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In the Season 2 premiere of The Walking Dead: World Beyond, the Civic Republic Military puts Hope’s (Alexa Mansour) dedication to the future to the test, and a new society emerges. After their cross-country trip to rescue their father (Joe Holt) from the CRM, the Bennett sisters, Hope and Iris (Aliyah Royale), were separated at the conclusion of last season. After Will’s near-death escape from a Civic Republic research facility in New York State, Iris and Felix reunited with him. The institution is where Hope, a young prodigy proven to be an asset for the future, was covertly shepherded by Lt. Col. Elizabeth Kublek (Julia Ormond) and Huck (Annet Mahendru).
The Starting Point
THIS WAS SIX WEEKS AGO. After Monument Day, one day later.
The city limits of Omaha are a ragged haven for the weary. Soldiers from the Civic Republic Military, dressed in black, are preparing to launch exit charges. The buzzing of helicopter blades may be heard from above. A huge herd of empty trucks approaches the municipal boundaries.
“The communication breakdown concerns both the Campus Colony and Portland. There are rumors that an envoy will be sent to investigate “Lieutenant Colonel Elizabeth Kublek receives a report from Lieutenant Frank Newton (Robert Palmer Watkins).
She instructs him to “Major Mullins should call out and offer to help with the inquiry. And what about the Campus Colony’s lane?”
“Cleared. Once the work on the column is completed here, we’ll have it there in 72 hours.”
Kublek has chosen not to tell her daughter, Staff Sergeant Mallick, a.k.a. Huck. She’s on a different assignment, working as a mole to deliver Asset Hope to the Civic Republic research center in upstate New York.
“Hopefully, she’s kept a safe distance from me.”
The charges go off. Major General Beale has given Kublek fresh instructions, which he delivers to Newton.
“Doing this, and then going back to the Campus Colony, is only the start.”
A guy with burned flesh crawls out of the bush, pleading for assistance, wearing an Omaha police uniform. The Delta squad has been on the lookout for an escaped prisoner. Kublek orders Newton to put the guy to death.
NOW IS THE TIME.
Iris defeats an emptiness by ripping its face off. She wakes up from a dream and begins thumbing through the CRM codebook that Hope started deciphering last season. “RAFT EMBED AGENT ON THE WAY TO NEW YORK WITH ASSET PLUS FOUR EXPENDABLES”
“EXPENDABLE FOR ALL FOUR”
Iris is reassured by Felix that her sister is OK. Hope’s birthday is today. He knows Hope is with her father.
Hope, Huck, and Kublek are flown to the research center in a black chopper with the Three Circle insignia. There is, however, a change of plans. The helicopter lands on a rooftop in Albany, New York, surveying the wreckage of a fallen city. It’s a teaching moment. A field excursion is planned.
“You said you’d take me to my father. Was it also a lie?”
“You were the one who handed us the map. It was New York, you said. “You pushed us and lied about it,” Hope realizes. The rest of the helicopters You said that you went to university on your own. What was the point of that?”
“Hope, we’ve been in this new world for 10 years. There are dead columns wandering the land, which you name mega-clusters, some call hordes, and still others call herds. And, as far as we know, the whole globe. These columns have grown so large that they now burst through and flow through everything. Cities in their whole, “Kublek elucidates. “We were driving to Omaha the day following Monument Day when we came upon one of these columns. It was enormous, unlike anything we’d ever seen before. It was impossible to fathom. It had passed through Omaha and was now on its way to the Campus Colony. When a second, almost identically sized column joined with the first, we were organizing the rescue effort and calling Campus Colony authorities. It had to be over 100,000 people in all. We did all in our power to rescue as many people as possible. It was insufficient. We evacuated the few survivors to Portland, but Omaha and the Campus Colony are no longer there.”
Hope and Huck are taken aback. According to Kublek, search and rescue teams are still looking for survivors.
Kublek’s last residence was Albany. When things went wrong, she was working as an attache for the Ministry of Defence in the United Kingdom. “It was then that I understood how fast, even when everyone tries their hardest, every hope for the future may be shattered. You’ve been through so much, but do you still believe in a future, Hope, after all that’s happened?”
“I did,” she replies between sniffles.
“You ought to. Because it is still there, despite all of the destroyed cities. We encouraged you to embark on this trip in order to get you to think differently, to think more optimistically about the future. And, I’m sorry, but now that you’ve seen how fragile society is, you should realize that no one succeeds on their own. Nobody. To have a chance at that future, everyone must work together.”
“You said you were going to take me to my father,” I replied. “I’m hoping I’ll be able to.” “Are you hoping?”
She isn’t prepared. “Geniuses are an important resource for a community with a long-term strategy based on generational education and scientific development. A genius who is a rebellious, strong-willed troublemaker, on the other hand? That is a danger. When such characteristics are used against us, they may spread like rot. They make any sort of shared objective impossible to achieve. We can’t bring in anybody who would put it in jeopardy. Please don’t get me wrong. We’d like to collaborate with you. You have a lot to contribute. But I can’t bring you in to join your father until I’m certain that, despite your sadness and fury, you’re completely committed to becoming a future contribution. Dedicated to studying for the rest of your life, advancing his studies, and passing on his expertise to the future generation. Only then can you be a valuable asset in the future.”
“Yes, I am. That’s why I joined you, since I’m prepared.” “I believe you need more time.” “For what?” you may ask. “Hope, you should think about what you desire. What is it that you really desire?” Hope is given a walkie talkie by Kublek. “By daybreak, I’ll need your response.”
They’re simply going to let her walk away after all that manipulation? Kublek hands Hope a bag and a rifle and adds, “It’s a choice.”
The mission has been completed.
“Do you believe you’ll be able to locate your sister and friends? You can’t do it, “Kublek explains. “You won’t be able to get out of the city on your own. Forget about any sort of future. Being alive today is a gift, and you may choose to squander it — all of your gifts — or fight for a better future with others, for others, so that what happened here — and to the 100,000 people in Omaha, and your friends back home — never occurs again. Hope, you don’t have to like us, but you must support what we’re fighting for. It’s all up to you.”
Hope departs. Alone. After all they’ve done to bring Hope here, Huck questions her mother’s choice to let her walk.
“She may perish!” Kublek responds matter-of-factly, “Yeah, she could.” “She may also decide to join us. We need her to make a decision. The mission has been completed.”
The Hornet’s Nest is a place where a horde of
Felix begs Will to tell him and Iris what occurred in the wet woods.
“All inbound and outbound interactions are managed by the CRM. To prevent detection, each communication is coded and scheduled. They aren’t squandering their time.”
Will expresses his worries to Lt. Newton in a flashback. Omaha hasn’t provided a security update in weeks. Will remembers the CRM stymieing him at every step in the present. Will and Romano obtain Leo’s permission to accompany them on a “scouting expedition” to a relay station a few hundred kilometers away to investigate the communication breakdown. Will makes a break for it and escapes as he realizes the CRM are bringing them out to be executed. He manages to flee, but Romano is shot killed by Newton.
“When I heard the helicopters, I was on the run for a few days. They were delivering cargo containers full of equipment from Campus Colony in Omaha, including generators and computers. There was blood on some of it. Everything was piled onto trucks and driven away… It was described to me as a salvage effort. Said something about the huge column that went through causing shipping problems.”
Will was discovered and taken in by a gang of cloaked individuals a few days later. Felix and Iris are taken aback when they learn that empties have been running around Omaha. “How could that simply vanish?”
Will, who used to be a member of Leo’s security detail, has no reason to think Hope or their father are in danger. He stung the hornet’s nest by asking too many questions, he claims, explaining why the CRM want to get rid of him.
“Was CRM aware of the situation the whole time? Why would they deceive you? “Iris inquires.
“I’m not sure,” Will replies. “They want me dead, that’s all I know. And if they discover me, I’ll be dead.”
What Do You Want to Do With Your Life?
Will leads them to The Perimeter, a fortified hamlet encircled by miles of barbed wire. It was formerly an abandoned agricultural village that was purchased and converted into an artist colony before the world went apart. They’ve subsequently expanded it and hired employees. Indira offers an invitation to Will’s friends to remain as the leader of the council.
She inquires, “What do you live for?” “Living today requires a lot of work, if not all of it. Those who are still living have their reasons, and I understand that if you’re going to stay with us, I need to know what they are. What makes you tick?”
“These two,” Felix responds. “As well as a few more.” Iris replies, “I suppose I live for hope.”
Indira beams. “Without hope, the world is nothing.”
Is it Worth the Risk?
Will and Felix enjoy an intimate reunion in private. Later, Will reveals that the CRM seldom ventures inside Perimeter area. Indira made a deal: in return for supplies and neutrality, her people would clean the area of the dead and keep outsiders away from the facility. Neither party is bothered by the other. They’re putting their lives on the line by sheltering fugitives.
Iris has been scouring the codebook for supply-depot locations, gasoline stocks, and anything else they can need once Hope and their father are reunited. Nothing.
Will thinks it’s too dangerous for her to explore the complex in the dark to see what they’re up against: they have guards, patrols, and long-range security. “This is a long-term strategy. Not just how we get in, but also how we get them out and where we go thereafter are important considerations. It’s no longer only about Hope and Leo’s or our own safety. It’s about ensuring the safety of everyone who is sheltering us here. It’s all over if you make one incorrect move. It is for us all.”
Someone to Aspire To
Hope investigates a school’s pitch-black and zombie-infested corridors. Her spotlight captures the picture of Candice Froder, a former pupil who used to smile. Scribbled messages of “feed feed feed” and “death” irritate her.
An emptiness assaults Hope along a blood-stained corridor, sending her falling down the stairs and slamming her head against a brick wall. “Think about what you want, Hope,” Kublek says as he emerges from the shadows. “What you really want.” Her intention is to impale Kublek. Hope’s eyesight vanishes as a result. When a hooded figure in black arrives, she’s uncertain whether what she’s witnessing is genuine due to her head trauma.
Kublek and Huck are waiting somewhere else. Daughter considers pursuing her, but mother want to wait it out.
“You said that we needed her to keep her father motivated, and that she might eventually take over his research.”
“I said we could use her for such things, so yes,” says the narrator.
“So what, none of it matters anymore?” says the narrator. “Jennifer, it’s critical that you succeed. It was your idea to transport the girl this way across the nation. You insisted she was worth taking a chance on. You persuaded me that this journey was the only way to make a difference in her life.” “It had an effect on her.”
“Not nearly enough. Is that a nudge? I believe that, like Omaha, your mission may still be a success, and that it will effectively erase what occurred before you departed.”
She just wants the best for her child. Hope looks a lot like Jennifer did when she was that age.
“She had no idea where she was. Angry. She needed someone to look up to, someone to believe in her, someone to encourage her “Huck adds. “I was able to connect.”
Wounds from the past
Hope wanders along the corridors, plagued by nightmares from The Night The Sky Fell. Her stalker — as well as walkers — are closing closer.
During their debriefing, Huck inquires as to why Kublek kept her in the dark regarding the Campus Colony and Omaha. Kublek claims that the diversion would have made her task much more difficult.
Another question: what happened to the inmate they apprehended? Silas (Hal Cumpston) has been questioned and is refusing to answer any questions.
“If they know too much, or if they’re still dead set on rescuing Dr. Bennett, or now Hope,” Kublek says, “they’ll have to be dealt with.” “So, how much do they know about us, tell me? What are your thoughts about the mission?”
Huck reflects on his trip so far. Returning to Hope’s discovery of her CRM status. Returning to decoding her coded communications. Back to a savage brawl with Felix.
Hope is hiding in a room with “DEAD” graffiti on the walls. With a sword, an assailant swings and cuts at her. Hope fights her off with her team, giving her just enough time to exclaim, “Why are you doing this?!?”
The female attacker responds, “I want what you have.” “You have a helicopter at your disposal. I was aware of it. Clothing and food are necessities, and once you get them, you struggle to retain them. When you don’t have anything, you have no choice but to take. You need to eat!”
Candice’s filthy, deranged visage is recognized by Hope. She’s gone insane. Please don’t make me murder you, Hope pleads. “All I’m trying to do is make it.”
Candice is on the attack. Candice is thrown into the arms of someone reaching through a fence as Hope swipes at her leg. They are nourished. Candice, on the other hand, is no longer with us. Hope is the only one who knows what’s going on.
Make It on Your Own
Hope bursts into tears. She finds solace in printed-out notes, ostensibly from her father, hidden in an old book.
Hope surrenders herself to Kublek in the light of day. “I was delighted to get your call,” she adds, attentively listening as Hope confesses she was correct: “I wasn’t going to make it on my own. But I don’t want this to be the end of the story. I’m not sure whether you want to hear that, but it’s the damned truth. Is it true that I passed your test? Is it possible for me to visit my father right now?”
It’s OK, according to Kublek, to despise the CRM. “The wrongdoings we do must be rectified. We bear that weight so that others do not have to, and so that the world may still be a decent place. And who knows, maybe one day this won’t be the case.” She gives Iris and Felix a place to live now that they don’t have one. “I’m guessing you’re thinking about it a little differently now.”
Hope joins the CRM troops on their mission. Huck tells her mother, “You wanted to test whether I’d go after her.” “If she and the others have made a difference in my life.” “I’m happy I was mistaken.”
Greetings on your birthday!
Kublek informs Leo of the terrible news regarding the Camus Colony at the Civic Republic research center. It’s offset by some positive news from his family.
Jennifer encounters Hope in a holding cell. She isn’t saying anything. Huck urges her to pay attention: if she wants to see Iris and Felix again, she has to be on the same page with them.
“I moved them to a hamlet a few kilometers away before we left them at that home. They will be kept secure by the locals.”
Hope is taken aback. “My mother, too… I told her I had no idea what she was talking about. If she finds them, it ensures their protection as long as they don’t reveal what they know. ” What happens if they do?” says the narrator. The CRM discovers that you deciphered their information, that you were all aware that I had instructions to kill Iris and Felix if necessary, and that I let them live knowing that… I’m not sure what occurs. However, I am aware that we have murdered individuals for much less.”
Hope is curious as to why she doesn’t inform her mother about how badly her daughter botched her assignment.
Huck responds, “I just told you why.” “If you go to her, you risk placing a bullseye on not just my back, but also yours, Felix and Iris’, and your father’s, if you tell them the truth about what happened. You’ll have to tell him lies about where they are and what you know about them. It’s the only way you’ll know he’ll be safe. You and I are only little pieces in a larger mosaic, minor participants in a game that will last decades. Perhaps centuries. However, this location is secure. It’s beneficial for everyone as long as we follow the rules and don’t cause a ruckus.”
“Do you think that’s a threat?”
No, replies Huck “That’s the way things are. After last night, I assumed you knew what I was talking about.”
“”I got that I wanted to go to a future,” Hope spits back. Perhaps you could assist with one. But there’s no way in hell I’m collaborating with you jerks on that. I knew I wouldn’t be able to return. You were just my exit ticket.”
Huck departs. It’s beyond 12 a.m. Have a wonderful birthday, child.
At the outskirts. We’ve returned to Iris and Felix’s conversation. She takes a look at the CRM codebook. “Why do you believe the CRM would keep quiet about what occurred at home? Doesn’t make any sense, does it? I can’t stop thinking about everyone who’s gone, and the only reason we’re still here is because we left. We took a chance. Maybe that’s how we’ll keep alive, how we’ll be able to reclaim Hope and my father. We do what we have to do, regardless of the consequences.”
“The regulations have changed,” Felix explains. “The CRM revolutionized the industry. As a result, we alter our approach to the game.”
What You Will Receive
Iris, armed with a crossbow, walks through the dark woods. She ducks into cover as a CRM patrol approaches. As the soldier approaches, he turns to attack an empty. Iris bludgeons the soldier with her weapon after firing a bolt into his shoulder. Iris stabbing him at the conclusion of the fight is exactly what she needs to do.
Hope is escorted to her appointment with her father by two soldiers within the prison. An emotional hug. Iris returns to her dream, pulling the skin off a walker’s face to expose a CRM soldier’s black face shield underneath. Lieutenant Newton is gargling blood as she screams and pulls aside the helmet in front of her.
She snarls, “It wasn’t empty.” “You were the one who did it.” Iris stabs him in the chest with her sword, killing him. “You get what you get.”
The episode has come to an end.
TWD: World Beyond Season 2 premieres on AMC and AMC+ every Sunday. For all things TWD, follow the author @CameronBonomolo on Twitter, and stay tuned to for coverage throughout the season.
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