Colman Domingo makes his directorial debut

Photo by: Tyler Shields
Photo by: Tyler Shields /

Fear the Walking Dead is in the midst of a great run and made history this past week as Colman Domingo became the first cast member, from either show, to direct an episode.

Sunday’s episode of Fear the Walking Dead was great for developing both June and Al. The episode also gave us a better look at our latest villain, Tonya Pinkins “Filthy Woman” (per the IMDB listing.) It’s fitting that this woman-led episode was directed by cast member Colman Domingo.

In our interview back in May, Colman mentioned that he considers himself a feminist. His exact quote was: “I’m a feminist. I think that I’m drawn to works that are very female-centric. Even before the “Me Too” movement and “Times up.” I think that it’s always been part of my consciousness to have a lot of strong women in the room. Women who lead.”

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Judging by fan reactions, Colman was the right choice to direct an episode where both Al and June are showing signs of growth.

Colman spent 25 years as a director in theater and this episode was his first foray into directing television. It worked out that he didn’t have to appear in the episode and would have time to prep and shoot without having to worry about his own lines.

When asked if we could expect to see him put his stamp on the episode, Colman mentioned that he wanted to get some signature Sergio Leone shots. He delivered and he even pointed out his favorite while live tweeting the episode.

The quote above references the moment where Al has decided to let June leave but quickly changes her mind. The shot was perfectly placed and captured the moment well. Read more about the experience in Colman’s interview with Entertainment Weekly.

Jenna Elfman as Naomi, Maggie Grace as Althea – Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 4, Episode 12 – Photo Credit: Ryan Green/AMC
Jenna Elfman as Naomi, Maggie Grace as Althea – Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 4, Episode 12 – Photo Credit: Ryan Green/AMC /

Colman’s turn in the chair not only made history but was also a huge success. His social media activity seems to indicate that he enjoyed this experience as well. The event adds yet another column in his growing resume. He was a writer for the Tony nominated Donna: The Donna Summer Musical, and is currently writing a show for AMC and another for HBO. He’s also going to be seen this fall in the Oscar contender If Beale Street Could Talk. It’s safe to say 2018 has been an eventful year for Colman and he’s not showing any signs of stopping. We’ll wish him continued success in the years to come.

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As for now, we’ll just hope that Colman’s return to the screen as Victor Strand is right around the corner.