Cultural phenomenon The Walking Dead expands its scope with a next-generation spin-off World Beyond, a new series exploring the lives of four teenagers raised in a post-apocalyptic world. The Walking Dead: World Beyond arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and digital 11 October 2021, courtesy of Acorn Media International.
Set in Nebraska, 10 years after the start of the walking dead apocalypse, smart high school student Iris Bennett (Aliyah Royale – The Red Line, War Paint), and her rebellious adopted sister Hope (Alexa Mansour – Unfriended: Dark Wed, Loco Love), are forced to set off on a dangerous journey, along with two friends, the intellectual Elton Ortiz (Nicolas Cantu – The Good Place, The Powerpuff Girls) and a shy transfer student with a mysterious, violent past, Silas Plaskett (Hal Cumpston – Bilched, Nine Perfect Strangers).
Leaving the safety and comfort of home to brave dangers, known and unknown, living and undead on an important quest, the teens are pursued by both those who wish to protect them and those who wish to harm them including Elizabeth Kublek (Julia Ormond – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, My Week with Marilyn). A coming-of-age story unfurls across dangerous terrain, challenging everything they know about the world, themselves and each other. Some will become heroes. Some will become villains. But will they find the truths they seek in the World Beyond?
I caught this series when it dropped onto Prime each week and whilst it does of course take a little time to get used to new characters, the show does fit into the world of The Walking Dead that we know of, and without going into spoilers, I know that Season 2 will tie in even more of the familiar world that we have been watching over the past few years.