The Walking Dead: World Beyond season 2, episode 4 recap – “Family Is a Four Letter Word”

October 25, 2021
Jonathon Wilson 0
AMC, Weekly TV
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Summary

“Family Is a Four Letter Word” is better served by its focus on the adult characters, while some reasonably compelling dynamics begin to develop.

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Summary

“Family Is a Four Letter Word” is better served by its focus on the adult characters, while some reasonably compelling dynamics begin to develop.

This recap of The Walking Dead: World Beyond season 2, episode 4, “Family Is a Four Letter Word”, contains spoilers.


The Walking Dead: World Beyond is a lot better when it focuses on the adult characters rather than the kids, which is bad news for a show that is explicitly intended to be a young-adult entryway into the franchise. It’s pretty good news for “Family Is a Four Letter Word”, though, which benefits from actual semi-compelling drama, mostly in the form of Huck, her relationships with her mother, Felix, and Dennis, and all the attendant complications of double identities and competing loyalties and such. It’s all still saddled with the baggage of these dopey kids, obviously, but at least it doesn’t give them too much time to make terrible decisions.

The Walking Dead: World Beyond season 2, episode 4 recap

Picking up right where we left off, with Huck and Hope arriving at the Perimeter for an ill-advised catch-up, it becomes obvious pretty quickly that we’re gradually building towards a unified front against Elizabeth and the CRM, though admittedly it’ll take a while and some compromises to get there. The episode is bookended by flashbacks to Huck arriving at Omaha and the moments immediately prior to it, her slashing her own face and willingly having her arm broken to better go undercover. It’s to make the point that, in spite of her myriad sacrifices, her mother still isn’t willing to treat her as a confidante, as a daughter. The message is clear. Huck is becoming disillusioned with the CRM and buying into the idea that they might be just as bad as her former friends are claiming.

The Perimeter’s weird position in the middle of all this makes it difficult to do anything about the matter, though, not to mention the fact that Leo is still none the wiser about Iris being safe and sound and Hope has seen first-hand that the work Leo’s team is doing might be of some value. So, immediately we have multiple competing dynamics here: A father’s love for his daughter, the needs of the many versus those of the few, and so on, and so forth. Hope has to return to the CRM with Huck and keep up appearances since everyone being at the Perimeter has to remain a secret, but Iris is militant about opposing the CRM and isn’t willing to betray her principles even to work against them from the inside. In other words, there’s no way this setup is sustainable for any period of time.

This would be the case even if there wasn’t more going on at the Perimeter than meets the eye, but that isn’t the case. After Elton discovers a stockpile of CRM medical supplies and a dialysis machine, he’s told by Asha that she has a medical condition that requires constant treatment, which he’s willing to buy on the basis that he’s clearly in love and will believe anything she says at this point. But as “Family Is a Four Letter Word” later reveals, it’s Indira who needs the medicine. Since the CRM are the only ones who can provide it, she has a very compelling reason to side with them over Felix, Will, and the kids, even if she has already risked the arrangement by giving them shelter. She’s clearly conflicted and trying to do whatever she can, but condemning yourself to a slow death is a bit of a stretch. If push comes to shove, she’s likely to choose herself.

And push is definitely going to come to shove. You can feel the pieces being shuffled into place, including those that don’t necessarily seem to fit at first glance. Take Silas, for instance. Thus far he has remained sequestered away at the CRM’s so-called “culling station”, but what seemed like an opportunity for him to bond with his similarly-aged peers is becoming something else, mostly thanks to his burgeoning friendship with Dennis, Huck’s estranged husband who doesn’t even know Silas is referring to his wife when he describes her as a killer. This might still seem like a separate matter if wasn’t for a late scene in which Will develops an idea to “save everyone” which is supposedly related to that culling station. Everything seems to be coming together.

Speaking of coming together, Iris and Percy! Those two finally hook up in this episode after the latter tries and is ultimately prevented from killing Huck, and it feels as much a metaphor as a romantic development, proof that they’re properly aligned against the CRM. If that’s the case then Hope’s love interest, Mason, who seems like a pretty die-hard CRM boffin who has never really known life away from the organization’s comfortable bosom, puts her in an interesting spot. She’s caught between two worlds as ever, but with even Huck beginning to turn against her own mother at this point, there’s a good chance that she might end up all alone on that side of the aisle.

You can stream The Walking Dead: World Beyond season 2, episode 4, “Family Is a Four Letter Word”, on AMC.

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