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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 comfort of her home to search for her father in custody of the Civic Republic's military, Iris becomes the leader of the Endlings as they venture to New York to rescue him from their research facility. During their travels, Iris develops a romantic relationship with a survivor named Percy until he was 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 becomes a resident of 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 genocide 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 prepare for further conflict.
- 1 Overview
- 2 Pre-Apocalypse
- 3 Post-Apocalypse
- 3.1 Season 1
- 3.2 Season 2
- 4 Killed Victims
- 5 Relationships
- 6 Appearances
- 7 Trivia
- 8 References
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.
Iris was born in Lincoln, Nebraska in the early 2000s, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 clausterphobic. 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.
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 interupted 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.
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.
Iris will appear in this episode.
Iris will appear in this episode.
Iris will appear in this episode.
Iris will appear in this episode.
Iris will appear in this episode.
Iris will appear in this episode.
Iris will appear in this episode.
Iris will appear in this episode.
Iris will appear in this episode.
Iris will appear in this episode.
Iris will appear in this episode.
Iris will appear in this episode.
Iris will appear in this episode.
This list shows the victims Iris has killed:
- Samuel Abbott (Zombified, Caused, alongside Leo, Hope, Percy, Felix, Terry Ellis, Dr. Ebersol and Amanda Siegel)
- 17 unnamed CRM soldiers (4 Direct; 1 Alive; Possibly, Before Reanimation; 12 Caused, alongside Leo, Hope, Percy, Felix, Terry Ellis, Dr. Ebersol and Amanda Siegel)
- Several unnamed CRM test subjects (Zombified, Caused, alongside Leo, Hope, Percy, Felix, Terry Ellis, Dr. Ebersol and Amanda Siegel)
- Numerous counts of zombies
- "The Blaze of Gory"
- "The Tyger and the Lamb"
- "The Wrong End of a Telescope"
- "Madman Across the Water"
- "Shadow Puppets"
- "Truth or Dare"
- "The Sky Is a Graveyard"
- "The Deepest Cut"
- "In This Life"
- Her favorite food is canned sliced peaches.
- 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.
- 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.
|Language||Dubber||Other Characters Voiced|
|Italian||Vittoria Bartolomei||Meghan Chambler|
|Spanish (Latin America)||Valentina Souza||Virginia|
|Spanish (Spain)||Roser Vilches||N/A|
World Beyond Characters
|Bennett Family||Iris • Hope • Leopold • Kari|
|Plaskett Family||Silas • Mrs. Plaskett • Marco • Gary|
|Carlucci Family||Felix • Cliff|
|Campus Colony||Will • Romano • Mr. Kapadia • Dani • Phoebe • Jan • Dr. K|
|Civic Republic||Elizabeth • Tiga • Grady • Mason • Terry • Ian • Diane • Marjorie • Amanda • Anne • Dr. Ebersol • Cohen • Robertson • Nolan • Betts • Murrow • Dennis • Jennifer • Frank • Webb • Lyla • Samuel • Tucker • Mills • Barca|
|Ortiz Family||Elton • Amelia • Isaac|
|Hvass High School||Sabina|
|Illinois||Percy • Tony|
|Military Personnel||Dawson • Drake • Owens • Wilkins • Farmer • Simms|
|Omaha||Ruth • Galbraith • Daniel • Margaret|
|The Perimeter||Indira • Asha • Robin • Brody • Dev|
|Center for Disease Control||Edwin|
|Miscellaneous Survivors||Candice • Beta • Walter • Mr. Mallick|
|Alive characters appear in green. Unknown characters appear in blue. Dead characters appear in red and italics. Undead characters appear in gray and italics.|