Ihab is, probably, the most accessible male character on the FX show because he has a clear goal: defeat the Al-Fayeeds and deliver his people from tyranny. In the premiere episode of the first season, I wrote for the Entertainment Weekly Community that if the show would have been about anyone, it should have been about the journalist, Fauzi. But he’s a little too spineless for my liking. Or maybe too intellectual for his own good or something.
So let me amend my statement: If Tyrant should be about anyone, it should be about Ihab, since he’s the only one trying to do good for the sake of the majority of people. As a person whose racial history has been positively affected by revolutionaries fighting on my behalf before I was even born, I identify with what Ihab is trying to do and the struggles he’s facing within his group and with the government he’s trying to overthrow.
Also, Alexander Karim being good-looking is a bonus to the character, so there’s that. A dashing leader is a very romantic ideal, after all.
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TYRANT — “Hail Mary” — Episode 104 (Airs Tuesday, July 22, 10:00 pm e/p — Pictured: Alexander Karim as Ihab — Photo credit: Vered Adir/FX