I’ll admit it right away: The Walking Dead: World Beyond made me eat my words. (Ketchup helped.) You can remember this after showing the premiereI panned the second spinoff from Walking Dead. And even at the end of the first season it could still be a bit cumbersome for my taste. But I’d be damned if I hadn’t tied myself to the drama’s young protagonists. I even saw most of Sunday’s two-part final from the edge of my seat. What made it so exciting? Continue reading…
“NOTHING CANNOT BE AVOIDED” | In an early flashback on “The Deepest Cut,” the first episode of the double-headed ball, Elizabeth told Huck to hurry up and isolate the asset – Iris, we were led to believe – or the CR would do it for her . So Huck purposely drove her truck off the road, leaving it with an apartment where she, Felix, and the Bennett girls trudged off in search of shelter. When hikers were entangled in barbed wire, Huck took the opportunity to cut up Felix’s leg, making it look like it had been cut into the brawl. After taking refuge in a retirement home, she sucked in on Iris with the subtlety of the brown noser. Oh, but don’t go into that particular room, said Huck. It’s … um … full of bodies of oldies shot each other in the head. No, not at all suspicious. With no way for Felix to wander the hilly terrain between the gang and the facility where the girls’ father worked, their guardian decided he should stay behind and they could pick him up on the way back to the campus colony. (As if.)
Instead Hope crept away with her that night and said that Iris would not go without Felix, just as Iris noticed all the red flags that Huck was blowing. It turned out that Hope had deciphered the CR’s cipher, which revealed what a two-faced huck was and that anyone who wasn’t the asset was deemed expendable. While all of this was going on, Elton spotted Percy alive, but barely. It was all right, said the version of Percy who was aware, if only in Elton’s head. He could leave the body to the wanderers and save himself. Instead of doing this, Elton fought the approaching empties and won. After Elton found a walkie-talkie in Percy’s coat pocket, he managed to connect to Huck only to knock the device out of Percy’s hand. Percy wasn’t attacked by Silas, you see, he was shot – and “she’s the one who shot me.” With that, episode # 1 ended when Felix discovered his gun was missing when Hope pulled the gun on Huck. Nice setup!
“You can hate me … and I’ll live with it.” | “In This Life” was full of flashbacks to Leo’s relationship with colleague Lyla, who was apparently about as trustworthy as Huck. But she must have taken care of the girls’ father at least a little, because before Hope got to the facility she nervously practiced the speech trying to reveal that she had told the CR what he had said Hope about – basically she is a genius – and that they will be reunited for the sake of humanity. Towards the end of the lesson, Leo stopped Lyla before she had even started her speech to share his suspicions about the CR military. For example, what had become of Will’s fact-finding mission? And could you be sure that Dr. Abbott had really left the facility to visit his sister? (Viewers know, but Leo doesn’t know that a zombified Dr. Abbott is one of Lyla’s test subjects.) How could they be sure, the poor con man wondered, that the military hadn’t lied to them? He had an idea to help achieve that goal, but even as the season came to an end, we stayed in the dark about what exactly it was.
When Hope started where “The Deepest Cut” left off, she took aim at Huck and made her admit she was CR. Before the interrogation could go much further, Wanderers intervened, and Hope lost the gun in the fracas that followed. Afterward, Huck revealed that Leo was never in any danger and that the last two messages the girls received were from her. She had assumed that Iris would try to dissuade Hope from running after her father, then Huck and the isolated estate could have just picked up. Why did they even have to do the hike? That was part of a master plan to make the fortune see the world in a way that would make her understand the importance of her father’s work. (Hey, I didn’t say the show was perfect, just that I like it.) And all of that, Hope wondered, was about … her? “Child,” replied Huck, “you have no idea who you are.” People with intellects like hers would be needed in the future – hell if there was any future at all. They weren’t cool at all; Hope even turned down Huck’s offer from Peeps. (That’s a big grudge right there.) But they banded together to hide when Felix and Iris caught up with them in the truck they’d been repairing with supplies from the retirement home, which was supposedly full of bodies. (I’m not sure, but I may have just reset my record for most shows in a single sentence.)
“You are not a monster … you never were” | Meanwhile, Silas was reunited with Elton and … wait, Percy wasn’t dead because the characters on this show can’t help but bump into each other in the middle of nowhere. Hadn’t Silas killed him? No, reported Elton happily. Percy had just been nearly executed by Huck. Just as the trio was about to leave to save Iris and Hope who were just supposed to roll up the CR! The boys made it to the fence that stood between them and security, but then Percy decided to play hero and stay back as if in his injured state he would only slow them down and leave a trail of blood. “No way,” said Silas more or less. “This is my heroic moment.” He locked Percy and Elton on the outside of the gate, cut his hand, and surrendered to the CR. (At least they didn’t shoot him right away, as I feared.)
Back in the house where Huck and Hope were hiding, they had to show themselves to Iris and Felix, and at that point all hell broke loose. Felix pulled a gun on his ex-mate, Hope blurted out that Huck was CR and that leaving was the only way Felix and Iris would live, and ultimately the ex-besties embroiled in a brutal battle royale. Little by little, Huck got the drop on Felix and would have killed him, if not reluctantly, had Hope not threatened to shoot himself in the head. The point of Huck’s mission, Hope told Iris and Felix, was to get them to the CR facility. “It turns out I’m smarter than I thought.” Defused the situation, the sisters said goodbye before Huck left with the asset in tow. The next day, when Huck and Hope met with Elizabeth’s helicopter, Mommie Dearest made it clear that she knew about the “loose ends” that her daughter had left untied. In the woods, Iris had barely managed to tell Felix that Hope wasn’t the capital, but the Bennett sisters together, when they came across a whole bunch of people, including Will. The lovers had a lot to catch up!
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