Hope Bennett was reunited with her sister Iris Bennett on Sunday’s episode of The Walking Dead: World Beyond on AMC.
Despite being safely inside the walls of the Civic Republic Military compound, Hope insisted that Jennifer ‘Huck’ Mallick Huck risk everything to launch a covert and dangerous mission to rescue Iris and her friends
The episode titled ‘Exit Wounds,’ which was directed by Aisha Tyler, started with Elton Ortiz [Nicolas Cantu] and Percy [Ted Sutherland] riding a horse through a field searching for the others. Instead, they came across two teenagers sitting around a fire eating.
Close bond: Hope Bennett struggled with life at the CRM and worked to reunite with her sister on Sunday’s episode of The Walking Dead: World Beyond
‘When was the last time we ate?’ said Percy as they hid behind a tree.
Percy told Elton that they needed to steal all of their food. Elton tried to stop him and instead went to talk to the teens about just giving them food. The teens were wary and turned their knives on him and searched him for weapons. He told the girl, who later revealed that her name was Asha [Madelyn Kientz] and was with her brother Dev [Abubakr Ali], that he was just hungry and wanted food.
Asha handed him some turnips and water but when she turned around she saw that Percy was trying to steal all of their food. She called them both con men and Elton and Percy ran off.
Asha and Dev chased after them through the woods but then had to stop to kill the zombies that surrounded them. Percy and Elton used that opportunity to run back to try again to steal their food.
Growing up: Iris Bennett seemed markedly different when she was reunited with her friends
Elton though slipped in the woods on what appeared to be leaves but turned out to be a hidden pile of zombies. Percy tried to help him but then a zombie grabbed his legs. Asha and Dev showed up just in time to save them and kill the zombies.
At first Asha thought that Elton had been bitten and wanted to cut off his arm, but then he showed her that his three-piece corduroy suit was actually bite proof because it was industrial grade corduroy. Asha and Dev then tied Percy and Elton up and Asha took Elton’s suit coat.
Asha, wearing the tan corduroy jacket, sat down and carved out the zombie’s eyes and put flowers inside one of the empty sockets. She also said a prayer over them and said it helped release their souls. Asha and Dev then loaded Percy and Elton into a horse drawn carriage and carted them away. Once they approached an area that had signs warning that they were entering a nuclear fallout zone, Asha and Dev put on gas masks and put hoods over Percy and Elton’s heads.
Arm chop: At first Asha thought that Elton had been bitten and wanted to cut off his arm
Over at the Civic Republic Military [CRM] compound, Hope [Alexa Mansour] tried to adjust to her new surroundings. She ran through the compound to keep in fighting shape and stared at the soldiers guarding the compound with distrust.
Meanwhile, Huck and Dennis [Max Osinski] were in bed together. When they got dressed, Dennis asked her if it was her mother’s idea to send her away without telling him. She said she had to go to try and fix things after what he did.
‘There had to be consequences,’ said Huck.
Smart student: Over at the Civic Republic Military [CRM] compound, Hope [Alexa Mansour] tried to adjust to her new surroundings and showed off her intellect in class
Dennis told her that he had already been paying the price by being pulled from active duty and having to work decontamination. He told her it wasn’t his job that he was trying to get back while looking at her. Huck didn’t reply. When he was leaving he asked Huck outside if she would have dinner with him later and she told him that she would think about it. Hope saw Dennis and Huck together and shook her head knowingly at Huck.
Huck, dressed in her army fatigues, went to an CRM hearing where she was told that her two-year secret mission in Nebraska had been reviewed. She was commended for delivering ‘the asset’ with minimal expenditures. She received praise for her work and was told in light of her efforts to further the priorities of the CRM that she was allowed to return to active duty.
Dr. Leo Bennet [ Joe Holt] confronted her as she walked out of the hearing and told her that Iris and Felix Carlucci [Nico Tortorella] weren’t where she told him they would be. He accused her of manipulating him and Hope. She promised to bring Iris and Felix to the CRM compound.
Secret mission: Huck, dressed in her army fatigues, went to an CRM hearing where she was told that her two-year secret mission in Nebraska had been reviewed
Hope struggled to fit in at the CRM. She went to school class but kept having flashbacks of what happened to her outside. During the class, Hope got into a debate with Mason [Will Meyer] and the professor commended her divergent thinking. Mason then asked Hope if she wanted to join him later but she said she wanted to stay in and study.
Hope went to speak to her father. She told him that all they could do was to wait and trust that Iris and Felix would come back. She told him about her problems fitting in. She said it was really hard out there and ‘that it’s really hard in here.’
She then decided to go and meet up with Mason after all. It turned out his meeting was basically a low-key party with alcohol, music and games such as air hockey in a bunker at the CRM. Mason revealed to her that he had been at the CRM for three years and selected to study here because of his intelligence. He told her that everyone at the CRM gets to go home and visit their families for two weeks every year.
Tough talk: Dr. Leo Bennet [ Joe Holt] confronted her as she walked out of the hearing and told her that Iris and Felix Carlucci [Nico Tortorella] weren’t where she told him they would be
Three years: Mason revealed to her that he had been at the CRM for three years and selected to study here because of his intelligence
‘The stuff we are learning here will unlock the future,’ Mason said.
Hope and Mason drank alcohol out of science glass beakers and played a competitive game of Jenga. Mason pushed over the Jengas when the game was over and Hope had a PTSD flashback of tires being pushed over. She went to see Huck and demanded that she take her immediately to go find Iris and Felix.
Huck told her it wasn’t going to be as easy as Hope thought it would be to get them back and bring them inside the CRM. Hope said she needed to go with Huck on the mission to prove to them that they could trust them because Felix probably wanted to kill Huck. Eventually, Huck agreed and said they would go tomorrow. Hope asked why they couldn’t go tonight and then saw that Huck had her dinner table set for two.
Fun party: Hope and Mason drank alcohol out of science glass beakers and played a competitive game of Jenga
‘In one day a whole city of people got wiped out,’ Hope said. ‘I want my family back.’
After Hope left, Dennis then arrived at Huck’s house for their dinner date. He told her she looked great. She went to put on a dress but then in the closet decided instead to put on her combat outfit. She came out and asked Dennis if he still had the keys to the truck. She asked him to give him the keys, no questions asked.
She told him she couldn’t be with him right now. Huck got into the truck, with Hope hidden in the truck’s compartment, and drove off the CRM compound after getting past the guards.
Hidden away: Huck got into the truck, with Hope hidden in the truck’s compartment, and drove off the CRM compound after getting past the guards
Back over at the Perimeter, the abandoned farm town and former artist colony, Asha and Dev arrived on their horse-drawn carriage and freed Percy and Elton by cutting off their hand restraints and taking off their hoods.
‘Elton, Percy, we’re here,’ said Asha.
Elton realized that he never told her his name. Asha revealed that she knew who they were the whole time and that she was just playing a practical joke on them. She said that her mother Indira [Anna Khaja] was the leader of this community.
Carriage driver: Back over at the Perimeter, the abandoned farm town and former artist colony, Asha and Dev arrived on their horse-drawn carriage and freed Percy and Elton by cutting off their hand restraints and taking off their hoods
Dev brought Iris [Aliyah Royale ] to see them. She ran up and hugged Elton and Percy and told them she thought they were dead. Elton asked her if she had any news about Hope.
Other members of the Perimeter were mad at Asha and Dev for bringing ‘two more strays’ back and told them it could jeopardize their arrangement with the Civic Republic Military, allowing them to stay there and to be protected and given food. Asha told them she didn’t care.
Later by the fireside, Iris stitched up Percy’s wounded shoulder. She asked him to take off his shirt. She said she never got a chance to thank him. She told him it was a ‘second chance’ that they found each other again. He told her that she seemed different.
Medical aid: Later by the fireside, Iris stitched up Percy’s wounded shoulder
Just then they looked out the window and saw Hope and Huck had entered their compound .
‘Huh,’ said Iris, stunned.
Percy, holding a knife by his side, stared angrily at Huck who had shot him.
The Walking Dead: The World Beyond will return next Sunday on AMC.
Looking out: Percy, holding a knife by his side, stared angrily at Huck who had shot him