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The Walking Dead: World Beyond Finale Ending Explained

The Walking Dead: World Beyond is an American post-apocalyptic horror drama limited series. It has been created by Scott M. Gimple and Matthew Negrete and it hit the screens first on AMC on October 4, 2020. It is a spin-off series to The Walking Dead, which hails from  the comic book series of the same name by Robert KirkmanTony Moore, and Charlie Adlard, and is the third installment within The Walking Dead franchise.

The series stars Aliyah Royale as Iris Bennett, Alexa Mansour as Hope Bennett, Hal Cumpston as Silas Plaskett, Nico Tortorella as Felix Carlucci, Annet Mahendru as Jennifer “Huck” Mallick, Julia Ormond as Elizabeth Kublek.

The Walking Dead: World Beyond Season Finale Ending Explained

The Walking Dead: World Beyond has a lot to bring with it in its season finale. We need to ponder over a  lot of things. The tokens are all spread over the Ludo board. So, let’s play the dice and help tokens reach the destination.

With The Walking Dead: World Beyond is only going to run for two seasons. There’s a definite expected economy of storytelling. There are very less chances of dragging anything out past a few episodes. Therefore, big mysteries are going to reveal faster. Roles here, bend more quickly as compared to other programs with more filling hours and more opportunity for long-form stories. During the two-episode finale event we had a lot of facts to drill down into. Scroll down to read further if you want to know how The Walking Dead: World Beyond season 1 came to a conclusion.

Huck Turns Heel

You will see Huck transforming from a faithful friend to antagonist in his screen time of an hour and a half or so. The makers won’t waste time in revealing her true self though, they have lampshaded it with a discussion of her cover story being too feeble for prolonged activity. When Huck begins to turn, she turns instantly, and in no way will attempts to cover for herself (or Hope’s lame attempts to play along) can change the fact that not all is right about Huck for awhile.

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Huck (Annet Mahendru) in The Walking Dead: World Beyond. Image: AMC

Her story begins the fall apart the moment she starts attempting to work on Iris rather than diverting her focus on Hope. Iris, recently bamboozled by Percy, is naturally doubtful about Huck when she wants to initiate friendship suddenly and pushes to leave Felix behind where before she was all about the group staying together.

Huck’s history may or may not be real but the way she ended up in Omaha before joining Campus Colony almost surely was fake. In fact, Huck AKA Jennifer is actually no one but the daughter that we saw Elizabeth talking about in the very first episode. She was sent on a secret mission to filter Campus Colony personally by her mother. Hence, all the resources Elizabeth is in process of expending is to ensure that her daughter’s mission comes off successfully.

Was Huck a Marine?

Possibly! Was that whole flashback episode including Huck’s origin story just cut out of whole cloth by Huck to obscure her background? Not likely; it looks like Huck’s character would be able to do anything for the betterment. According to her, retrieving assets from Campus Colony is the greatest of goods. Huck says in her conversation with Elizabeth during one of her ‘scouting trips’ away from the group that her facial scar, the broken arm, spending nine days on a raft, her mother giving Iris a map to her father’s CRM base of operations… all of it was part of the plan to make way for herself into Campus Colony and retrieve the asset. What asset?

The Walking Dead: World Beyond- Hope For the Future of Humanity

Campus Colony is a former college where Ph.D.s do everything from interviewing newcomers to growing food. Of all the people there, Huck has been sent to retrieve the asset, Hope. Her father believes she’s a mechanical genius. She is blessed with a natural gift to repair broken technology. Somewhat a child prodigy, she is good at both taking things apart and putting them back together. She also makes a mean batch of home-brew booze, but that does not shine much infront of her technical skills.

You might know Dr. Lyla Bellshaw as the mysterious scientist doing experiments in the post-credits sequence of Episode 4. She explains how Elton’s Endlings theory is accurate. There are only about 30 years left in which humanity will be able to stop the slide into extinction, so people with gifts like Hope’s are equal to thousand security persons and deserve any price to retrieve and preserve.

Of course, while Hope is smart, it needs two Bennett sisters to really carry the sort of magic Leo proudly talks about, not that Leo knows that. Hope, the mad genius, intentionally climbs onto a helicopter headed towards parts unknown, where she might end up accompanied by none other than…

The Fate of Silas Plaskett

Elton proves, beyond whole suspicion, that Silas might be large. But, he doesn’t have the tolerance for violence that we assume when we witness Tony with his head pulped by a wrench. That’s just a cover. The severely wounded Percy confides in Elton in a light humorous sequence in the season finale.

Hal Cumpston as Silas – The Walking Dead: World Beyond _ Season 1, Episode 3 – Photo Credit: Macall Polay/AMC

She unravels that it is Huck and not Silas who is responsible for Tony’s demise. I’d hope Elton had already deciphered when he saw the small-caliber bullet wound in Percy, but it’s nice to have confirmation. Huck made attempts to delay the group’s arrival to Ithaca. He wanted to work on getting Hope to go along willingly, and two friendly grifters with access to a deuce and a half don’t count in the plan.

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Elton in The Walking Dead. Image: AMC

What matters the most here is asset; everyone else is expendable, and Silas is an easy way to sow dissent in the ranks of the group. She picked up Felix’s plan for making them turn back, but making it even more effective. Silas converts himself into the CRM to allow Elton and Percy to elope into the woods. Given Silas’s ability with mechanical things, he’ll be the perfect person to work alongside Hope in whatever steam plant the CRM depends on to keep the lights on and the re-runs on TV.

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Felix. Image: AMC

Will and the Hooded Figures

Will has found his mention a lot throughout World Beyond, because of being one of Campus Colony’s security force. He is working as Dr. Leo Bennett’s security guard on his mission to the CRM. He is currently dating Felix. Also, the first time we catch him on screen is in 1.09’s post-credits sequence, escaping for his life from a CRM hit squad. According to Leo, Will is only a few days late returning from a scouting trip, but Felix and Iris know better.

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Will Is Alive:

After a messing stare-down in the woods, Felix and Iris watch as Will drops his hood and steps into the clearing for hugs and tears everywhere. It’s certainly a nice moment but it’s become all the more convincing because Will isn’t alone. He’s with him about six or more people lurking in the shadows with him. Infact, while those hooded figures don’t come forward and introduce themselves, it’s comprehensible that Will is alive, they’re not Civic Republic Militia.

If the organization wants to kill hundreds of people to get one or two, then they haven’t left a single question behind enemies. Given that the enemies are so close to the CRM’s current base of operations, it won’t be astonishing if the same woods Percy and Elton escaped into are the very same woods where Felix and Iris went to Will and his mystery partners.

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Iris in The Walking Dead: World Beyond. Image: AMC

One doesn’t bring forward an outside agitator group and not use it in the plot. Will and his friends are probably the core of an armed hindrance to the CRM. Similarly, one doesn’t put a core of sympathetic people on the inside and not have that return to play. Although, we shouldn’t expect a real end to season one in World Beyond‘s final episodes, but they’re working towards kicking off season two with the potential for immediate action.

The Walking Dead: World Beyond finale has certainly brought a good amount of storyline for viewers to dig in. Seems like makers wanted to not waste much time with unnecessary suspense and mysteries and concluded the series in a subtle way. What are your views about it? Do tell us in the comment section below.

Srishti Chopra
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