Now you see him, now you don't: Las Vegas illusionist turned zombie apocalypse grifter Tony (Scott Adsit) met a violent end in Sunday's The Walking Dead: World Beyond — and it looks like Silas (Hal Cumpston) is the murderer. When Iris (Aliyah Royale) finds Tony's body bashed with Silas' trademark wrench, the magician's con man nephew Percy (Ted Sutherland) is nowhere to be found. Huddled near the bloody crime scene is an apparently drunk and red-handed Silas — who earlier refused some booze when the group celebrated locating Dr. Leo Bennett (Joe Holt) on a coded CRM map — and a bloody trail leading out of a broken window, leaving Silas as the sole suspect.
Silas erupted in a rage before — he battered his father in an outburst that landed him at the Nebraska Campus Colony, where he was ostracized over murmurs of his violent past — but is the shy teen a killer?
"It's a little hard to tell, his face is so bashed in, but that is definitely Tony. We see his playing cards scattered around and he's got that bowling shirt happening, so it's definitely him," showrunner Matthew Negrete told EW when asked if Tony, who faked his death once before, really was bludgeoned to death. "It's a decent con, but by all appearances… No, it's Tony."
And where is Percy? Tony told Felix (Nico Tortorella) he knew instantly he'd give his life for the nephew he raised, but a darker side of Percy came out when he pressed Hope (Alexa Mansour) to reveal the worst thing she's ever done during a booze-fueled game of truth or dare. Could Tony's beloved nephew be the culprit?
"When Iris came in and was looking around, she saw Tony's body... His face bashed in. Silas' bloody wrench was right there. There was a trail of blood that went out through this broken window," Negrete said. "We don't know, but if that was Percy's blood trail, it does not look like he was in good shape. It does not look good for Percy."
If Silas is the murderer, it would be a crime of passion: he's been visibly jealous over crush Iris' flirtatious dynamic with Percy, who upended the budding relationship the (usually) gentle Silas was developing with Iris.
"I think Silas is someone who has a hard time maybe fitting in with others. He was finally feeling like this was the group where he had his place and he was starting to figure things out. He and Iris were sort of hitting it off," Negrete said. "Now that Tony and Percy were on the scene, that definitely changed things. During the earlier Truth or Dare game, we saw that Silas opted not to drink. Then at the end there, we see him clutching this open bottle, which could be booze. It does look like he likely maybe got a little drunk and freaked out a little bit and maybe did some damage."
He added, "Yeah, a lot of that will be the discussion of the next episode, so I'm going to force people into checking that out."
Until the truth comes to light, World Beyond viewers debate whether it was Silas or Percy who murdered Tony:
I definitely think Silas was set up. I think Percy's actually a psychopath and he killed his uncle and set Silas up #twdworldbeyond— Ja'crispy jay (@Jacrispyjay) November 16, 2020
I'm sure Jealousy had something to do with it and Silas got mad because Iris is Going towards Percy and not him#TWDWorldBeyond— Mitchell Shoemaker (@Mitchwithchips7) November 16, 2020
Remember Silas refused the alcohol? Why would he suddenly drink it now?
Silas never had a problem with Tony.
Percy is perceptive and could pick up on Silas’ looks and cold shoulders.
It’s a sick set up and they’re gonna believe it for awhile. #TWDWorldBeyond— ✨eraserhead✨ (@xGamingNinjax) November 16, 2020
i really do not believe silas killed tony, i think it’s a set up #TWDWorldBeyond— char (@talesofnegan) November 16, 2020
Okay, hear me out. We know that Tony knows makeup. There was another body there that Huck killed. What if Tony and Percy faked Tony's death... again and fled with the code book and framed SIlas for "Tony's" death? #TWDWorldBeyond— freefromthecocoon 🐼🦅🐧 #Caryl (@fftcocoon) November 16, 2020
Tony oh no.
Why couldn’t it have been Percy?
I doubt Silas killed Tony, I bet it was Percy framing Silas.— 𝒦𝓇𝒾𝓈𝓉𝒶 (@Kemmybelle) November 16, 2020
If Silas is a main character & they want the audience to like him, they can’t have him killing cool guys like Tony. #TWDWorldBeyond
.@TWalkingDWorld I’m thinking Percy made it look like it was Silas. And he lured Iris away so he could do it.
Silas is in his way of Iris so he has to get rid of him#TWDWorldBeyond— Robster 🦞~ #10YearsOfCaryl 🥰😛🥺 (@TWDeadDaily) November 16, 2020
2 things about this ending:
1. Silas is gonna be a villain. Watch.
2. Percy killed his uncle & is setting Silas up! #TWDWorldBeyond— 👽 (@Rob92__) November 16, 2020