Spoilers for The Walking Dead: World Beyond Season 1, Episode 2 “The Blaze of Glory” past this point.
In the premiere of The Walking Dead: World Beyond, teens Iris (Aliyah Royale), Hope (Alexa Mansour) and their friends left the safe haven of Campus Colony, with adults Felix (Nico Tortorella) and Huck (Annet Mahendru) in hot pursuit. In hour two, Felix and Huck were still chasing the kids, though aware they were heading into big trouble in the form of a massive tire fire. But if you were worried that the show was going to be a series of near misses, don’t worry: it’s all coming together next week.
“In the first two, it’s split off like that,” Mahendru told Decider. “For the rest of it, we’re all together. It will go into each individual story as well, for all of us. How we got there and who we are, and what we can do together. It actually starts in Episode 3.”
It’s probably not a huge surprise that the show, which has changed the format with the first two episodes, would continue to shake things up in hour three. But for Tortorella, the move of merging the teen and adult groups was a no-brainer.
“I mean, we have to find each other, right?” Tortorella said. “Felix is not going to live without finding these kids. That is his sole mission right now. If Felix is anything, he gets the job done.”
Don’t think it’s all going to be easy going after that. Not only do they not know that the CRM (Civic Republic Military) has liquidated their home, the Campus Colony, and killed nearly everyone inside, but they’ve got to work their way through herds of the undead in order to find Hope and Iris’s father.
“It’s going to be rough!” Tortorella continued. “It’s going to get scarier every single episode — every corner, every new city, every new human being that they meet will be in question.
And as the group continues to face these challenges, according to Mahendru, they’ll all grow and change — not just the kids, but Felix and Huck, as well.
“People change in the face of conflict,” Mahendru said. “Is that who they really are? Or are they just trying to survive? Is that bravado? Where will they end up?”
Tortorella agreed, adding that the characters will ultimately discover things about themselves as the season goes on that even they might not be expecting.
“Felix is on a mission,” Tortorella said. “I don’t think he’s aware of it yet, but he needs to start taking care of himself in the ways that he takes care of other people. I’m excited for it.”
The Walking Dead: World Beyond airs Sundays at 10/9c on AMC.
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