'The Walking Dead: World Beyond' Season 2 Review: Brisk start to final installment

Season 2 is definitely a marked improvement. It is worth the watch and does promise to get better over the course of the season. The question: can it?


                            'The Walking Dead: World Beyond' Season 2 Review: Brisk start to final installment
Iris and Felix from 'The Walking Dead: World Beyond' (AMC)
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Spoilers for 'The Walking Dead: World Beyond' Season 2 Episode 1 Konsekans

'The Walking Dead: World Beyond' returned for its final season and does a tad better to overcome the average 46% critics rating it had garnered in Season 1. After being criticized for not having the same spook factor and the punch-packing suspense, coupled with a weak storyline, the second installment comes back a lot stronger with mature performances from the cast as well, along with a plotline that's crisp and pacy.

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'Konsekans' sees the paths of Iris (Aaliyah Royale) and Hope (Alexa Mansour) diverge and picks up from where it left off. The season opener manages to stick the landing as it starts with Iris waking up to the dream of an Empty going toe-to-toe, while Hope commits to Huck (Annet Mahendru) and Elizabeth (Julia Ormond) to join the CRM. The episode sees her reunited with her dad, but the cost of meeting him might be the strained relationship between her and Iris.

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Alexa Mansour as Hope in 'World Beyond' (IMDb)

The episode sees a constant comparison between the two sisters. A vision (or a dream, in this case) has Iris realize that it was CRM that decimated her community. The fury that comes with the realization sees her kill a CRM soldier without remorse over the course of the episode. At the other end, Hope gets a first-hand look at how CRM works and its end goal. She has a vision of a woman unable to survive on her own and it could be translated as her needing the organization's support.

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That said, CRM has a weird logic. Why destroy potential communities that have the ability to help them with their research? They seem a stark contrast to the Commonwealth (The Walking Dead) and while the latter is definitely superior to the CRM, Elizabeth & Co. seem heavy on the artillery. 'Konsekans' takes its time but does answer some key storylines from the first season. Elton (Nicolas Cantu) and Silas (Hal Cumpston) are not to be seen and rest assured, one of the episodes will definitely track their adventure before they cross paths with Hope and Iris again.

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Season 2 is definitely a marked improvement. It is worth the watch and does promise to get better over the course of the season. The question is, can it?

'The Walking Dead: World Beyond' airs on Sundays 10 pm ET on AMC.