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You did this. You didn't give us a choice. We didn't want any of this. (...) The CRM wasn't our ally. Not ours, not Portland's. You lied. You covered up a genocide. (...) You murdered 100,000 people!
―Iris to Jadis Stokes.[src]

Iris Bennett is one of two protagonists and a survivor of the outbreak in AMC's The Walking Dead: World Beyond. She is the adoptive sister of Hope and daughter of Kari and Leopold Bennett. She is also a former resident of the Campus Colony of Omaha, one of three cities part of the Alliance of the Three.

After leaving the Campus, Iris becomes the leader of the Endlings as they venture to New York with the goal of rescuing her father from the Civic Republic's research facility. During their travels, Iris develops a romantic relationship with Percy until he is forced to flee the group after a failed assassination attempt from CRM operative, Jennifer Mallick. When Jennifer's plan is exposed, the remaining group is forced to split up, leaving Iris and Felix alone until encountering Will, Leo's former security detail who informs them of the genocide of Omaha and the Campus Colony.

With a new mission to take down the CRM and avenge her fallen home, Iris joins the Perimeter where she's able to infiltrate the facility with Felix and Percy. When reunited with her father and sister who soon learn of the atrocities back home, and later the impending attack on Portland, the group forms a rebellion with the other scientists and are able to escape the facility while successfully preventing the attack on their sister city. After the group settles in a new home hidden from the Civic Republic, Iris leads a group of survivors to Portland to inform them of the CRM's intentions and to gather reinforcements.

Overview[]

Iris is a well-liked, above-average high school student whose spent the decade since the world ended living in relative safety with her adopted sister behind the walls of a thriving community – a community that’s itself a satellite to an even larger, surviving city. A smart, no-nonsense student leader, Iris is proud to be following in her scientist father's footsteps to one day far in the future help bring back the world to what it was.[1]

Pre-Apocalypse[]

Lincoln, Nebraska[]

Iris was born in Lincoln, Nebraska in 2003, but was either orphaned or abandoned at infancy. In the orphanage, she was paired with another orphan, Hope. The two became inseparable to the point of sharing a crib together. Professor of Nebraska State University, Doctor Leopold Bennett, and his wife, Kari came to the orphanage with the intention of adopting one daughter. After seeing Iris and Hope, they decided to adopt them both.

Iris Bennett was then raised in Lincoln, Nebraska by Leo and Kari along with her adoptive sister, Hope. She and Hope grew in a loving home and had an acceptable childhood in her adoptive family. In the fall of 2010, her father took in one of his students, Felix Carlucci, after he was kicked out of his parent's house for being gay. Despite not being officially adopted due to him being an adult, Felix was welcomed into the family by Iris and the rest and accepted him for who he was.

Post-Apocalypse[]

Season 1[]

"Brave"[]

After waking up from a nightmare of being a walker, Iris greets several of her friends and invites Silas Plaskett to a party. After greeting Felix and Huck, Iris leads the delegation to meet with the CRM onto a bus, but she discovers that their banner reads "The Civic Republic Sucks Ass." Iris quickly modifies the banner so that when Lieutenant Colonel Elizabeth Kublek approaches them, it instead reads "The Civic Republic Us" which Iris claims refers to how every member of the Alliance of the Three is the same and they are all in it together. After the meeting, Iris and the other representatives are driven back to the Campus Colony.

Returning home that night, Hope finds Iris working on her Feast Day speech and Iris confronts Hope about the modified banner. Iris points out that Hope had used to be fine with the Civic Republic, but Hope points out how little they know about them at all and expresses resentment at the CRM taking their father while giving them a soldier in return. However, Iris defends their father's important work in finding a cure to the walkers and berates Hope for her stunt with the banner. Iris asks Hope to sign Felix's birthday card and they bicker briefly about Iris' decision to focus on studying science instead of her artistic talents. After Iris confirms that there's no new messages from Leo, Hope bemoans how she had screamed at their father not to go and pushes Iris to come to her party. Iris flips her off and returns to working on her speech.

After waking up from another nightmare of being a walker, Iris finishes her speech and visits Leo's office in the morning, finding no new message from him on the pager and rereading the messages that he had already sent them. After looking out over the world from the roof, Iris attends class where listening to the professor talk about Monument Day causes her to briefly have a flashback to the Night the Sky Fell. After watching the professor talk to Elton, another girl brings Iris a note that Hope's illegal booze stash has been found and that she has been arrested. Iris arrives at the Campus police station and Felix states that he needs a family member to sign for Hope until she can appear before the CCC. Iris points out that he has guardianship over them and Felix releases Hope, stating that he'd wanted her to think about what she did.

The two girls leave with Hope complaining about Felix's behavior and Iris telling Hope that their father would state that her ability to make that much alcohol would show that Hope has an impressive grasp of chemistry. Spotting Kublek nearby, Hope tries to go in the other direction, but Kublek greets the two girls by name. Kublek thanks them for the sacrifice of their father being gone for months on end and lauds their accomplishments, but Hope rudely rejects Kublek's words and walks away. Hope accuses Iris of not trusting the CRM either and confronts her sister about the nightmares that she's had every night since their father left, but Iris dismisses it. Hope is convinced that they will never see their father again and is sure that Iris knows it deep down too before walking away from her sister.

Iris later visits Dr. K where Iris discusses her nightmares. After joking briefly about the doctor's tea, Dr. K points out that Iris' attempts to cure her trauma in fifteen minutes or less aren't working and that she still hasn't talked about it with Hope. Dr. K insists that talking honestly with Hope about it will help and Iris explains that this is their first Monument Day on their own without their father and she doesn't want to bring it up and Dr. K acknowledges that Iris wants to stop having these dreams so that she can sleep and get more done. Iris begins describing the events that her family had gone through on the Night the Sky Fell, how it was chaos and they were trying to get to the Campus to safety and how they had encountered a pregnant woman that they had wanted to help but couldn't because of a plane crash. At Dr. K's urging, Iris recalls how their mother had died later that night in front of Hope, but not because of the plane crash but because of walkers. Iris expresses guilt at not being there for her sister and Dr. K tells Iris that the reason that she wasn't there that night has defined who Iris is today. Iris remembers getting scared and freezing upon seeing some walkers, causing her father to get separated from Kari and Hope and Iris never saw her mother again. Dr. K believes that because Iris feels that she didn't do enough then, she feels that she has to do everything for everyone. Iris insists that she's building a better future, but Dr. K believes that she is dreaming her dad because Iris is neglecting herself. Iris is so focused on the future that she has completely abandoned the present and Dr. K states that there are nearly 9,800 people at the Campus Colony which is too many for Iris to live for. Dr. K tells Iris that she doesn't want to end up in her position and realize that she hasn't used the years of her life for herself. Instead, Iris needs to talk to her sister and let go of all that she's been holding onto for Hope and "after that, it's your life and only you can figure out how to give it meaning."

Returning to Leo's office, Iris is excited to finally find a message from her father. However, the message reads "my safety not assured" before Silas and Elton enter, having seen Iris walk by the janitor's office. As Iris tries to hide the message, the two boys offer her some cake that they had made using an Easy Bake Oven before Hope arrives and notices that Iris has the cabinet open even with their classmates present. Iris hands Hope the message and Hope, warily eying Silas and Elton, is concerned by what Leo might mean when he says that his safety isn't assured. Silas is surprised that their father is sending them messages and Elton promises that they won't say anything about it. In order to prove that he will keep their secret, Elton admits that he regularly sneaks out which is how he'd found the Easy Bake Oven and why he wears his suit which he calls bite-proof. Elton explains that he's looking for something that he lost and to see how their world is changing. They now have each other's secrets and Silas promises that he won't tell anyone either. Iris insists that the message could meaning anything or nothing and that the CR has always been very upfront, but Hope reveals that while Kublek claimed that the CRM could only spare one helicopter, there was actually five of them, some of which were carrying shipping containers. Hope insists that the CRM is bad and that their dad is in trouble and that only one person can help them.

At the Bennett home, Hope and Iris show Felix Leo's message that his safety isn't guaranteed. Felix points out that the science exchange with the Civic Republic is about building trust and that it's the first time that they have allowed anyone from outside within those borders wherever those are and that Leo is breaking a number of rules just by sending them messages. Hope insists that Leo could be in trouble and that they must tell someone, but Felix reminds her that Leo hadn't wanted them to tell anyone about the messages as they don't know what the Civic Republic will do when they find out. Felix insists upon honoring Leo's wishes which were meant to keep them safe and that if he is in trouble, they need to put their faith into Leo's security detail - Felix's boyfriend Will - and that they don't have another choice. Angry, Hope leaves, followed by Iris.

Following Hope down the street, Iris states that the message could mean anything and that radio static could've caused it, but Hope insists that the CRM are bad people who have their dad and she is incredulous that Hope can't see it. Kublek interrupts them, asking how the Civic Republic, one of their Alliance partners, are bad exactly. Iris confronts Kublek on how the CRM won't let anyone in or out, communicate with their people or vice versa, they won't tell anyone where they are and they have Hope and Iris' dad. Kublek reveals that she has a daughter who is a bit older than them and is a soldier in the CRM, causing her daughter to be away from Kublek a great deal. However, she remembers the work that her daughter is doing to protect the Civic Republic and the Alliance of the Three and to bring the world back which makes Kublek brave. Kublek insists that they have to be brave in the life that they have, simply existing. Kublek decides to tell them something that will make them trust her, something that will make her need to trust them. Kublek reveals that Leo is teaching at the Civic Republic Research Facility in New York State. Kublek provides them with a coded map to the facility, one that won't show Hope and Iris where in New York, but contains a watermark and a stamp that will show certain people that she gave it to them. However, if those people find out, Kublek will certainly go to jail for it. Kublek assures the two that she's serious and also maybe a little drunk and asks how Hope had learned to make the champagne, explaining that Felix had given it to her as a generous gift from the Campus Colony. Hope explains that she had learned from a book in the library, amusing and impressing Kublek who calls them both their father's daughters. Kublek admits that she had noticed it when she landed with Iris' banner and Hope flipping her off, simply stating that they're brave when Hope asks how that makes them like Leo. The two laugh about Hope hitching a ride in the baggage compartment and make fun of Kublek before leaving to drink some of their father's brandy.

The next morning, a hungover Iris awakens from another nightmare to see another message from Leo telling them that it's gone bad, he's keeping his head down and ordering them not to tell Felix or the council. Even though both know that whatever is going on is bad, Hope doesn't think that there's anything that they can do except wait and hope. Hope reminds Iris that her speech is in an hour, telling Iris that she thinks that their father would want her to give it. Iris goes to see Dr. K again, but when she opens the door, she discovers that Dr. K has died and reanimated. Dr. K causes Iris to hit her head against the metal grate covering her door and Iris sadly sits and watches as men come, put Dr. K down and take her body away.

At the Monument Day celebration, Iris listens to Kublek's speech, but after starting to give her own written speech, she changes her mind and opens up to everyone about her nightmares and Dr. K's death. Iris admits that ever since the Night the Sky Fell, she has been living for the future rather than the present like a lot of people. Iris has finally figured out that she has to start living for now and as part of that, she admits to Kublek the truth that she doesn't trust her, know who she is or what she's doing. However, Kublek states that Iris will and that her father does and that someday Iris will understand, but it's not good enough for Iris. Turning her attention back to the crowd, Iris tells them that science is about finding the truth, not just deciding on it which is scary and hard because they have to admit that they don't have all of the answers and don't know what they'll find when they get them. Acknowledging Kublek's words about her being brave, Iris announces that she intends to keep working in the now to find her answers for herself and everyone else.

Walking with Hope after her speech, Iris insists that they know that Leo might need help which is enough for them to go and help him somehow. While Hope is incredulous, Iris points out that Felix won't go with them to protect and states that they need to be the ones to go and they know where he is. Hope argues against the idea as being crazy, but Iris refuses to look away or lie anymore, stating that she knows that Hope can't either. Iris admits that she froze on the Night the Sky Fell, but promises that she's not freezing anymore. Iris tells her sister that she should've have to go see their mother die and Hope tells her that she's glad that Iris didn't have to see it, fingering her necklace. Hope tells her sister that she's glad that Iris didn't see any of it and argues that they could die trying to go after Leo, but Iris points out that they could live and that when they arrive, they will be different and ready. Finally, looking at Silas raking the leaves nearby, Hope states that they know a way out.

Later, Hope and Iris lay out their plan to Silas and Elton, showing them the route that they have mapped out. Elton points out a couple of flaws in their plan, admitting that he's trying to talk them into letting him go with them, Silas asking to go as well. Elton states that they need help and in the time that he has left on this Earth, he wants to mean something and to see the world outside before he's gone and he knows karate. Accepting this, the girls turn to Silas who simply tells them that he doesn't want to be the person that everyone at the Campus Colony sees him as.

Elton leads the group outside through an old door and they look out over a river together. Crossing under a fence, the group avoids some immobile walkers nearby and walks through the ruined city, coming upon the wreckage of the plane that was brought down on the Night the Sky Fell and as night falls, continuing across a bridge where Silas and Elton find the dinosaur fossil that Elton had been looking for which was supposed to be a gift for his sister.

The next morning, as Hope plays with the S-pole that they stole from Felix, Elton adds his Triceratops horn to Hope's training pole which Iris excitedly takes for herself as a weapon. Iris happily tells Hope that she was drawing things that she's been thinking about for living in the now and she didn't have any dreams the night before. As the group continues on through an abandoned neighborhood, they spot a lone walker in the distance and Iris decides to deal with it herself. Excitedly, Iris approaches the walker and raises her weapon, ready to put it down.

"The Blaze of Gory"[]

Iris struggles against the walker, repeatedly stabbing it in the wrong place and making mistakes. Hope calls out to Iris that they're not ready, but Iris insists that she is before her fight causes Iris and the walker to fall down a hole, leaving the walker impaled upon a fallen tree. As the others descend to join them, Iris laughs at the fallen walker and Hope makes sure that she's alright before berating her sister for her recklessness. Elton takes pictures of the walker and comments upon its different physiology. Retrieving her weapon, Iris once again tries to put it down, but she ends up throwing up on the walker instead. As the group leaves the walker trapped, Hope tells it that she's sorry. The group continues on through the ruined city with Hope and Iris joking about their memories of their childhood there.

After stopping, Silas cleans out his boots and chats with Iris about her fight with the walker and his taste in music. Iris encourages Silas to play some music for them when it's safe to. Silas agrees before Hope interrupts their conversation by bowling into some crates before them. Staring through a pair of binoculars, Iris notices a plume of smoke rising into the sky and, handing the binoculars to Hope, tells her that it's the Blaze while Elton is amazed that the Blaze of Gory is real. As Silas is confused, Iris, Hope and Elton explain that it's an everlasting fire that has drawn massive amounts of walkers which Elton explains is the reason that they haven't seen too many walkers in the area. Iris argues for them to at least see if they can pass through the Blaze as otherwise, they have to detour 60 miles to get around it. Hope reluctantly agrees to check it out while Elton wants to see it regardless if they pass through it or not. As the others leave, Hope secretly leaves behind an empty can of sliced peaches in the middle of the road.

As they continue towards the Blaze, Elton collects a rock and pulls out a can of spray paint, explaining that he can continue Dr. Bavolar's experiments into studying the walkers migration patterns and Silas agrees to help him. The group stops in front of a walker that is weirdly covered, only to have a swarm of bees emerge from inside of the walker which they had been using as a beehive. While trying to shake off the bees and flee, the walker comes after Elton who falls to the ground. Silas steps up to his defense, but he hesitates to use his wrench on the walker and instead helps Elton up and they flee along with the others. Iris reassures Silas that they've lost the walker and he admits to being bummed out that he couldn't kill it and he questions why Iris tried to kill hers and she tells him that she had to as she's the reason that they're out there and they will all have to kill one eventually. Spotting a treehouse, Elton stops the group for the night.

Inside the treehouse, the group enjoys playing with the bowling ball, Silas with a little reluctance, before they are interrupted by the arrival of the walker that they had earlier encountered. Hope reluctantly agrees to drop her bowling ball on the walker, but while she succeeds in destroying part of its face, she fails to destroy the head completely and put the walker down. As Elton begins looking for something else to throw at it, Silas apologizes for not putting it down earlier. Iris reassures Silas that it's okay, stating that walkers are supposed to get distracted pretty easily and that if it's still around in the morning, they can deal with it then. Elton finds Monopoly in the treehouse and the group enjoys a game before going to sleep.

The next day, the group stops near the Blaze of Gory and Iris peers at it through their binoculars. At Hope's request, Iris gives her the binoculars while Elton takes a picture with the binoculars showing a smoke-filled bus depot crowded with walkers. Sitting on a tennis court, Hope argues against going into the Blaze, calling what she saw crazy. Elton agrees that the Blaze is quite big, but Iris argues that they can do it. According to their map, there is an airfield on the other side of the Blaze which is surrounded by a fence, meaning that the walkers coming from the east have to go around it leaving them a clear path to go through due east. Hope asks about what they will do about the walkers before the fence, but Elton believes that they can evade them by using the buses for cover. Hope points out that they've barely survived two encounters with single walkers let alone a whole herd, but Silas states that they will probably get caught if they go around and he can't go back. Having come outside to see what the world is start to finish, Elton agrees with Silas as he doesn't intend to finish before he starts. With darkness coming, Iris decides that they'll wait for dawn when the shadows will be long and they'll have more cover.

Half an hour before dawn, the group begins packing up to go into the Blaze. Before they leave, Hope uses Elton's spray paint to spray paint a message onto the signs outside of the park: "WE WERE HERE - THE ENDLINGS." Entering the bus depot, the group sneaks between the vehicles, but the herd is between them and the exit to the east. As they continue to sneak through the bus depot, the smoke gets a lot thicker, blocking out the sun and making it almost impossible to see, causing the Endlings to get lost. As the herd closes in from all directions, Hope finally spots the fence nearby and they run for it, knocking walkers out of their way. After getting through the fence and blocking it behind them, Iris celebrates that they did it, only for them to find that they have reached the heart of the Blaze with burning tires and more walkers nearby.

That night, the Endlings stare at the fire and the building on the other side of it with the sounds of walkers growling. Elton guesses that the airfield must be on the other side of the rest of the Blaze and Iris is dismayed that she didn't think of there being a rest of the Blaze before, but Hope points out that none of them saw it because it was behind the smoke. Elton proposes an idea that he knows will be unpopular: one of them can manually sound the old tornado siren on the building roof and create a distraction for the rest of them, hopefully escaping themselves afterwards. Elton admits that he wants to send someone in as bait, but Iris rejects the idea as too dangerous, stating that they all came in together and they will all go out together. Silas wonders how, but Iris has no answer and she admits that Hope was right to question her as she isn't as ready for this as Iris had believed. While Iris had wanted to be brave like her sister, Hope tells her that she's not brave but rather that she's "a shit person, who does shit things, because I don't give a single shit about anything." On the other hand, Iris had the guts to do something big and crazy that meant something to all of them and she should be proud of herself for that no matter what. Hope decides that they should get some sleep and that they will all do better with fresh heads.

Later, while everyone else is sleeping, Hope sits awake, crying and playing with her bead necklace. Spotting the two radios amongst their belongings, Hope takes her pack and S-Pole, covers her face in a handkerchief and walks off alone into the Blaze of Gory.

"The Tyger and the Lamb"[]

Hope wakes Silas, Iris and Elton up over the radio, announcing that they're doing Elton's plan. Iris refuses to let her, but Hope states that she can get to the factory and sound the siren which is their best chance of getting out alive. Iris points out that they don't know if the tornado siren even works or if they can get it to work and that they had decided against the plan, but Hope states that Iris had decided. Iris pleads for Hope to come back, but Hope tells her that its not so bad further in and jokes that Iris' cooking is worse. Hope refuses Iris' pleas to come back, telling her sister that they knew how it was going to have to be when they left but they did it for their father and this should be her job. Hope suddenly swears and has to go and Iris isn't able to raise her on the radio again.

After a few minutes of trying, Iris finally reaches Hope again who explains that for a second there, things had gotten hairy. Hope reveals that she's in an office in front of the factory, one that is a straight shot from the entrance with not too many walkers in the way. From there, Hope will be able to use the siren to clear a path to the exit. Iris orders her to wait and that they are on their way, but Hope tells her sister that she will be gone by the time that they arrive and that they just need to get there. Hope orders Iris to stay put once they get there, wait until she hears the siren and then make a run for the exit where Hope will meet them. Iris tries to get her to wait so that they can go together, but Hope knows that she will move faster and quieter alone and she insists that Iris just needs to trust her. Iris reluctantly agrees to do as Hope wants and Hope tells her that she needs to turn off her radio until it's safe. In goodbye, Hope tells Iris to grin and that she loves her. Iris flips Hope off through the radio and claims to be grinning, but Hope knows that she's lying and gets Iris to grin for real.

Studying the factory through the binoculars, Elton reports that he can see the office which is a straight shot just like Hope had said, but he warns that while most of the walkers are being drawn by the fires to either side, they still might run into a few. Iris decides that they should leave now and the group gathers their belongings. Elton notices Silas staring worriedly at his wrench and while Elton hopes that they don't have to kill any, he asks if Silas thinks that he can do it. Flashing back to his bloody hands, Silas doesn't answer, putting away his wrench and offering to carry his friends' bags so that they both can kill the need arises. When Elton hesitates to give Silas his bag, Silas tells him that he's strong and this is the best he can do for now and they will also go faster this way. Elton hands over bag, the three put handkerchiefs on their faces as makeshift masks in order to protect themselves from the smoke and head out through the tire junkyard towards the office. After getting separated in the smoke, Iris and Felix find Silas standing over a walker and hesitating to put it down and, although confused by his strange behavior, lead him through the smoke to the office.

Inside the office, a concerned Iris asks if Silas is alright and he claims that he simply got turned around, obviously shaken up by his experience. Iris decides that until they hear from Hope, they should search the office for anything that they can use. As Elton and Silas start searching, Iris looks out through the window at the growing herd milling around in concern. Going through the office's supplies, Silas stares at a can of food and admits to Iris that his mother had used to buy them for him all of the time at Silas' request before the incident that had led him to moving to the Campus Colony. While Silas at first claims that he doesn't miss his mother, he quickly admits that he does sometimes and Iris admits that she misses her everyday. Iris asks Silas what had happened outside and when she tries to reassure him that it's alright to be scared, Silas tells her that he's not scared, "not of them."

Having trouble opening a door, Elton calls out to Silas for help and when he gets it open, to everyone's shock, Felix and Huck appear on the other side. Felix and Huck demand to know where Hope is and the group tells them the story, although Iris claims that she had talked her sister into going. Felix asks if it was Silas and Elton then who had left the breadcrumbs and when they are confused, Huck explains that they had found an empty can of peaches on the street and graffiti sign - the trail one of them had left behind to get Felix and Huck there. Iris denies the fact that Hope would've left those clues behind for the two as Hope wants to find Leo as much as Iris does. Felix pressures Iris to tell him where Hope has gone and where the siren is, but she refuses, believing that if they go after her, Felix and Huck will only get themselves killed. Iris defiantly states that they have a plan and that this part of it is Hope's. While Iris hates it, right now it is their best chance of getting out of the Blaze alive and Felix will just have to trust Hope like the rest of them. Looking out the window, Huck agrees as there is a herd incoming and without some kind of distraction, they will never get out alive. As Felix and Huck talk to each other quietly, Elton reassures Silas that they can still get out of this and that it's not over, but Silas states that he knows that it will now go the same way that it always goes.

In a flashback, Silas listens to music while mopping Leo Bennett's lab's floor before noticing two girls staring at him from outside, muttering to each other about Silas before leaving. Silas spots a picture of Leo, Hope and Iris on Leo's desk and he is drawn to it. Iris enters and Silas quickly puts the picture down, wiping away tears and Iris explains that the lab belongs to her father and she had left her English literature homework there. Promising to leave Silas alone, Iris collects her homework and starts to leave, before changing her mind and explaining to Silas that Leo had left a week before for "this Alliance science exchange thing" with the Civic Republic. Iris admits that she doesn't know where Leo went or when he'll be back, but while Hope is mad at their father, she just misses him. Noting that every family has something, Iris leaves, dropping a piece of paper as she goes. Silas picks it up, but he sees no sign of Iris outside. Looking at the paper, Silas sees that it's a copy of the poem The Tyger.

As the group waits to hear from Hope, Felix looks out the window at the large herd milling about and questions why Hope, who had wanted Felix and Huck to find them, would suddenly go on an apparent suicide mission into the Blaze. Iris explains that it's to spare Iris the responsibility of having to do it herself and she admits that while she doesn't know what's going on with Hope, it's not just about their father. To the interest of everyone, Silas admits that he thinks that he knows why: at the treehouse, the walker hadn't gone away by itself but rather Hope had led it away and then she had told Silas not to tell anyone else as well as the fact that their mistakes shouldn't have to follow them. When Felix wonders the point of this, Silas quickly states that it's because sometimes their mistakes do follow them and he thinks that Hope has done something that she feels badly about. Huck asks if Silas is out there because he's trying to get away from the things that he's done, but Felix admonishes Huck for her harsh words while Silas walks away followed by Iris.

Alone, Silas tells Iris that he shouldn't have come with them because he has to be different and strong, but he's not strong in the way that he wants to be. Flashing back to the violent altercation, Silas states that what he is and has done is why he shouldn't and can't be strong in the way that he wants to be. Iris admits that her sister is going through something and Iris has no idea what it is. Iris doesn't feel strong, all she wants is for her sister to be okay. While Iris doesn't care about Hope or Silas' mistakes, he tells Iris that she should. Silas sits down and Iris wonders what he's so afraid of. Staring at his shaking hands, Silas once again remembers the violent altercation and he admits that Iris that what he's really afraid of is himself.

Silas angrily bangs his fist on the table, making a dent and startling Elton and Iris. Suddenly, Hope contacts the others and informs them that she found the siren, but the crank was broken so she took the whole thing apart and now she can't figure out how to put it back together again. Iris gives the radio to Felix who demands to know where she is. Hope is surprised to hear from Felix who tells her that Huck is with him too. However, Hope refuses to tell Felix where to find him which would put him in even more danger. Hope resumes work on the siren and tells Felix that the second that she sounds the siren, it'll clear a path for them, but they need to haul ass. Elton is confused by Hope's terminology and, annoyed, Hope orders him to just run to the exit and she promises to meet them there. Hope has Felix give the radio back to Iris and Iris reassures her that she can do this, just like when they were kids. Hope asks Iris to promise not to come back for her if she doesn't make it to the exit in time and Iris makes that promises because she's sure that Hope is going to make it. Hope states that she wishes that she hadn't had a stupid fight with Leo before he left and that while she still wants to find him and see him, she didn't think that they'd be any good to him dead. Iris knows and promises that they will talk about it and make it out of the Blaze and she orders Hope to haul ass to the exit or Iris will kill Hope herself. Agreeing to no goodbyes, Iris flips Hope off again through the radio which Hope appreciates while Elton finally understands what she had meant by haul ass.

Felix orders everybody to get ready to move while Huck provides Silas and Elton with some extra masks that she and Felix had brought along. A distressed Silas tells Elton that he doesn't think that he can do it, but Elton and Iris express confidence in him. Elton hands Silas his bag and as Hope begins sounding the tornado siren, the group heads for an exit at the rear of the office. With the siren drawing most of the herd to the wall of the factory, the group runs through the mostly cleared path, Felix and Huck putting down a few walkers that get in their way with their S-Poles. However, as an injured Hope races to catch up with the others, she is attacked by a pair of conjoined walkers and her attempts to fight them off, only to result in Hope losing her pack and getting knocked to the ground. Iris comes to her sister's rescue and manages to put one of the walkers down with her weapon, but she struggles with the other one. Grabbing her S-Pole off of the ground, Hope drives it into the second walker's head from behind as Iris pushes it up off of her, putting the walker down. Iris helps her sister towards the exit, assisted by Elton who supports the injured Hope from the other side. However, while putting down a walker, Huck knocks into a wall of tires, causing it to collapse. Silas holds it up while the others rush through the gap between it and the wall next to it. Elton suddenly runs back through for his bag and gets back just in time before the wall collapses, the tires forming a blockade that prevents the herd from following the Endlings any further.

After escaping from the Blaze, the Endlings relax on a dock while laying most of their clothes out where Silas naps and Elton fishes. Later, as the Endlings eat, Felix approaches and tells them that they should pack up and leave. Iris questions where he wants to go and Felix informs them that they aren't going back through the Blaze and with the other options on foot not being much better, they head up to Omaha and resupply. The group can then return to the Campus Colony with the next transfer in about two weeks. However, Iris refuses to go back and Silas backs her up, telling Felix that this is the fresh start that he had promised him. Felix tells Silas that his uncle is worried sick about him, but while Silas misses his uncle, Silas believes that he's supposed to be out there and his uncle would want him to be where Silas is supposed to be. Elton declares that he's where he's supposed to be too and Hope agrees with the others. Hope tells Felix that if he really wants to keep his promise to their father, he will help the Endlings find him. Leo is in New York and Kublek has given them the map. Felix already knows this, but he's convinced that the Endlings are only going to get themselves killed trying like they nearly did back at the Blaze. Hope implores both Felix and Huck to come with them then, telling Felix that while he keeps saying that there's nothing that he can do to help their dad, he can help the Endlings help him. However, they are going with or without Felix's help or approval. Huck agrees that Hope has a point, telling Felix that they can't turn them around at least for the moment and that all they can do right now is to keep them safe "till there's something more we can do." While he's not happy, Felix reluctantly agrees and walks away.

Hope approaches Iris where she's sitting alone on the end of the dock and sits down with her. Iris thanks her sister for having their backs and wonders what changed. Hope guesses that she did and admit that she was scared, but she's tired of being scared. Crying, Hope tells her sister that on the Night the Sky Fell, when their mother died, it wasn't walkers, Iris or people that caused it, but rather Hope herself. Hope admits that even after all of these years, she hasn't told anyone the truth, not even their father and she explains that the pregnant lady that they had seen came back with a gun. The woman was scared and Hope went at her, scaring the woman and causing her to shoot their mother. As Iris stares at Hope in shock, Hope reveals that she picked up the gun and it went off, killing the woman. Sadly, Iris tells Hope that she should've told her, but Hope tells her sister that she didn't want what happened to change Iris or the way that she saw her, but Iris is right and Hope should've told her. Iris admits that she knew that there was something that Hope didn't tell her, but they were just kids that night, the sky was falling and they weren't ready for it, nobody was. Hope apologizes and, crying herself, Iris embraces her, reassuring Hope that they will get through this together before they stand up.

Felix approaches Hope and Iris and tells them that they should go to Omaha as it's where safety is and their dad wants them safe, "not that either of you seem to care about that at all." Felix insists that their plan is a mistake and that they're going to eventually see it, he only just hopes that it won't take one of them getting hurt or worse before that happens. Iris asks if this means that Felix is saying that he's coming with them and with Iris confirming that they're not giving him an option, Felix confirms it, planning to come along at least until he can convince them to change their minds and go back. Felix is sure that he will eventually convince the Endlings to change their minds and Hope apologizes for dragging him into this, but admits that she's glad that he's with them, although Felix doesn't share the sentiment. Hope also apologizes for stealing Felix and Will's jackets even though they look really good on her and Iris. Felix states that they look better on him and Will and leads the Endlings, now including Felix and Huck, in continuing their journey.

As they walk, Iris walks back to Silas and bandages the hand that he had injured holding the wall of tires up. Sharing his blanket with Iris, Silas continues walking, listening to his grandmother adding her opinion to that of his grandfather's.

"The Wrong End of a Telescope"[]

Walking down a path, Elton tells Iris that based on the coded map that she was given, the Civic Republic Research Facility is somewhere in New York, but she points out that they don't know where exactly it is yet. Felix calls out that it's all the more reason to turn around, but Hope simply calls it a nice try. Iris states that they might've taken a wrong turn, but this path should still lead to the interstate. Felix states that the bad news is that they are almost out of supplies and rain is coming. Huck states that it would've been one thing if the waystation that Will mentioned had panned out, but it didn't. Silas reassures the others that they will figure something out, surprising her with his smiling even in this situation.

Elton wonders where the Civic Republic itself is, but Iris points out that it's called the Hidden City for a reason and states that she had always pictured it as being underground. Elton agrees with her, but he points out that they refine their own fuel, fly helicopters and grow their own crops which can't all be done underground. Iris points out their research facility where Leo is located isn't actually where they are and that maybe the Civic Republic does all of that other stuff elsewhere too. Elton states that regardless, the Civic Republic's high resource output suggests that they have a large population, which causes their security approach of not saying where they are is understandable. Hope calls it shady which Elton agrees with along with the fact that the messages from Leo are certainly a cause for concern. However, if the Civic Republic has technology and agriculture and sophisticated governmental systems, it would be smart to stay hidden even if it makes others question their motives. Elton concludes that they should feel lucky that the Civic Republic hasn't taken over or taken things. Hope states that they don't know that, but Felix insists that they do since they trade with the Civic Republic as does Portland and Huck reminds the group of their joint protection agreements. Iris simply states that the CRM has their father and Felix acknowledges that they don't know anything about them at all. "Ergo the long walk, Champ," Hope sarcastically quips to Felix. The others walk ahead of the two adults and Iris finds and breaks the chain on a gate leading into a high school. Felix suggests that a place like this which is hidden from the world could be a good place to find supplies while Huck points out that it could also be a good place to ride out the rain and Iris is excited about the idea of being inside of a real high school for the first time.

Sitting in the auditorium, Iris looks in a yearbook at the picture of Sabina James and smiles, lost in thought, before being interrupted by Hope rummaging through the trophy case, breaking the glass on the front in the process. Hope tells her sister that she's trying to see if there was anything useful while they wait for their babysitters to get back, but it turns out that there wasn't much. Elton and Silas enter the auditorium with a large round trophy which Elton says that they can use to collect rain water. Entering, Felix tells the others that the school is huge with no sign of any walkers, but that doesn't mean that there aren't any around. Huck states that their priorities are food, clothes for Hope and anything that they can use to collect water as they can take advantage of the downpour outside for that. Huck agrees that the trophy that Elton and Silas have found is a good idea for catching rain and Iris suggests that they should split up in order to cover more ground. When Felix and Huck hesitate, Iris states that they can handle themselves and she quotes Felix's own words in class right back at him. Amused, Felix agrees and orders Silas to keep his radio on and takes Elton with him to collect water. Hope tries to talk to Iris as they haven't really spoken since the docks and she promises that they can talk later and states that she and Silas will take the first floor. Felix orders the others to keep their eyes open and their weapons drawn and to run if they see any walkers and to be careful. The Endlings split up with Hope pairing off with Huck, although she's not happy that her sister is avoiding her.

Silas and Iris enter the school's gym which is set up for a party. While Iris looks through an old cooler, Silas sees is startled when a walker bangs on another set of doors. Silas reassures Iris that the door is holding and that it's okay and the two resume their search. On a banner on the ground, Iris sees that it was the school's Sadie Hawkins dance and Silas suggests that "Sadie Hawkins" must've been someone who had gone to school there. Iris picks up some painting supplies before dismissing them as not being useful. However, Silas disagrees with her assessment and places a couple of paintbrushes and tubes of paint into Iris' backpack. Iris suggests that they'll have better luck checking out the teacher's lounge down the hall, but she and Silas are unable to open the doors that they had come through. Checking it out, Silas determines that water damage has caused the door to get stuck for good. Iris asks for Silas' radio and calls for Felix, getting a little more frantic as the sound of the walker banging gets louder, but she is unable to reach him. Silas suggests that the batteries are dead, but when he checks them, Silas discovers that they are corroded instead.

Sitting on the bleachers, Iris looks at another picture of Sabina in the yearbook and Silas suggests that, if need be, they can make their way past the walker and upstairs which Iris agrees with. The two enjoy a couple of cans of soda that Silas had found under the bleachers and Iris wonders if the students knew how good they had it with dances, sodas art class and the freedom to be whoever they wanted to be. Silas asks if Iris hadn't had all of those things back at the Campus Colony and Iris admits that she wishes that she knew then what she knows now so that she wouldn't have put so much pressure on herself to make up for everything and live for everybody else. Silas asks what she means by making up for everything, but Iris dodges the question. Iris tells Silas that she definitely would've gone to more dances and she wouldn't have been afraid to just have fun. Iris drapes a veil around her neck as Silas asks about her art, telling Iris that she's an artist, but she's different now leading the Endlings. Iris despondently states that she's trying, but Silas reassures Iris that she is. Iris tells Silas that he's different now too and reminds Silas of what he did back at the Blaze. Silas admits that he knows how people talk about him, but Iris calls those people stupid. Silas points out that it's most people, but Iris is unconcerned. Silas tells Iris that if people talked about him and what they thought he did, Silas would hear it over and over all day in his head, but he doesn't with the Endlings and Iris is pleased by this.

At Iris' request, Silas plays her a song on his tape player. Iris laughs about his choice of music, the waltz, and Silas states that it was his grandmother's favorite. Laughing, Iris decides that she likes the music. Playing with a couple of pieces of fabric, Iris muses on what dances before the world ended must've been like and how glamourous they were. Silas shares a memory of being taken by his grandmother to a dance at the Senior Center when he was only four and how it was not so glamourous. Iris convinces Silas to dance with her and, after an awkward start, they waltz together through the gym, imagining themselves as part of the dance that was supposed to have occurred there. As Iris and Silas finish dancing, Elton spots them through a window in the gym. Felix calls out to the two, but the door is stuck and Iris tells him that there's no way of opening it. Iris and Silas inform Felix that there's a back way out that leads to the basement, but there's a walker there. Felix decides that he and Elton will go down and come back up through the other door and he will take care of the walker for them. However, Felix needs them to stay put until then as there is something else roaming the hallways and he doesn't think that it's friendly. Elton and Felix then leave to find the basement.

As Iris and Silas wait for Felix and Elton to return, they hear a howling noise before the wolf that has been stalking the school starts snarling and trying to get through a grate in the wall. With no other choice, the two open the doors to the basement, lure the walker into the gym and then escape downstairs. In the basement, Silas finds a flare to light their way, but they encounter a few more walkers. Fighting them off, Iris and Silas manage to escape into the fallout shelter and lock the door, only to find more walkers trapped inside of lockers in the shelter. The two make their way through the fallout shelter, but they find the door on the other end locked and a walker breaks free from the locker that it's trapped in. As Iris bangs on the door, she catches the attention of her sister and Huck who are gathering supplies in the pantry on the other side. Huck begins working on getting the door open while Iris calls out to her sister that they need to get the door open as there are walkers in the shelter and it's about to get bad. Huck promises that they are going to get the two out of there and orders her to hang on.

As the walker approaches them, Silas tells Iris that it's coming and "they always keep coming." Iris shoves the walker backwards with her weapon and Silas puts it down by impaling the walker through the head with the sharp end of his wrench. As another walker breaks free of its locker, Silas stares at his wrench and remembers flashes of the violent altercation, sitting in the back of the ambulance and Felix promising him a fresh start while snippets of people saying that even Silas' own mother had testified against him, they can't believe that he was let into the Campus Colony and that he should be in jail for what he did runs through his mind. Flying into a rage, Silas screams and charges the walker, knocking it to the ground. Throwing aside his wrench, Silas begins bashing the walker's head in with his bare fists while Iris yells for him to stop. The others finally break in and as Felix puts down the other walkers, Elton tries to stop his best friend. Caught up in his rage, Silas throws Elton to the ground and continues pounding on the walker's head even after it's dead until Felix manages to break through to him. Everyone stares at Silas in shock while Silas, staring at his own shaking hands, apologizes to his friends.

After the fight, Iris packs food into her backpack while Hope sits silently nearby, shocked by the events. Iris tells her sister that there is a lot that she missed out on and she starts to suggest that it might've been different had she known or Hope told her, before stopping herself and telling Hope that they should've talked. If they had been honest with each other about what had happened that night, they could've been there for each other which is what they both really missed out on. The sisters interlock their hands before Iris jokingly flips Hope off which she returns.

Iris approaches Silas as he sits in shock of his actions, his face and hands covered in the dead walker's blood with a damp cloth, trying to clean off his face, but Silas leans away from her touch. With everyone ready to go, Silas tells Iris that they should leave him there, but she refuses. Silas points out that he'd hurt Elton, but Iris states that it was an accident and Elton knows that. Silas knows that Iris has heard what people used to say about him and asks if she honestly thinks that he killed his dad. Iris interrupts Silas, telling him that it doesn't matter and that maybe she could've taken care of the walker herself and that maybe he should've let her, but he's saved them twice now which is what matters. Silas allows Iris to help him up and he leaves the bunker. As Iris leaves, she pauses, noticing that one of the dead walkers that Felix had put down is Sabina James, the girl from the yearbook that she had earlier been interested in.

In the auditorium, Felix checks that Silas, now cleaned up, is good which he confirms. Patting Silas on the shoulder, Elton reassures his best friend that he is before having the Endlings line up for a group picture together, much to the surprise and teasing of Iris due to Elton only ever using his camera to document things.

"Madman Across the Water"[]

Elton smiles at a sign for Daiquiritown on the side of the road. As the others walk by him, Iris and Silas, talking and laughing, Elton turns and follows his friends, smiling at Iris and Silas' jovial mood. Elton looks back at Felix who gives him a nod as they continue their journey.

That night, as the Endlings camp out and Felix and Huck set up protective netting, Elton works on continuing his mother's manuscript. Iris informs Hope that, according to Huck, the U.S. Military had blown up all of the bridge crossings over the Mississippi River when things went bad, meaning that the group will need a boat in order to get across. Huck warns the others that the crossing is going to be tough and the terrain on the other side of the river will be worse than anything that they've encountered so far and asks if they are ready to do this. Recognizing that Huck is once again trying to get them to turn back, Iris and Hope sarcastically agree with her that they aren't ready and that they should turn back. As Huck walks off, the two girls exchange fist bumps in victory while Elton chuckles.

The next day, as the group continues their journey, Elton takes a picture of a decomposing walker that has plants growing out of it. Walking past a destroyed bridge and half-sunk boats, Hope sarcastically comments on their many options. Reaching the end of the wharf, Elton suggests that the locals had used the boats kept there to evacuate when things got bad and that they are likely looking at the last of them. Iris decides that they will get creative and build their own boat which Hope supports. Felix is incredulous at the idea, but Iris suggests remodeling an old trailer nearby into a boat. While Elton tries to downplay the suggestion, Silas thinks that it could work if they fix it up and add stuff to it while Hope suggests that they can look for parts at a warehouse further north. With everyone else agreeing, the Endlings head for the warehouse, although Felix is visibly unhappy at the idea.

Arriving at the warehouse, the group taps on the outside in order to confirm that it's empty of walkers before entering. Hope is discouraged by the state of the warehouse, but Iris isn't quite so pessimistic about their chances of finding anything there. Iris and Hope find a few boxes of nail polish and Iris has the Endlings split up and keep looking for anything that might be useful to them. As Elton searches, he comes across the dead body of a walker against one of the shelves.

After completing their search, the group starts going over what they have found: barrels for flotation, straps for binding and fastening, a fan blade that could make a good propellor and a lot of pallets outside that can be broken up for wood as well as a tool box full of tools. Felix points out that they don't have an engine and that without that, they have nothing to fight the river's current. Elton states that there's not much left in the warehouse other than some long-dead batteries, a huge broken air conditioner and a couple of bags of sand. Iris comes up with the idea of using the air conditioner's parts to make some kind of steam boiler like how Hope had created a still back at the Campus Colony. Silas states that the steam boiler would be like the dorm furnaces that he had to fix and Hope figures that it's worth a shot. While Felix remains visibly unhappy, Huck agrees to try out their plan.

On the banks of the river, the Endlings work together on building their boat using the parts that they have gathered, even Felix despite his reluctance to go along with the plan. Hope tells Elton that working on their boat is making their mission to find her dad really seem possible now, especially because the river is the last big thing in their way and once they cross it it's all downhill from there.

After overhearing Felix and Huck discuss Felix's plan and Elton's part in it, Hope angrily confronts Elton about it. Elton admits that he has been working with Felix kind of and Hope flatly rejects to hear Felix out and accuses him of planning to sabotage the boat if he can't change their minds. Elton tells Hope that he's been listening to Felix and a lot of what he's saying about going back makes sense, but Hope angrily reminds him of how Elton had wanted to see the world from start to finish. Felix reveals that he had wanted them to take the boat downriver and then back up the banks of the Missouri River until they reached the Campus Colony. Felix calls this plan safer than cutting through the Blaze and the smartest thing for them right now, reminding Hope that they don't know where they're going, what they're going to do if and when they get there and they don't even know that Leo is really in trouble. Getting heated, Felix suggests that Leo could've sent them ten messages that he's fine since their departure. However, Hope knows that Felix doesn't really believe that last statement. Felix angrily tells Hope that it doesn't matter what he believes as Felix had made a promise to Leo to keep her and Hope safe and that is exactly what he intends to do. Hope accuses Felix of caring more about his promise than Leo's life, leading to an increasingly-heated exchange before Iris breaks it up, telling the two that they don't have time for this as there is still so much left to do. Iris orders them to "leave your shit at the door, because without each and every one of us giving 100%... we're not making it across that river." The argument ends and the Endlings go back to work.

Later, Iris and Felix walk along the riverbank together towards Daiquiritown as a storm rolls in. Felix suggests that they get what they need fast as he doesn't like the sound of the storm coming in. However, they find Daiquiritown in bad shape. Standing in front of a map of the area, Iris asks if this was his plan and traces the river route that Felix had wanted to take back to the Campus Colony. Iris tells Felix that she's not mad and she asks him if he really thinks that her dad is safe. Felix tells Iris that he thinks that Leo and Will are safe, before admitting that they have to be safe because Felix was supposed to be the one to go with Leo and not Will. Leo had asked Felix to stay behind and watch after Iris and Hope and so Will took his place. As a result, Felix needs them both to be safe, especially because he is not there to protect Leo and Will if they're not. Iris admits that while she knew all of that, she had no idea how Felix actually felt about it. Felix states that he guesses that he didn't think that it matters, but Iris admonishes him, stating that when everything is burning down, the truth is all that matters. As the storm's thunder gets closer, Felix and Iris leave Daiquiritown, not noticing the growls of walkers and movement coming from inside. As Iris and Felix leave, Iris notices that her skin is getting tingly and she and Felix duck just before a plasma strike suddenly blasts a telephone pole and drops it onto Daiquiritown, agitating the walkers inside. A herd emerges and Iris and Felix quickly begin making a run for it.

As Hope continues to work on the boat, Huck warns that the storm is getting closer and Hope demands to know where Silas and Elton are. Suddenly, smoke pours from the boiler and Hope climbs up on top of the boat to tend to it with Huck. Felix and Iris arrive and begin to tell them something, but Huck tells them that they already know about the lightning storm heading their way real fast. Iris reveals that there's a herd of a couple of dozen walkers heading their way and that they are maybe only fifteen minutes out. Felix tells them that they don't have enough time and that they need to take cover, but Iris warns them that the rising water will wash the boat away and they can't risk that. Hope states that they'll launch before the shit hits, but Iris realizes that Silas and Elton are still missing.

Hope, Felix and Huck frantically rush to finish the boat, causing Hope to accidentally cut her hand in the process. Felix gives her a rag to wrap it up with as Silas and Elton finally arrive with the buckets of nail polish. Iris pours the nail polish into the steam boiler, causing the drive belt to begin spinning before fire comes out of the boiler and the drive belt stops moving. Spotting the herd approaching, Felix borrows Elton's fisherman and uses it to string up a makeshift net between two trees, holding back the herd temporarily. Looking under the boat, Iris discovers that the drive belt has come loose and it can only be fixed if someone can fit under the boat and reattach it. Iris turns to Elton, the only one small enough to fit, but he refuses as Elton is claustrophobic. Iris pleads with Elton to do it anyways as it is their only chance. Closing his eyes, Elton remembers cowering, scared, in the box ten years before. Finally, Elton agrees and begins to crawl under the boat with a screwdriver. As Elton fixes the boat, Iris, Hope and Huck briefly join Felix in holding back the herd before Iris and Hope pull Elton free after he gets stuck fixing the boat.

Running out of time with the herd approaching and their limited fuel, Iris, Hope, Huck, Elton and Silas work together and attempt to push the boat into the river. However, they are unable to move it at all. Feeling that they have no other choice, Hope decides that they need to abandon the boat and make a run for it against Iris' objections, but Felix appears with a plank of wood to use as a lever. As the herd closes in on them, the Endlings successfully launch the boat and set sail across the Mississippi River to Illinois.

That night, as the Endlings camp, Huck proposes that for now, they divide and conquer and she explains to the group that she's going to spend the next day or two scouting ahead. Their intel is weak for this side of the river and they are only as solid as their intel. Hope is surprised that Huck is going off on her own, but she promises to be back within 48 hours at the most and until then, they are in good hands with Felix. With a pat on the shoulder to Felix, Huck ducks under the netting strung around the camp and leaves on her scouting mission.

A little while later, the group is disturbed by a branch breaking nearby and Elton and Hope rejoin the group. Believing it to be a walker, Iris goes to take care of it with Hope, Silas and Elton right behind her. However, a boy emerges from the woods instead holding a stick.

"Shadow Puppets"[]

Aiming his stick at the Endlings, the boy demands that they stay back as Hope tries to get answers from him. The argument turns into a standoff before Felix come up from behind and holds the boy at gunpoint. Felix forces the boy to disarm himself and sends Elton and Silas to check the perimeter just in case there is anyone else with the boy. Iris pats him down for weapons and the boy insists that he was alone and taking a leak in the bushes when he heard voices. Hope asks if his intention was to rob them while Hope determines that the boy is unarmed. Iris asks where his food is, but the boy tells them that he doesn't have anything. Silas and Elton confirm that there are no signs of anyone else and the boy introduces himself as Percy.

Iris invites Percy to have something to eat and he tells them a story about two guys that he had met, Mike and Tony, who had robbed Percy a couple of days before. They had gone to a settlement that they'd heard was friendly to newcomers, but they had heard wrong. Hope sarcastically suggests that the people there might've just not liked Percy, but Percy ignores her and explains that they had found a place to camp out and when he woke up, Mike, Tony and his stuff were all gone. Percy thinks that they are in Andersonville down the road and he intends to go there and get his stuff back. Felix suggests that Percy just be grateful that they left him with his life and move on, but Percy responds that "this isn't a vigilante type deal and it ain't about the principle of it all either. Some things just can't be replaced" which Elton understands.

Aside from Felix and Silas, the Endlings sit around the campfire and Percy tells them a story about a time in Wyoming during a snow storm when he got caught by a herd on an overpass and, unable to run away climbed on top of a car and closed his eyes, waiting for the end. However, the herd turned out to be of 200 bison rather than walkers which was the most beautiful thing that Percy had ever seen. The Endlings, Iris in particular, are enamored by Percy and his stories and Percy mentions another time when he saw a Ferris Wheel in the spring in Orlando that had been turned into a pelican nest.

Hope becomes suspicious of Percy's story, wondering how he had gotten from Wyoming to Florida in just a couple of months. Percy quickly tries to claim that he misspoke, but as Felix and Silas rejoin them, Hope accuses Percy of lying about someone stealing his supplies and, as Iris and Felix try to calm her down, she accuses Percy of having his car stolen which instead which is what he really wants back. After a moment of silence, Percy finally explains that a year before, he had found a truck that had skidded onto the ice. The accident must've just happened since the engine was still warm and the driver was becoming a walker. Silas asks why Percy had lied and he explains that it's not just a working truck, it's one that's carrying barrels of refined fuel which is worth a lot in the current world.

Iris offers Percy a deal: the Endlings help him to get his truck back and Percy drives them where they need to go. Felix believes that it's too risky, but Iris points out that with the truck, they will get there in half the time and they can avoid walkers and running out of supplies. Hope suggests that they wait for Huck to return as backup, but Iris points out that Mike and Tony could be gone by then. Iris believes that the six of them together can overpower the two men and although Felix is worried that they might have guns, Percy states that he had never seen any guns with them. Silas worries that they will have to hurt Mike and Tony or get hurt in return, but Elton states that they have the element of surprise on their side which will give them an advantage. Percy questions how he knows that they won't just steal his truck and leave him in the dust, but Iris promises that they won't which Silas reinforces. However, Percy is skeptical as that doesn't mean much out here. Iris pleads with Percy, telling him that they need to get where they're going fast and it could be the difference between their dad living and dying. Felix points out that if they had wanted to steal Percy's truck, they would just do it with or without his help, reminding Percy that he's already told them where to look. Felix proposes that at dawn, they go and find the truck.

The next day, as the Endlings and Percy make their way towards Andersonville, Iris, Percy and Silas walk together with the others close behind and Iris expresses surprise that Percy has read Hamlet. Percy offers to fix Silas' boot for him and Iris asks if Percy knows any other good tricks, telling him that they've only been out of the Campus Colony for a month. Percy asks why that is given the cushy situation with modern amenities and Silas tells him that it wasn't as good as it sounds. Iris explains that the university is like a bubble and Percy warns her that if they aren't careful, they are going to get themselves killed out here. Iris states that they had made it through an inferno of walkers and crossed the Mississippi River while reminding Percy that, in comparison, he had gotten robbed and started a fight with a twig. Iris finally reveals that the real reason that they are out there is because of her dad who was sent to work on a project, but he is currently in trouble. After Iris tells him that they are out here to find and save Leo, Percy calls them lucky for still having someone to save which is even rarer than a working car. As Iris and Percy talk, Silas drops back to walk with Felix who recognizes that Silas really doesn't like Percy which he confirms, stating that he doesn't know why anyone else does. Felix simply tells Silas that we can't always control who we like.

The group reaches Andersonville where, hiding beside a building, Felix spots a curtain blowing in a nearby window before Percy's truck comes down a nearby street and passes in front of them. Percy confirms that it's his truck and the Endlings follow after it. Observing where the truck has been parked, the group discusses possible options and, while Felix wants to get eyes on both men before they move in, Percy just wants to smash and grab it back, stating that even without the keys, he can still hotwire the truck. Silas objects to doing this at all and Hope states that they need to make a decision either way. Felix decides to have the rest of the group stay in their hiding spot while he covers Percy.

Percy and Felix make their way to the truck and, as Percy opens the door, Felix keeps a lookout. Percy suddenly swears and reveals the body of Tony in the front seat. Percy and Felix pull Tony's body from the truck and place him nearby with Percy suggesting that the bickering between Tony and Mike had gotten much worse. Percy discovers that a plate has been bolted over the ignition wires and he begins searching for the keys in the truck and on Tony's body as the rest of the group joins them. Percy is unable to find the keys, but he retrieves a knife from Tony's body and insists on getting the keys back from Mike, stating that he's going to get the keys back with or without their help. While Hope and Felix want to go back to the campsite, Iris decides to go and help Percy. After Iris refuses to relent, Felix gives Iris his bag and decides to go in her place. Elton suggests keeping a lookout at the front of the building in case Mike isn't there and he decides to come back. Hope changes her mind and decides to come with Elton and Felix as backup while they leave Iris and Silas behind to look after their gear.

Quickly getting impatient, Iris puts her bag down and decides to go after Percy and Felix. Silas reminds Iris that she had promised Felix that she wouldn't and he still doesn't trust Percy, but Iris states that they can't keep being so afraid. "How are we supposed to save my dad if we are always waiting for other people to save us?" Silas thinks that Iris is talking about his hesitation in putting down walkers, but she states that it's about herself. Silas agrees not to stop her, but warns Iris that Hope probably will. Silas suggests that there might be a back way in instead of going in through the front like the others. Iris walks around the back of the building while Silas remains by the truck.

Iris locates an open backdoor to the building where she nearly attacks Percy after hearing him make noise. Iris tells Percy that she thought that he could use some help and asks where Felix is. Percy tells her that Felix is checking the other side while he was about to check upstairs. Their conversation is interrupted by a walker reaching through a nearby elevator grate and Percy and Iris head upstairs together. In a room on the second floor, the two find a cigarette burning in an ashtray while someone splashes around in the bathtub in the next room. Percy retrieves his truck keys from the clothes on the bed, but as they leave, he finds his stuff in another room nearby. Giving Iris the keys, Percy orders her to find Felix and get the truck started while he retrieves his stuff and takes Mike and Tony's as well.

As Iris heads back downstairs, she suddenly hears the sound of Percy arguing with someone followed by a gunshot. After a moment's hesitation, Iris heads back upstairs to check on Percy, only to find the bags that he was going after empty and that "Mike" in the bathroom is actually a walker chained up in the tub. Hearing a noise, Iris discovers Percy escaping outside with a bag and she calls after him. After hesitating for a moment, Percy flees, chased by Iris who falls into a dumpster in the process. To Iris' relief, Hope hears her calls for help, but the walls of the dumpster are too high for Iris to climb out. Hope promises that Felix and Silas are on their way to help, but Iris realizes that she is not alone after she sees the garbage moving. A walker emerges from the garbage in front of her while a second one pops up next to Iris as the others arrive. Iris struggles with the walkers, shouting for help while the boys manage to break the gate to the enclosure open as a herd arrives. Felix opens the dumpster and puts down one of the walkers before Iris is unexpectedly saved from the one that she's fighting by Percy. Tony returns in the truck, running over several walkers and yelling at the Endlings to get in. The group quickly jumps in the back of the truck and Tony drives off as the herd closes in, running over the head of a fallen walker in the process.

After reaching safety, the Endlings confront Percy and Tony about their con. Percy admits that they did in fact con them, but he states that they came back to help them when they saw the herd coming. Hope argues for just taking the truck and leaving Percy and Tony to the walkers, but Tony angrily reminds them that they had just saved their lives, explaining that when they saw the herd coming, Percy, who is his nephew, had him turn around. Felix asks if they should just be grateful that the two grifters had changed their minds, but Tony states that "out here, that's pretty much as good as it gets."

Later, the Endlings sit around their campfire where Tony displays a magic trick to them, much to the amazement of Elton, Silas and Felix while Iris is despondent over the events. Hope asks if Tony is just a professional scammer and Tony introduces himself in a grandiose fashion as Tony Delmado, the resident illusionist at the Paradise Lounge in Las Vegas for fifteen years. Tony is impressed with Elton's knowledge of magic and tells everyone that he had dabbled in a lot of things including illusions, card tricks and ventriloquism, the latter of which comes in handy with the state of the world as it is. As far as Tony is concerned, he's still in show business: for a small fee at friendly settlements Percy and Tony will perform which is why his makeup job to look dead is flawless. Hope asks if Percy is Tony's protegee and he explains that Tony had raised him after Percy's mom took off. Tony calls Percy a quick study who was grifting kids in the sandbox and Percy tells everyone that it's how they get what they need without hurting anyone. Upset, Iris sarcastically tells them that they deserve medals or something and leaves.

As Iris sits next to the boat, Percy approaches her and asks if she intends to stay mad at him forever. Iris orders Percy to stop pretending to care and she accuses him of taking her for everything that she's worth. Iris is upset that her instincts were wrong, but Percy reassures her that Iris does have good instincts: she came back up the stairs to help him. While Percy has run this con a dozen times before, people always take the keys and run while Iris was the only one to go back for him when she heard the gunshot. Iris seeing him as someone worth saving was what had inspired Percy to go back as he wants to be the person that Iris saw him as. Before he leaves Iris alone, Percy tells her that it's on him now to prove that he can be more like her.

That night, Iris leans against Hope as Percy and Tony set up a shadow puppet show, but she is still obviously upset when she sees Percy. Watching Percy, Silas comments to Felix that some people make it look easy starting over. Iris admits to Hope that she wishes that she knew which part of Percy is the lie and which is real, but Hope calls Percy the same as them, everyone having parts that they want people to see and other parts that they want to hide, but it's all real. Percy and Tony put on a show depicting the end of the world which the Endlings enjoy, although they grow somewhat more somber and Hope starts silently crying as the story gets sadder and sadder.

"Truth or Dare"[]

Iris and Percy unload crates of books from the back of the truck and Iris is impressed by Percy's taste in books, suggesting that if he needs someone to read them to, she is there for him. Percy walks off followed by Iris while Silas watches Percy closely.

That night, Tony dramatically presents a CRM map to the Endlings which has no landmarks designated or points of interest labeled. While the map, to all appearances, looks to be useless, looks can be deceiving. Percy brings his uncle a wooden box with a few plastic squares and Tony holds one up, explaining that when Percy first discovered them in the truck, they had reminded Tony of the colored lenses that he used in his Prism of Light illusion. As a result, Tony has discovered that you set the squares up at proper distances, shine a beam of light through them and symbols appear on the map, in this case, oil drops, which Tony identifies as hidden CRM fuel caches and all of the gas that they need. Percy adds that the ones that he and Tony have hit so far have mostly just been shacks with landing pads and they were all unmanned and unguarded where helicopters touch down, refuel and take off again. Huck is excited, stating that she can't believe it, while Iris becomes intrigued.

Later, Iris begins trying to use Tony's CRM decoders on the map that Elizabeth Kublek had given to her and Hope. Finding Iris, Percy comments that grifting is more of his thing and Iris tells him that she had just wanted to borrow them for a minute and that she would've asked, but Iris didn't want to make a big deal out of it. Iris dodges Percy's questions about why she wanted to use them and where she got a CRM map and has him hold the flashlight for her as she works. At first, Iris is discouraged by the results, but she and Percy suddenly spot something and an excited Iris orders him to get Hope.

The Endlings gather around the table where Iris shows them the CRM map that Kublek had given to her and Hope before they left the Campus Colony. While some of the markings on the decoder overlays didn't form symbols on Tony's map, when she tries them on this map, they do. Iris points to a symbol on the map that Elton recognizes as a DNA strand. Felix realizes that Iris thinks that it's the research facility and she asks him what else it could be. Hope is excited that they now know where to find their father and while Silas smiles at first, he gets upset and jealous when he sees Iris and Percy smiling at each other.

Upstairs, Percy offers Elton, Silas, Hope and Iris a drink which everyone but Silas accepts. Hope calls it not as good as her own, but agrees that they should party. Taking seats in a circle, Percy gives Iris some gloves for her cold hands and suggests that they play truth or dare. When Iris chooses truth, Percy asks what she would do right now if she could and Iris responds that she would hit the Louve and see some good art, but Percy fakes falling asleep out of boredom as Iris starts to go into more detail. Laughing, Iris insists that the Louve has the best art in the world, and, although she knows that it probably isn't even standing anymore and that even if it were, she doubts that she'd ever get to see it, Iris still dreams of going there which Percy calls fair enough. The Endlings, aside from Silas, share a toast to dreaming and never saying never while Silas only just watches Iris and Percy.

As the game continues, Hope chooses truth and Percy interjects to ask her what the worst thing that Hope has ever done is. Defensively, Hope asks what kind of a question it is and points out that it isn't even Percy's turn. Percy presses her and, taking a drink, Iris tells him that back at the university, she locked the faculty bathroom and spiked the teachers' coffeemaker with laxatives. Everyone but Percy laughs with Iris confirming that Hope really did do that. However, Percy isn't satisfied and he asks Hope for the truth and while she insists that it is the truth, Percy doesn't buy it, asking if Hope thinks that she can con a conman. Percy continues to press Hope and Silas angrily orders him to stop. Having had enough, Hope tells Percy that the worst thing that she's ever done is agree to play the game and she storms off, followed by Elton. Percy insists that he was just playing around and Iris tells him that Hope knows.

The next day, the Endlings drive to the CRM fuel depot where Hope, Iris, Felix, Huck, Percy and Tony stand outside of the entrance while Silas and Elton wait by the truck. Tony tells the others that there is a stash of refined CRM fuel just ripe for the taking somewhere inside and Huck notes that it's a big place, deciding that they will split up, start at the bottom and work their way up. Felix asks if these places are clear of walkers which Percy confirms as far as they can tell since the CRM keeps their things locked up pretty tight. However, this isn't a problem for them as Percy, Tony and Felix are good at lockpicking. Iris tells the others that they should still stay alert nevertheless and they head out with Hope taking a moment to look back at Silas and Elton.

After hearing a gunshot, Iris, Felix, Percy and Tony rush in and ask what happened, but Hope simply tells them that Huck saved her. Huck tells the others that Walter had radios and supplies while Felix reveals that they found the fuel. Flipping through some notebooks, Tony states that they found something else too locked in a cabinet. Percy asks what they are and Tony calls them something to potentially work with.

Outside of a recreation center, Hope and Iris look through the notebooks at the various codes and Hope asks if Iris thinks that they might be encrypted CRM lunch orders. Iris chuckles. stating that if they can crack this, it can tell them more about the CRM and maybe help their chances of saving Leo when they get to him. Hope with Iris' maybe and Iris tells her sister that it feels like they're changing and that it's just the start.

After the Endlings stop at a recreation center for the night, Iris stops Silas in the hallway, telling him that Tony has something that he wants to say to the group. Tony announces that after talking it over with Felix, he and Percy have decided to extend the terms of their agreement with the others. Percy states that instead of just dropping them off, he and Tony want to stick around and do what they can to help them find Leo. Felix orders everyone to get some sleep as they leave first thing in the morning and Tony heads off to charge up the radios and top off the tank while Hope and Iris hold each other's hands for a moment. Percy asks Iris to see her by the truck in an hour, telling her that it's just gonna be him there and that he needs to get his gloves back. Iris tries to give Percy back his gloves immediately, but he claims that his hands aren't cold now but that they will be in about an hour. Iris agrees and she walks off while Silas watches jealously and eyes Percy's liquor.

An hour later, Iris approaches the truck and finds it set up with candles, pictures of artwork and the art books that the pictures have been cut out of. Smiling and laughing Iris picks up one of the books and ends up falling asleep with it. Awhile later, she awakens to the sound of shattering glass and somebody running away. Getting up, Iris goes inside looking for Percy and finds Tony with his head bashed in in one of the bathrooms. Calling for help, Iris notices Silas' Wrench lying bloody next to Tony's dead body and a trail of blood leading to a broken window that she realizes must've come from Percy. Felix runs in and stares at Tony's body in shock while Hope, Elton and Huck run in and join them. Drawing his gun and having Huck cover him, Felix makes his way to where somebody is visible in a stall. Opening the door, Felix is shocked to find Silas passed out with a bottle of liquor next to him and covered in blood. Silas wakes up and looks silently at Felix.

"The Sky Is a Graveyard"[]

As Silas sits tied up outside, Hope, Iris, Elton, Felix and Huck argue about Silas' culpability in Tony's murder and Percy's disappearance. Iris insists that someone else must've been responsible and that Silas isn't a murderer, but Huck points out that they've seen Silas lose control before and that Silas was drunk, blacked out and woke up covered in Tony and Percy's blood. Iris argues that Silas could've stumbled on Tony and Percy just like them, but Felix states that Silas has told them that he doesn't remember. While Felix believes Silas, they have to look at the hard facts: Silas was angry and he didn't like Percy. Iris points out that Tony and Percy were grifters who must've had enemies and she suggests that someone that they had ripped off came back for revenge. However, Huck informs Iris that they have turned the recreation center upside down and found no sign that anyone else was ever there and if someone was, they would've taken Tony and Percy's things. In contrast, Silas was found passed out at the scene, his wrench covered in Tony's blood. While Hope doesn't want to believe it either, she reminds Iris that Huck is right and they've seen Silas lose it before and they've all heard the stories about Silas' dad. Elton sides with Iris, telling the others that Silas is their friend and he has earned their trust. Elton believes that there must be another explanation of some kind such as wild animals or marauders even. Iris states that they never found Percy's body and he may still be alive and need their help and Elton hopes that Percy could tell them what actually happened. However, Felix states that they had searched for Percy for hours and only found a trail of blood that had stopped at the river. Even if Percy had survived his injuries, Felix doesn't think that Percy could fight the current and has most likely drowned. Elton questions why Silas would attack the people that were trying to help them and Huck states that she has an idea of why and leaves the room. Returning inside, Huck starts going through Silas' belongings against Elton's protests. Huck pulls out several drawings, telling the others that she had seen them when they were camped out a few nights before and that it wasn't her business until now. While Elton is confused by the significance of the drawings, Iris recognizes them as her own.

Hope and Iris look at the drawings which Hope finds messed up since Iris had thrown them away and Silas had dug through their trash for them, but Elton reminds Hope that as a janitor, it was Silas' job. Iris agrees with Elton, stating that it doesn't have to mean anything. Hope points out that Silas liked Iris and that they could all see it as well as the growing romance between her and Percy. Hope suggests that Silas was jealous of Percy and Elton argues that they should put the drawings back, stating that even if they weren't important to Iris, they were to Silas, enough so that he had brought them with him on their journey.

Later, Iris goes through the CRM codebooks alone and she is joined by Hope. Iris admits that while she had thought that cracking the codes would be a good distraction, all it does is remind Iris that nothing makes sense. Hope informs Iris that she and Huck had buried Tony and left markers for him and Percy. Iris states that even with Silas' blackout and the blood, she still believes that Silas is innocent. Hope reminds Iris that she can't know what someone is capable of and that Iris didn't know what Hope was capable of. Iris tries to defend Silas by stating that one mistake doesn't make him a bad person, but Hope states that Silas didn't just make one mistake and she wonders how many chances they will get. They know where Leo is now and they are so close and Hope insists that they can't let anyone stand in the way of that. Iris wants to believe Silas and she feels that if he did do it, she should've seen it coming and she should've known. Hope suggests that Silas didn't want her to see and that he was protecting Iris, but Iris believes this to be worse as it would mean that Silas had let her live in a lie.

As Felix patrols sometime later, Elton lies next to Iris and asks her if she's asleep. Iris tells Elton that she doesn't think that anyone can sleep and that she keeps thinking about something that Hope had used to say when they were kids, that the sky is full of stars that have died, their light carrying on even after they are gone and that "it's a graveyard up there." However, Elton corrects Iris, telling her that stars visible to the human eye are only a couple of hundred light years away and they'd be able to tell if the stars were in the early stages of death. As a result, the stars that Iris is looking at are still very much alive. Iris admits that it does in fact make her feel a little bit better and she asks how Elton is doing with everything. Elton states that he's been thinking and that with the lack of laws out in the wild, there is nothing specifically empowering the adults to decide Silas' fate. With Iris being the closest thing to a leader that the Endlings have, Elton thinks that she should have equal say in what happens to Silas and so should Elton and Hope. Iris doesn't think it's so simple, but Elton tells her that if she votes against exiling Silas, they would need just one more vote in favor and Silas can stay. However, Iris knows that Hope won't and while Elton doesn't think that Hope won't either, he knows that Felix doesn't want to leave anybody behind and believes that Felix would vote with them if Iris and Elton present a united front. However, it's up to Iris.

The next morning, Iris approaches Silas and asks why he'd kept her drawings. Silas tells Iris that they were too beautiful to throw away and she begs Silas to tell her that he didn't kill anyone, promising to believe Silas if he tells her that he didn't. Reminding Silas of her promise to never leave him, an emotional Iris asks him to help her keep her promise. As Iris starts to walk away, Silas reveals to her that he'd gotten free the night before and that he wants to talk to her. Silas states that he didn't want Iris to see him like this and that he wishes that he could tell Iris what she wants to hear. Silas doesn't remember much, just being angry, which has happened before and he thinks that there's something wrong with him. Silas thanks Iris for believing in him and wanting Silas to be a hero which he had wanted too. Silas confesses to killing his father and he claims to have killed Tony and Percy as well, stating that he is a killer. As Iris sadly tries to deny his words, Silas promises that he doesn't want to cause Iris anymore problems and that he won't. Silas is sorry that Iris had met him, but he's glad that he'd gotten to know her. Silas promises to never forget Iris and leaves, exiling himself from the Endlings for his friends' protection. Going back inside, Iris informs the others that Silas is gone.

"The Deepest Cut"[]

As Huck drives, Iris falls asleep in the passenger seat and she looks into the back where Hope and Felix are sleeping against each other. Huck spots a road sign revealing that Ithaca is only 113 miles away. Seeing a fallen sign in the middle of the road, Huck swerves, damaging a tire and drives the truck off of the road, waking up the others. Huck begins backtracking the group to a location a mile or two back that she claims can act as shelter for them and which maybe has something that they can patch the tire with. Felix accepts this due to how cold it is.

As they walk together, Iris starts to talk about how cold it is, but Hope recognizes that her sister is bringing up how cold it so that Hope will picture Elton and Silas out there alone. While Hope admits that she's worried about their friends, she is tired of "picking the scab over and over", stating that she hates how things went down with Silas and that she's worried that Elton is going to freeze to death. However, as they had spent hours searching and found no sign of either Silas or Elton, Hope doesn't think that they want to be found and there's nothing else that they can do.

Huck brings the group to a stop, spotting a small herd in the fog. Ordering Felix to hold his light steady, Huck shoots one of the walkers with a silenced pistol before Iris realizes that they are all caught in something. Looking around with her own flashlight, Iris sees that it's barbed wire as walkers surround them. Huck realizes that they will have to fight their way past and she orders the others to watch themselves as she and Felix deploy their S-Poles. Huck saves Felix when he falls into trouble while Hope and Iris are cornered by three walkers, one of which Hope stabs in the throat with her flashlight. Seeing them in trouble, Huck gets in close and takes out all of the walkers with one silenced shot. Felix then manages to clear the Endlings a path out of the herd and to safety.

The next morning, as they continue down the road, Felix wraps a cut on the back of his leg up in gauze. Although Huck expresses concern, Felix assures her that it's just a little slice from the barbed wire that the herd was caught up in. The Endlings reach the Red Maple where Huck breaks the door down and tells the others that the sooner that they can find something rubber and waterproof, the sooner they can get back on the road. Looking at a brochure, Hope comments that the place looks haunted while Felix guesses that it must've been evacuated, but he warns them that they still need to be careful.

The group splits up with Huck and Iris going to look upstairs and Hope and Felix downstairs. Iris hesitates, but follows Huck who notes that it sometimes feels like Iris is avoiding her. Iris admits that she's lucky that Hope found Huck and Huck suggests that Iris could've trained with them too, but Iris points out that she wasn't invited. Huck tells Iris that Hope had needed the structure and the discipline of their training, but that Hope was only ever into it because she wanted to sneak off to Omaha. Iris is surprised and hurt by this revelation, but quickly tries to cover it up. Huck notes how different the two girls are with Iris taking only weeks to get what took Hope months to get in training. Huck compares Hope to herself at 16, but states that Iris is who she had wanted to be: disciplined and principled. Huck claims to get what Iris was talking about during her speech on Monument Day about not trusting the Civic Republic, but she suggests that maybe Leo's situation isn't as bad as they think it is. Iris wonders why Huck thinks that and she claims that it might simply be easy to overthink things, especially for someone as smart as Iris. The two split up to keep looking, but Huck suddenly closes a door right after looking inside and quickly tells Iris that the room isn't for them and that the people who had lived there are dead inside of suicide. Huck then continues her search with Iris following after a moment.

Continuing their journey, the Endlings encounter a blockade made out of shipping containers and a bus. Seeing another one past it, Felix tells the others that they should go around through an alley on the other side. However, Hope simply climbs over the front of the bus followed by the others. When Felix climbs over after them, Felix falls backwards due to his leg injury bothering him.

The group carries Felix back to the Red Maple where Hope is surprised by how bad Felix's leg was injured in the fall. Felix explains that it didn't and he'd nicked his leg on some barbed wire while fighting the herd while Huck adds that he rolled it when he jumped. Felix apologizes for hiding the extent of his injury, promising that it's not that bad and that he'd started on some antibiotics before they left just in case and he can handle the pain. Iris assures the others that it will heal and Huck suggests that the girls try to find something to keep it stable and keep some of the pressure off of it.

In a flashback, Felix and Will eat dinner with Hope, Iris and Leo. Felix brings up how the CRM is adding a second person to join Romano on Leo's security detail which Leo confirms. While Felix had thought that it might be Dwyer, he had asked and she said that it wasn't her. Felix is surprised that Leo isn't just asking who he wants before Will admits that the second person is him. Felix is shocked and Leo quickly asks Hope and Iris to get dessert ready so that the three adults can talk alone.

As they look, Iris comments that she's growing tired of searching this place. Hope wonders what they're doing as Felix isn't going to last another mile on his foot let alone all the way to the research facility. However, Iris reminds Hope that Felix has spent months protecting them and she insists that they need to protect Felix in return. Hope starts to ask if the extra week that it will take could mean the difference between Leo being okay or not and Iris demands to know if her sister wants to just abandon Felix. Hope claims that that isn't what she is talking about and that they have to figure something out. Iris refuses to leave Felix and comments that she sometimes wishes that she had a map to figure Hope out.

In a flashback, Iris asks Felix if the transport to Omaha is ready to go and he confirms it, stating that a CRM helicopter will pick them up there. Felix asks where Hope is, but Iris tells her that she's not coming. Leo enters and explains that Hope is still angry that he's leaving. Iris leaves to get the rest of Leo's bags, leaving Felix, Will and Leo alone.

In the present, Felix hobbles into the living room where Iris is looking at a map. Although Iris thinks that highways will be easier, Felix is intent on sticking with the original plan even though Felix knows that it's impossible for him to hike. Iris insists that Felix is still coming with them, but Felix tells her that they don't need him anymore and that Iris is more than capable of getting the Endlings the rest of the way without him. Felix believes in Iris and who she is becoming and the two start crying. Hope and Huck enter and Huck announces that they will leave first thing in the morning and that once they find out what's up with Leo, they'll be back for Felix. Felix and Huck hug and Huck tells him not to worry about this as they've got it. Felix knows that they do and he expresses his love for Huck, leading to a laugh between the two.

As Felix says his goodbyes, Iris angrily storms out, calling it bullshit. Iris angrily storms out, calling it bullshit. Huck follows Iris, telling her that sometimes hard decisions have to be made, but Iris shouts that not only shouldn't this be a decision, they shouldn't even be discussing it. Huck orders Iris to take a hard look, stating that she'll see that her purpose is to find Leo. Huck insists that Felix is a danger to himself in the wild, but if he stays behind, he'll live. Iris leaves without a word.

Hope packs up her belongings, including the CRM codebooks, before Iris joins her. Iris asks if Hope and Huck are close and asks what Huck had told Hope about her life before. Hope reveals that Huck had told her that she was in the military, her mom died when she was little and she was found on a raft. Iris suggests that they can't trust Huck, having sensed something off about her. Hope wonders where this is coming from and Iris admits that she's been thinking it for awhile, but she just can't explain it. Hope tells her to stop, but Iris points out how quickly Huck had dropped Felix. Hope tells Iris that Huck doesn't want to leave Felix behind either but they have to do it. Hope challenges Iris for not getting that and thinking that Huck is untrustworthy for being willing to make tough choices. Iris tells Hope that she isn't saying that and asks her sister to trust her gut feeling. However, Hope states that Huck has been there for her in ways that Iris doesn't understand, has saved Hope's life and never judged her.

Iris asks if she has and Hope admits that ever since she told Iris how their mom died, Iris has looked at her different. While they've been pretending that it's still been the same, it hasn't and it has all changed between them no matter how much they pretend that it didn't. Huck listens and understands and Hope has told her everything. Shocked by Hope's behavior, Iris asks what's going on with her and Hope suggests that her sister just doesn't know her as well as Iris thinks that she does. Iris confronts Hope about her plans to leave for Omaha and Hope has no answer beyond admitting that she wasn't even planning on telling Iris. Without saying anything further, Hope leaves the room.

The next morning, an alarmed Iris wakes up Felix, telling him that Hope, Huck and their belongings are gone. Felix realizes that his gun is missing as well, having been stolen by Hope.

"In This Life"[]

In a flashback, Leo and Kari are introduced to their daughter Iris for the first time by an adoption agent. Leo notices Iris sharing a crib with another baby and the agent explains that the baby is Hope and that she and Iris have been looking out for each other from the moment that they met. Leo and Kari share a smile as they decide to adopt both girls.

In the present, his foot now in a makeshift splint, Felix gets up and tests how well he can move in it. Iris still can't believe that Hope and Huck had left without saying goodbye, but Felix suggests that sometimes it's easier that way. Iris knows that Hope wasn't acting like herself the day before, incredibly pissed off and trying to pick a fight. When Felix asks why, Iris admits that she had told Hope something that she didn't want to hear.

As Felix sits down to put his boot back on, Iris explains that she had told Hope that she thinks that something is off with Huck and that she doesn't trust her. Felix wonders why Iris would say such a thing, but Iris insists that it's true, pointing out that Huck has her own gun and plenty of bullets, yet she seemingly took Felix's as well. Felix is doubtful, stating that just because Silas isn't who they thought he was, "Huck isn't Huck." Despite Felix's denials, Iris is insistent that Huck is hiding something and that she's untrustworthy.

Iris remembers that there's only one room in the Red Maple that they haven't searched because Huck claimed that it was filled with bodies. Checking the room, Felix and Iris are shocked to discover it filled with supplies that they could've used to fix Felix's ankle or the tire on the truck. Iris realizes that Huck purposefully hid the supplies as she didn't want them to fix their problems and Felix, grabbing supplies off of the shelves, is confused by Huck's actions and why Huck would've left with Hope. Looking at the oxygen tanks, Iris suggests that when they catch up to them, Felix can ask Huck himself.

At the truck, Iris patches the tire while Felix pumps it back up with the oxygen tanks from the Red Maple. With the tire holding, Felix hopes that with any luck, they'll get about 50 miles out of it, but Iris tells him that if Hope and Huck stick to the planned route, they only need to get 20 miles and cut them off at Murray Road. As Iris gets into the passenger side of the truck, Felix tells her that its a stick shift and with his injured foot, he can't work the clutch. Iris realizes that Felix wants her to drive, but she tells him that she can't as she never learned. Taking the passenger seat, Felix guides Iris through a very jerky driving lesson, revealing that Leo had taught him how to drive when Iris compares something that Felix tells her to her father. Iris tells Felix that she's glad he's there with Felix returning the sentiment. With a lot of ground left to cover, Iris starts driving the truck again, slightly less jerky, but still not perfect.

At night, spotting a light from the road, Felix and Iris stop at an abandoned house and search it. Hope and Huck hide as Felix and Iris search the house before the two reveal themselves. As Iris checks on Hope, Huck feigns surprise at the two getting the truck working again. Iris confronts Huck, revealing that they had checked the room that Huck had tried to hide from them, the one that she had told them not to go into because there were bodies. Iris demands to know why Huck had lied and Huck tries to claim that it must've been a crossed-wires thing and that she'd never said that there were bodies in the room. Hope backs Huck up, claiming that Huck had meant the basement instead of the storage room and Iris must've heard her wrong. Felix points out that Hope and Huck had still left without even saying goodbye, but Huck claims that they had thought that it would just be easier with Hope adding that Felix and Iris are there now and they have the truck fixed which is great. They are all there, together and safe which are all good things, but Felix doesn't seem to be fully convinced. Huck suggests that they get some sleep and hit the road in the morning, offering to get Felix and Iris' stuff from the truck so that Felix can get off of his leg. Felix refuses until Huck tells Felix that he needs to trust other people to take care of him for a change and Felix lets Huck go move the truck around the corner.

As Huck calls Hope to give her a hand, Felix grabs Huck's gun and demands that she drop the key and tell him what she's doing with Hope. Dropping the key and putting down the lantern, Huck tells Felix to grab Iris, take the truck and go. Felix refuses, but Huck tells him that it's how he lives and she doesn't want to hurt him. Hope tells Felix to listen and that Huck is CRM, she wants Hope, he can't save her and walking away is the only way that he'll live, shocking Iris. Huck states that she doesn't want to hurt Felix and she just wants to him be happy, she really did. Felix demands to know if it's true and Huck admits it before attacking Felix, throwing him down the stairs, shattering the lantern and setting the house on fire.

Huck races downstairs and kicks away Felix's S-Pole, ordering him not to make this any worse. As the two fight and the fire spread, Felix orders Hope and Iris to take the truck and flee, but they refuse to leave him behind. As the girls make their way out, looking for Huck's gun, Felix retrieves his S-Pole and he and Huck duel with them. Felix refuses to walk away and continues the fight, wounding Huck in the arm. As the fight continues and moves outside, Hope finds and retrieves Huck's gun. Struggling with Huck, Felix urges Hope to shoot her and that it's okay, Hope doesn't need Felix to protect her. With a few walkers approaching, Hope shoots one of them while Iris puts the other two down.

Huck finally overpowers Felix and, after a moment of hesitation, prepares to kill him with her S-Pole, apologizing. Hope removes the silencer from Huck's gun and fires it into the air, catching everyone's attention. Hope holds the gun to her own head and threatens to kill herself if Huck doesn't get away from Felix. Huck backs off and Hope orders Felix and Iris to take the truck and get back to the Campus Colony as fast as they can, knowing that nothing is going to happen to her because the CRM needs Hope to help Leo with his research because of who and what she is. Huck's mission was to get Hope to the research facility and "I decoded the message. I'm the asset. Turns out I'm smarter than I thought."

As they prepare to leave, Hope approaches Iris and tells her sister that she was never going to leave for Omaha without her and she only left the night before because she was trying to protect Iris, both of which Iris knows because it's what they do: they protect each other and they always will. Hope hugs Iris and assures her that she will be okay and that they all will. Hope and Huck drive away while Felix and Iris sadly watch them go.

The next morning, Felix and Iris walk through the woods together and Felix warns Iris that a storm's coming in and they're going to have to find some shelter and food. Iris promises that they'll find some, get the others back and kick the CRM's ass, but Felix wonders how.

In a flashback, it's revealed that Iris had helped Hope to put the computer that she had taken apart back together and that when Hope said goodbye to Iris, she had told her sister that it's really the two of them together that are the asset, making each other better and stronger throughout their whole lives. With Iris' smarts, instincts, bravery and fight, the CRM has no idea what she can do and that's how they're going to beat them. The CRM thinks that they need Hope to save the world, but they are going to save the world from them together.

In the present, Iris tells Felix that they just will because they can and that this is how they give their lives meaning, they're the future. Hearing a noise in the woods, Felix and Iris ready their weapons, spotting a group of people nearby. Will emerges from the group and hugs Felix, crying. Will tells Felix and Iris that he'd thought that they were all dead, surprising them. Will realizes that they don't know and states that they have a lot to catch up on. As more people emerge from the woods, Felix, Iris and Will look up as a CRM helicopter flies overhead.

Season 2[]

"Konsekans"[]

In a nightmare, Iris struggles with a walker, only to have it grab her hand. Surprised, Iris begins to tear off the walker's face, only to awaken from her nightmare. Unable to sleep, Iris lights a lantern and works on deciphering the CRM codebooks using Hope's translation of the message about Huck as a guide. Iris is joined by Felix who had heard her. Felix reassures Iris that he's sure that Hope will do ok and Iris tells Felix that it's Hope's birthday today. Felix suggests that maybe Leo is doing something for Hope and asks Iris to promise him to try to at least get a little sleep. The two wish each other luck with trying to get some sleep and Iris returns to trying to decipher the CRM codebooks.

Earlier, after encountering Will in the forest, Felix asks him what happened and he explains to Felix and Iris that the CRM controls all communications in and out. Each message is coded and scheduled to avoid detection and the CRM don't mess around.

In a flashback, Will tells Frank Newton that he's worried as he hasn't heard anything in weeks. Frank claims to understand Will's concern, but it could be anything causing the communications troubles.

In the present, Will elaborates that he had been waiting on a security update from Omaha that was weeks late and as time went on, the CRM kept stonewalling and Will had made the mistake of telling the CRM as much. Will and Romano had heard that the CRM were sending a team to a relay station a few hundred miles out to look into the communication break and Leo gave them his blessing to go with them, but they had downplayed it so that Leo wouldn't worry and told Leo that it was a scouting mission.

In a flashback, Will and Romano greet Frank near a truck that the CRM is loading up and Frank has bags put over their heads as per protocol. In a voiceover, Will notes that, looking back, there were signs that it was a setup such as the CRM not putting up a fight when they wanted to go. As the truck drives down the road, Will hears a cryptic comment by one of the soldiers about picking up a patrol shift the next day despite it being a three-day trip. The CRM team was also light on supplies for a three-day trip. Will signals Romano and the two men fight with the CRM soldiers, crashing the truck and killing the five other men. Chased by empties, Will and Romano flee into the woods, but Romano is shot from behind and killed by Frank who fires after Will who manages to escape.

In the present, Will states that he was on the run for a few days when he heard the helicopters which were dropping off shipping containers full of supplies from the Campus Colony and Omaha such as generators and computers some of which was covered in blood and all of which was loaded up into trucks and driven off. Will sadly tells Felix and Iris that he'd heard it being called a salvage mission and that everything had been messed up a giant herd that had run through. A few days later, Will was found by the people that he's with and he'd joined a hunting party to help out when he ran into them. Felix asks if Will is saying that empties just ran through Omaha and Will admits that he doesn't know how else to take it. Crying, Iris wonders how Omaha and the Campus Colony could just be gone and asks about Leo, but Will reassures her that there is no reason to believe that Leo is not alright, Hope as well. Will had kicked the hornet's nest and asked too many questions which must've made him and Romano targets. Iris wonders if the CRM knew the whole time and why they would lie, but Will only knows that the CRM wants him dead and that he will be if they find him. With empties approaching, Will leads Felix and Iris away.

Will leads Felix and Iris to his new community, explaining that the whole place is secure and the storm the night before had knocked some trees onto the wall. While some empties might've breached, they got it patched up pretty quick. Iris recognizes one of the sculptures that they're passing from a book that she read and Felix wonders what this place is. Will identifies it as the Perimeter, an abandoned farm town that was bought before the world ended and turned into an artist colony. They have since built it up and brought people in. Helping the injured Felix out of the wagon, Will introduces Felix and Iris to Indira, the head of the council that runs the Perimeter. Indira offers her condolences about the destruction of their home and, with Will vouching for Felix and Iris, promises them a home at the Perimeter until a more permanent solution can be found. Indira allows them to keep their knives, but asks that, for the safety and comfort of others, they surrender all other weapons while they're on the Perimeter's land. With Will's encouragement, Felix hands over his S-Pole and Iris hands over Shiloh. Indira informs them that they can stay in a spare bedroom in the house that Will's staying in and, while the council will want to ask them some questions, she will hold them off until the next day. She also promises to have someone look at Will's leg wound. Indira asks what they're living for now as living takes effort and a reason for everyone. If they're going to be living with the Perimeter now, Indira needs to know those reasons. Felix tells her that he lives for Will, Iris and a few others while Iris tells Indira that she lives for hope. Satisfied, Indira allows them to move on.

At night, Iris enters the dining room, having finished deciphering the code books which contain supply depot locations, fuel inventories, stuff that they could use once they get Hope and Leo back. However, there is nothing in them that can help them get Hope and Leo back. Iris advocates scouting the facility while it's dark and seeing for themselves what they're up against. Will pulls out the layout of the facility that he was drawing up and explains that while he wants Hope and Leo safe from the CRM just as much as they do, there's nothing that they can do just yet. While Felix is impatient to act, Will warns him that the CRM has got guards, patrols and long-range security. Just getting within a mile of the research facility is dangerous and it won't tell them anything that Will doesn't already know. This is about the long game, not just getting those that they care about back. It's about not just how they get in, but how they get Hope and Leo out and where they go after and the safety of not just themselves, but the people of the Perimeter who are giving them shelter. One wrong move means the end for all of them.

After promising Felix to try to get some sleep, Iris flips through the CRM code books before suddenly calling Felix back and asking him why he thinks that the CRM would cover up what happened back home. Both acknowledge that it doesn't make sense and Iris tells Felix that she keeps thinking about everybody whose gone and how the only reason that they're not is because the Endlings left. They took a risk and maybe that's how they keep living, how they get Hope and Leo back: they do what they need to do no matter the risk. Felix tells Iris that it's great the council is letting them stay at the Perimeter for now, but they can only sit tight for so long. The rules are different now, "CRM changed the game. So, we change how we play." Felix heads back to bed, leaving Iris alone. Looking at a drawing that she made of the empty from her nightmare, Iris remembers Will telling them about how Omaha and the Campus Colony were supposedly destroyed by a massive herd and her nightmare of ripping the face off of the empty.

Armed with a crossbow, Iris moves through the woods and spots a CRM soldier patrolling the area. Hiding, Iris accidentally makes noise, drawing the soldier's attention before he is set upon by an empty. As the soldier struggles with the empty, Iris shoots him in the shoulder with her crossbow and attacks the man after he puts down the empty. After a struggle, Iris manages to stab him in the chest with a knife. As the man gasps for breath, Iris remembers that in her nightmare, it was a CRM helmet under the walker's face. Realizing the terrible truth about the destruction of her home, Iris tearfully states that "it wasn't empties. It was you." Iris stabs the soldier to death in revenge for the CRM's actions.

"Foothold"[]

Iris pulls her knife out of the dead soldier's chest and prepares to stab him in the head when she's stopped by a worried Felix who had picked up her trail. Iris tells Felix that the soldier was going to find her and they spot the flashlights of more approaching CRM soldiers. Realizing that they can't let the CRM find the soldier like this, Iris and Felix drag his body away and hide between two fallen trees. An empty approaches and Iris shoots it with her crossbow, but the soldiers hear the noise of it falling to the ground. With two more empties approaching, Felix tells Iris that they have to put them down silently and not let their bodies hit the ground. Felix puts one down with his knife and restrains the other for Iris to shoot with her crossbow after Felix drops his knife. Iris and Felix hide as the CRM soldiers continue to patrol the woods.

The next morning, Iris, Felix and Will look out over a small herd clustered in and around a river and Iris makes a suggestion about which one of the empties to pick, but Felix and Will reject her suggestion. Spotting an empty approaching, Iris goes to put it down, but she freezes when the growls remind her of her nightmare about the empty with the CRM helmet on underneath it and looking at the soldier that she had killed. Iris briefly hallucinates the empty pulling off its face to reveal a CRM helmet before Felix puts it down with his spear. With none of the empties having proven to be sufficient, Will instead suggests checking out a gully a mile north where empties sometimes build up. Although Felix protests, Will angrily asks if he has any other ideas and Felix is forced to concede that he doesn't.

Iris acknowledges that Will had told them that coming out here was dangerous and she'd be mad too if she was him. Both Felix and Will wonder why she did it then and Iris reveals that she believes that the CRM was responsible for the destruction of Omaha and the Campus Colony, not empties. Iris points out that they had killed Romano, tried to kill Will and were willing to kill the Endlings so why not everyone back home or in Omaha. Felix is surprised that Iris thinks that the CRM did it, but Iris wonders why else they would cover it up. Felix points out that they're talking about a hundred thousand people here and Iris is suggesting that they had just wanted them all dead. but why would they do it as they weren't a threat. Iris thinks that maybe they had something that the CRM wanted like Hope and they saw how far the CRM went to take her. Will admits that the thought has crossed his mind too. An empty approaches that Will declares is perfect for their needs. The three dress the empty up in Will's jacket and gag it with a belt, making it appear as if the empty is an undead Will from a distance. Satisfied, Felix orders the other two to grab the soldier while he takes the empty and meet him at the drop off. Putting down two approaching empties, Iris and Will head off in one direction while Felix leaves in the other.

At the Perimeter, Brody argues to the Council that Iris, Felix and Will can't be trusted, pointing out that Iris had killed a CRM soldier with one of their weapons and Will is wanted by the CRM. As such, the three have put them all at risk. Felix tells the Council that they have a plan that will fix that and Iris asks for a chance to make this right. Brody states that it's too dangerous for them to stay, especially as Iris, Felix and Will haven't been forthcoming. Brody produces Iris' CRM code books as proof, angering her as he had gone through her stuff. Brody reveals that it contains the locations of CRM supply drops and fuel depots, and he worries about what will happen if the CRM finds out about it. Felix insists that they won't with Will adding that, if their plan works, it won't just take some heat off of him but protect everyone at the Perimeter too. Will appeals to Indira to let them stay, but the argument is interrupted by the approach of CRM vehicles.

Indira orders Iris, Felix and Will to hide, although Will considers surrendering himself as the CRM only wants him. With Iris unable to retrieve her code books in time, Brody quickly covers them up. Brody warns Indira that if they don't hand them over, the Perimeter could lose everything, but Indira refuses to consider it as that isn't what their community is about. Elizabeth Kublek enters with two CRM soldiers and apologizes for her unannounced visit and explains to Indira and Brody that she's there because the CRM is looking into something. Elizabeth's attention is drawn to one of Indira's paintings on the wall near where Iris' code books are hidden, and Brody notices the wind blow the papers covering them up off. As Elizabeth reminisces about the painting that Indira had done of her daughter, Indira distracts her by asking about Jennifer whom Indira's people haven't seen in two years. Elizabeth tells Indira that Jennifer has just returned home from assignment and that it's a lot of responsibility to be entrusted with the well-being and survival of so many people.

Elizabeth explains that she has come because of a security issue: one of her soldiers had vanished not far from there the night before, worrying the hiding group. Elizabeth suggests that its someone at the research facility who is causing them trouble, not believing that anyone at the Perimeter would risk their agreement, but Indira claims that the Perimeter hasn't seen any new faces around. Citing the Perimeter's damaged wall, Elizabeth asks to be allowed to have her soldiers search the community to make sure that no one slipped in unnoticed, but Indira refuses, stating that the wall has been fixed and the Perimeter's lookouts do a fine job. Stating that you can never be too careful, Elizabeth has her soldiers search anyways. While admiring some of the paintings hanging up, Elizabeth unknowingly stands just a few feet from where Iris, Felix and Will are hiding. After a tense moment, Elizabeth receives a radio call that her men have eyes on their missing soldier in Watkins Glen and on Indira's silent nod, Brody takes the opportunity to hide the code books once again. Satisfied, Elizabeth leaves, apologizing to Indira for the intrusion and expressing a hope that they can talk more next time, much to everyone's relief.

Walking through the area where they had picked up the empty they had disguised as Will, Felix notes that Iris hasn't said much about what happened and asks if she's doing alright. Iris claims to be pointing out that their plan worked out perfectly: it took some of the heat off of Will and Indira's letting them stay. Iris reveals that while they were hiding from the CRM, she wasn't worried about getting caught or the Perimeter getting torn apart because of them, she was scared that she wouldn't get the chance to hit them back. Felix asks if Iris is sure that she's ready for this and Iris tells him that "killing that soldier... I thought I was numb. But I wasn't. I was angry. This is war. Even if they don't know it yet." Felix agrees with Iris and tells her that until they can figure out a way to the CRM back, they can at least hit something. Deploying their S-Pole and Shiloh respectively, Felix and Iris begin to eliminate the herd gathered in that spot.

"Exit Wounds"[]

Dev leads a confused Iris over to his wagon and she hugs Elton and Percy, shocked and relieved to see the latter, having feared that Percy was dead. Iris explains that she and Felix had found Will and Felix and Will are currently out on patrol. Retrieving Silas' Wrench from the wagon, Dev explains that he and Asha had found it while looking for their missing horse - Teresa the same horse that Elton and Percy had found. Elton realizes that Asha and Dev had known who they were the entire time and Asha explains that their mom runs the Perimeter and Iris had told her how the Endlings got separated. Asha and Dev were originally just going to bring Elton and Percy to the Perimeter, but when Percy had tried to steal from them, the siblings had decided to have some fun. Annoyed, Percy tells Asha that she has a really screwed up way of having fun. Elton asks Iris about Hope, causing her to become somber. Iris informs Elton and Percy about the destruction of Omaha and the Campus Colony, the CRM's attempted murder of Will and her belief that the CRM is responsible for the destruction of their home.

That night, Iris treats Percy's gunshot wound, reassuring him that she knows what she's doing and that it's just until the Perimeter's medic can look it over in the morning. Percy notes that Iris seems different, and Iris has him remove his shirt so that she can clean the exit wound. Iris thanks Percy for surprising her with the art in the truck on the night that he got shot and Percy wishes that he could've been there. Iris tells him that he's here now which is all that matters. After what Huck did to his uncle, Percy wants revenge which Iris gets. The CRM keeps taking: her dad, Hope and Silas if he's even still alive. But Elton and Percy found them and it's a second chance and they just have to make it count.

Hearing a noise outside, Iris exits the house to find two Perimeter guards escorting Hope and Huck into the center of town. Iris is surprised to see her sister.

"Family Is a Four Letter Word"[]

Indira greets Huck and Hope at the Perimeter. Indira notes that it's been quite some time since Huck last visited them and she asks what has brought her out so far. Hope notices Iris standing nearby and the two are reunited. Iris can't believe that Hope is there and asks if their father is with her, but Hope reveals that it's just them and Huck had to sneak her out. Hope reassures her sister that it's fine as Felix joins them and Hope hugs him as well. Huck comments that it's just like old times while Felix glares at her over Hope's shoulder.

Indira hopes that Huck isn't bringing them trouble, but Huck reassures Indira that she's not and that her mother doesn't know that she's there and she won't. As a gesture of good faith, Huck hands over her rifle to one of the Perimeter's guards as Felix hands in his S-Pole as well. Huck explains that she just wants to talk to Iris and Felix alone and Indira reminds Huck that the Perimeter hasn't seen bloodshed since its founding, and she wants to keep it that way. Both Felix and Huck agree, and Indira leaves them alone.

Once Indira is gone, Felix draws his knife, addressing Huck by her real name of Jennifer and demanding to know what she wants. Stepping between the two, Hope explains that what they want is for Felix and Iris to come back with them which Felix and Iris are visibly unhappy with. Felix demands to know why they would ever come with Huck, but she tells them that they wouldn't. Instead, she intends to take them most of the way and have Iris and Felix act like they found the research facility on their own.

Iris wonders what this is about, and Hope tells her that it's about being together, keeping Felix and Iris safe and keeping their father safe. Iris reminds Hope that she had said that Leo was safe, and Hope promises that he is, but Leo is worried, and Hope is worried that he's going to stir shit up if they don't bring them back soon. Leo could get hurt or worse and Huck states that the CRM is currently looking for them back at the retirement home. However, Felix reveals that Huck's mother was just there looking for them with soldiers and wonders if Huck is here now because she's using Hope to lure them out.

Huck insists that all they have to do is play dumb that she is CRM and about the code books and the fuel caches and they'll be fine. Her mother will take them in, and they'll be safe. Felix is dubious and Huck calls it just one more lie. Iris demands to know if Omaha was just one more lie too, surprising Hope that they know about it already. Felix asks if it's true that Omaha is gone, and Huck confirms it along with the fact that the Campus Colony has been destroyed as well. Huck states that the CRM couldn't mobilize fast enough to save either one, but Iris suggests that they were the ones who made it happen instead. Huck is surprised, telling Iris that it was a giant herd of empties, but Iris outright accuses the CRM of killing everyone and using the empties as a coverup. Huck is confused as to why the CRM would kill over a hundred thousand people when they are all about rebuilding civilization and bringing the world back and Felix demands that she tell them why the CRM would do such a thing. Huck calls Iris' claims crazy while Hope wonders if Iris knows something. Iris admits that she can't prove it, but she refuses to go anywhere with Huck.

Iris begins to walk away, refusing to say anything else in front of Huck. Hope insists that this isn't about Huck but rather their father, demanding to know if Iris doesn't want to see him. While Iris does, she knows that they would be idiots to go into the research facility without a way out, something that Felix agrees with. Huck asks them about Silas, drawing everyone's attention. Huck reveals that Silas is alive and at a culling and maintenance post not far from the Perimeter. Huck has made sure that Silas is being taken care of and promises Iris that if she and Felix come with them, they can see Silas too. Hope admits that this is the first that she's hearing about this, and Felix accuses Huck of lying to them. Huck insists that it's the truth and that she hadn't said anything before as she didn't want to complicate things more than they already are. Huck implores Iris to come with her and Hope and see for herself, but Iris tells her sister that she wants to talk to her alone and Hope and Iris walk away.

Sitting in a workshop, Hope comments on how much older her sister seems even though it's only been a few days since they last saw each other. Reminding Hope that she's the one who's older, Iris apologizes for missing her birthday, but Hope's fine with it and tells Iris how their father had put a candle on her eggs, and they share a laugh. Hope tells Iris that this is the first time that Leo has been distracted by work since her arrival, but seeing him okay with all of the other doctors from Portland and Omaha that are just like him, Hope thinks she's starting to get it, why Leo is so into it and why it's so important. Iris asks if their father is happy and Hope states that he isn't with the CRM, but he has a girlfriend. Hope explains how Leo's girlfriend is a scientist and really smart and that Mason says that she's a big deal or something. Iris is intrigued by the mention of Mason and Hope claims that he's just a guy that's in some of her classes and that it's not how it sounds.

Iris accuses Hope of meeting guys and talking about Leo's girlfriend as if it's a good thing, but Hope insists that she's just trying to get them back together so that they can figure things out in a way that's smart. Iris insists that the smart thing is Hope staying at the Perimeter so that they can all get Leo out together. However, Hope knows that if she stays, the CRM will find them all before they even get a chance. At the facility, they can take their time, think things through and plan, but Iris points out that they'd be prisoners. Hope states that they'll be alive, reminding Iris that Portland is 2,700 miles away and that they will never get there with a target on their backs. With their home gone, they are all each other has which Iris knows. Hope asks how Iris found out about the destruction of their home, but Iris doesn't want to talk about it and refuses to come back with them. Tearfully, Hope says that Iris can, and she should, but Hope gets that she won't.

Near sunrise, Hope says goodbye to Felix and Will, asking Will to look after Iris and Felix. Now aware of the CRM's attempted murder of Will and believing that the CRM had destroyed Omaha and the Campus Colony, Hope confronts Iris about not telling her the truth about it which changes everything. Iris insists that she had wanted to tell Hope and that maybe she should've, unsure of why she didn't. Hope asks if there's anything else that she should know and, with a glance at Huck, Iris shakes her head. Hugging Hope, Iris promises that they will get Hope and Leo out and asks Hope to tell Leo that they're okay and not to worry. Hope wishes that she could and leaves with Huck.

The next morning, Percy knocks on Iris' door and offers to come back later if he has to. Iris invites him in, and Percy sits on the bed with her. Iris asks how Percy is holding up and Percy tells her that killing empties is easy and Percy has lost track of how many he's put down, but killing a person is different. Percy never wanted anything more in his life and Iris acknowledges that Percy had wanted justice for Huck killing his uncle and trying to kill him. Iris admits that they are both willing to go a little further than most people to get justice. Iris had thought that Hope was like that too. Percy takes her hand and Iris asks if Percy is mad that Will had stopped him. Percy states that while Huck shouldn't be able to walk around like what she did doesn't matter, but he should've been thinking about everyone else: Will, Felix and Iris. Iris kisses Percy, but he ends it after a moment and leaves.

"Quatervois"[]

Iris, Percy, Felix, Will and Elton make their way through the woods towards the culling facility where Silas works, putting down several empties as they go. Elton, now armed with an axe, asks if Iris really thinks that their plan is going to work and she says that she does, but Elton doesn't respond when Iris asks about his thoughts on the success of their plan. Elton asks how Hope is and Iris says that she's good and that Elton can ask her himself this time tomorrow.

The group spots a large herd moving in the same direction that they are, and Will confirms that the facility should be just over the upcoming ridge. Loud music begins drawing the herd towards the facility and Felix warns the others that it won't be long before the music fills the whole area with empties. Seeing that the area is filled with empties, Will comments that they are going to need an exit strategy. Spotting a creek bed filled with the undead, Felix decides to lure as many as he can into it and keep things clear while everyone else keeps moving. Will argues with Felix about Felix remaining behind alone and Iris tells them both to stay while she, Felix and Elton go on ahead. Percy adds that they'll go in, make contact and get out. If the things get dicey, they'll split, and Elton promises that they'll be "smart and safe. Just like you taught us." With Will agreeing with them, Felix gives in and provides final instructions to stay low and watch for spotters which Iris finishes for him. Left alone, Felix and Will begin luring empties in and knocking them into the creek bed.

Closing in on the facility, Iris, Percy and Elton stop as they see Grady and Tiga emerge through a break in the fence, followed by Silas. Grady and Tiga give Silas instructions on how to fix the fence and leave to cover the north end until Silas is back. Once they're gone, Iris moves to greet her friend despite Percy trying to get her to wait. As they approach, Silas puts down an empty with his kill stick and is surprised to see his friends there. Telling Silas that he's glad that he's okay, Elton hugs Silas while Percy pats him on the back, telling Silas that it's good to see him before moving towards the break in the fence and Iris just smiles at him.

Inside Dennis' workshop, Iris, Percy and Elton catch Silas up on the destruction of Omaha and the Campus Colony. Silas is shocked and upset to hear that everyone, including his uncle, is dead and Elton apologizes, knowing that it's a lot, but the Endlings had never thought that it would all be gone. Silas asks if the CRM took Hope and Percy reveals that Huck is one of them and had been playing the group the whole time for the CRM. Percy wonders if they're safe there and Silas reassures his friends that Dennis left for the research facility and the others don't come into the workshop much. Silas optimistically suggests that since he's treated okay at the culling facility, Hope and Leo are treated okay too. Iris reminds Silas that an entire city is gone as well as the university and if they are right about this, then the CRM has committed genocide. Iris admits that they don't have proof, but they know that the CRM did it.

Elton explains that they have a way in, and Will knows a way out and shows Silas a map. Pointing out a location on the map, Iris explains that it's the Detritus Service Terminal where all of the biohazard waste gets taken out. According to Will, Dennis has access to it, a keycard. Percy tells Silas that the next day he needs to take the card and one of the facility's trucks, make his way to the terminal and open the door at exactly 2 p.m. Iris adds that they will time it so that they're ready on the other side at that time. They'll take off and head right for Portland. They can tell Portland what happened, and they can keep them hidden. However, Silas will only have a 20-minute window at best. As soon as he's a mile out, long-range security will spot him and call it in to the gate guards. If Silas hasn't checked in with official business by then, they'll come looking.

Silas asks what if he can't, pointing out that he's just starting to be trusted at the culling facility. However, Iris tells Silas that he's the only chance that they have. Silas suggests asking Dennis for help, thinking that Dennis can be trusted, but Percy tells Silas that Dennis is part of the CRM, the enemy, and he just wants Silas to think that he can be trusted. Silas insists that Dennis is not like Huck, believing that Dennis couldn't know that the CRM committed genocide and be alright with it. However, Percy believes that Dennis will betray them and get them killed, stating that the CRM are liars and the reason that the only family that they have is dead. Iris knows that it's a lot, but time isn't on their side, and they can't do this without Silas' help. Iris asks if Silas is in, but Silas, overwhelmed, just walks away without a word.

Iris and Percy impatiently wait for Silas to make a decision and Elton reassures them that Silas will come around. Iris reminds Elton that they exiled him, but Elton points out that Silas had exiled himself. Unable to take it any longer, Iris goes to talk to Silas, leaving Elton and Percy behind. Iris tells Silas that she felt sick when she heard that Silas had turned himself in and both admit that they weren't sure if they were going to leave him alive and Iris only let him away because she thought it was what he wanted. Silas tells her that's not why he's hesitant to help, it's just a lot to take in which Iris acknowledges. Iris confirms that she's sure that it was the CRM that destroyed their home, and they have to get Hope and her dad out and Silas too. Iris pleads for Silas to help them, and he finally agrees. Elton and Percy join them, having been eavesdropping and Silas promises to be at the Detritus Terminal at 2 p.m. the next day. Iris tearfully hugs Silas and thanks him, ordering to leave if something happens and they don't make it there in time. If Silas waits for them, he'll get caught. Iris wants Silas to take care of himself and not worry about them if something happens. Silas agrees and Elton and Percy leave after saying their goodbyes. Before she leaves, Iris hands Silas a drawing that she had made of the Endlings and he smiles at the picture.

At the Perimeter, Indira is surprised to learn that their plan is to turn themselves in. Iris clarifies that it's just her and Felix and Dev asks about Elton and Percy. Elton explains that they're not the CRM's priority and it's better if they stay on the outside, although Percy is less than happy about it. Felix states that they are going to approach from the south so that it doesn't look like they crossed through the Perimeter's territory. Indira worries that a willing surrender may draw suspicion, but Asha suggests instead that they turn Iris and Felix in and make it look like the Perimeter caught them. Indira agrees that it would look less suspicious, and it would show the CRM that the Perimeter is honoring their agreement.

Iris is surprised that Indira would be willing to do that, but Indira is more worried about her friends: escaping will be dangerous and from what she saw, Hope wasn't too eager to leave. However, Will tells her that that was before Hope knew the truth and Iris adds that Hope is her sister and she'll leave. Will adds that once they're out, they'll pick up him, Elton and Percy a mile west of the Perimeter. The Endlings will lay low - possibly at the underground mall near Cornell that Dev had mentioned to them - and then once things blow over, they'll head west. Indira warns them that things don't just blow over with the CRM and they'll be all alone if they need help on the inside. Percy reveals that he and Will have found a way to get a message out if the plan changes through a dead drop. The Perimeter's supplies come in late in the day on the first Wednesday of every month which is the next day.

Walking outside together, Elton suggests to Asha that if this plan works, the Perimeter will finally have the Endlings out of their hair. However, Asha tells him that it hasn't been so bad having them in their hair and he'll get to see Hope. Indira checks with Will that he's sure that this is what he wants to do knowing what he could lose, but Felix tells her that it's the CRM's turn to lose and Felix intends to make damn sure that they do.

That night, as Iris, Felix, Indira and Dev prepare for departure in a wagon, Iris returns Elton's Triceratops horn to him, having dismantled Shiloh as the CRM will take their weapons away from them when Indira turns Iris and Felix in. Iris tells Elton that it got her over a thousand miles and helped her to feel brave and strong. Elton reassures Iris that she already was, and the horn was just there to be what she needed it to be. Iris suggests that it can now be whatever Elton needs it to be and he thanks her before walking away. Percy approaches Iris, asking if she's sure that he can't come with her and help her escape from the inside as he's good at getting out of places. Percy suggests that he can pretend to be someone else, but Iris tells him that they can't risk it. Promising to see Percy on the other side, Iris kisses him goodbye and Indira approaches to announce that it's time to go. Dev provides Iris and Felix with rope and Indira tells them that she and Dev will tie them up and blindfold them when they're close.

Shortly thereafter, Percy, now wearing Elton's jacket in order to disguise himself as his friend, rides a horse after the others. Iris and Felix are shocked by Percy's appearance and Indira warns him that they aren't far from the checkpoint, a patrol could arrive at any minute and Percy should go. Percy argues that with his skills as a grifter, he could be of great help to Iris and Felix on the inside. Felix warns Percy that if the CRM sees him, it could be over while Iris wonders if this about helping them or killing Huck. Percy admits that he wants Huck dead, but not like before, not by putting anyone else at risk. Felix is incredulous about Percy's plan to help by posing as Elton, but Percy tells Iris if she says yes, "I'll do whatever I gotta do. I'll kill a hundred of those assholes, I don't care. Whatever I gotta do to get you out safe." Iris wonders what happens to Percy then and he states that he'll finish what he set out to do, try to make it out and find Iris again. Felix apologizes to Percy, telling him that they can't risk this, but it's too late: the CRM are coming. Dev and Indira quickly move to bind and blindfold the group as CRM vehicles approach.

The next day, reading a report, Elizabeth Kublek observes Iris, Felix and Percy pacing around the research facility's holding area from a surveillance room. Elizabeth asks Corporal Diane Pierce if Indira said that she found them the day before and Diane confirms that Indira's story checks out with theirs. Elizabeth notes that there's no apparent inconsistencies in their stories and orders Diane to send for Huck and Diane leaves.

Elizabeth enters the holding area and greets Iris, Felix and Percy with Percy giving her a sarcastic salute when Elizabeth misidentifies him as Elton Ortiz. Iris asks if Elizabeth is the one keeping them there and she claims that she thought that it wouldn't be polite not to stop by. Elizabeth notes that they've made quite the journey of over a thousand miles of perilous miles only to have the people of the Perimeter apprehend them. Elizabeth suggests that that must've been quite concerning and Felix claims that the Perimeter residents had blades at their necks, and they thought that they were screwed until they showed their captives the map that Elizabeth gave to Hope and Iris. They told their captors that they were looking for the CRM research facility and now here they are. Iris and Percy tell Elizabeth that's it's been over ten hours and ask for something to eat. Elizabeth asks about Felix's injured ankle, noting that it must be quite odd for Felix to be on the other end of the intake questioning. Felix shows Elizabeth his ankle which she points out is freshly bandaged and asks if Indira's people helped him with it. However, Felix claims not to know who Indira is and that right before they found "Elton," they stopped at a retirement home miles back that was fully stocked, and they got lucky. Elizabeth begins to leave, and Iris asks if they are good as she really wants to see her father. However, Elizabeth tells her that while she's sure that Iris would, it's a process.

In Leo's apartment, Leo, having been informed of the whole truth by his daughter, is enraged at what he has learned. Leo pictures them running away, but the research facility is a prison which Hope agrees with, but she wonders if it's also the future. Hope doesn't mean the CRM, but the researchers themselves and their research. Their discussion is interrupted by a phone call.

Shortly thereafter, Leo and Hope arrive, and Leo shares a tearful reunion with Iris and Felix. Hope is surprised by Iris' presence there and even more by Percy being dressed up as Elton. Hugging her sister, Iris promises to explain everything to her.

In Leo's apartment, having been informed the escape plan, Leo is surprised that they want to leave now while Hope asks why 2 p.m. that day. Felix explains that the guard shift happens at 2 and Will has got this all mapped out and it's the only way to get out of the research facility without anyone noticing. Percy adds that if they do, he's going to hang back and give them some cover while Iris states that it's also when Silas is meeting them at the Detritus Service Terminal. Hope is surprised that the others were with Silas and Iris confirms that Silas is coming with them. Leo worries that it's a long, dangerous walk to Portland, but Iris tells her father that they got to the research facility, and they'll get to Portland too. Portland needs to know what their Alliance partner did. Leo is afraid that if the CRM catches them, they could kill everyone, but Felix suggests that, if they get caught, they leverage the fact that the CRM want Leo and Hope working towards the future for their safety. With about 40 minutes left until the deadline, Iris states that this is their best and only chance to be a family again on their terms. Leo checks with Hope who reminds Leo that he said that it was about making their own choices and, right now, this is the only choice that they've got. After a moment, Leo decides that he needs to say goodbye to Lyla, suggesting that maybe she can come with them. Leo calls Lyla the only person outside of this room that they can trust, and he needs to talk to her.

As the time approaches, Hope, Iris, Felix and Percy sit anxiously in Leo's apartment with their bags packed.

"Who Are You?"[]

At 1:57 p.m., Leo tells Hope, Iris, Felix and Percy that, from what he can tell, the transmissions describe field tests conducted in the aftermath of some sort of large-scale chemical event. Leo guesses that the V symbol on the papers refers to a specific project at the research facility. Hope and Iris realize that the CRM used some kind of chemical weapon to kill everyone in Omaha and the Campus Colony and then used the empties to cover it up. Felix warns everyone that they now have exactly two minutes to meet Silas at the back terminal while Percy wonders if the documents are legitimate and not some kind of new con that Huck is planning. However, Leo insists that whatever this is, the specificity involved is real. Hope suggests that the scientists in on it didn't know or working against their will, but Iris' more cynical opinion is that they might've known exactly what they were doing and just didn't care.

Felix warns the others that they must make an immediate decision on whether to stay or go and Hope votes to stay, stating that these are people's lives they're talking about. Portland needs to know and they have to figure out what's going on and what all of this means. Felix agrees and tells the others that they need to leave word for Will and Elton and asks what they're going to do about Silas. Iris explains that she told Silas to leave if they didn't show up and to go back to the culling facility until they figure things out and that's hopefully what he did. Percy's surprised that they're scrapping the escape plan, but Iris admits that Hope's right and they need answers. Percy wonders what then and Iris firmly tells the others that they make sure that the CRM doesn't get away with it. Leo agrees and says that they're going to get some answers.

In Leo's lab, Iris asks Huck why the CRM would wipe out two whole communities, if it was for the research or if the research was just part of it. Huck states that that's what she's trying to find out, but Felix points out that Huck was a mole in both places and if anyone would know, it's her. However, Huck reminds Felix that she'd told the Endlings that she was just a part of a standard observe and report mission, at least until it became about Hope. Elizabeth Kublek was the one who oversaw the Civic Republic's dealings with Omaha and the Campus Colony while Huck was nobody. Percy is doubtful, asking Huck if shooting him and killing his uncle was her call while killing everybody else was her mother's. Huck admits that while only Major General Beale could've authorized something this big, her mother would've seen the order.

Leo asks if Huck has any idea why the CRM would do such a thing and she tells the others that, even before the CR formed the Alliance of the Three, they kept their location hidden in order to make sure that everything within its borders was kept at a statistical balance such as resources, food and population and something like an influx of people or a potential for conflict would jeopardize what they've built. Huck guesses that "someway, somehow, Beale must've thought that Omaha and the Campus Colony was a threat to that balance." Iris presses Huck to tell them where the Hidden City is as proof of her honesty, but she refuses, stating that she came to Leo for answers, not the other way around. Huck tries to take the coded transmissions and leave, but Leo snatches them back, telling Huck that he needs more time and that if she wants answers, they stay with him. Huck agrees and starts to leave, but turns back, telling the Endlings that having Indira turn them in was smart. However, she warns them that whatever great escape they think they've figured out, they haven't, and she leaves. Once Huck is gone, Felix tells the others that they need to get their note to Will and Elton and their window is closing soon to deliver it. Iris goes to write it and Felix tells her to keep it short and tell them that they are delayed and safe.

Sneaking into the transport area of the facility, Percy asks if Iris actually wrote what Felix told her to. Iris claims that she did more or less, but Percy guesses that she put in more based on how long it took Iris to write it. Percy states that he's not a narc, he's just observing. Ducking to hide from a patrolling soldier in the garage, Iris is confused by what a narc is, surprising Percy. As Percy picks the lock on the loading door, Iris asks if he's really good with the change of plans and Percy reassures Iris that he had made a promise to both her and himself. Percy is still planning on keeping both even if it's the last thing that he does, although Percy is hoping that it's not. Getting the door open, Percy states that the vehicle they're looking for has a hole in the back bumper and shouldn't be hard to spot. With Percy stating that he'll take it from there, Iris hands Percy the message hidden in a bolt and asks him if he's really not going to ask what the message says. Percy trusts Iris and he's sure that the message says what it needs to. Iris watches as Percy sneaks into the garage and hides their message.

When Elton decodes Iris' message, it reveals that they not only have been delayed, but that they intend to burn the research facility to the ground. Indira realizes that Iris and the others intend to start a war with the CRM.

After composing himself in the bathroom of his apartment, Leo tells the others that he needs to know just how much Lyla knows. Leo explains that Lyla being there for dinner means that she won't be in her lab. Leo tells Felix that he needs Felix to do something for him, but not just Felix.

At dinner, Iris tries to brag to Lyla that she could've been an amazing chef, but Leo refuses to back her up. Watching Leo and Lyla hold hands as they laugh, Iris asks what Lyla did for a living before all of this. Lyla reveals that she worked for big pharma on treatment for a variety of diseases, but she doesn't want to bore them with all of that. Iris asks if Lyla tested on animals which she confirms is unfortunately true, calling it industry standard. Iris suggests that if it was so unfortunate that it shouldn't have been standard while Leo and Hope exchange a look while Lyla tells Iris that in most cases, testing on isolated cells doesn't produce reliable results. Lyla asks if it isn't worth it if sacrificing a few mice means saving thousands of lives. Iris suggests that it depends on where you're willing to draw the line and what if what you're doing is worse than the disease you're trying to cure. Leo interrupts, suggesting that this might be a discussion that's better suited for a classroom. However, Lyla acknowledges that Iris has a point, but it all comes down to how much of your humanity and soul you are willing to sacrifice for the greater good. While they all do things that they wish they didn't have to, that's just life. Iris angrily tells Lyla that it's not just life, but a choice to do those things and to say that it's not is just an excuse. Standing, Hope suggests that they go check on Felix and see if he's doing any better. Iris refuses, but Leo reinforces Hope's suggestion and Iris reluctantly leaves with Hope.

Outside, Hope angrily confronts her sister about her behavior, reminding Iris that she's supposed to be keeping Hope from doing stupid shit, not the other way around. Iris tells Hope that she just can't with Lyla and this place, and she just can't see how Hope can. While she knows that Iris doesn't want to hear it, Hope insists that there are good people here such as the scientists and the students like them. Hope is helping them with something that could be important, possibly a breakthrough. While Hope isn't saying that that changes what the CRM or Lyla has done, the scientists and the students aren't the same as the CRM. Iris reveals that she killed one of the CRM soldiers. Iris did it because he is the enemy and she would do it again because that is what the CRM is, the enemy. They need to be ready like everyone on the outside already is which is what she put in the note. Hope asks what Iris put in the note and she tells Hope that she had told the others that they are going to find out what the CRM is up to, stop them from ever doing it again and then burn this place to the ground. Hope is shocked by her sister's actions.

"Blood and Lies"[]

In his lab, Leo takes a swab of the liquid in the vial that Felix stole and adds it to a beaker as Hope and Iris watch with Hope glancing at the equations on the whiteboard in Leo's lab. The liquid in the beaker turns a light shade of purple and Leo identifies the liquid as chlorine. "They gassed everybody back home. That's how they did it," realizes Hope with Iris realizing that chlorine gas is how the CRM was able to kill over a hundred thousand people. Leo tells his daughters that massive amounts of chlorine gas can be produced with very little effort and expensive resources before describing how the gas kills its victims. Angry, Hope states that the CRM can't just get away with this, but Iris tells her that the CRM already has unless they do something about it. Hope is confused as liquid chlorine is supposed to be colorless which Leo agrees with, guessing that something must've been added to it. Putting the vial away, Leo tells Hope and Iris that they need to keep this safe until they can figure it out.

As Percy gets dressed, Iris tells him that Leo has always tried to see the good in people, to see the world through other people's eyes and this is what he gets for it. Percy tells Iris that his uncle was the same way, although Tony was usually doing that to con people out of all their shit. Percy winces in pain as he puts on his shirt, admitting that his gunshot wound still hurts, but it's better when Iris is here with him. Iris and Percy share a kiss before Iris notices a commotion outside as Lieutenant Frank Newton leads Leo away for interrogation against Felix's protests. Outside, after being restrained, Felix warns Iris that the CRM has her dad and orders her to tell Hope as he's led away. Percy asks what he can do to help, and Iris suggests that Huck might know what's going on. Percy orders Iris to find Hope while he finds Huck, but Iris is reluctant to let Percy go to Huck, knowing that he still wants revenge against her. However, Percy tells Iris that this isn't about him, not yet, and leaves.

Iris enters Leo's apartment, calling out for her sister. To Iris' surprise, she is greeted by both Hope and Lyla. Hope explains that Lyla wants to make them an offer and Lyla tells Iris that she needs the vial that they stole. While Lyla hasn't given them any reason to trust her, she'll tell them anything that they want to know about who she is and what she does. Iris questions why they should believe anything that she says, but Lyla tells Iris that they can come with her, and she'll show them. However, they need to decide now as Leo's life depends on it.

Lyla leads Hope and Iris to the observation room of her lab where the girls are shocked to see Lyla's empty test subjects. Lyla reveals that she developed the contents of the vial right here in the lab that no one at the research facility is supposed to know about, Leo included. Iris demands the answers that Lyla had promised, and Lyla reveals that she studies reanimation, but in order to understand what causes someone to come back after they die, Lyla needs to observe a subject while they are dying. Hope is shocked that Lyla killed all of these people for research, but Lyla tells her that most of them were found already bitten out in the wild. They would've died in vain, but the research facility made it so that their passing could be a gift to science, to the future. Iris recognizes that Lyla had only said that most of her test subjects were already bitten, and, telling Hope and Iris that they need to understand what they are up against, brings up a camera view of the zombified Samuel Abbott in a cell and releases a rat into the cell. Watching as Samuel chases it around, Lyla tells Hope and Iris that the rat will eventually get tired, but the dead won't ever. The dead are perpetually in motion and none of them will be safe as long as this exists in the world.

Hope demands answers about Omaha and how this ties into the genocide there. Lyla explains that she developed an intra-cerebral injection of algae-derived chemical extracts that showed promise in delaying the time between death and reanimation, but Lyla needed a lot more test subjects to be sure. The CRM told Lyla and Samuel about a secret military operation in which tens of thousands would die. They were assured that this operation was critical to the survival of the human race and that they were being let in on something that almost no one outside of the military knew about and it was their chance to test the formula out in the field. Lyla and Samuel were horrified by it and the Civic Republic's civilian government has no idea what its military does outside of its walls. Samuel threatened to tell the government about it, so they made sure he never would. The three watch as Samuel continues to chase the rat around the cell and Iris wonders why 100,000 people would need to die. Lyla admits that she had asked the CRM that, but they had warned her to never ask them that again. Lyla claims that she would've stopped it if she could've, but Iris angrily tells Lyla that she could've, but Lyla chose to put her own safety before the lives the people that were murdered. Lyla insists that if she resisted, they would've killed her too, but what was going to happen was going to happen either way. Lyla could end up dead, or she could try to turn something that she couldn't stop into something that could help humanity. Hope angrily asks if Lyla found the answers that she was looking for, but Lyla tells her that it's not about answers, but data.

Disgusted, Iris asks if they're just supposed to trust her, but Lyla insists that she's telling them the truth and that giving her that vial back will save Leo. Lyla told the CRM that she misplaced it during the blackout and showing the CRM that she has it will take all of the suspicion off of Leo. Lyla claims that this is her putting Leo's life ahead of her own and that she's doing this to save him. Iris thinks that she's doing this to save herself, but Lyla continues to insist that she cares about Leo and that the return of the vial is what keeps both Leo and Lyla alive, maybe all of them. Iris continues to refuse, but Hope finally admits that the vial is in the Bunker and, much to Iris' shock, gives Lyla directions to the hiding place. Lyla tearfully thanks Hope and tells Hope and Iris that they should wait a few minutes after she leaves as it's best that they aren't seen together more than they already have. Hope agrees and Lyla leaves the lab. Once Lyla is gone, Hope tells her furious sister that there wasn't another choice and, while Hope doesn't trust Lyla, she couldn't do nothing. Looking at the camera where Samuel has finally caught and began eating the rat, Hope reminds Iris that they came to the research facility to keep their father safe.

Waiting in the observation room, Hope insists that Lyla will keep Leo safe as Hope believes that Lyla really does care about him. Still furious, Iris demands to know why, ever since she got to the research facility, Hope has been willing to give everyone there the benefit of the doubt. Hope calls that unfair, but Iris reminds her sister that Lyla let an entire city die and did nothing about it. Hope insists that she's not saying that she wants to trust Lyla, Hope just doesn't think that they have a choice. Iris tells Hope that she shouldn't have made that choice without her, but Hope retorts that Iris did the exact same thing with the dead drop note. Deciding that it's been long enough, Iris decides to leave without continuing their argument, but the two notice CRM soldiers approaching the lab on the security monitor and worry that they are already looking for them or Lyla. Seeing more soldiers arrive and prepare to enter the lab, Hope orders her sister to run. The two quickly enter the area housing the empties and hide amongst the equipment and the empties, moving around as the men search. The two are very nearly caught, but the soldiers are called off at the last moment after Lyla is located. Once the soldiers are gone, Hope and Iris hug each other in relief.

Sitting in Leo's living room, Hope asks what they do now. Leo isn't sure and tells Hope, Iris and Felix that Elizabeth Kublek wasn't there and Jadis told him to take a couple of days and report back to work on Monday. Leo doesn't know if he's going to have armed guards at his elbows or not and Felix suggests that they get out of the research facility before then and have Huck get word to Silas. Iris reveals that Percy went to talk to Huck that morning and she hasn't seen him since.

Answering a knock on the door, Iris is relieved to find Percy and becomes concerned at what he did after seeing how distressed Percy is. Percy explains to the Endlings that there's not gonna be an Alliance of the Three anymore and Felix asks what he means. Percy suggests that maybe the CRM never intended to have allies and maybe they had just wanted to find out who their competition was. Iris asks what he's telling them, and Percy reveals that it's just going to be the Civic Republic, the CRM is going to wipe out Portland using the chlorine gas and the empties to cover it up just like they did in Omaha and the Campus Colony. The CRM intends to kill 87,000 people and they have no way to warn them as a wire would get intercepted and it would take months to reach Portland on foot. Portland won't see it coming and they won't know what hit them. Percy tells the others that it will be soon, and Hope asks how soon, but Percy doesn't know as Jadis had only said that it would be soon. Felix points out that they know where the gas is, and Iris realizes that he wants to destroy the gas. Hope decides that they must destroy the research facility as well. This isn't just about saving Portland and escaping, they can't let the CRM keep the research facility. Hope wants to get the scientists and their research out and keep it going. Iris wonders how they're going to do that.

Lying in bed with Percy, Iris worries that if they let the scientists in on this, one of them could talk and even if they can pull this off, the scientists aren't fighters. Percy promises Iris that no matter how this plays out, he's seeing it through with her, even if it's not what they were thinking. Iris knows that Percy was going to kill Huck today and he admits that he wanted to, but he didn't. Iris asks why he didn't, and Percy reveals that it was because he wanted to see Iris again and that wouldn't have happened if Percy had killed Huck. Iris tells Percy that she doesn't want to leave tonight and Percy tells her not to then and they begin making out.

"Returning Point"[]

In Leo's apartment, Hope and Iris pack. Iris reports that the cameras in the north stairwell are still down from the outage and Percy is taking down the rest of the go-bags. Iris notices her sister's distracted state and Hope admits that it just got real for her that everyone is putting their lives in the Endlings' hands. Hope knows that Iris thinks that it's smarter to just go for the gas and save Portland, and Iris acknowledges that there's a lot that could go wrong with getting everyone out, but she promises Hope that they will make it work and that they will do whatever they have to do to make sure that they win.

As the girls continue to pack, Huck calls for Hope, Iris and Felix over the radio revealing that they need to start everything now. Jadis and some armed guards are on their way to Leo's place to take everybody in. They need to get out and head to rendezvous one. Hope protests that they haven't heard from Will or Elton, but Huck tells them that there's no time. They need to start the plan and Huck will do whatever she can to help, but if their plan is going to happen, it needs to happen now. Hope and Iris flee the apartment with their bags just before Jadis, Frank Newton and their troops burst in. Hesitating outside, Hope gives Iris her bag and orders her to find Felix and Leo, spread the word and get everybody in place. Hope promises to meet Iris there and runs off in the opposite direction.

As an evacuation is announced, Leo leads the other scientists, their security details to the biocontainment unit where Iris, Felix and Percy are waiting for him. Felix informs Leo that the others are already inside, but Iris admits that Hope isn't, but she promises that Hope will be there. Felix and Percy join the others in entering the biocontainment unit as Leo and Iris anxiously wait outside for Hope. Pacing, Leo becomes concerned that something's wrong just before all of the doors begin to close as the facility goes into full lockdown. Leo orders Iris to stay with the others as he needs to find Hope, but Hope rushes in at that moment with Mason Beale and they make it inside just before the door seals. Looking around at the gathered people in alarm and confusion, Mason asks Hope what's going on. Hope apologizes, wishing that there was another way, but the Endlings' plan doesn't work without Mason. Felix and Percy grab Mason and drag him away, calling out for Hope and Percy welcomes Mason to the biocontainment unit.

Tied to a pillar, Mason notices masked figures moving around through a window and is startled when one comes up to the window, revealing that it's an empty. Approaching, Hope explains that it's one-way glass and they can see the empties, but the empties can't see them. Mason demands answers and Hope explains that the CRM isn't what he thinks it is and that they've done horrible things. Mason insists that whatever the CRM has done can't be that bad and that his dad would know about it. Mason realizes from Hope's reaction that she took him because of Mason's dad and Hope insists that there was no other way. The Endlings are going to leverage Mason to get what they want and then, once they do, they'll let him go. Mason wonders what they want and what they will do if they don't get it such as feeding him to the empties, but Hope promises Mason that no one's going to hurt him and walks away. From nearby, Iris silently observes this interaction.

Hope and Iris go over a blueprint with Felix and Leo, mapping out the direction that they will be traveling in. Leo warns the others that they only have 12 minutes until the CRM gets in and Leo heads off to get everybody ready while Felix goes to set the C4. Nearby, Percy unties Mason who angrily refuses to go anywhere until they tell him where they're taking him. Hope tries to intervene as Percy roughly drags Mason away, but Iris stops her. Hope protests that Mason didn't do anything, but Iris tells her that neither did and they and that there is too much at stake and they need to get it done.

When the CRM soldiers enter the biocontainment unit, four of them are killed by C4 that Felix had set. They discover that everyone has escaped into the old mining tunnels beneath the facility, having counted on the CRM initiating lockdown protocols. The Endlings had known that sealing the containment door would buy them time to escape into the old mining tunnels and used the explosives to stop the CRM from following them in. They also stole all of the research to take it with them and wiped it from the facility's central server. Jadis realizes that their actions are not just an escape plan, but a rebellion. Jadis orders Corporal Diane Pierce to shoot to kill if she sees the Bennetts or any of the scientists.

"Death and the Dead"[]

Having escaped into Lyla Belshaw's secret lab, Leo passes around controllers for the viral recorders strapped to the backs of several of the CRM test subjects which the Endlings have released into the mining tunnels with C4 strapped to their backs. Leo declares to the others that the CRM is sending them a signal so they're sending one back, reassuring the group that the CRM has brought them to this. While the others watch, Leo, Iris, Terry Ellis, Amanda Siegel and Dr. Ebersol detonate the C4, killing the fireteams searching for them in the tunnels who have just encountered and put down all of the empties. "No going back now," notes Felix. After exchanging a look with Mason, Hope detonates hers last.

Leo calls in over the radio, asking to speak to Jadis. Answering his call, Jadis admonishes Leo for killing her men, telling him that their lives might mean nothing to Leo, but they had dedicated their lives to fighting for a future, a future that the Endlings are putting at great risk for every living person on the planet. Leo tells her that the trap was only for show, and they're prepared to escalate even further. Jadis states that Leo has crossed a very serious line, but Leo tells her that the CRM destroyed their home and an entire surviving city full of living people and then tried to hide that from everyone.

Leo announces that they're done with the CRM and that they're all leaving today. Jadis doesn't think that Leo is any position to bargain with her, but Leo reveals that they have Mason Beale, giving Jadis pause. After a moment, Jadis accuses Leo of lying as Mason had left on an evacuation transport with the other students. Leo holds up the radio to Mason who hesitates to respond before Hope pleads with him to. After a moment, Mason speaks to Jadis and asks her to get him out of there. Increasingly angry but unable to do anything but bargain, Jadis asks what Leo wants and he asks for the two biggest transport trucks that she has with full tanks of gas and no tricks.

Jadis asks where they plan on going and if Leo plans on abandoning his role in finding a cure and in someday saving their entire species. However, Leo reiterates that the CRM are murderers and liars, and the scientists are no longer willing to continue working for them. Leo promises that if the CRM lets them go, the scientists will find another way to save everyone eventually, even the CRM. Jadis questions if everyone with him feels the same way and if they are all so quick to abandon the safety and security that the CRM has given them. Jadis insists that they won't find that outside of the CRM's walls and that "there is no progress out there. Only death and the dead." Jadis tells Leo to ask Hope as she's seen it. Iris, Felix and Leo give Hope surprised looks, but Leo simply tells Jadis that she has 30 minutes to get the trucks backed up to the service entrance near Guard Gate 1 and while they don't want to hurt Mason, they're prepared to escalate, causing Mason to give a worried look to Hope. Jadis agrees to give the Endlings the trucks and, as Felix heads off to meet them, furiously congratulates on Leo on roping a lot of smart people into a breathlessly stupid suicide mission.

Looking at the empty test subjects, Mason asks Iris and Percy what goes on in the lab. Percy suggests that Mason ask his father, sarcastically calling Major General Beale a real standup guy. Iris is then called away by Leo to where Hope is packing C4 into a bag and the others are preparing to leave. Felix tells Leo that the trucks are ready and Leo states he and the others are heading out and they should keep radio communications to a minimum. Iris promises to let her father know when they've made it out and reassures him that he's got this. Leo tells Hope, Iris and Felix that as long as the CRM thinks that they're all leaving and that they've got Mason, they shouldn't try anything. Hope tells her father to be safe and he jokes that he should be saying that to her and Iris. Iris promises Leo that, if this works, they'll be right behind him. The three agree to no goodbyes and Leo asks Felix to take care of his daughters which Felix agrees to and asks Leo to take care of the other scientists, reminding Leo that all eyes are going to be on Leo for this part. Stating that that's the plan, Leo and the scientists leave while Felix prepares to depart with Hope, telling Iris to watch Mason and that they'll be back in 10 minutes.

Mason interrupts their departure, calling to Hope that there's nowhere that she can go that's better. As Percy orders him to shut up, Mason asks what if the Endlings never find this kind of safety again and what if this is their last chance at a future and they blow it. Seeing Hope wavering, Iris orders her sister to ignore Mason as he doesn't know anything about what the CRM has done, and Percy suggests that it might be time to tell him. Felix gets Hope moving, leaving Iris and Percy alone with Mason.

Iris watches Mason and Percy suggests that maybe she should've gone with Felix and Hope. However, Iris is sure that Hope will be fine and she's thinking about what comes next and Iris asks if Percy ever thinks about that. The two acknowledge that a lot has happened pretty fast and it's now ending pretty fast as well. Percy tells Iris that, for as long as he can remember, it was just Percy and his uncle, finding their own way, making their own luck and trying to make a shitty world a little less shitty. Percy suggests that, once this is over, he and Iris can do that instead. Percy admits that he's always wanted to go to the Getty Museum and see what's left of it. The two excitedly discuss the idea of building a future together once they've stopped the CRM's plans.

Returning to the lab, Hope and Felix reveal to Iris and Percy that the gas is gone. Iris insists that the gas has to be there somewhere, they just need to find it. However, Felix knows that there's no time to search for it as the CRM knows that they're still here. Iris suggests using the charges to do some damage on the way out, but Hope tells Iris that Silas is already leading a herd to the research facility to do that for them. Felix declares that Hope is right, and they stick to the exit plan. Percy asks what they do with Mason and Felix tells him that that part of the plan doesn't change: they drop Mason off somewhere a ways out and radio the CRM to pick him up. Angry, Iris asks if they're just giving up on saving Portland, but Felix reminds her that they can't save anyone until they save themselves. Once they get out, they'll radio the others about the change of plans and figure it out from there.

Turning to Mason, Iris demands to know where the gas is, but Mason doesn't know, and Hope asks how he could. Iris reminds Mason that his father is the head of this place, but Mason believes that his father wouldn't do any of the things that they're accusing him of without a reason and that he's a lot more sane than any of the Endlings. Iris continues to press Mason, but he insists that he doesn't know anything about the gas. Intervening, Percy reassures his girlfriend that they're going to figure this out and the group follows Felix's orders to leave.

Making their way up the stairs to the surface, Percy notes from the gunfire outside that Silas came through for them. Iris states that the more eyes that the CRM has on the empties, the less they'll have on the Endlings. Hope tells the others that they have to get out of here or the empties will be their problem as well. Returning from checking outside, Felix announces that the coast seems clear and asks which Humvee they are stealing. Percy provides Felix with the keys that he had stolen from one of the grounds crew using Tony's Ring Around the Rosy routine and tells him how to find it.

As Hope, Iris, Felix, Percy and Mason approach the jeeps, they are confronted by several CRM soldiers, including Jadis and Huck. Felix quickly turns his gun on Mason, forcing Jadis to order her men to hold their fire. Hope and Huck exchange a look as Jadis orders Team Alpha to stand fast over her radio as they have the Bennetts where they want them. Jadis asks the Endlings to talk, just them, and gives Felix instructions on how to adjust his radio accordingly. Stating that the Endlings want out of here while the CRM wants Mason Beale, Jadis asks how they will do this. Felix tells Jadis that they will turn Mason over to the CRM unharmed once they're out which will only happen when she lets them drive off in the jeep. However, Jadis calls this unacceptable as they haven't shown her anything to make Jadis trust them with Felix telling Jadis that they don't trust the CRM either. Jadis points out that there's the CRM, the Endlings and giant herd coming and challenges Felix to see who blinks first. Jadis states that the Endlings hadn't wanted to listen and now they are all in a no-win situation. Felix swears to God that he will kill Mason if Jadis tries anything and then Jadis is out of luck. Jadis reminds Felix that he will be too as the Endlings lose their leverage without Mason, causing Felix to threaten to kneecap Mason instead. Jadis understands that they're angry and blame the CRM for all of their troubles, but this is the outcome of their own actions, not the CRM's. Iris tells Jadis that the CRM didn't give them a choice, but Jadis thinks that they just don't understand.

Iris confronts Jadis about the CRM's lies and how they covered up their genocide of Omaha and the Campus Colony. Jadis tells Iris that this is the only world that she's ever known and is far too young to understand all that has been lost. Stepping forward, Iris furiously accuses Jadis and the CRM of murdering 100,000 people. Jadis tells the Endlings that all of those people were going to die anyway and the military had made the hard decision so that the civilians wouldn't have to. "Two years ago, the CRM's modeling revealed that the Alliance would soon become a drain on the Civic Republic's resources. Omaha, the Campus Colony, Portland... had become too reliant. They'd never be fully self-sustaining. So, it was only a matter of time before thousands faced a famine of devastating proportions. At best, those thousands would have died slowly. At worst, disease and conflict would have spread through the Civic Republic itself, and then? The light of the world... extinguished forever. Death wins. We made the choice to spare them that by ending it quickly for them so that there could be a chance for humanity to survive. What we did to your home was mercy," Jadis explains. The CRM made sure that all assets were extracted, including 10,000 children, and the greatest minds were sent to the research facility to contribute to scientific progress under the CRM's protection. Jadis insists that the people who died became an essential part of their study to stop reanimation and that their legacy will be stopping the dead from walking the world.

As Huck notices a CRM sniper moving in nearby, Hope demands to know what gives the CRM the right to choose who lives and who dies. Jadis berates the Endlings for looking at the world from their limited perspectives and criticizing the CRM when it is the CRM's work that made their very existence possible. The Endlings rant about injustices and unfairness while they compromise and possibly destroy the advances of the many that came before them. The CRM makes the hard choices so that other people don't have to. Jadis tells them to take a look around at their great plan at work and claims that all they're doing is stopping the march towards scientific progress and denying the world the path to its rightful future because the Endlings are mad at them for their actions. Jadis calls it cute if it wasn't so dangerous and pathetic.

With empties approaching from behind, Felix is forced to turn and shoot them. Headbutting Iris, Mason breaks free of Percy's hold and Jadis orders her men to make one shot kills. As Percy races after Mason, the Endlings engage the CRM with Iris killing one before Huck suddenly turns her gun on the soldiers, killing the sniper and one other before holding Jadis at gunpoint and forcing Jadis to disarm herself.

After Felix kills the last two soldiers, Iris turns to find Percy dead, having been shot in the back of the head during the skirmish. As a devastated Iris cries over her boyfriend's body, Hope retrieves her sister's dropped gun and turns it on Mason. Hope accuses Mason of being responsible, but the unrepentant Mason blames Hope and her family instead. Hope angrily tells Mason that he only had to come with them, and everyone would be okay, but Mason states that it's what Percy and Iris deserved, and orders Hope to look at what they've done. Hope realizes that Iris was right about Mason, that he is just like the rest of the CRM and that he never cared. Hope blames herself for not seeing it sooner and for Percy's death and prepares to kill Mason in revenge as Felix puts down several empties and gets into jeep. Coming up beside her sister, Iris tells her not to kill Mason as she'd only be doing something to herself all over again. Remembering how she accidentally killed Amelia Ortiz on the Night the Sky Fell, Hope finally relents and drops the gun. Felix drives up and Huck orders them to go. After a last look at Percy's body, Iris climbs into the jeep and they drive off. Left alone with Jadis, Huck forces her to move out of the way, exchanging a look with Felix as he briefly slows down while driving by.

Arriving at the rendezvous point, Hope, Iris and Felix find no sign of anyone else. Hope asks if Felix is sure that this is it and Felix explains that, with the gas out of play, he had Will and Indira head to the underground mall. Hope asks why Leo isn't answering as he should've been there already with everyone else. Felix tries to raise Leo on the radio again and Leo reveals that they got stuck after a tire blew on one of the trucks due to spikes in the road. Leo and the others have loaded as many people as they could onto the second truck and sent it ahead. Felix asks for Leo's location and Leo explains that they're about 2 miles due west of the rendezvous point, having lost some time detouring around a herd. Leo thinks that they can patch the tire, but whoever left the spikes can't be far behind. Felix orders Leo to sit tight as he's coming which Leo acknowledges. With the jeep too easy to spot from the air, Felix decides to go on foot and Hope promises that they are good to wait for the others to arrive. The grief-stricken Iris doesn't respond, and Felix grabs his S-Pole from the jeep and heads off to find Leo.

Silas and Elton arrive at the rendezvous point and Hope, reunited with Elton for the first time she confessed to accidentally killing Elton's mother, breaks down in tears as she hugs him. Elton tells Hope and Iris that they've got the meds for Dennis, but they need to stop by the outpost before they meet up with Indira. Noticing that Hope and Iris are alone, Elton asks where everybody else is while Silas asks where Percy is. Iris breaks down crying and Silas realizes that Percy is dead from her reaction. Hope explains that Leo is in trouble and that Felix has gone to help him. However, even if Felix makes it, even if they make it, the gas is probably already on its way to Portland. The CRM won: they're going to destroy another city and there isn't anything that the Endlings can do about it. Devastated by their losses, the four enter into a group hug.

As Hope, Iris, Silas and Elton break their group hug, Huck calls out over the radio and Hope answers her. Stating that she thinks that she's found something, Huck asks if the others still have the C4. Looking at her bag lying on the ground, Hope confirms that they still have it and asks what Huck found and where she is. At the culling facility, Huck stands in front of a shipping container that she had opened, the missing chlorine gas concealed inside of it, giving the Endlings one last chance to stop the genocide in Portland.

"The Last Light"[]

Two months ago, on Monument Day, Elton and Silas wait for Hope and Iris near the door leading out of the Campus Colony. Hope comments on Elton's Tuffy Stitch Suit while Elton comments on the size of Silas' Wrench. Iris asks if this door is how Elton sneaks out all of the time and Elton explains that both of his parents used to teach at the university and his father would use this door to smoke so that his mother wouldn't catch him. Elton acknowledges that what they're about to do is slightly more dangerous than that and Hope asks if they're really going to do this: the four of them going 1,100 miles on foot.

Silas asks if Hope is having second thoughts, but she isn't, stating that their dad's in trouble and they need to find him, but, once they go through that door, there's no turning back. Elton points out that there's also no way of knowing how this is going to end for any of them. Iris suggests that they make a promise to have each other's backs no matter what and all four promise to be there for each other until the end, "whatever the end turns out to be for us." Elton begins to open the door, but stops to remind his friends of Felix's first rule of survival in case they encounter any empties: engage only as a last resort while avoidance is key. With the acknowledgement of the others, Elton opens the door.

In the present, Hope, Iris, Silas and Elton fight their way through a herd as they make their way to the culling facility. Hope complains about going on foot, but Elton tells her that a vehicle would be too easy to spot from the air and this is safer. Putting down another empty, Hope sarcastically comments that it's really safe. Elton points out that the Endlings made it halfway across the country on foot, so they can do this. As Iris aggressively puts down an empty, Silas asks if she's alright, but Iris states that they need to move faster as everything is riding on them.

Continuing on, Silas asks what happens after they blow up the gas and Iris states that they will meet up with the others and some of them will head for Portland. Silas wonders if Iris will go and she sadly states that it was something that she and Percy talked about. Silas offers his friend his condolences for her loss and Iris tells him that Percy was going to kill Huck, but he didn't and then Huck risked her life trying to save his, but she couldn't and none of them could either. Iris guesses that she just wanted to make some kind of sense and Silas tells her that Percy was lost until he met Iris, suggesting that that's the part of this that makes sense. Wiping away tears, Iris moves to join the others as Elton puts down another empty.

Arriving at the culling facility, Hope, Iris, Elton and Silas are greeted by a relieved Huck who tells Elton that's it's good to see him, having not encountered Elton since the Endlings split up. Iris tells Huck that they had tried to radio her and Huck states that she had tried the same thing and that the CRM must be jamming the comms. Silas gives Dennis the antibiotics, stating that he grabbed as many as he could. Dennis thanks Silas for not listening to him, warmly telling his friend that what Silas did means a lot to him. Huck removes the C4 from Hope's bag and, pleased, congratulates the group on their success.

Elton asks else what they can do and Huck orders them to head back and meet up with the others. It's still going to be safest to move on foot and minimum safe distance is going to be about 3 miles once the culling facility blows. Hope worries about what will happen to Huck since the CRM knows that she helped them escape. Hope suggests that Huck can come with them, but Huck tells the group that the people inside of the CR don't know what their military's been doing outside of their walls and they need to. Huck and Dennis are going to see to it that they find out. Hope tells Huck to get there safe, a sentiment that Huck returns, stating that "for what it's worth, I'm proud of you. You're the future kid. Never forget that."

Elton urges the others to leave, but Silas hesitates after looking at the badly wounded Dennis. Much to everyone's surprise, Silas announces that he's going to go with Huck and Dennis instead. They are going to need someone to help them get to the Civic Republic and they need to get there and warn everyone. While the others say their goodbyes to Silas, Huck goes to set the charges on the gas. Hugging Silas, Hope tells him that he's gotten really good at being a hero, but Silas states that he's not. Silas is just helping a friend, and Silas didn't even have any friends to say goodbye to when he left the Campus Colony like he does now. However, Elton doesn't think that this is goodbye and hugs his best friend, reminding Silas that they found each other twice before and they will again, something that Silas agrees with. Iris and Silas share a warm hug and Iris thanks him for coming with her and Hope when he barely knew them, saving her life at the high school, and for dancing with her when Iris wanted to dance. Silas tells Iris that he was just following her lead the whole time, just like everybody else. Looking at Dennis, Silas tells the others that it won't be long before Huck has the charges set and they should go. After a final goodbye from Elton, he, Hope and Iris depart.

On the road, the Endlings fight their way through a herd, but Hope tells the others that they're not far enough away from the culling facility yet and they need to move faster. More empties approach from the direction that they need to go in and as the three move to engage them, a CRM jeep pulls up. Initially worried, they're relieved to spot Asha in the passenger's seat. Manning the mounted machine gun, Indira orders Hope, Iris and Elton to get clear before gunning down the herd. Moments later, the C4 detonates, creating a green mushroom cloud that is visible for miles. With more empties approaching and the group not yet at a safe distance, Indira yells at them to hurry up and get in while Asha rushes to bring them gas masks. An empty emerges from the woods suddenly and nearly gets Hope, but Elton jumps in to protect her, getting bitten in the arm in the process. Looking at his bite wound in horror, Elton screams.

That night, Felix stands guard with a pair of binoculars outside of Dolsons. Walking inside, Felix approaches the cot where an unconscious Elton is laying with Asha at his side and Leo tending to him following the amputation of part of his left arm due to the bite. Leo leads Felix over to where Hope and Iris are standing and tells him that Elton's breathing shallow and has lost a lot of blood, maybe too much to survive. Leo suggests that they should secure Elton just in case he dies and Hope tells Felix that Elton had saved her life. Will calls Indira over and hands her two boxes of vials that were in Elton's bag which Elton had stolen from the research facility. Indira tells the others that it's the medicine that she needs to live with her kidney failure.

Later, Iris approaches Hope as she sits vigil at a still unconscious Elton's bedside, reading a book. Hope tells her sister that the book is Elton's and that he had started writing a book. Leo approaches his daughters and Iris tells him that she was talking with some of Indira's people and a bunch of them want to leave and head to Portland to warn them once it's safe in a few days. Leo asks if Iris wants the scientists to go with them, and Hope objects that they can't leave Elton. However, Iris isn't suggesting that they should. While Iris knows that the underground mall isn't permanent, it seems safe, and Cornell University is nearby and there must be lab equipment there. If the scientists stay, they can keep working on this place and the science for years.

Leo realizes that Iris wants to go with the people that are leaving, and she admits that she thinks that it's what she's supposed to do. Iris knows that she might not be making any sense right now, but Hope feels that she is: this isn't about them, but the future. Not the CRM's future, but the future of everybody. That's how Hope feels and she's sure that it's how Elton feels too. Leo tells Iris that he loves her, but he can't just let her go. Iris promises that she'd come back with reinforcements from Portland. Will suggests that maybe he and Felix can go with Iris too, but Iris refuses as there's too much at stake here, too much that needs to be protected. Felix agrees with Iris, stating that the CRM's close and the scientists aren't fighters, but Iris is.

A few days later, Iris and several people prepare to depart for Portland while Hope, Indira, Felix, Will, and some of the others stay with Leo. Indira reassures Leo that Iris is in good hands with her people and vice versa as they watch Iris say goodbye to Felix and Will. Iris gives Will a map showing her route to Portland in case he needs to find her for any reason and Felix asks Iris to take care of herself to which Iris returns the sentiment, asking Felix and Will to take care of each other. Iris tearfully turns to her sister and Hope remembers how she said that they would save the world together. Hope still thinks that they could with Iris adding that they can even if they're not together anymore. "All this... it didn't change us. It just showed us that who we are is who we were," comments Iris. Hope and Iris hug each other and exchange I love yous before Iris begins to leave. Stopping Iris, Hope gives her a double middle finger, causing Leo and Indira to laugh. Hope tells her sister to "grin, girl" and Iris returns the middle finger with a laugh. Leo waves goodbye with Will blows Iris a kiss and she begins ascending the escalator out. Suddenly, Asha runs in with the news that Elton is awake, stopping Iris' departure. Elated by the news, everyone rushes to Elton's side.

Later, taking advantage of the mall's dark room, Hope develops Elton's pictures from the Endlings' cross-country journey to New York, including the group photo of Huck, Hope, Silas, Iris and Felix at the high school.

Months later, Iris, now armed with a bladed staff, arrives outside of Portland, which is still intact, joined by a number of Indira's people, Asha and a recovered Elton. Relieved that Portland has survived, the group moves towards the city.

In a flashback to the Endlings' departure from the Campus Colony, Elton opens the door to begin their journey, telling the others "so, let's see who we really are, shall we?"

Killed Victims[]

This list shows the victims Iris has killed:

Relationships[]

Allies[]

Enemies[]

Appearances[]

Episodes 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Season 1
Season 2
Appears Voice is heard
👁 Appears with no lines Appears in a flashback
Appears as a walker 🖼 Appears in a photograph/video
Appears as a corpse Appears in a hallucination/dream

Gallery[]

For more images of Iris, please visit Iris Bennett (World Beyond)/Gallery.

Trivia[]

  • Her favorite food is canned sliced peaches.[2]
  • She is one of the few characters to have named their weapon. In her case it is Shiloh the horn pole which was created by Elton.[2]
  • Iris is one the four characters to appear in all ten episodes of season one. The other three being Hope, Elton, and Felix.
    • She is also one of the three characters to appear in all episodes of the show. The other two being Hope and Felix.

International Dubbers[]

Language Dubber Other Characters Voiced
Czech N/A N/A
French Elsa Bougerie N/A
German Marie Hinze Nabila
Hungarian N/A N/A
Italian Vittoria Bartolomei Meghan Chambler
Enid
Japanese Reimi N/A
Portuguese Gabriela Milani Violet
Spanish (Latin America) Valentina Souza Virginia
Spanish (Spain) Roser Vilches N/A

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