Connecting The Walking Dead: ‘Blaze Of Gory’

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Hal Cumpston as Silas, Alexa Mansour as Hope – The Walking Dead: World Beyond Season 1, Episode 2 – Photo Credit: Jojo Whilden/AMC

World Beyond delves deeper, giving us new glimpses into The Walking Dead’s past.

Welcome to the second installment of Connecting The Walking Dead!

In case you missed it last week, this is a new series of articles I’m writing where I find the connections between World Beyond and its predecessors, The Walking Dead and Fear The Walking Dead.

Some of these connections might be as subtle as a character using the same turn of phrase as another (For example: Elton’s line about wanting to see the world, “Start to finish” being the same thing Deanna said to Michonne about living to her last breath), while others might be more direct, but, if I think it’s worthwhile, you’ll find it here.

Sadly, this week’s episode wasn’t as loaded as last week’s, with some of the references and callbacks being something small, like Elton spray-painting empties to continue Dr. Bavolar’s research on their migration patterns (Even though, with Bavolar and the empties Huck and Felix were spray-painting dead, its now his research), the kids all being reluctant to kill the dead (Much like Tyreese was in seasons four and five of The Walking Dead), and learning that Felix’s coming out to his family was not much more successful than Aaron’s was all not being quite the deep cuts we’re really looking for.

That said, this week’s episode was not entirely devoid of good connections, as we have the lesson of an old friend coming back to remind us of the war humanity is fighting, a look into just how expansive Operation: Cobalt was, and seeing, essentially, a moment from the early days of The Walking Dead from a new set of eyes.

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