This post contains spoilers for The Walking Dead: World Beyond season 1.
The Walking Dead: World Beyond is entering its second and final season, which was announced alongside its 2020 premiere. Erratic programming, pandemic issues, and the feeling of having ended as it had begun could make fans of the franchise feel as though this was a program that was never kept long. of an opportunity. However, despite mixed critical reception and an apparent lack of an overview of the series, the incredible cast, emotional dialogue, and sense of adventure managed to make this a hidden gem in the world of The Walking Dead.
A decade after the zombie apocalypse, remnants of humanity have worked to build small civilizations. Yet many of them seem doomed to repeat old power dynamics and have found themselves clinging to a world that no longer exists. Instead of coming together, the old dominance systems have been reestablished and humanity is expected to soon disappear from the planet.
However, children continue to be born and humanity continues to fight and build in the hope of a better tomorrow. For some, “the night the sky fell,” so named because zombie attacks literally caused planes to fall from the sky, happened when their own lives were just beginning. A campground in the remains of Omaha, Nebraska, known as Campus Colony, has managed to adopt the appearance of a functional township, with schools and luxury items like coffee available. However, there are still zombies just outside the fences and the militaristic forces keep an eye on even small events in the city.
Sisters Iris (Aliyah Royale) and Hope (Alexa Mansour) are left behind when their brilliant father Leo (Joe Holt) must leave the Colony under the command of the Army of the Civic Republic (CRM). After months of brief one- or two-sentence messages through a makeshift system, they worry about his well-being and leave in hopes of finding him. Badly prepared and barely trained, the sisters face nature together with their friends Elton (Nicolas Cantu) and Silas (Hal Cumpston). Hope and Iris’ adoptive brother Felix (Nico Tortorella) and his squadmate Huck (Annet Mahendru) go after them, though as the series progresses we find out that Huck is not who we think he is.
In the early episodes, all the characters fit into easy archetypes, leading many critics to dismiss the series as a spinoff, with some pointing out that it was a rather unnecessary addition to the series. Living Dead franchise. However, while the issues at stake are typical of the other series, there are many moments of truth and entry into one’s own power that give the show a more hopeful vibe than many of the other threads in the series. TWD universe.
Iris and Hope’s relationship as sisters remains the glue that holds the series together, and while the concept of a straight sister and a wayward sister clashing but still growing together isn’t unique in any way, it’s still the kind of dynamic. that defines a series. While they may not always agree, their dedication to protecting and listening to each other is a poignant change of pace for an otherwise bleak franchise. While Hope forms a bond with Huck and goes through final disappointment in realizing that Huck is a traitor, Iris remains a champion of the people. Hope is individualistic, while Iris focuses on community building and moving with the group, making her the perfect companion for the tired but hopeful Felix.
As for Felix, he starts out as a typical straight cop, but his great resilience is impressive. The pain of losing their family is compounded by the fact that they preferred to lose themselves after discovering that he is gay. Building a family with Leo and the girls meant a lot more to him than he could express, and the brief glimpses we see of his relationship with CRM member Will (Jelani Alladin) give us a glimpse of how important ties are. relatives and fear. he is to lose them. Will goes to great lengths to protect Felix, forcing him to open his heart in ways that are especially difficult for him. It’s not until the season 2 premiere that we see the effects of being apart as they share an emotional moment and Felix breaks down in tears.
Entering season 2, Huck’s approach to life from “the end justifies the means” is catching up with her quickly as she struggles to regain Hope’s trust as she realizes that her efforts to protect Felix and Iris were in vain. vain. It remains to be seen which way her story goes, but her relationship with her mother, a prominent CRM official named Elizabeth Kublek (Julia Ormond), makes for a fascinating character study. Her actions are unforgivable, but she has a way of justifying them that makes her more complicated than a villain twisting her mustache. His charisma and bravery combine with a tremendously uncomfortable sense of cruelty, making him one of the TWDmore convincing antagonists.
The other characters add a much-needed heart to an emotionally difficult ethical adventure. Elton’s surprisingly mature choice to be with his friends no matter what, provides a perfect counterbalance to Silas’ sense of acceptance of the tragic circumstances in his life. Percy and his uncle made for a fun distraction before their story took a dark turn in season 1, with Huck murdering one and shooting the other. The CRM is generally a shady and stereotypical government agency, but its leader and Huck’s mother Elizabeth display a level of coolness that manages to counter much of the series’ optimism in classic villain fashion.
Admittedly, the zombies are little more than a backdrop for much of this series, leaving it comparatively low on action, and the cyclical nature of some of the conversations can take a toll. Plots don’t always hold up, and even when they do, they leave many unanswered questions that are unlikely to be answered by the end of the series. However, in his best moments, World beyond it’s about how it must feel to start life when so many things end, which makes it especially profound. The hopeful conclusions many of these characters ultimately reach are a big part of what makes this series as poignant as it is. Although their history is relatively short, we will miss this crew when they leave.