“The Tyger and The Lamb” picks up right where episode 2 left off. The Walking Dead: World Beyond has been tackling some great themes as we peel back the layers of each character episode by episode. This third episode of TWD: World Beyond digs into Silas’ background and sends Hope off on her own in search of redemption because sometimes “our mistakes follow us.” Ready? Let’s get into it.
1. Silas’ Dark Passenger
Showtime’s Dexter did a great job of personifying the kind of monsters that can tuck themselves away in back corners of our minds. As this episode explores who Silas was before the beginning of this adventure, it becomes clear why he is plagued with his own dark passenger. This is another shining example of how our past struggles, our instincts and urges, may be useful in the right time and place. But the mistakes of our past may prevent us from indulging them when that time comes.
2. Presentation Matters
One thing that really brings Silas’ monster to life is the way that it is presented. The imagery and music are chaotic, and that nails the situation perfectly. From the very beginning of the episode we are getting glimpses of the event that haunts Silas. It is filmed tight and close to block out everything else going on around him and recreate the tunnel vision he would be experiencing in that moment. The music they use for this is fast paced and loud, which again simulates the auditory exclusion our bodies utilize during fight or flight responses. The blood on Silas’ hands let us know that this was a fight, not flight, kind of scenario.
3. Hope’s Big Secret
As much as Silas carries this episode, his connecting factor with Hope is the remorse she feels over the night the sky fell. When she was separated with her mom, she panicked and caused another survivor to accidentally shoot her mother. It is the reason that she led the empty away that night in the treehouse, and it is the reason she decided to sneak away and try to sound the alarm so that the others can survive. However Iris isn’t too happy with Hope for up and disappearing on her.
4. Sister Act
Distance makes the heart grow fonder, and this episode proves that. Despite having differences with each other’s plans, Hope and Iris do have a certain on screen chemistry that works well for them. The flipping of the bird over the walkie-talkie and the other one knowing almost telepathically what the other is doing just reinforces the idea that these are sisters that have grown up knowing how to hate each other, fight each other, and most importantly, love each other.
As the sisters venture through this episode separate from each other, you start to see where the other half completes what you are getting. Iris cares deeply and wants everything to go well, but she doesn’t always act on that concern out of an abundance of caution. Hope on the other hand is “leap before you look” type and it can put her in some precarious situations. It is Iris’ level headedness that can direct her back to safety, and after all that time separate it is time for Hope to reveal the truth so that Iris can understand her motivations.
5. New Recruits
In a weird “this door is stuck but it is important I open it for no apparent reason” kind of moment, Felix and Huck appear out of thin air and are now officially part of the team. This does a lot for the dynamics of this series moving forward, and gives the team some survival experience and firepower to lean on. It probably also means we are going to get a lot of Felix trying to push everyone to return to Omaha while Huck pushes back against him in favor of allowing the kids to do some soul searching.
I’ll be the first to admit I don’t care for Huck. The character itself isn’t a problem, but aesthetically she looks fake. I don’t think the actress playing here has the physical presence that that character is designed to bring to the screen. She is never intimidating, and always comes off as someone trying to pretend they are tougher than they really are. But I do like Felix and occasionally Huck drops some powerful wisdom in your lap so overall growing the team to six instead of four seems like a great move.Continued below
This episode was slow, and campy. It felt like there were more tropes than the first two episodes, when Hope gets to the siren it doesn’t work, but there was a lot of great character exploration behind Silas’ story and Hope’s attempt at reparations. The one character we don’t really have any background on at this point is Huck so I expect the next episode will tackle her origins. The big government entity hasn’t really been present in two episodes so I expect them to make another appearance soon since I am already forgetting their name.
“World Beyond” is still delivering even if this episode faltered a bit. I’m still in because the characters are interesting, Felix and SIlas have both become favorite characters over the last two episodes, and there is an endgame here that gives me confidence that we are headed somewhere specific.