The Walking Dead World Beyond knocks it right out of the park with another explosive episode.
The fact that everyone is starting to go berserk on the CRM on their own ways makes it even more satisfying. Even during the shootout that involved Will, Elton, Silas, and Indira’s group really brought in the tension in the air. It was much needed after seeing how CRM operates this entire season. If they actually let CRM go forward with those planned executions, that would have been a dark hour!
Much like tonight’s episode of Fear The Walking Dead, I seriously hope that they do not make CRM look weak in the upcoming episodes. But I am enjoying what is being offered here.
During the episode’s beginning, there is an emotional scene with Will. His acting was phenomenal during this scene which was capturing the emotion instantly. however the slo-mo camera went for way too long in my opinion. But it did not hurt the scene at all.
Leo and Felix are plotting this plan against Jadis and the CRM very well. I totally did not expect for Joe to be the brains behind the plan. The rest of the characters are going along with it. It is a huge contrast to how they were behind the walls compared to the current time.
The Percy and Iris relationship is growing on me. When I watch them, I do see a connection with the two characters. Could they both make it out alive by the series end, that is another question I have looming over my mind.
Call me crazy, but I have been enjoying World Beyond over the majority of the main show’s final season and Fear’s seventh season. That is something I did not think I would say in 2021. There are two more episodes of World Beyond and I am really curious to see how the show will wrap up.
We may have just witnessed the final appearance of Althea on tonight’s Fear The Walking Dead. And to be honest, I am okay with it.
This is because the character has not been utilized to it’s full potential ever since her first on screen debut back in season 4. Sure, we uncovered a chuck of story with Al in the coming years, but it never seemed to make me sympathize with Al. That was until she meet the CRM soldier Isabelle.
Speaking of CRM, whoever wrote this episode must have not seen World Beyond. The military members are a force to be reckoned with. And all it took was for this episode to make two members look goofy and silly for no apparent reason. Fear The Walking Dead is hit and miss with groups. But that one should have not been made to look like a joke.
I did however like the scene where Morgan used the civil war style cannon to blast the two soldiers to pieces. But his plot armor of finding all of these characters is getting tiresome. Especially since there are points where everyone is taking their masks off or riding horses that seemed to be immune to the radiation. That is my biggest issue with this current season as it is giving me flashbacks to the level of stupidity of season five.
Maggie Grace is a great actress and I believe this episode showcased how great she is. Al letting go of her journalistic past to live the rest of her life with Isabelle is quite telling. What is going to happen to the rest of those video recordings? Who knows! The seventh season has been very underwhelming so far besides the fifth episode. Things need to pick up!
This week’s episode of The Walking Dead World Beyond showcased the demise of Lyla Bellshaw. Her death is one of the best executed of the series so far. Here to talk about the big character death is Natalie Gold, who played the character in this brand new exclusive interview.
The theme for this episode is to catch the mice and then when the mice runs out of energy, it gets devoured better. And the next thing you know, the same thing happens to your character later in the episode. What went through your mind when you went through the entire script?
NG: “I knew that Layla was going to go. I just didn’t know how. And so when I read the script, I just thought it was a really cool epic death. I thought it was a full circle moment for Lyla in a way that she gets killed by by an invention of her own creation. Like she killed Barca and its poetic justice for her. In her mind, she started to break a little bit. But she keeps telling herself it’s for the greater good and she ends up being on the other side. So. I felt sad for Lyla. I think she was trying to do her best.”
Your death scene really played out well and I love the gore that came with it. Would you like to tell me some of the behind the scenes work that went into developing that scene?
NG: “Oh, we had an incredible like a whole VFX team. So the special effects team and their whole department took me to the trailer to get that huge bite mark on my neck. And then we had a whole system with the blood and everything. So that was really cool. I hadn’t gotten to see them yet because they work on all the empties and they do all the cool effects and stuff like that. So that was pretty awesome.”
Was that scene done in one take?
NG: “The blood was done in one take because we just did that at the end. But the fight between me and Barca, we did multiple times and that was kind of a beautiful. We had our stunt choreographers creating this amazing fight. And then Al Calderon, who played Barca and I rehearsed it, and then when we went to go do it, we just added 1,000,000 times and it was a lot of fun and totally exhausting. We were both very sore the next day and exhausted. And then we had our two amazing cameramen. Craig and Joel, and they’re with us at some points. So we were jumping around the cameras and over cables maintaining this fight. So that was crazy and fun. Safe, but just a lot of energy. And then we stopped so I could go get the prosthetic on my neck like we would. We would cut right when he was about to bite me and we had just that take for him and for the blood to kind of spread out.”
Do you have any stories to share about working with Pollyanna McIntosh?
NG: “Oh God, it was. We had a great time. We spent a long day like in the interrogation room and we just felt really like happy to be working with each other and it just felt like a kind of cool, incredible energy. We were excited to do those scenes and then work with each other. Pollyanna is so cool and such an amazing actor and so dedicated to the universe and the story and the character Jadis. it was so incredible to have her come on. I was kind of her direct subordinate and her being the one that I had to answer to, all the pressure fell on my character in a very cool way.”
Were you able to take anything home from the set from either season one or season two?
NG: “I did get somebody on our props department made these like amazing stickers that were like comic book kind of photos, but hand-drawn. It is Leo and Lyla being scientists out in the wilderness. That was so much fun.”
Jadis made her return to The Walking Dead universe last week on World Beyond. Now that she is a full fledged member of the CRM, things have changed.
Over the last six years since Jadis saved Rick, she told Huck what she was up to in between that time. It is here that I was convinced that Jadis is not the same person she once was. Pollyanna McIntosh brings a unique presence to the show just as Elizabeth does when she first appeared. So far, I like what I am seeing with Jadis. With the revelation that she used her language to manipulate them into working together, they retroactively made the former group The Scavengers on the main show more interesting.
It’s interesting to see Felix and Huck’s uneasy alliance. Even though they don’t trust each other, the two of them still have a connection, and I think that was apparent in the last moment when Huck advised she would be with him. However, if she has the chance, she would still like to be friends with him.
I also figured that Dev was going to die real soon. I however did not expect him to go out with an unexpected death. Will is going to have to continue running from the CRM before they capture him.
As World Beyond continues, it seems like everyone is going to die trying to spread the word about the CRM. Iris and Hope will get to the truth without being killed by the CRM, but it won’t be in time to stop them from using chemical weapons on them.
World Beyond has achieved an intrigue level that meets my expectations. I believe the series should have started out in the same way as it is now. After wasting so much time on a coming-of-age survival adventure story, the plot turned completely away from it. I am happy to say that the series has finally found its footing!
Fear The Walking Dead’s Sarah caught my interest since her debut a few seasons ago. But the character has not been fleshed out. On today’s episode of Fear, it is my favorite involving the character.
While Sarah was looking for Wendell, she encountered Josiah. I find it a sheer coincidence that they found each other this quick. But the encounter did impact the story told for this episode. It is a good thing that Strand assured Sarah that Wendell is okay. But can we honestly believe him since we have not seen his body?
Speaking of which, I like the fakeout they did in the episode as I was believed that Wendell was devoured. But as I learned with TV tropes, until I see a body, nothing is confirmed. But Rufus getting bitten gives me flashbacks to Shiva being devoured on the main show.
Even though they appeared for a few minutes, it is good to know that the other characters such as Charlie, Lucianna, and AL are doing fine and that they watched over Sarah. Mo Collins did great during this episode! I wondered why it took them this long to showcase her full potential.
I am really curious on why Strand is written this way. It is becoming difficult to believe that Strand will evolve into a different character every episode. He wouldn’t be this ruthless and evil, though it was better than riding hot air balloons. It’s almost cartoon-like. I find it so petty that he can dictate who can enter his building. He now has a ruthless lackey who was originally a shy guy in the season six finale. It’s hard to believe that.
With the criticisms aside, this episode is solid and one of the best this season!