Dr. Leo Bennett’s girlfriend Dr. Lyla Belshaw was revealed to be an agent planted by the Civic Republic Military on Sunday’s episode of The Walking Dead: World Beyond.
The revelation about Dr. Lyla Belshaw [Natalie Gold] came when she met with CRM commander Elizabeth Kublek [Julia Ormond] in the facility’s laboratory.
Lyla told Elizabeth that Hope Bennett seemed to be coming around and that she was also helping to bring Leo around.
Planted girlfriend: Dr. Leo Bennett’s girlfriend Dr. Lyla Belshaw was revealed to be an agent planted by the Civic Republic Military on Sunday’s episode of The Walking Dead: World Beyond
‘He will,’ said Elizabeth while they stood before a gagged struggling zombie of Samuel Abott [S. J. Ovaska], part of one of Lyla’s experiments. ‘He’s anxious about his other daughter but we’ll find her.’
Lyla told her that she thought they needed Hope to keep her father Leo [ Joe Holt] motivated to continue his top-secret research.
‘I thought that was what you were for,’ Elizabeth told her.
‘I’m doing my best,’ Lyla said.
Secret agent: Lyla, played by Natalie Gold, was tasked with keeping Leo Bennett, played by Joe Holt, focused on his work to save humanity
Elizabeth said she hoped it was good enough for her own sake.
The episode titled ‘Foothold’ started with Iris [Aliyah Royale] pulling her knife out of a CRM trooper that she had just killed. Felix Carlucci [Nico Tortorella] discovered her in the woods. He was shocked to see the dead trooper. Iris told him that she had to kill him because the trooper was about to find her.
Separated sister: The episode titled ‘Foothold’ started with Iris [Aliyah Royale] pulling her knife out of a CRM trooper that she had just killed
Major revelation: The revelation about Dr. Lyla Belshaw [Natalie Gold] came when she met with CRM commander Elizabeth Kublek [Julia Ormond] in the facilities laboratory
‘We have got to get out of here,’ Felix said as lights from other troopers searching the woods came closer to them. Iris and Felix carried the dead trooper to hide him in the forest.
They hid with him, but then zombies started stumbling towards them. They killed the zombies as quietly as they could so the troopers wouldn’t find them.
Meanwhile, over at the CRM compound Hope [Alexa Mansour] was marveling at all the modern amenities such as water at her father’s apartment’s. Leo talked quietly with his girlfriend Lyla in the bedroom of the apartment about what he should say and ask his daughter.
Sticking together: Felix Carlucci [Nico Tortorella] discovered Iris in the woods
Private conversation: Leo talked quietly with his girlfriend Lyla in the bedroom of the apartment about what he should say and ask his daughter
‘Who knows what she saw out there,’ Leo said.
Lyla said by the same time tomorrow that he would have Iris and Felix back, too. Leo told Lyla that he wanted his kids to know about their relationship when the ‘time was close to right.’
Lyla said she wondered if she hadn’t mentioned Hope to Staff Sergeant Mallick ‘Huck’ [Annet Mahendru] that things would have turned out different. Leo told her that it was her indiscretion that saved his daughter’s life. Lyla left to give Leo some time alone with Hope.
Alone time: Hope finally had some alone time with her scientist father Leo
Leo made Hope breakfast and put a candle in her scrambled eggs because it was her 17th birthday. He asked her what it had been like out there and she told him she didn’t go hungry and that she was luckier than most. Leo asked her if she was ever in any kind of danger.
‘Would it be okay if we just didn’t talk about it?’ Hope said.
She told him though that the hardest part about being out there was worrying about him. He said he worried about Iris and Felix if they were okay. Hope told him that they were.
Touchy subject: ‘Would it be okay if we just didn’t talk about it?’ Hope said
At that moment, Iris, Felix, and Will [Jelani Alladin] were in a field deciding which zombie to kill. Iris went to kill one and then froze. She kept having a vision that underneath the zombie’s face was a CRM soldier. Felix had to step in and kill the zombie for her.
Iris reminded them that the CRM tried to kill Will and wanted to kill all of them. She said she wouldn’t put it past CRM that they killed everyone back home and in Omaha.
‘You think that the CRM was behind all of this?’ asked Felix.
Zombie killing: At that moment, Iris, Felix, and Will [Jelani Alladin] were in a field deciding which zombie to kill
‘Why else would they cover it up?’ said Iris.
Iris said maybe they wanted something they had. She said that they went to great lengths to get Hope. They captured a zombie and dressed it up as Felix.
At CRM, Leo went to see Elizabeth in her office. Elizabeth asked him how Hope was settling in. He told her that Hope found out everyone she knew was dead so he didn’t expect any ‘settling in until her sister and Felix are brought to safety.’
Wild theory Iris said she wouldn’t put it past CRM that they killed everyone back home and in Omaha
Still alive: Will was targeted by CRM but still remained alive
Nice shot: Felix held onto a zombie that Iris killed with her bow and arrow
Leo asked to join the team to bring them back, but Elizabeth told him that wouldn’t be possible because the extraction team already left. She told him that his daughter’s journey must have come as a shock.
‘You have manipulated them to travel over a 1,000 miles completely unprotected,’ said Leo.
Elizabeth told him that Huck was capable of dealing with any danger that Hope faced. She told him that Huck was her daughter and that she meant more to her than a million soldiers.
Left already: Leo asked to join the team to bring them back, but Elizabeth told him that wouldn’t be possible because the extraction team already left
‘I want the rest of my family here tonight or I’m done working for you,’ Leo said.
She told him she didn’t work for her but that he worked for the Civil Republic. She said she brought Hope here as a condition that she change. She said Hope needed to see the world out there for herself. She expected that Leo would continue to work on his efforts to save humanity.
Elizabeth also let Leo know that she had been listening to all his secret transmissions and warned him not to make any more.
Secret transmissins: Elizabeth also let Leo know that she had been listening to all his secret transmissions and warned him not to make any more
A soldier came in and Elizabeth asked him if he had any new information on the missing soldier or on the missing member of Dr. Bennet’s security team. He told her that the trail had gone cold and she asked him to prepare a transport.
Later, Felix, Iris, and Will were confronted by members of The Perimeter, the abandoned farm town that was turned into an artist colony that had taken them in. They discovered that they had killed a CRM soldier and had found Iris’ CRM code book, They were told that they put them all at risk. Just then a group of CRM vehicles drove up. Indira [Anna Khaja], the leader of the Perimeter, told them to hide.
Elizabeth walked in. She told Indira that it wasn’t a social visit but that she was here looking into something. She said she was here for a security issue and knew that Indira wouldn’t do anything to jeopardize her group. Elizabeth told her she was going to have her soldiers check the village, just in case, to make sure no one else snuck in.
Keeping moving: Later, Felix, Iris, and Will were confronted by members of The Perimeter, the abandoned farm town that was turned into an artist colony that had taken them in
Indira told her that wasn’t necessary but the soldiers started searching. Elizabeth was seconds away from finding Iris, Will and Felix herself when she got a call over her walkie-talkie that her missing soldier had been located and left with her men.
Iris later told Felix that she wasn’t scared when the soldiers started searching the house. She walked with him outside to a lake where zombies were waiting.
She said ‘this is war.’ Felix said ‘until we can figure out a way to hit them back at least we can hit something’ and they started killing zombies together.
Not scared: Iris later told Felix that she wasn’t scared when the soldiers started searching the house
Hitting therapy: Felix said ‘until we can figure out a way to hit them back at least we can hit something’ and they started killing zombies together
Nearby, Silas [Hal Cumpston] was traveling in a car wearing a hood driven by Dennis [Max Osinski]. Dennis pulled off his hood and gave him a drink of water and told him he was going to go to prison for a long time. Silas asked him where he was going, but Dennis didn’t say.
Then they pulled into a base. Dennis took him inside the compound, gave him a jacket, and then introduced them to Webb, [Jesse Gallegos], Tiga [Ry Chase], and Grady [Kellen Quinn] who were killing a pile of zombies. He gave Silas a spear and told him to get to work with them to kill the zombies that they lured into the compound with lights and music.
Dennis told Silas that they were working on clearing all the zombies out of the state. He told him it was one of six compounds in the state.
New life: Nearby, Silas [Hal Cumpston] was traveling in a car wearing a hood driven by Dennis [Max Osinski]
‘That’s what we are doing here, starting over,’ Dennis told him. Dennis then got into a truck to take a struggling zombie to the research facility.
Hope walked alone through the compound and saw others milling about, doing normal things like eating their lunches outside. She wrote down security notes in her journal. Lyla saw her sitting alone and went over to say hi and offered to give her a tour of the compound. Hope saw her security badge and agreed.
Lyla took her inside and said they were trying in the labs to figure out why the people turned into zombies. Hope asked her if she was trying to find a cure and she told her not exactly. She said she hoped to eradicate the dead from the earth. Hope asked her if she thought that was possible.
Statewide project: Dennis told Silas that they were working on clearing all the zombies out of the state
Normal life: Hope walked alone through the compound and saw others milling about, doing normal things like eating their lunches outside
Hope wanted to scope out the high security corridors herself and told Lyla that she wanted to use the bathroom. Instead, she then tried to walk through a door that said authorized military personnel only.
A boy named Mason stopped her and introduced himself. He said he would help her and opened the door and it turned out to be a room full of wires and cleaning supplies. He told her he would see her later.
Hope then went to her father’s lab but only Lyla was there. Hope was disappointed that he was too busy to see her. Instead, Lyla played a video of her father doing an experiment on the dead and said it allowed him to collect data on the dead’s behavior.
Security notes: She made security notes in her journal
In the woods, Elizabeth’s soldiers showed her two bodies that had fallen down a cliff that from afar appeared to be Will and Felix. She told her soldiers to try to get down the hills to inspect them more closely if possible. She told her soldier to limit the people who knew about it because ‘Dr. Bennet doesn’t need anymore bad news tonight
Back at Dr. Bennet’s apartment, Hope and Leo spoke. He told her was trying to get an update on Felix and Iris. Hope told him that she figured out that Lyla was his girlfriend and that she thought she was ‘alright.’
Leo told her that the CRM was searching the area for Felix and Iris. He asked her if there was something she hadn’t told him about.
‘Hope, what the hell is going on,’ Leo asked.
The Walking Dead: The World Beyond will return next Sunday on AMC.
Good question: ‘Hope, what the hell is going on,’ Leo asked