Lyla is described as a mysterious figure operating in the shadows on behalf of the cause she believes in.
Early on in the apocalypse, her daughter Mia was bitten by what she believed at the time to be just a man. Mia got sick so her husband Kevin decided to stay with her during the night. At some point, Mia died and reanimated and bit her father thus killing him too. Lyla couldn't bear to put them down so she let them roam inside her daughter's room. One day, a bookshelf fell on top of both walkers. Lyla managed to subdue the pair afterwards and began to experiment on them. That being said, it is unknown if they were ever put down for good.
At the Civic Republic Research Facility, Lyla records notes on her reanimated colleague Dr. Samuel Abbot. Lyla notes that he has displayed no detectable responses to psychological stimuli and that necrotic plasma and brain fluid are being drawn for further testing which will be compared to tests performed before and immediately following Samuel's reanimation. Lyla plans to begin the climate variation tests the next day and notes his identity as Dr. Samuel Abbot of Portland, Oregon before having the next test subject brought out as she enjoys her lunch of a large sandwich. While the next test subject is being prepared for her, Lyla takes a brief look at a picture frame on her desk where she is standing happily with Samuel, Dr. Leo Bennett, and another scientist.
Lyla is alone at her desk looking at the photograph of her, Leo Bennett, Samuel Abbott, and the other scientist before she takes out Leo's manuscript from her desk drawer. She opens the manuscript to find a note from Iris and Hope to their father telling him to finish saving the world and to hurry up and come home. Lyla smiles at it before she receives a phone call from Lieutenant Colonel Elizabeth Kublek. Lyla tells Kublek that she's still working on what Kublek is asking about, but it will be taken care of by the time "they" arrive. Lyla confirms that Leo and his security detail will not be a problem before hanging up. Lyla closes the book and looks at the picture again before looking back out of the window at her test subjects.
In a flashback, a distracted Leo sits at dinner with Lyla. Leo apologizes for being so scatterbrained and admits that he just thinking about the girls. Lyla reassures Leo that he doesn't have to apologize for missing his daughters and Leo states that he gets lost thinking about what they're doing. Lyla recognizes just how much Leo loves his daughter and tells him that that is just one of the things that she loves about him. Lyla suggests that Leo pretend that he's with Hope and Iris now and asks what he would be doing with them on a Tuesday night at 8:30. After thinking about it for a moment, Leo is sure that Iris is helping someone or working on her assignment from school while he's sure that Hope is with friends getting into some kind of trouble.
Later, Lyla gets up to get more food and Leo asks her if she had ever heard from Dr. Samuel Abbott since he went back to Portland. After a moment's hesitation, Lyla claims not to have heard a word from him, stating that they were sad to lose him. Leo comments on how sudden Samuel's departure was since before Samuel left, he wouldn't stop talking about how much he loved it at the research facility and the opportunity to mold the best young scientific minds. Lyla claims that Samuel had gotten word that his sister wasn't well and quickly changes the subject by giving Leo his next helping of lentils. Lyla realizes from Leo's reaction that her cooking really is terrible, but he promises that she's still incredible. The two kiss, promise each other no more lies and laugh.
After dinner, Leo and Lyla share a glass of wine and Leo suggests that Hope might want to be a vintner, having found a few books on winemaking in her room before he left which Leo realizes could just be Hope wanting to drink booze. Leo begins to explain how he knew how brilliant Hope really is. When Hope is 6 years old, Leo walks into the study to find processor chips and circuitry everywhere and Hope working on dismantling a computer. While Leo thinks at first that Hope is just being disruptive to try to get his attention, he was wrong. Hope was just doing what Hope does and being curious. When Leo walks in the next day, he discovers that Hope had put the whole computer back together by herself. Leo later tells his wife Kari that this isn't something that normal kids do and Hope is extraordinary. Lyla jokes that Hope will make some amazing wine while Leo suggests that Hope will save the world.
In the present, in front of the darkened mirrored window of her lab, Lyla practices telling Leo that he will be reunited with Hope in 24 hours, reiterating that she cares about the two of them, their future and everyone's future which is what this is all about. Lyla explains that when Leo had told her about Hope's gifts and genius months ago which he hadn't even told Hope about, he'd trusted Lyla, but she had told the CRM. Lyla feels that she had to as they need generations of great minds and while Leo was frustrated with Hope and she was frustrated with herself, Hope is safe and she's seen the world now and she is ready. Lyla believes that to bring back the world, it will take the brightest minds working together and Hope is one of those minds. According to all of the models, if progress isn't made in the next 30 years, human life will be gone from the planet and this is bigger than all of them. Lyla is willing to live with Leo hating her so that the world can live. Grabbing her things, Lyla leaves her lab.
At dinner, Lyla is distracted and Leo asks what's on her mind. However, Lyla hesitates and tells Leo that it's nothing. Leo opens up to Lyla, telling her that this place is important to them both and the Civic Republic's civilian government is doing great things, but Leo has his suspicions about the military. Will's scouting expedition with the CRM was due back a few days ago and although Lyla tries to dismiss it, Leo questions how Lyla can be sure that Samuel went to visit a sister and he thinks it's possible that they are being lied to. Leo has an idea of how they can know for certain, but he needs Lyla's help.
Lyla will appear in this episode.
Lyla will appear in this episode.
Lyla will appear in this episode.
Lyla will appear in this episode.
While trying to destroy the chlorine gas, Hope and Felix discover that the frozen walkers in the cold storage area of the research facility are defrosting due to Jadis cutting the power, having anticipated their move. As Felix fights two of the walkers, Hope attempts to shut the freezer door, only to have a zombified Lyla get in the way, having been turned into one of the CRM's test subjects after her death. Hope desperately slams the freezer door on Lyla repeatedly with the struggle causing Lyla's head to get stuck just inside the door. As Hope keeps slamming the door on Lyla, she remembers Lyla telling her that she should be proud and that this is her home now, causing her to redouble her efforts. Finally, Lyla's frozen head shatters under the repeated blows, putting her down.
- Killed By
Due to having broken protocols and being seen as a liability, Anne orders Jennifer to untie a zombified Barca who bites her in the neck and kills her. She later reanimates.
- Hope Bennett (Zombified)
While trying to destroy the chlorine gas, Hope and Felix discover that all of the frozen test subjects have been thawed out, including Lyla. The reanimated Lyla attacks Hope who repeatedly smashes her head with a freezer door, ultimately shattering it and putting Lyla down.
This list shows the victims Lyla has killed:
- Mrs. Plaskett (Indirectly Caused)
- Ruth (Indirectly Caused)
- Daniel (Indirectly Caused)
- Margaret (Indirectly Caused)
- Galbraith (Indirectly Caused)
- Dani (Indirectly Caused)
- Phoebe (Indirectly Caused)
- Jan (Indirectly Caused)
- Mr. Kapadia (Indirectly Caused)
- Izzy (Indirectly Caused)
- Marco Voci (Indirectly Caused)
- Dr. Bavolar (Indirectly Caused)
- Dwyer (Indirectly Caused)
- Kallenbach (Indirectly Caused)
- Adult Administrator (Indirectly Caused)
- Campus Student 1 (Indirectly Caused)
- Campus Student 2 (Indirectly Caused)
- Campus Student 3 (Indirectly Caused)
- Barca (Alive)
- Herself (Indirectly Caused)
- 97,403 unnamed Omaha residents (Indirectly Caused)
- 9,651 unnamed Campus Colony residents (Indirectly Caused)
- 2 unnamed Portland representatives (Indirectly Caused)
- Possibly numerous counts of zombies
After being taken to the Civic Republic Research Facility, Leo develops a romantic relationship with Lyla which, despite Lyla's despicable and manipulative actions, appears to be genuine on her side as well. Lyla goes so far as to open up to Leo about her lost family and Leo brings her to dinner with his family so that Lyla can meet them. After his family insists upon an escape, Leo wants to take Lyla with them, thinking that they can trust her.
After learning of Lyla's role in the genocides of Omaha and the Campus Colony, Leo appears to lose any love that he had for her and is left only disgusted and angry, especially when Lyla betrays his role in the theft of the vial of chlorine gas. After Lyla's brutal death, Leo forgives Huck for her role in it, only wishing that if someone had to kill Lyla, it was him. However, Huck tells Leo that he doesn't want to have to live with that.
- Lyla is the first main character in World Beyond to die.
- In the Memoriam on Talking Dead for "Death and the Dead", she is credited as Dr. Lyla Belshaw Empty.
|Language||Dubber||Other Characters Voiced|
|Japanese||Yasuko Fujino||Amelia Ortiz|
|Spanish (Latin America)||N/A||N/A|
World Beyond Characters
|Bennett Family||Iris • Hope • Leopold • Kari|
|Plaskett Family||Silas • Mrs. Plaskett • Marco • Gary|
|Carlucci Family||Felix • Cliff|
|Ortiz Family||Elton • Amelia • Isaac|
|Campus Colony||Will • Romano • Mr. Kapadia • Dani • Phoebe • Jan • Dr. K|
|Civic Republic||Elizabeth • Tiga • Grady • Mason • Terry • Ian • Diane • Marjorie • Amanda • Tucker • Anne • Dr. Ebersol • Cohen • Robertson • Lowery • Armadi • Nolan • Betts • Murrow • Dennis • Jennifer • Frank • Webb • Lyla • Samuel • Mills • Barca|
|Illinois||Percy • Tony|
|Military Personnel||Dawson • Drake • Owens • Wilkins • Farmer • Simms|
|Omaha||Ruth • Galbraith • Daniel • Margaret|
|The Perimeter||Indira • Asha • Robin • Brody • Dev|
|Miscellaneous Survivors||Candice • Beta • Edwin • Walter • Sabina • 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.|