AMC’s The Walking Dead: World Beyond
1×03: “The Tyger and the Lamb”
Directed by Sharat Raju
Written by The Farahanis
* For a recap & review of “The Blaze of Gory,” click here.
* For a recap & review of “The Wrong End of a Telescope,” click here.
This episode’s title comes from two poems “The Tyger” and “The Lamb” by William Blake. Already I’m interested. We get a brief look at Silas’s past, as he listens to a tape of his grandparents while getting hand cuffs placed around his wrists, his hands bloodied. In the current day, Iris and the boys get a call over the walkie from Hope, who’s off on her own. Iris tries to get her sister to come back, but Hope wants to do what she can for her friends without putting them in danger.
Hope’s attempting to divert walkers with a distraction so they’ll clear a path forward through the blaze’s mess. She doesn’t immediately get cooperation from her sister. She does convince Iris that it’ll be okay. Right now they have to trust one another, and they certainly do, through thick and thin. Part of this is Hope trying to make up for the past, believing that if she can help her friends, even if she sacrifices herself, it’ll somehow heal the wounds from seeing her mother die. Meanwhile, poor Silas is obviously traumatised from whatever happened in his past, so he chooses to be the baggage carrier for his two friends, giving them two hands for zombie killing.
Partway through the blaze’s smoke Silas is cut off from his friends. He nearly runs right into a walker. This brings him right back to that fateful day when he obviously attacked somebody. He’s just about to kill the zombie in front of him when he stops in his tracks. His friends find him and they get on their way. Sooner or later the kid’s going to have to deal with that trauma from whatever violence committed.
The group hide away in a building together. After a while, Felix and Huck find them there. They’re surprised Iris was the ringleader behind this excursion. They’re equally shocked it was Hope who left the peaches and everything else to draw them along the same path. Iris doesn’t want to tell them where Hope has gone because they’ll go after her. Regardless of the danger they need Hope’s distraction. At the same time, Hope’s in a sticky situation with the undead, virtually trapped in a closet until she’s close to being chomped and slips out of there. When she tries to ring the siren for her distraction the handle on it falls off. Goddamn.
Silas tells the others about Hope leading the zombie away back at the treehouse and that she said “sometimes our mistakes follows us.” He understands that. Huck’s one of the people who evidently has ideas about Silas because of what he’s done. Silas doesn’t “feel strong” and he doesn’t feel like he belongs with the group. He’s afraid of himself. He can’t escape what he’s done because nobody will let him.
Then Hope calls over the walkie, explaining she’s tried to fix the siren and taken it apart, and she can’t get it put back together. She refuses help from Felix, she doesn’t want anyone else put in harm’s way. She gets on the walkie, telling Iris not to wait around for her. Yet her sister won’t hear any negative nonsense. “No goodbyes, okay?”
Finally, the siren’s working due to Hope’s hard work.
The others get going, heading into the blaze’s fray. Most of the walkers are being drawn by the noise, though Felix and the crew still have plenty to deal with in their way. Once a path’s cleared, Hope gets moving. She lands funny on her ankle on the way but it doesn’t slow her down too much. She’s able to light a fire that blocks a horde. She’s almost to her friends when several oil-slicked walkers attack. She fights hard against them but falls down. It’s Iris who saves her, killing one half of the conjoined zombie pair and getting trapped under them. Hope delivers the killing blow, and the sisters prove they’re ready for anything that comes their way.
Those flashbacks to Silas finding the Blake poetry, written out and drawn by Iris, serve a greater purpose. Those poems are, at least partly, about the dual nature of humanity; inside us all is the tiger and the lamb, each created by the same force. Silas is grappling with that, having seen the brutal violent force inside himself and worried there’s nothing else but some monstrous identity. He hasn’t yet seen the lamb within. And he shows himself how good he is, what he’s worth, when he holds a gate full of falling tires long enough for his friends to get away from a massive zombie horde.
When everyone’s safe they can relax. For a little while. This gives Hope time to open up with Iris about everything that happened the night their mother died. Hope blames herself for scaring the woman who shot her mom, and she likewise feels terrible for accidentally killing the woman, too. She feels deep guilt for never telling her sister the whole story. Iris is only upset because Hope’s held that burden this whole time on her own. Afterwards, Felix says he’ll be joining them further on the road, because OF COURSE! At least they’re a bunch of ass kickers when they’re working as one.
Back at the republic, Elizabeth’s dealing with one of her men feeling bad for what happened at the campus colony, where they razed the place and everyone in it to the ground. So what does she do? She turns the TV up, and everything else that makes noise in her apartment, ranting about all the luxuries they enjoy in their community. “We are the last light of the world,” she tells her soldier. There’s a definite narcissist within Elizabeth. She’ll do anything to ensure SHE and the Civic Republic make all the decisions. At any cost. Even if she has to send her soldiers off to a psychiatric ward and lock them away. Or worse.
I know others don’t feel the same. I still love The Walking Dead: World Beyond because it offers a different perspective from the other offshoots of the original series. The young people add new layers. There are still adults in this world, and a very adult world exists around the kids, so there’s also similar drama to the other shows. Nevertheless, there’s something—in my opinion—different here that I hope continues to be explored.