The Walking Dead: World Beyond showrunner Matthew Negrete promises fans won’t have to wait too long to learn about Silas’ mysterious past.
There are a lot of questions The Walking Dead: World Beyond has to answer over the course of its two-season run, but showrunner Matthew Negrete says fans won’t have to wait long to learn the full story behind Silas’ dark past. The show is the second spinoff from The Walking Dead, but it is unique in its design as a limited-run series; it will have only two 10-episode seasons. The pilot episode sets up a lot of threads to unravel: the main story concerns teenage sisters Iris (Aliyah Royale) and Hope (Alexa Mansour), who leave behind the (relative) safety of the Campus Colony and set out across the country to find their missing father. They’re accompanied by Silas (Hal Cumpston), who has a mysterious history of violence, and Elton (Nicolas Cantu), who has the most experience in the world outside Campus Colony’s walls.
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World Beyond is the third overall series in the franchise, but it won’t be the last. There are two other shows (the anthology series Tales of The Walking Dead and an as-yet-untitled Carol and Daryl spinoff) and three movies that follow Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) planned. The original Walking Dead series will end in 2022 after airing its eleventh season, but there will still be plenty of content that explores new themes and stories for fans of the TWD universe. The mystery-focused World Beyond, for example, is a reprieve from the survival-based drama of the original series (though there’s still plenty of fighting “empties,” as World Beyond calls the undead).
Negrete definitely has his hands full with all the questions introduced in the pilot episode of World Beyond, and with a clear end date for the series, it would be easy to save all the reveals for the final stretch of episodes. But during a panel at New York Comic Con, Negrete revealed that viewers will definitely learn about Silas’ past in season 1. He said:
“We will definitely find out what sort of his dark past is all about. In the teaser we hear these two girls talking about him, and we know he’s from Omaha, we know he’s new there, and one of them says he should be in jail for what he did. So obviously, there’s some darkness that’s following him around. Y’know, at the end of the pilot what we hear him say is that he wants to leave because he wants to be different from what everybody thinks he is there, and so he wants to be someone else. But what we’re going to find out after he leaves is that that’s easier said than done and that his past is actually going to follow him out there in some ways and he’s going to be forced to deal with it. The one thing I’ll say too is that there’s this one specific episode we have coming up down the pike that we really find out everything that went down with Silas.”
It’s reassuring to know that World Beyond has taken pacing into account when planning the series. One of the advantages of a limited series is that the writers can meticulously plan storylines and don’t have to stretch certain subplots beyond their interest limits or constantly come up with new directions for the show. The downside, though, is that it can be tempting to play your cards close to your chest for too long, causing viewers to lose interest or be disappointed in the final reveal. By giving viewers small bits of insight along the way, the ending feels more earned.
It remains to be seen whether World Beyond can resolve its central mystery in a satisfying manner but, from a storytelling perspective, knowing we’ll soon learn more about Silas is a good sign. The show has received mixed reviews so far but it’s still early in its run; there’s still plenty of time for the series to grow into its own. Hopefully, The Walking Dead: World Beyond will make the journey worth it.
Source: New York Comic Con
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