agrees, ordering the others to pick up their weapons and Janis and her group to let go of the barricade. The walkers come tumbling out, as the rangers radio their collogues to prepare for evacuation. Strand jokingly asks Alicia to reaffirm that this is better than "cleaning up shit", but she replies to ask her again when it's all over.
As the rangers attempt to contain the breach, Strand and the others open the gate once more and start killing the walkers, using the pellets as makeshift shields. The rangers try to drag Dakota away, but she wriggles out of their grasp and escapes. While trying to apprehend her, the rangers are grabbed and devoured by the walkers. Alicia signals Strand that there are too many walkers, and that they need guns. Strand yells that he thinks he can get them, before running with Dakota to the a nearby RV. They find Sanjay cowering inside, too afraid to face the walkers. Strand tries to distract the herd by honking the horn, but the walkers ignore it. Sanjay says that isn't going to work, as walkers choose fresh meat over anything else. Strand orders Sanjay to hand him the knife and follow him. Outside, Strand regrets his decisions, and tells Sanjay that they should have just killed the rangers like he planned. When asked why he didn't, Stand dubs it a good question, before pinning Sanjay and stabbing him in the leg while covering his mouth. He tells the panicked Sanjay that this is his chance to stand up to them like he wanted, before shoving him towards the walkers and onto the floor. Both Strand's and Sanjay's yells get the walkers' attention, as they creep their way towards the helpless Sanjay writhing in pain. The distraction allows Alicia and Janis to grab the deceased ranger's guns and mow down the rest of the walkers, as Strand watches Sanjay get devoured. After it's done, Alicia notices Sanjay dead, and Strand claims he sacrificed himself for them. The group then hears Virginia radio one of the rangers, and note that they don't have much time. Strand thinks they have enough, and invites the others to come retrieve what they came for.
Inside, however, they find no trace of the promised weapon. They grill Dakota over this, despite her insistence that she wasn't lying. As they hear Virginia arrive, Alicia cautions Strand that they can't fight her off, which he agrees with, telling the others it's over. They meet Virginia and her escort outside. After the sisters are reunited, Strand tells Ginny that the others were acting on his behest, so she should only punish him. Virginia questions why she would do that, since he accomplished his mission and cleared the sugar plant. When Strand points out there was nothing in the plant, Ginny explains that what she wanted wasn't in the plant after all, but was him all along, i.e. a true leader. She congratulates him and the others on a job well done, and exemplifies this as how they survive. She also tells Strand that he just formed them an army. When asked what the army is for, she says that she will reveal it in time. Strand asks how she expects the workers to follow her, since she isn't very popular among them, but Ginny says that is his job, and hands him a key that authorizes him to use his soldiers however he sees fit, but that they need to be ready for when she calls upon them.
After they return to Lawton, Alicia walks Charlie to the truck, but is surprised Janis isn't coming, as Strand has her staying in Lawton. Strand soon comes to see them off. Alicia notices he's wearing a key to the city, and asks if his newfound privileges afford him the right to determine where they go next. He confirms this, and reveals that he's reassigned her to somewhere far away from him. He recounts how they almost died today, and how Sanjay did die. Strand does not believe this had to happen, but claims that it did because he hesitated and didn't trust his instincts. Despite Alicia's protests, Strand reiterates that she makes him remember the person that he is, and in order to do what needs to be done, he needs to forget that person. He also tells Alicia that he doesn't want to drag her down with him, as while he might have to forget who he is, she doesn't. He urges her to never forget, as he hands her the medallion Daniel gave him earlier. With that, they part ways. Wiping the tears from his face, Strand catches Cameron preparing to take Daniel back to Paradise Ridge. He muses how he felt sorry for Daniel because he couldn't remember, but now he envies him.
Strand drives up and greets John with a hug. Happy to see his friend, John notices Strand's golden key. He then asks the reason for Strand's visit, to which he replies that he is going to an inter-settlement council meeting. John informs him of Cameron's death, and also that he doubts that it was an accident. Strand asks if there is anything he can do, but John says that he doesn't need his help for now, but will notify him if that changes.
In the morning, John takes Strand to Cameron's grave to show him his findings. Regrettably, Cameron's throat was chewed up by the walkers while they were attacking John, destroying the evidence. John, however, also shows the shard he found in Cameron's hand, which he believes is a broken off piece from a knife handle. John asserts that Janis couldn't have gotten a knife from the armory without them knowing about it. He then asks Strand if he has access to the armory.
In the aforementioned armory, John searches the drawers, and finds a knife missing. He lists through the weapons catalogue and discovers the missing knife that matches his description of the murder weapon, but when he checks the log for the person that took the knife, he finds the page torn out. Strand doesn't find any of this surprising, and cautions John that someone doesn't want him to find anything, but the latter remains undeterred. John wishes to search for the knife, believing that if he finds it, Virginia will have no choice but to commute Janis' sentence. Strand advises John to take some time off to think about his course of action, warning him that he won't be able to go back if he persists in his investigation.
After Janis' execution, John marches down the street with a pistol in his hand, but is intercepted by Strand and Jacob. When he realizes Strand was the one who pushed the execution ahead of schedule, John pistol whips him. A fight ensues between the two men. When John gets the upper hand, he accuses Strand of killing Janis. Strand defends his actions by pointing out Janis was dead anyway, but John didn't have to die with her. John asserts that he could have gotten Janis out, but Strand is certain Ginny would have hunted them both down. John backs off, but furiously proclaims how Janis was right about Lawton, as it does destroy everything.
Strand, with several rangers as escorts, travels with Dakota to a safehouse. Dakota asks him when he will make a move against Virginia, though Strand denies knowing what she means. When the convoy is stopped by a horse with no ranger, Strand steps out of the car and takes Samuels with him to scout ahead to check for a herd. While ahead, they find a cut tree blocking the road, attempting to radio back to the convoy. When he receives no response, he spots multiple lone horses riding up from behind, realizing the convoy has been attacked. In a hurry, Strand and Samuels return to the convoy to find the rangers dead and Dakota missing.
Strand attempts to make contact with Alicia and Charlie over walkie-talkie. After insisting it is an emergency, Alicia answers, with Strand asking to meet in person. The two meet Strand and Samuels by the road. Strand explains that Dakota has gone missing. Alicia taunts Strand in response, telling him he's "screwed" for losing Virginia's sister. Alicia and Charlie reluctantly take the mission.
Later, Strand arrives at Ed's house, seeing how it was overrun. He approaches the entrance and is happy to see Alicia and Charlie with Dakota. Strand tells Alicia he will take Dakota back to Lawton, but is stopped when Morgan reveals himself and rejects his plan. When Strand tries to take Dakota, Alicia and Morgan aim their weapons at him. Strand withdraws a pistol and holds them at gunpoint. Morgan tells Strand they, "will do what they have to". Strand backs off as they leave with Dakota.
Returning to Lawton, Strand is found by Virginia and asked where Dakota is. Strand tells her Dakota is with Morgan. Virginia angrily pulls Strand close, asking him which side he is on, to which he replies "yours". Virginia lets go of Strand and brings him into a small, guarded building. She reminds him that he has to be ready for the "big show" and brings him into a hidden room, where he is surprised to find a pregnant Grace being held.
Strand is standing by the Lawton town jail where Virginia has Daniel, Grace, Sarah, Luciana, June, and Wes rounded up by the rangers and held in the cell as bargaining chips for Virginia as she attempts to get her sister back.
Strand rounds up Luciana, Sarah, Daniel and Grace. A ranger forces June to kneel with the group. Virginia aims her gun at their heads and demands to know where Morgan is. When no one answers, she radios Morgan and threatens to kill Grace. Morgan shows up on horseback and reveals to the rangers that Dakota killed Cameron and that Virginia covered it up. Strand backs up Morgan and says that the rangers will die like Cameron if they follow Virginia. Virginia whips out her gun. Strand shoots her in the shoulder, triggering a gun battle. Hill escapes with Daniel and Grace as hostages. Morgan orders Virginia to call Hill back but Virginia refuses. Strand tells Morgan to hand Virginia over, but Morgan and Virginia get into a van and drive off together.
Strand arrives with his rangers at Morgan's community. Strand tells Al that the rangers want custody of Virginia. Sherry and her group arrive in the SWAT truck. Al radios Morgan that everyone outside wants to get their hands on Virginia. Morgan says Grace and Daniel will die if they turn Virginia over. Strand vows to take her by force. Virginia offers to release Daniel and Grace and surrender to the rangers, on the condition that Dakota gets to live in Morgan's community.
It is decided that Virginia would be executed in front of the three communities as a means of ending her reign of brutality on everyone. However, Morgan has a change of heart and brings Virginia back into the dam community, much to the anger of Strand, Sherry, and their followers. Alicia implores Strand to join the community. Strand refuses and says they need to protect themselves from the enemy that Virginia was concerned about. Alicia wonders if the threat is even real. Strand offers to show her.
Strand and Sarah arrive on horseback and reveal empty spray paint canisters that they found in the area. Strand worries that the people who destroyed Tank Town are still on the loose. Morgan proposes they work together to track down the enemy. Strand and Sherry's groups hand their weapons to Daniel at the weapons depot. In a voiceover, Daniel explains that each weapon was logged and locked away, and that only he and Morgan had keys. Strand brings Skidmark to Daniel and says they found him in Lawton.
Walkers begin showing up outside Valley Town's walls, drawn by the sound of the explosion. Strand and Sherry demand their guns back, but Daniel insists they wait until Morgan returns with the SWAT truck and other guns. Walkers infiltrate Valley Town. Strand guns them down. Daniel admits he let some walkers inside to force the weapons thief to use one of the guns. He accuses Strand of stealing all the weapons.
Daniel locks Strand in a cell and demands to know where the other weapons are. Strand admits he secretly kept a gun but insists he didn't take the other weapons. Daniel doesn't believe him. He threatens Strand. Walkers reach the inner gate. Everyone argues over a course of action and begins to turn on each other. Daniel guesses Strand had an accomplice. Daniel threatens to torture Strand if he doesn't reveal where the weapons are. Strand insists he doesn't know. They hear gunfire outside. From his cell, Strand asks Daniel why he is so intent on protecting Valley Town.
Daniel tells his interrogator that he wanted to make Valley Town the kind of home that he had wanted for Ofelia in Los Angeles. Strand's group and Sherry's group start to leave Valley Town. Dakota runs up and says she recalls Virginia saying that the enemy went underground. She describes the last location that Virginia sent scouts to look for the enemy. Lucy volunteers to scout the area with Wes, Alicia and Al. Daniel decides to leave Valley Town, worried about the harm he will bring to others. Strand invites Daniel to join him in Lawton. Morgan doubts him and asks if Strand really plans to keep Daniel safe after he put a gun to his face. Strand thinks Daniel is safer with him than with Morgan. Daniel hugs Charlie good-bye and rides off with Strand.
In Grace's dream, Strand is in Valley Town getting a haircut by Daniel Salazar, his close friend.
Cole is revealed to still be alive and he and Alicia mention Strand several times, although Cole now appears to be bitter towards him.
After Teddy reveals his plan to launch a nuclear missile from the USS Pennsylvania to destroy everything, Alicia snatches his radio at gunpoint and attempts to make contact with her friends. Alicia manages to reach Strand and with the cultists closing in, asks if she can trust him which he confirms. Alicia informs Strand that he needs to get to Morgan as she now knows where the keys are and what they're for. Alicia instructs Strand to find a beached submarine near Galveston, Texas before Riley snatches the radio from her. However, Dakota is unconcerned, figuring that Strand will simply try to get as far away as possible rather than pass on Alicia's warning.
Strand is among the residents to evacuate Valley Town and drive down to Galveston, Texas in an attempt to stop the impending missile launch. He is among the group of survivors to arrive on a hillside overseeing the beached submarine. Strand joins with the group to head down to the submarine to stop Teddy and the cult, As the group debate on what to do, Morgan prepares to go in and instructs them to kill anything that slips by him. June is against the idea of Morgan going inside alone, but he asserts that no one else needs to get hurt. Strand asks if this is about the note Morgan read, revealing that he picked it up after Morgan dropped it. He assures Morgan that he doesn't owe anyone just because Dakota saved his life, but Morgan claims it isn't about that. He says that he was halfway dead once, so he knows how to slip by the walkers.
Strand adamantly says that they will still back him up, as Alicia asked him to take care of the situation, so that's what he's going to do. John Sr. also says that he's coming, since he gave up his family to bring Teddy to justice, so he isn't about to let him succeed now. After the rest of the group enters the room, John Sr. locks the door behind them, as they wouldn't want Teddy's followers to surprise them. A few walkers follow the tapping, while the group decides to investigate as well. They come across more dead and undead crewmembers. Morgan reaches the hatch to the next room and opens it. Before he can close it behind him, Strand grabs the door, and tells Morgan the situation isn't on him. With walkers approaching, Morgan reluctantly lets Strand inside and closes the door.
Morgan then chastises Strand for coming after him, since he doesn't want anybody else to die. Strand retorts that no one has to, but Morgan exclaims that they might. Strand remembers Dakota's note said Morgan had "things left to do", and wonders if Morgan thinks this is what she meant. Morgan despairs that he'd been leading his people from one dead end to another, all the while promising them that things would get better, so he wants to make sure of it this time. Strand points out that Dakota is a sociopath, and that she wanted Morgan to kill her mother, not this. Morgan acknowledges this, but maintains that he has to be sure. Strand assures Morgan that people follow him because they want to, not because he owes them something. Morgan says that he doesn't know why Strand is still here, to which the latter recounts how Alicia asked him a difficult question at the lodge; if he was doing this for everyone or for himself. Strand concluded that he's doing it for everyone, and he needs Alicia to know that. Morgan accepts this answer, and supposes they better stop Teddy so Strand himself could tell this to Alicia.
At that point, the men notice the dosimeter clicking away, and observe the radiation steeply rising. It isn't long before they are approached by one of Teddy's undead followers that clearly died due to radiation poisoning. Strand prepares to kill it, but Morgan stops him from touching the irradiated walker. They manage to kill the walker with a knife wrapped in a rag. Morgan then scans the next hatch with his dosimeter, and sees the radiation levels in the next room are several times over the limit Grace gave him. They hear the diesel generators turning on. Morgan contacts Grace and tells her about the radiation levels in the next room, and she confirms that levels like that would kill him. Morgan asks how long he will have, to which Grace replies that it would be days. Morgan supposes that might be enough, and cuts the comms before Grace can inquire further. As walkers from the upper deck begin crashing down the hatch to the deck below them, Morgan prepares to go into the irradiated room, believing it to be the only way. Strand disagrees, as he notices that the radiation on the upper deck is a lot lower. Morgan doesn't believe they have enough time, but Strand urges him to listen to his own advice and "live". Morgan reluctantly agrees and follows Strand up the ladder.
On the upper deck, they find a bunch of walkers trapped behind a barricade, as well as an open hatch. Strand is pleased that he was right about there being another way. Suddenly the power comes back on, with Morgan noting that they must be getting closer to launch. Unfortunately, a large number of walkers come tumbling out of the open hatch, forcing the part to retreat to the bunks. While the crew quarters prove to be a dead end, Morgan discovers Riley's photo on one of the lockers, and realizes that this was how Teddy managed to commandeer the submarine. Morgan goes on to observe they have no way out. Strand is certain they'll find a way through, but Morgan points out they had one downstairs, and tells Strand that he'd proved whatever he had to prove. As the two argue, the barricade collapses, and another large group of walkers begins to converge on their location. Strand admits that Alicia's message wasn't meant for him but Morgan, and realizes now that the reason for this is because Morgan will do things Strand won't. Suddenly, Strand betrays Morgan and grabs his weapon and wrestles him to the ground, then breaks off the axe part. Strand tells Morgan that he will get his wish of no one else dying, then kicks him into the approaching herd of walkers. As Morgan wrestles with them, Strand scurries past them and through the hatch.
As Strand carefully approaches the control room, he is held at gunpoint by Dakota, who orders him to disarm. Strand observes Dakota is with Teddy now, and she confirms that he gave her something they never could. Strand implores her not to make the same mistake with him she made with John, but Dakota doesn't believe it was a mistake, and tells Strand that he won't change her mind, especially after what he just did. Strand acts puzzled, which prompts Dakota to open the comm system on the wall and make an announcement to the rest of Morgan's group, since she needs them to understand why they won't stop what's coming. Dakota says that she saved Morgan so that he could free her from her sister and give her a fresh start. And while June did the first part, the second part required something else. If she lived with them, Dakota says that she'd have to be a whole different person and fall into the ways of what Morgan wants, like all of them did. She, however, claims that Morgan's way doesn't work, as none of them even believe it. Strand asserts that isn't true, but Dakota asks if he really wants to be the person Morgan wants him to be. When Strand doesn't answer, Dakota supposes that he doesn't, and this is why he killed him.
The revelation horrifies Grace. Dakota goes on to say that it is because of people like him that the world needs to end. Strand implores the others not to listen to Dakota, while the latter laments how, right before she shot him, John told her it wasn't too late and that the world still had to have meaning. She morbidly notes that he was right, as she will make it mean something, just not the way he thought. Strand tries to appeal to Dakota once more, saying that Teddy is going to kill everyone. Dakota denies this, as she reveals that Alicia will be spared since she is a "beginning", while Strand and Dakota are "endings", so when things start again, it won't be with assholes like him. Just as Dakota is about to shoot Strand, Morgan suddenly attacks her, so the bullet only grazes Strand's arm. Morgan swiftly disarms Dakota and knocks her out. He recounts how Strand said this wasn't on him, but points out he gave them the key, and how he did it to save Grace and her baby. He exclaims that he can't let it be for nothing. He grabs the comms and lets Grace know he is alright, much to her relief, and then prepares to confront Teddy. Strand tries to talk to him, but Morgan cuts him off, and says that they will deal with what he did later, since he already cost them enough time. Morgan, however, hands him back the axe he broke off.
Morgan is trying to open the door with various keycards he took off dead officers where Strand left him. Strand supposes that his instincts were correct, since Morgan wouldn't have the cards if Strand hadn't left him, but Morgan angrily tells him to stop. Back in the control room, Teddy and Riley are ready to turn the keys and launch the missiles, while Morgan and Strand are down to their last keycard. Fortunately, it works, and they open the door just as Teddy and Riley turn their keys. Noticing the hatch is open, Riley yells for Teddy to pull the trigger, and the latter does just that. Morgan pins Teddy to the wall while Strand holds Riley at gunpoint, but the sub begins to shake violently as the launch has already commenced. Morgan orders Teddy to stop the launch, but Teddy claims that they can't, with Riley reiterating that it's inevitable.
Riley tries to grab the trigger, but is stopped by Strand. He tells Teddy that they only launched one missile, but the latter assures him it is enough to get them started. Strand asks how much time they have, to which Riley replies that it isn't enough. Strand then asks where the missile is going, to which Riley reveals that there are ten warheads on the missile, but refuses to divulge where they will land. Likewise, Teddy says the warheads will land everywhere, even the town Morgan had built. He goes on to say that he's been where Morgan is right now, and that a long time ago he was going to change everything. While a prison sentence put an end to that, Teddy didn't realize at the time that it didn't end anything. While Teddy understands this isn't what Morgan wanted, he advises him not to look at the launch as an ending, as the world will be a better place, only Morgan won't get to see it himself.
Morgan briefly considers killing him, but ultimately decides to let Teddy and Riley go. Strand says that it could have been worse, as they could have fired more missiles, but Morgan angrily blames him for their failure, saying if he'd gotten there sooner, they wouldn't have launched any missiles. Strand asserts that he did what he did to save lives, but Morgan thinks he did it for himself, so he could tell Alicia what a big hero he was. He then tells Strand to leave, and the latter obliges him, leaving Morgan to brood over his failures alone.
Strand is seen taking shelter in a building, where he notices walkers surrounding the building. Knowing that there is no way out and the explosion is imminent, Strand screams in horror and sadness at the fact that he may be doomed to die. Sitting down, Strand decides to accept his fate. However, he hears music coming from another room and goes to check, only to be confronted by a stranger, with the man asking about the bombs. Strand answers that soon, the bombs will hit and unless he has a safe place to hide underground, there is nothing more they could do. The stranger then lowers his gun and the two conversate. The two introduce themselves, with the stranger revealing his name as Howard, but Strand lies about his identity, telling him that his name is Morgan Jones.
Sometime later, the two look over the city and await their fates. Then, the bombs finally hit the Earth and sends a massive shockwave, which then, Strand and Howard brace themselves for the inevitable. But then, it shows that Strand and Howard are still alive and the building still intact, with the two slowly recovering from the shockwave. Strand then starts laughing due to the fact that he is alive. Strand finally reveals his true identity and how he was a conman and did whatever was necessary to survive and after all he did, he is still alive and claims this to be that Strand knows how to survive, while also mentioning that he was forced to change for better for people. Looking out, he sees this as a new opportunity to start anew and asks Howard what he thinks, but Howard remains silent, shocked at Strand's true identity.
After the events of the nuclear warheads, Strand becomes the new leader of the Tower, with Howard becoming Strand's right-hand man.
Upon being escorted to the top floor of the building, Will manages to break free from his captors and lock a gate to prevent them from coming after him. Finding himself in a room filled with antiques, he picks up a sword to defend himself when Strand appears from behind and holds 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.
Strand, Will, and a posse of rangers head out to find Alicia. Strand asks why Will hasn't returned to his settlement. Will says he was kicked out, but that he's been trying to find a way to make it up to his people. It starts to rain. Will tells everyone to put their masks back on, since rain pulls contaminants out of the air. Will takes the posse to his van, which is under a sheltered overpass. Will asks Strand why he left his safe tower to look for her. Strand says he never mentioned the medallion's owner was a woman, and realizes Will has been lying to him.
Stalkers attack the posse. Strand and Will hide in the van. Strand asks Will where Alicia is, but Will insists he doesn't know Alicia. Strand sees a business card for the Franklin Hotel, and guesses that's where Teddy took Alicia. Will finally admits that he knows Alicia. Strand says he wants to find Alicia to show her that she was wrong. He jumps out of the van and rides off on his horse.
Strand reaches the lighthouse. Inside he finds a map to the Franklin Hotel. Will corners Strand at the lighthouse. Strand says he wants to find Alicia to show her that his instincts can be right. Will observes that the tower residents fear Strand, and that he can't lead a community on his own. Strand tackles Will, but Will escapes and goes outside. He finds the lighthouse surrounded by walkers, and recognizes the walkers as residents of Alicia's bunker. Strand grabs an axe to kill the walkers. Will pours fuel into a generator to power the lighthouse beacon, providing light to fight the walkers.
Strand starts killing walkers. The generator loses power, leaving Strand to fight in the darkness. Will joins Strand and helps slaughter all the walkers. Strand says Alicia was not among the walkers. Strand and Will ride to the Franklin and find a pile of rubble. They enter the bunker, but it's long deserted. Will guesses the bunker was not destroyed by Stalkers, since the place has not been looted. He reads a note that Alicia left for him. "Padre," it says. Will tells Strand that "padre" represents the possibility of something better. He says he'd hoped he would find it first, so that Alicia would not have to. Strand realizes that Will loved Alicia and says that maybe Alicia will find her way to them.
Strand and Will bring the lighthouse beacon to the tower. A walker sees the beacon and heads toward it. Strand, Howard, and Will stand on the tower roof, where the beacon is shining. Walkers gather in the parking lot below, attracted to the light. Will predicts Alicia will follow the light and find them. Strand remarks that leaders fail when they are too attached to people.
Upon setting it up, Strand reveals it's to keep Alicia away, and Will says it will do the opposite, to which Strand disagrees and throws him off the building, claiming that Alicia will want nothing to do with him after this. Howard asks if he should send a ranger to photograph Will, but Strand says no one is looking for him. Howard says the light may draw Strand's old friends. Strand says they will have to get through the walkers.
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.
When Morgan arrives at the bunker searching for his friends, Strand contacts him on the radio, revealing that June and John are safely with him. He says Morgan failed as a leader and that he intends to build the kind of world that Morgan couldn't, which Morgan encourages him to. However, Morgan vows to kill Strand if he finds out that Strand is hurting his friends. Strand is unconcerned by his threats, telling him to "bring it".
Strand and Howard ambush Morgan, Sarah and Josiah when they arrive at a platform on the outskirts of Strand's tower. 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.
When Dwight and Sherry respond to a distress call, they are ambushed and held at gunpoint by Howard and his men. Howard tells them he was sent to look for them, before his group bags their heads and takes them to the Tower. At the Tower, Strand enjoys leisure time by hitting golf balls into the outside horde of walkers. Howard approaches him with Dwight and Sherry, presenting them as the "Dark Horses". Strand hysterically laughs in response. Taking the two through the Tower, he shows them a wall of polaroid images of corpses and walkers, meant to give closure to anyone looking for lost family. He tells them he has been retrieving members of the group, such as Dorie Sr, June, and Wendell, and offers them residency in the tower if they find a lost member of the tower, Mickey, saying she left looking for her husband. Initially denying the quest, Dwight and Sherry and forced out of the Tower.
Later, Dwight, Sherry, and Mickey return to the Larson family's cellar, finding them all dead. After separating, Dwight encounters Eli, and after overpowering him, finds polaroid images on him of the deceased Larson family, identical to the pictures on Strand's wall. Dwight attempts to question if Strand paid him to kill the Larsons before allowing him to be devoured by walkers. Later, when Sherry and Mickey are encircled by walkers, the two prepare to call Strand for assistance until Dwight arrives and tells them that Strand had the Larson family killed, perhaps to convince them that the only way to survive was to join him, and that he would rather die fighting than join Strand.
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. 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 and has Morgan leave the tower.
Victor will appear in this episode.
Victor will appear in this episode.
Victor will appear in this episode.
Victor will appear in this episode.
Victor will appear in this season.
This list shows the victims Victor has killed:
- Jake Powell (Indirectly Caused)
- Thomas Abigail (Before Reanimation)
- Jessica Diaz (Zombified)
- Ilene Stowe (Indirectly Caused)
- Tintos (Zombified)
- Galvan (Zombified)
- Ingrid (Alongside Alicia and Luciana)
- Ben (Zombified)
- Ben (Caused, alongside the rest of the Tumbleweed Sugar Producing Factory captives)
- Adrienne (Caused, alongside the rest of the Tumbleweed Sugar Producing Factory captives)
- Sanjay (Caused)
- Janis (Caused)
- Will (Alive)
- Kim Larson (Caused)
- Kevin Larson (Caused)
- Briga Larson (Caused, Alive)
- Howard (Caused)
- At least 20 unnamed congregation members (Zombified, Alongside fellow Madison's Group members)
- At least 6 unnamed choir boys (Zombified, Alongside fellow Madison's Group members)
- Many unnamed Rosarito Beach Hotel guests and employees (Zombified)
- Several unnamed Broke Jaw Ranch residents (Zombified)
- Several unnamed Black Hat Reservation residents (Zombified)
- Many unnamed Gonzalez Dam residents (Caused)
- Many unnamed Tower residents (Caused and Direct)
- At least 1 unnamed Vulture
- 7 unnamed Pioneers (3 Zombified, 4 alongside Pioneer defectors)
- 19 unnamed cultists (Zombified, 1 Alongside Morgan Jones)
- 2 unnamed USS Pennsylvania crewmembers (Zombified)
- 2 unnamed members of Alicia's group (Possibly, Caused or Direct)
- 4 unnamed Tower residents
- Numerous counts of zombies and possibly unnamed people
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|👁||Appears with no lines||✔||Appears in a flashback|
|✔||Appears as a walker||🖼||Appears in a photograph/video|
|✔||Appears as a corpse||✔||Appears in a hallucination/dream|
- Victor is the first major recurring primary antagonist in Fear the Walking Dead.
- The casting call for this character used the name Benjamin Booker.
- Strand was described as "40s to 50s. African American. A self-made man. Poor, blue-collar background but he's educated and polished himself. Sophisticated and smart with a mysterious past."
- The character's full name and background was revealed by showrunner Dave Erickson in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter in September 2015.
- He is the only main character in Season 1 who is not related to any of the other main characters.
- Strand is the second longest-living male survivor, with the third longest-living in total after Daniel and Alicia.
- Strand, Madison and Daniel are the only Season 1 characters confirmed alive.
- He is the first LGBT character in Fear the Walking Dead.
- Strand implies himself to be bisexual in "Los Muertos", when he remarks to Madison that he might have hit on her before the outbreak, had he found her under the same circumstances in which he met Thomas. However, it is unclear whether he was being serious or just joking with Madison.
- In an interview with Colman Domingo, he heavily implies Strand is pansexual.
- Unlike most of the main characters, Strand did not directly kill a living person for much of the show on or off-screen. His attempted killing of Daniel Salazar in "Things Bad Begun" is confirmed by Strand himself to be the first time that he even tried killing another living person.
- The jumpsuit that he wears throughout Season 5 belonged to someone named "Mitch" as seen on the nametag.
- In "Captive", it is revealed that Victor knows Spanish.
- Victor was held captive six times. The abductors of Victor are the members of California Army National Guard, members of Gonzalez Dam, members of El Bazar, temporarily by the members Morgan's group, members of the Pioneers and temporarily by Daniel Salazar.
- Victor's turn to villainy is likely inspired by Dave Erickson's original plan to have Madison become a villain.
|Language||Dubber||Other Characters Voiced|
Dwight (TV Series)
|Hungarian||Bognár Tamás||Tyreese Williams|
|Italian||Enrico Di Troia||Joe|
|Spanish (Latin America)||Salvador Reyes (1-"People Like Us"; "Channel 4"-Present)
Juan Carlos Tinoco ("The Code"-5A)
|Spanish (Spain)||Juan Carlos Gustems||N/A|
- http://spoilthedead.com/forum/showthread.php/18852-FTWD-Casting-Calls-Cody-Salvador-Marisa-Sandra-Benjamin-Eric-Cpl-Renalds - Spoil the Dead.com (May 6, 2015)
Dead Run Characters
|Clark Family||Madison • Alicia • Nicholas|
|Manawa Family||Travis • Christopher|
|Los Angeles||Biker • Mechanic|
|Paul R. Williams High School||Security Guard|
|Salazar Family||Daniel • Ofelia|
|National Guard Compound||Victor • Veteran • Soldier|
|Miscellaneous Characters||Officer • Cartel Member|
|Alive characters appear in green. Unknown characters appear in blue. Dead characters appear in red and italics. Undead characters appear in gray and italics.|