01x02 - The Blaze of Gory

Previously on "The Walking Dead: World Beyond"...

IRIS: I live for my mom, who died that night years ago today.

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Mom, please!

[CRYING] I'm... I'm sorry.

The CRM is bad, and our dad's in trouble.

He wasn't asking for help, but we know he might need it.

I'm not trying to talk you out of it.

I'm trying to talk you into letting me go with you.

Me, too.

They'll never make it. They'll die.

HUCK: Then we have to make sure they don't.

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[GIRL HUMMING]

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[GIGGLES]

[FLAMES CRACKLING]

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[GUNSHOT]

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[GUNSHOT]

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[WALKERS GROWLING]

FELIX: You find yourself face-to-face

- with one of the dead.
- [GRUNTING]

- To eliminate the threat, you go...
- _

- [POINTER SMACKS]
- ... straight for the brain.

[GRUNTS]

[CHOKING]

A direct stab through the eye socket is the easiest way.

[GRUNTING]

- HOPE: Iris!
- [GRUNTS]

Iris! Let us help!

[GRUNTS]

Uh, if you can't get to the brain, that's okay.

You're gonna want to take it down by sweeping out its legs.

- [GRUNTING]
- HOPE: Iris!

If none of that works, the last thing that you want to do is tire yourself out.

Aah!

[GURGLING]

[GRUNTING]

[SNARLING]

In the end, though, it is all about avoidance.

Keeping a safe distance is the difference between life and death.

[GRUNTING]

HOPE: Iris, we're not ready!

You're not ready!

I am!

[GRUNTING]

[SCREAMS]

Iris!

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[WALKER GROWLING]

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FELIX: Now, you'll be scared the first time you face one.

You should be.

You should be scared every single time that you are outside those walls.

[INSECTS BUZZING, WALKER GURGLING]

[GROANS]

Oh, sh1t.

HOPE: Hold on, okay?
We're... We're coming.

[WALKER RASPING]

[LAUGHS]

Jesus.

- No, it's alright.
- Did... Did she... Are you...

It's al... I'm... I'm okay.

You could have died.

I didn't.

[RASPING CONTINUES]

I'm okay.

- [CAMERA SHUTTER CLICKS]
- Its physiology is so different.

It's like you tackled a bag of ravioli and candy canes.

[WALKER GRUMBLING QUIETLY]

I got this.

[GRUMBLING CONTINUES]

[RETCHES]

[GRUMBLING CONTINUES]

So, uh... [CHUCKLES]

... that's what you get.

[GRUMBLING CONTINUES]

[FENCE RATTLING]

I'm sorry.

[GRUMBLING CONTINUES]

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Didn't we used to take piano lessons on this street?

You did.

I quit, remember?

[CHUCKLES LIGHTLY] Mm.

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[BIRD SQUAWKING]

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I can't believe the Lieutenant Colonel gave the girls a map.

A map of New York State.

She said that's where their father is.

If we just told the supe the truth, maybe we'd have more hands out here.

If you spilled that ol' professor-doctor was sending messages back here from the CR, that's a basket of deep-fried sh1t.

I... I just don't get it.

It's not like him. That man does not take risks.

- [SCOFFS] Neither do we.
- Yeah.

Look at us now.

He loves his girls. You love him.

- And I love you, idiot.
- [CHUCKLES]

Which is why I'm here.

That, and Hope's a good kid.

I might have given her the reasons to think she could pull this off.

Yeah, well, I love you, too, Huck, and, no, you did not.

Way too early to be nimble.

I've seen you limbo, girl.

I think you'll manage.

Nobody gets lower than me.

But that's when the sun's down and the music's up.

[GRUNTS]

I mean, he was risking the whole Alliance by sending those.

Civic Republic doesn't play.

You really think he may be in some kinda trouble?

- [SIGHS]
- That Will is?

None of his messages said the CR were bad people.

- Yeah, well...
- Just sayin'.

Maybe their facility's in trouble.

Maybe their whole community is.

I don't know.

Say what you will...

What, that they're a bunch of black-wearing paranoids light years ahead of us in manufacturing, fuel, and chicory?

It's good chicory.

I mean, say what you will about them not telling anyone where they are... but also not allowing any sort of communication in or out?

I mean, that means... that means that they enforce that from inside, wherever they are.

Say what you will, but they handle their sh1t.

You sure they're headed east?

Uh, this road's the straightest shot.

And you know what's east.

It's a funnel.

It'll stop 'em.

We'll catch 'em.

The second they catch sight of it, they'll be glad they still have a home to go back to.

- [DOOR CLOSES]
- Hey, Dad.

Finally got my check for all that overtime.

Can deposit it into your account as s...

Used your computer.

Got on that job website you wanted me to try.

Found these e-mails.

[WIND CHIMES TINKLING IN DISTANCE]

Are you a faggot?

You don't say that word to me.

I love you, but you don't say that to me.

- Because you are?
- This isn't how I...

Are you?

[SIGHING] I'm gay, Dad.

Get out of my house.

[EXHALES SHAKILY]

Dad, things have been hard for you.

You're not seeing this right.
We can talk about...

Get out of my house.

Right now.

And don't come back.

I don't know you.

Dad, I'm your son.

No. You're not.

- Yeah, I am.
- You're not.

I'm your son, God damn it!
I've been paying your bills!

I've been holding you together!

I've been believing in you when nobody else would!

[VOICE BREAKING] I'm gonna walk out that door, and you're gonna have to live with that.

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Yeah.

I will.

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You need that.

Nope.

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We don't need your help.

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[BAG RUSTLES]

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[DOOR OPENS, CLOSES]

Didn't know you could fight empties.

Me, either.

What kind of music are you into?

Different kinds.

Well, you should play some for us sometime.

You know, when it's safe to.

'Kay.

HOPE: Crate!

[WOOD CLATTERS]

Strike!

That's the game.

You pick the target, and then you bowl the ball.

- Mm.
- Yeah, name's Big Mo.

Found him sitting all alone, abandoned on the curb.

[CAMERA CLICKS, WINDS]

[BIRDS SQUAWKING]

[RASPING]

[CAMERA SHUTTER CLICKS]

Aw, damn.

The wind always wins.

What?

Just something my mom said about nature deciding who lives and who dies.

Turns out she was right.

About what?

Well... us being at the conclusion of the Holocene extinction, the sixth extinction event on the planet.

We were already killing ourselves directly and indirectly, but nature made a shortcut.

You know, it took the dinosaurs possibly , years to die after million of living, so...

Following that ratio, given the human race's , , and factoring in other miscellaneous variables,

I'd say we have about years till we're gone.

years, huh?

[GULPS] Yeah.

I'd have given it way less, but that's just me.

Never would have pegged you for the doomsday type.

You just seem so chill about it.

It's just how it is.

You seem pretty at peace with it, too.

Most people aren't.

Guess we're not most people.

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What is it?

It's The Blaze.

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So it's real.

- The Blaze of Gory.
- [FOOTSTEPS APPROACHING]

Blaze of... uh, Gory?

IRIS: The B.O.G.

People have been talking about it since everything fell apart.

It's this everlasting fire of totally Old Testament proportions.

The predominant theory is that it's tires.

A lot of tires.

Left unattended, they can burn for years, even decades.

It's just a fire, though.

No, no, it's much more than that.

The smoke plume and the firelight after dark have been attracting empties to it for years and years, like moths to a flame.

And the more that come, the louder it gets, which attracts more.

Thus explaining why we haven't seen too many around here.

So, can we get through it?

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Yeah.

We don't know that.

Uh, why risk it? Let's just go around.

We go around, the river cuts us off.

We go miles out of the way.

We should at least see if it's doable.

[SCOFFS] You're supposed to talk me out of stuff like this,

- not the other way around.
- That was a long time ago.

That was yesterday.

Exactly, so let's keep movin'.

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- Okay.
- [FOOTSTEPS DEPARTING]

Let's see what we see.

I want to see it regardless.

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- [CLEARS THROAT]
- [WALKER GRUMBLING]

This was them.

At least one of 'em.

HUCK: Whichever one ate chocolate for breakfast.

That's fun.

[SIGHS] I swear to God,

Hope is gonna be composting mulch for a year when I find her.

Just Hope?

Not Iris or the others?

You think Iris is behind this?

I was in the weeds for a while.

Who you are inside those walls ain't who you are outside.

You okay?

Yep!

Aces.

- [BREATHING HEAVILY]
- [CAR HORNS BLARING]

[PEOPLE SHOUTING ANGRILY]

[TIRES SCREECH, CAR CRASHES]

[PERSON SCREAMS]

[EXPLOSIONS]

- [CELLPHONE RINGING]
- _

[CELLPHONE BEEPING]

[SCREAMING CONTINUES]

[WIND RUSHING, LEAVES RUSTLING]

[FOOTSTEPS APPROACHING]

[OBJECTS RATTLING]

[SPRAY PAINT CAN CLACKS]

What's with the spray paint?

Science.

I can continue Dr. Bavolar's migration experiments while on our journey.

Track how the empties move, merge, and break off from each other.

Hey, maybe you can help me.

'Kay.

Is... Is that an empty?

[LOW HUMMING]

What happened to it?

You hear that?

[HUMMING INTENSIFIES]

- [SNARLS]
- [WASPS BUZZING]

[ALL SHOUTING]

- [GROWLS]
- [SCREAMS]

[PAINT HISSING]

Help! Silas!

[WALKER GROWLING]

Hey! Hit it!

Use the wrench!

[GROWLING CONTINUES]

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[SNARLS]

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[BUZZING CONTINUES]

[BIRDS CHIRPING]

We lost it.

Bummed you didn't kill it?

Yeah.

Don't be.

Uh, why'd you try to kill yours?

I had to.

I'm the reason we're out here.

And we'll all have to kill one eventually.

Hey. Guys!

Think that's our shelter for the evening?

Looks like a whole lot of rooms to clear.

Uh, well, yes, but... not that.

Why be on terra firma when you can be on summus locus?

IRIS: Hope, remember how we begged Dad to build us a tree house in the backyard?

HOPE: Yeah. I remember.

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[DEEP VOICE] Big Mo!

[CHUCKLES SOFTLY]

[GRUNTS]

[OBJECTS CLINKING]

BOTH: Big Mo!

[BALL ROLLING]

[[OBJECTS RATTLING]

Big Mo.

Oh, come on.

Give him a helping hand coming back home.

He's cool.

Unh!

You gotta say it when you do it.

- Big...
- Come on, Silas.

Loud and proud.

Big Mo!

- [LAUGHTER]
- IRIS: Yeah!

[LAUGHTER CONTINUES]

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[WALKER GROWLING]

He found us?

[SIGHS]

[GROWLING CONTINUES]

SILAS: I'm sorry, guys.

IRIS: It's okay. We can drop something on it.

Um...

Oh! Big Mo!

Okay, okay.

I will do it.

We'll get him back.

I just didn't want to crack his glossy goodness.

You're taking the hit for us, papi.

[KISSES]

[SNARLS]

[BALL THUDS, WALKER GURGLES]

Ahh, sh1t!

[GURGLING CONTINUES]

[SPUTTERING]

There's got to be something else in here.

I'm... sorry.

I should have killed it before.

IRIS: It's okay.

Empties are supposed to get distracted pretty easy.

If it's still around in the morning, we'll deal with it then.

[SNARLING CONTINUES]

Oh, score!

[SANTO & JOHNNY'S "SLEEP WALK" PLAYS]

- Now it's your turn.
- You just went?

[DICE RATTLING]

- Ohh!
- Okay, doubles!

[LAUGHING] Ooh!

ELTON: I think I was going to get...

- So, like, eight?
- Right.

I only have red ones.

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- Oh!
- Mm!

That's the highest one.

[IRIS GROANS]

I'm gonna buy that... Electric Company.

- [SIGHS]
- Ohh! Okay.

IRIS: I'm gonna... I'm gonna do this.

[ALL CONTINUE SPEAKING INDISTINCTLY]

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[WALKER GROWLING]

[INDISTINCT TALKING CONTINUES]

[LAUGHTER]

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[WALKER GROWLING IN DISTANCE]

[CRICKETS CHIRPING]

[GROWLING CONTINUES]

[LADDER CREAKING]

[THUDS]

[BREATHING HEAVILY]

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[BLADE UNSHEATHES]

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[GROWLING CONTINUES]

Come on.

Come on, stud.

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- [SCREAMS]
- [POLE CLATTERS]

[GASPING]

[GROWLING INTENSIFIES]

Ugh!

[WALKER SNARLING]

Aah!

[WALKER GROWLING]

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[BLADE SCRAPES]

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[SNARLING]

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[BREATHING HEAVILY]

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[CRICKETS CHIRPING]

[RUSTLING]

[QUIETLY] Did... Did you...get rid of it?

[QUIETLY] I didn't do anything.

Th-Thank you.

That should've been me.
That was my mistake.

[SIGHS]

It wasn't.

But fine... say it was.

Doesn't mean it has to follow you around forever.

Look, can we keep this our little secret?

[MUSIC PLAYS THROUGH HEADPHONES]

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[FOOTSTEPS]

[RAPID FOOTSTEPS, PANTING BREATH]

[JETS FLYING OVERHEAD]

[CAR ALARM BLARING]

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What's up, Felix?

Nothing. I...

I just used to live around here.

Hope stole this from my apartment.

You'd think they'd do a better job covering up their tracks, then.

- You'd think they would, huh?
- [CAN CLATTERS]

Come on.

Well?

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[CAMERA SHUTTER CLICKS]

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HOPE: You wanted to take a look.

We took a look, and what I saw was crazy.

SILAS: It's big.

Quite big.

I think we can do this.

Map says there's an airfield on the other side.

It's surrounded by a fence, which means the empties coming from the east have to go around it.

That leaves us a clear path to go through.

We just have to go due east, then we're home free.

And what about the ones before the fence?

It's all about evasion.

It's like what Felix taught us in self-defense class last spring.

The key isn't fighting.

It's avoiding.

We can sneak past them and use the buses for cover.

Um, did you guys see the same screwed-up sh1t that I did?

We've had two close encounters with empties already, and we barely made it past them.

Two of them.

Come on, guys.

Let's put our brains back in.

If we go around... we'll probably get caught.

And I can't go back.

Seconded.

I came out here to see what the world is, start to finish.

I don't intend to finish before I start.

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Blaze of Glory, right, guys?

It'll be dark soon.

If we leave at dawn, the shadows will be long, and we'll have more cover.

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HUCK: Holy God.

Air tastes like a skid mark.

FELIX: That's the tire fire.

We're close.

Which means they are, too.

They should hit The Blaze at some point tomorrow.

We can afford to rest.

We're going on hours.

- I'm fine.
- You're not.

You're not even thinking right.

We don't rest, we get whupped by the janitor kid when we find 'em.

- Hey! Huck!
- [BUTTON CLICKS]

- [POUNDING ON DOOR]
- I swear to God.

Huck.

I get it. You're worried for 'em.

But if you don't clear your head, start thinking big picture, you'll end up with one of these.


- Huh.
- Or worse.

[GUN CLICKING]

HUCK: So, you're not gonna sleep, and you're not gonna tell me what's up?

Great.

[SNIFFS]

You know... you were out in the wild for years.

You barely said two words about it.

You know that, right?

I got my rep as the strong, silent type to think about.

And besides, past is the past, you know?

[SIGHS] I was, uh...

I was at the University the Night the Sky Fell.

[CLEARS THROAT]

Yeah.

- You mentioned that.
- Well...

As soon as it started to get bad, I just...

I just took off.

And I... I had to...just to get back to them.

[SNIFFS] You know?

Get back to my family.

[EXHALES SHARPLY]

I just wanted to see if they were okay.

See if I could just be with them at the end.

Took two days.

Mostly by foot.

I get it.

Mighta been shitty parents, but they're still your parents.

Hm.

You make it back?

[RAPID FOOTSTEPS]

[PANTING]

[DOOR RATTLES]

[KNOCKING]

Mom! Dad!

[MACHINE GUN FIRE, EXPLOSIONS IN DISTANCE]

Mom!

[DOG BARKING IN DISTANCE]

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Mom!

Dad!

Just let me help you get somewhere safe!

CLIFF: We don't need your help!

Come on, Mom!

I'm home!

[BARKING, EXPLOSIONS CONTINUE]

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[CRYING]

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[SIGHS]

[GROANS, SNIFFS]

[SIGHING] It doesn't matter.

Past is the past, right?

Yeah. It is.

Hey. Get some sleep, Huck.

Mm, pshh. You don't gotta tell me twice.

Ahh!

- [SIGHS]
- [WATCH BEEPS]

[SIGHS]

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Got about a half hour till sun-up.

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[ZIPPER RASPS]

Your and Iris's jackets look spiffy.

Silas fixed them so they'd fit us.

His grandma taught him how to sew.

Who knew?

Hey, can I ask you something?

Does it bother you that we're gonna end up like the dinosaurs?

Does it bother you?

I think I always knew it was gonna go that way, or at least since...

Wait. Are you dodging?

No. No. I-I was just curious.

It doesn't bother me.

Just the opposite.

There had to have been a last generation.

Just wonder if they knew they were the end, were therefore special.

We're the last generation.

Or the "endlings", as the last of a species is called.

That makes us special.

I'm lucky to know that.

To know that I need to make my life count.

It's all I can do.

Really, it's all any of us can do.

We're the endlings.

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Endlings, huh?

Actually, I-I misspoke.

Um, we aren't the endlings.

The last member of a species, very last one...

that's an endling.

Of this faux species that is our quartet crossing the continent, the last one alive... they're the endling.

And it's their life, their death that defines us all.

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Does that bother you?

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Yeah.

[SNIFFLES]

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We should get going soon.

Sun'll start to rise.

Yeah.

Oh, uh... [SNIFFLES]

Do you still have the spray paint?

Yeah.

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[GATE CREAKS]

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[GUN CLICKING]

[WATCH BEEPING]

Jesus.

Was out like a light.

[SIGHS]

You sleep at all?

No.

No, I couldn't if I wanted to.

[GUN CLICKING]

Too bad.

Yeah. We should go.

[SNIFFS, SIGHS]

[BIRDS CHIRPING]

[WALKERS GROWLING]

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IRIS: We need to keep moving east.

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[GROWLING CONTINUES]

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That's it. That's our way out.

But we'll have to go around them.

HOPE: So much for east.

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[GROWLING CONTINUES]

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Knowing where you are going is everything.

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Now, if you know what time it is, you got a compass in the sky.

[WALKERS GROWLING]

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Now, you lose that, you're flying blind.

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[EXHALES DEEPLY]

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[WHISPERING] Keep moving.

[GROWLING CONTINUES]

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[BREATHING HEAVILY]

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[GROWLING, SNARLING INTENSIFIES]

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FELIX: This isn't about standing your ground.

This is about survival.

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Sometimes you don't get to choose your direction.

Where's the fence?

I can't see it.

Sometimes you don't get to know where you're going.

[GROWLING CONTINUES]

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HOPE: There it is! It's this way!

[GROWLING INTENSIFIES]

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[ALL GRUNTING]

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[GRUNTING, BANGING]

Go!

[ALL COUGHING, PANTING]

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It's okay.

We did it.

We made it.

[EXHALES DEEPLY]

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What the hell?

[COUGHING]

[SIGHS]

[WALKERS GROWLING]

We didn't do it.

Not even close.

"The Endlings"?

They got themselves a nickname.

She wants us to find them.

Iris or Hope?

I don't know.

Obviously, one of 'em doesn't want to do this.

One of 'em wants our help.

So let's get 'em.

[WALKER GROWLING]

Yo. Keep up.

I'm not letting you sneak off like last night.

[GROWLING CONTINUES, BLADE UNSHEATHES]

Felix!

[GUN CLICKS]

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[CRICKETS CHIRPING]

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[WALKER GROWLS]

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[CLATTERING, GROWLING]

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[SNIFFS]

[DOOR HANDLE JIGGLES]

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[BANGS]

[SIGHS]

[BANGING]

Mom! Dad!

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Come on, Mom!

I'm home!

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[GROWLING CONTINUES]

[EXHALES SLOWLY]

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[WALKER GROWLING]

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[GROWLING STOPS]

[GRUNTS]

[THUDS]

HUCK: Ay, you gonna tell me where you went last night?

FELIX: To kill my parents.

[FLAMES ROARING, WALKERS GROWLING]

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The airfield must be behind the rest of The Blaze.

I should've known there'd be a "rest of The Blaze".

It was behind the smoke, alright?

None of us saw it.

I'm going to propose something unpopular, but it might be the only "something" we have.

There's an old tornado siren on that roof over there.

If somebody could manually sound it, it could create a nice diversion for the others.

For the others?

Well, the idea is that whoever sounds the siren would be able to get down, too.

You want to send someone in as bait?

No. No, no, no. Not as bait.

More like...

It's bait, yeah, but I don't want to, at all, okay...

It's too dangerous for the bait.

We all came in.

We all come out.

But... how?

[SIGHS]

Iris.

You were right to question me.

I thought I was ready for this.

I wanted to be brave.

I wanted to be more like you.

I'm not brave.

I'm a sh1t person who does sh1t things because I don't give a single sh1t about anything.

- That's not true...
- Yes, it is.

You had the guts to do something big, something crazy, something that meant something, and not just to you, but all of us.

You should be proud.

No matter what.

Let's get some rest.

We'll do better with fresh heads.

[WALKERS GROWLING]

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[CRYING]

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[SNIFFLES]

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[CHILD LAUGHING]

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On the next episode of
The Walking Dead: World Beyond"...

Hope, where are you?

We're doing Elton's plan.

I'll move faster and quieter alone.

- [RADIO INTERFERENCE]
- I gotta go.

I can't get what we did, out of my head.

We are the last light of the world.

It's a lie.

Hope, tell me where you are, so I can come and find you.

Let's go.

- [GROWLING]
- [SCREAMING]

Silas!

Get down! I got him.

- [GROWLING]
- [SCREAMING]