Monday, November 30, 2020

What I’m Watching: The Walking Dead: World Beyond (Season Finale)

The Walking Dead: Season 1, Episode 10 “In This Life” (B+)

This finale did exactly what I hoped it world: made me much more excited for season two than I think I may ever have been over the course of this first season. That’s not to say that it was bad, more just that I knew it always had the potential to be really great and that this cliffhanger ending made me feel like the content coming is going to be even more worthwhile, covering the more interesting side of this story that up until now has been so rarely featured. I would have expected to see Elizabeth more, but perhaps by keeping her mostly out of sight, that means her more frequent future appearances will be that much better. Opening with Leo and Lyla talking about the quality of her lentils was a classic season finale move, featuring a character we’ve barely gotten to know in a casual moment to help explain why it was that Huck was sent to get Hope. Huck didn’t do so well trying to convince first Hope and then Felix and Iris that she was doing the right thing, and Hope was smart to put a gun to her own head in order to save Felix’s life when Huck was about to kill him. Even though their plan isn’t clear, I like the idea that they’re going to prevail because everyone underestimates their power as sisters. I was happy to see Silas redeemed and even gladder that he was able to be the hero and enable Elton and Percy to get away. His parting message of “don’t be the monster” was great, and it’s also good to know that he’s not likely to die but instead going to end up in the custody of the CRM, which could put him back in contact with Hope. My favorite part of the episode – and likely the season – was Felix running into Will in the woods and learning that he happens to have an army of people with him who are actively resisting the CRM. I can’t wait to see more of that in season two.

Season grade: B
Season MVP: Nicolas Cantu as Elton

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