The Walking Dead: World Beyond Season 1
In 2020 the third spin-off for The Walking Dead follows on from Fear the Walking Dead that followed the first days of the outbreak. World Beyond took us to a place where the world has adapted, and society has moved on behind walls.
Series 1 Introduction
World Beyond follows two teenage sisters Iris (Aliyah Royale) and Hope (Alexa Mansour) who want to travel to another community where their father is. They believe the person running it Elizabeth Kublek (Julia Ormond) has her own motives for taking their father. The sisters make a plan to travel across America to their father, joined by Silas (Hal Cumpston) and Elton (Nicolas Cantu).
Iris and Hope’s guardian angels Felix (Nico Tortorella) and Huck (Annet Mahendru) go in search of them outside the walls. It isn’t long before they all meet up and continue on the journey. As the journey unfolds, we get to learn more about what happened to the characters before the community.
Iris and Hope saw their mother killed in the panic, where Hope killed the pregnant woman who killed their mother. Elton was protected by his parents, he still has hopes his mother and unborn baby sister are alive, not knowing what happened with the sisters. Silas killed his father before the outbreak and has been taken in to help society as he learns about his rage problems. Felix on the other hand got kicked out by his family before the outbreak and his boyfriend joined the sister’s father on the journey.
Verdict on The Walking Dead: World Beyond Series 1
The series follows the six on their journey, as they look to face human problems that they have faced. Each episode uses the current events in the episode to help unfold something from the past of different characters. Most episodes follow a typical trend of seeing the group need to locate something and face a new risk. Usually involved a bigger contained environment that offers more risks for a bigger reward. The use of the term ‘Empties’ to describe the undead is a nice touch.
Where this series does feel flatter than the original is by having the same reckless mistakes. There seems to be no training involved in preparing anyone to fight back against the undead. The decision-making process learns more heavily in splitting up for no reason, instead of working in teams.
This series never makes us feel like we are in an experienced world that has been dealing with the undead. Nobody is making rational decisions and we don’t learn enough about Elizabeth Kublek’s plans. We get minor glimpses throughout the series but no focus on her, despite it being clear she has her own motives.
My rating 3/5