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FTWDTT 090 – The Portrait (S7E7)

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FTWDTT 090 - The Portrait (S7E7)

Talking Through The Portrait

For this episode 90 of Fear the Walking Dead Talk Through, Brian and LT talk through Season 7 Episode 7 of Fear the Walking Dead, titled The Portrait, which was written by Nick Bernardone directed by Heather Cappiello. We also discuss The World Beyond Season 2 Episode 9, Death and the Dead.

Strand shows his true nature but Morgan comes to crash his party with baby Mo in tow. Oh, and there was a Trebuchet, too.

Strand took his dictatorial transformation to new levels this episode but it gets tested by Morgan showing up with sick baby Mo. Then to add even more problems for the Tower the Strippers/Stalkers/whatever you want to call them, show up and lay siege to those inside with walker-laden atomic bombs being flung via Trebuchet. I mean seriously who the heck was on watch and let them be able to do that. This thing was huge so it’s not like it wasn’t going to be noticeable from the rooftops. So when the madness starts Strand unleashes his inner paranoia that leads to everyone around him being an enemy. There were times it seemed like Strand was going to let down his guard and his beef with Morgan but then, queue writers doing something completely out of character for Morgan, he tries to take out Strand. It didn’t make sense and there were a lot of questions as to why and how this was the direction that he took. But alas, it was the direction the show went. It wasn’t a bad episode and had some tense moments, insight into Strands psyche, and the cherry on top was Alicia finally showing up with her band of merry, well not so merry, men. Brian and LT had a lot to discuss about some of the inconsistencies with the story, how the Stalkers were even able to lay siege as they did, Morgan so out of character, and Strand as Dorian Gray. So there was some good and not so good.

World Beyond this season is starting to develop into a good show but why it took this long to get there is beyond us. Brian and LT discuss this at length and was a big part of this episode for this week. The Series finale is next so will they stick the landing and give us more of the answers we seek about the CRM? We will have to wait and see.

So enjoy as Brian and LT (Kyle was not able to join this week due to a family emergency) as they discuss the Season 7 Episode 7 of Fear The Walking Dead, The Portrait.


00:00:00 Intro
00:00:56 Before Episode Discussion
00:15:25 Episode Discussion
00:16:00 Ratings
00:17:02 Awesome Sauce
00:37:57 Weak Sauce
00:52:27 What Sauce
01:09:37 Sad Sauce
01:15:22 Feedback
01:28:13 World Beyond Feedback
02:25:38 News, Ratings and Info
02:30:52 Interact/Support to End

Ratings were up for Fear and World Beyond was down but up in viewers.

Ratings for S7E7 The Portrait are up this week! (Yeaaaaaaaaa) The Portrait got a 0.18 in the 18-49 demographic, with 940,000 thousand viewers, up from the S7E6 Reclamation, which got a 0.16 in the 18-49 demographic, with 880,000 thousand viewers. Talking Dead did come back and it got a 0.04 in the 18-49 demographic, with 211,000 viewers. Not great but still happy to have it back. World Beyond S2E9 got a 0.11 with 539,000 thousand viewers which was down in ratings but up in viewers from S2E8 with 0.16 and 527,000 thousand viewers.

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That’s it for The Portrait. For our next episode, we’ll be covering Fear the Walking Dead S7E8 titled Padre and The Walking Dead World Beyond Series Finale S2E10, titled The Last Light. We’d love it if you sent in your feedback. One of the best ways to submit feedback is on our Facebook group at You can also send us an email to or call our new voicemail at 216-232-6146. The deadline for feedback will be 7 PM Eastern / 6 PM Central the Tuesday after the episode airs.

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1 comment on “FTWDTT 090 – The Portrait (S7E7)

  1. Aaron says:

    Yay, finally! I was beginning to think you all had forgotten FEAR had two episodes to cover when other podcast episodes went up but this didn’t, ha. To be fair, the episodes are garbage in a variety of ways, especially the mid season final, so I get no being in a hurry to talk about them. 🙂

    Be safe Kyle!

    Fear has been bad since season four…just HOW bad is the question each year.

    Feel better LT!

    Baby burjourn gone bad – ha Brian.

    Lol to Brian invoking Ronko!

    Walker variety is all they have left good on the series it feels. 🙁

    It’s definitely fair to question Howard LT.

    I agree Brian, 👏 to Coleman!

    EXACTLY Deeta – that ambush never should have happened!

    So sad about your weighted system Brian; I’m rating on how I know the series can be good and so when it does crap writing it gets zzz instead of praise. That’s why the mid-season finale is rated poorly – yes it focuses on Alicia but it’s a bullsh*t version of Alicia so I’m not giving them credit for that. Same with Al’s episode, yes I love her but they did nothing honestly in that episode except write her out so it’s no wonder you don’t remember it well – they didn’t do anything to be excited about; again creative walkers is all they have left now that’s good each week besides Strand. I don’t grade on a curve. Ha

    LT rant time yay!!! ✊🏻 “Strand and Morgan angry. Strand and Morgan okay now. Morgan and Strand…” too much Morgan in that content LT ha.

    Emma’s accent 👍🏻.

    For someone who wasn’t prepared to host this week Brian you did a good job. 🙂

    Same Glennis, I thought the artist was going to get chucked off the roof too.

    I look forward to seeing what you have to say about the mid-season finale because that was a hot mess to me; RIP Alicia because even if she miraculously survives somehow (show needs rating armor activate basically) they’re going to write her out of character and that’s going to suck as much as it did to watch the episode itself.

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