Marco

It’s been quite a rocky return for The Walking Dead, a new season that promises to change quite a lot in the series’ status. In the first episode, A New Beginning, we met a lot of new faces, most of which we already spoke about after the trailer. There’s still one we didn’t discussed before: Marco, the young man portrayed by Gustavo Gomez. Marco is a resident of Hilltop Colony, and apparently a close friend of Ken, poor thing. We’ll definitely see more of him as the series progresses, but if it’s like the comics, he won’t be a major player, albeit he’ll make his voice be heard. Let’s see together.

Nothing is known about Marco’s life prior to the Outbreak. He most likely lived in or close to Washington D.C., and he was in his early twenties when an unknown disease caused the dead to come back as flesh-eating zombies hunting for the living. We don’t even know whether he arrived to Hilltop Colony, one of the most flourishing and wealthy settlements in the area, before or after the war against The Saviors, the only fact being that he was a resident after the war ended, and he deeply respected both Maggie Greene, the leader of Hilltop, and Rick Grimes, leader of Alexandria and president of the federation of colonies that tried to rebuild a better world after the war. In the now peaceful community, Marco did his part to contribute to everyone’s well-being, and as a proficient horse rider, he was chosen as one of the community’s scouts, exploring uncharted territories looking either for supplies or new communities to form alliances with. He became fast friends with his partner, Ken, as the two spent a lot of time together away from everyone else. It was during one of these explorations that the duo stumbled upon a pack of wild horses: while Marco insisted to go back to Hilltop and warn the others, Ken tried to capture them by himself, with the only effect of crashing, killing his horse, and finding himself surrounded by a herd of roamers. Marco intervened just in time to save his friend, he killed a roamer who was about to bite him and freed him from under the carcass of the dead horse, taking him onto his ride. As they kept moving trying to get back to Hilltop, though, Ken fell off: his leg was badly hurt, and was giving him fever. He couldn’t travel anymore.

As Ken fell off the horse, Marco jumped down and tried to help him, but the approaching roamers scared the horse, that ran away, leaving them in the open countryside. The two friends tried to run for a while, but then they had to stop, exhausted, hiding in a ditch to let the herd pass by. It was at this point that Marco was sure he heard the zombies speak, whisper actually: this was the last drop, and he lost his mind. Terrified, he ran away, leaving Ken behind. He was found hours later (maybe even a couple of days, the chronology isn’t clear) close to the road to Hilltop by some guards, who rescued him and brought him back to the colony, where he could finally rest and been treated. When Maggie and Jesus arrived to the “hospital” to question him, Marco told them that he had left Ken to die, and that they needed to rescue him if they still could. He also confessed that he had heard at least three roamers whisper, admitting he knew it sounded crazy… but much to his surprise, Jesus told him that he had met those people before, and that they were actually humans wearing roamers’ skin as suits. He wasn’t going crazy, after all. Some times after this incident, Ken was returned to the colony after days of imprisonment, but he was healthy, with his leg treated, well-fed. Things could apparently come back the way they were before the Whisperers made their presence known, but as Marco soon learnt many changes were on the horizon. First, former Hilltop leader Gregory tried to have Maggie assassinated, and Marco witnessed his hanging, developing even more respect for Maggie, who proved to be a leader as strong and determined as she was wise. During the fair that celebrated the alliance between the communities, Marco lost tracks of Ken once again, and his friend was later found dead among many others, his decapitated head a message left by the Whisperers. This was the last drop: Marco became then one of the loudest voices calling for a new war, a voice that Rick wouldn’t have been able to ignore for long…

Pragmatic and brave, Marco is one of the most valuable scouts from Hilltop Colony, a young man capable and determined, definitely less impulsive than his best friend Ken. He’s an expert survivor, who mastered horse riding and who’s able to survive on his own in the wilderness for days, and he’s more than capable to take care of himself even in war. As cautious and reflective as he may be, though, Marco loses all patience and diplomacy when his community and his friends are hurt, and he’s ready not only to brace arms against enemies from the outside, but also to depose the leaders he deems incapable of managing a crisis…

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Viktor

Finally, we reached the last character appearing on the Deadly Class poster, maybe the last but surely not the least: the big blonde boy who looks like Ivan Drago on the bottom, Viktor, who’ll be portrayed by Sean Depner. Once again, we don’t know much of the guy’s role in the upcoming show, especially considering that Viktor became an important presence only after a while. Even if he starts as a background bully in the school, though, he ends up becoming Marcus‘ greatest rival, with potential developments for a weird frenemy-like relationship. Let’s take a look at this mountain of a man.

Viktor (sometimes misspelled Victor), surname unknown, was born in an unspecified town in Soviet Russia. His father was a respected and feared KGB agent, a killing machine, but Viktor was nothing like him: as a kid, he was scrawny and weak, something that his father never failed to remark upon. One day, while the man was abroad for a mission, some British assassins sent by the MI6 managed to locate the agent’s house and broke in, finding only Viktor, his mother and his sister. The agents, in retaliation, raped and murdered both Viktor’s mother and sister, leaving the boy to send a message to his father. Viktor stayed home with the mauled corpses of his relatives, and when his father came back home, he told him everything that had happened… and he beat him nearly to death, punishing him for being too weak to do anything about the Brits. Viktor never blamed his father for this, quite the opposite, he agreed with him: from that moment, he trained himself to become as strong as humanly possible, spending every minute of every day training himself to the limit. When he became old enough, he enrolled to King’s Dominion Atelier of the Deadly Arts, a secret school for assassins built in America, as a legacy student, hoping to learn enough skills to be just the man his father wanted him to be. His training definitely paid, and Viktor was far bigger and stronger than anyone else in the school. Wanting other people to underestimate him, though, he usually played dumb, pretending to be the muscle head so many people usually mistook him for. This way, he could take potential enemies by surprise, despite his unbelievable bulk.

Imposing himself as the alpha male of the freshman year, Viktor had a reputation to defend, a reputation that someone was fool enough to challenge. During a Martial Arts lesson, a discipline Viktor usually excelled in, he entered an argument with the newcomer, Marcus, only to be shamed and humiliated by a useless fat boy, Shabnam, right in front of the class and of Master Zane. This offense called for a retribution, and Viktor tried to punish Shabnam under the showers, minutes later… only to be humiliated once again, first by Marcus, who came to Shabnam’s defense even putting Viktor’s heterosexuality in doubt, then by Shabnam himself, who shat himself and everyone around him in a moment of panic. This offense was clearly something that someone had to pay for, and the perfect occasion came much time later, when he overheard a conversation between Marcus and Saya about a hit they had performed on a crazy serial killer and his gang the day before. Killing without the school’s precise order was a severe infraction of the rules, and Viktor offered Marcus an ultimatum: either Marcus confessed to Master Lin what he had done, being expelled from school, or he exposed his friends, having them kicked out in his stead. If he refused to do either in the following two days, Viktor himself would have exposed them all. The choice was an impossible one, especially for someone so close to his friends like Marcus, and Viktor was sure he had played a checkmate on his rival… but he hadn’t foreseen the most obvious answer on Marcus’ side. The following morning, as he was having a shower after his usual morning run, Viktor was attacked by Marcus, who missed his head-shot just because Viktor bent to pick soap up in the best possible moment, losing just a piece of his ear. Viktor ran for his life and, barely dressed, arrived to the auditorium, where all the other students and teachers were… just as Master Lin was making an announcement that turned the whole morning upside down: it was hunting season in KD, and the targets were Rats… Rats like Marcus.

Viktor is the typical, stereotypical tough guy… but there’s nothing made up about his character: he’s truly tough, truly hard, truly lethal, a no-nonsense, single-minded young man who seeks strength to live up to his father’s expectations. He’s a real killing machine, who trained his body to perfection and gained a remarkable strength and impossible durability, he’s an infallible sharpshooter and, unexpectedly, a capable tactical mind. Viktor comes from a different world, he mocks the Americans’ fixation with emotions and feelings and only lives according to his iron will, a walking mountain who’s possibly the most committed student present at King’s Dominion. Definitely, not someone that anyone, in his right mind, would want as an enemy.

Petra Yolga

Another very recognizable character we can spot on the Deadly Class trailer is the goth-looking girl on the bottom: that’s Petra Yolga, who’ll be portrayed by Taylor Hickson. In the comics, she’s first introduced as “Yolga”, and later only referred to as “Petra”, so we can assume they’re name and surname, but of course this could be just a mistake from Rick Remender. Anyway, we’ll see her in the tv show as well, even if it’s unknown in what capacity, as she starts to have a relevant role in the comics only towards the end of the first part. Anyway, being her a cameo or a significant role, let’s take a look at the original Petra.

Petra Yolga’s story started as extremely different from her fellow students’ ones: she wasn’t the daughter of any mob boss or drug lord, but was rather born in a perfectly normal middle-class family. Her parents were former hippies, who had resolved to live a bourgeois life the moment she was born. When Petra was still a kid, however, her parents started to suffer for the broken illusion of their youth’s perfect utopia, and became depressed… until they found a “cure” in a weird religion they both joined. It wasn’t an actual religion, in fact, but rather a death cult. From that moment, Petra’s life became much weirder, and it wasn’t strange for her to hear the sounds of an orgy going on from downstairs from her room. It was during one of said orgies that her parents met Master Lin, the man who first told them about King’s Dominion of the Deadly Arts, and suggested it for Petra, promising she wouldn’t have had to pay anything for it. Petra was just eleven years old, and some days later her life stopped being what it had always been: opening the fridge, one night, looking for milk, she found a jar containing her mother’s green eyes. She was obviously startled, but her father appeared behind her, and told her that his wife had wanted it just as much as he did, and that he had discovered that looking someone in the eyes as his (or her, in this case) soul leaves the body is an extremely empowering experience. Needless to say, Petra couldn’t look at her father with the same eyes anymore. She became a goth girl, dying her blonde hair raven black, putting black lipstick and black mascara on, and always dressed in black and studded clothes. Some years later, she was finally dumped to the secret school for assassins in San Francisco.

Petra’s look acted as a natural repellent for most of the other students, and as a mask and protection for her; she only hanged out with the other loners and rejects, finding her dimension with kids just as alone as she was. She usually hanged out with Billy, Willie, Dan and Lex, but she also grew close to Marcus, especially when the latter was dumped by his usual friends (they even ended up sleeping together, during Marcus’ destructive spiral of self-shaming)… and it was with Marcus that she attended the ceremony during which Master Lin announced the final test for the freshman year: the legacy students would have killed all the Rats, students who didn’t pay for the school and who constantly broke its rules. The Rats who would have survived the carnage, if any, would have been accepted as legacy. Needless to say, Petra was among the Rats, and she was immediately targeted by the Dixie Mob, a small army of cheerleaders on skates determined to shred her and Marcus to pieces with their razor-sharp pompoms. The two Rats ran into the school’s gym and took shelter in the storage closet, where Petra had the chance to show Marcus and the Mob her true expertise: she was unbeatable when it came to poisons. In the few minutes they spent in the closet before a football player knocked the door down, Petra built an acid bomb with the cleaning products she found there, killed the player, and melted the face of three cheerleaders, opening an escape route. On their way, Petra and Marcus collected Billy, another Rat, and together they managed to escape from school, helped by Willie and Saya, who were safe being legacy students. The trio took shelter in the Tenderloin, a place nobody would have ever looked for them… but Petra knew that eventually someone would have found them, and she started considering alternatives to save her own life…

Petra Yolga is a very insecure girl, who tries to hide her fear of others and of the world in general behind heavy makeup and a tough attitude; after the finals, she suffered a total breakdown, that had a devastating effect on her personality and made her desperately look for some sort of “normality”, even in her looks. Being a student of KD, she is an accomplished assassin, but her true point of excellence is venom and poisons: she knows every lethal or almost-lethal substance, how to combine them and how to use them, being able to create some devastating chemical bombs even from regular cleaning and kitchen products. Still a traumatized girl looking for any form of security, Petra knows true fear, and is ready to do pretty much anything to fight it away before it gets to her one more time.

Lex Miller

We’re out of characters from the Deadly Class trailer, but the official poster still has some faces we know in it. Let’s start with the blonde boy with an impossible haircut smiling maniacally: that’s Lex Miller, portrayed by Jack Gillett. We don’t know anything about the role he’ll have in the show, but if it’s anything like the comics, he’ll at least be an ally to Marcus and the others… a fundamental one, albeit temporary. Read what follows at your risk, as you’ll find some spoilers for the upcoming series, if and only if the Russo Bros. chose to follow the comics’ story. Let’s see.

Lex (possibly Alexander) Miller was born somewhere in the United Kingdom, and all he knew from his childhood was violence and criminality. His father was the boss of an influential and dangerous crime syndicate, and he rose his son to be his heir, getting him used to assassinations and terrorist attacks since he was a kid. As he became a teenager, though, Lex fully embraced the punk culture, adapted his clothes and hairstyle to it, and even came to rethink his role as a (future) criminal: rather than aiming at power, money, drugs or whatever, he wanted to use his skills to change the world, one bullet at the time, killing only the ones he wanted and he deemed bad people. Not exactly a vigilante, but rather the murderous architect of a new world. When he came of age, he started attending King’s Dominion Atelier of the Deadly Arts, a secret school for assassins his dad graduated at. He was a legacy student, popular even before his arrival because of his father’s fame, and he had to build himself an identity separated from the one of his dad. Long story short, he became a party boy: he organized parties at his place all the time, and invited any kind of student, legacy or not, offering them food, booze and even drugs, even if they were forbidden in the school. Thing was, he spent all his time mocking and bullying the ones attending to his parties, imposing himself as the dominant personality by destroying other people’s one. Until someone finally talked him back.

The one fool enough to think his bark had no bite was Marcus, the last arrival at the school, who tried to demolish Lex’s facade of talkative bully in front of everyone, and seriously risking to be killed for it, if he wasn’t dragged away by Saya before Lex could make actions follow words. Irony wanted that Lex was also the first in his Explosives class, and that Marcus and his friends, a couple of days later, found themselves in need of a bomb expert for a hit they were planning. Apparently, there was some crazy killer with a history with Marcus who had gone berserk and was murdering people all around San Francisco. Lex didn’t care about it, and overall he didn’t want to help Marcus, who had come asking for his help with his tail between his legs… but he eventually agreed to aid him when the newbie provoked him to start to change the world one bullet at the time as he had always said he would have, putting his own ego against him. This way, Lex ended up joining Marcus Saya, Maria, Willie and Billy in their punishing crusade against Fuck-Face and his gang. The plan was simple: Lex would have pretended to be a delivery man, leaving a bomb package in front of the backdoor of the maniacs’ hideout, in order to set a lethal trap for the ones who would have tried to escape that way. Then, he would have organized a diversion at the very beginning of the raid, attracting everyone’s attention by crashing “his” mail truck against another van, the latter stolen and driven by Maria. This would have distracted the killers long enough to allow Marcus and the rest of the strike-team to enter the hideout with no resistance, and execute everyone on the spot… hoping that nothing went “tits-up”, as he always said. Unfortunately, Fuck-Face knew Marcus and the others were coming, and the students were walking right into a counter-trap. Everything was truly about to go tits-up…

Lex Miller is a rebellious and smart-mouthed young man, a punk with an attitude and with an easy kill. Being a student in KD, Lex is an accomplished murderer with expertise over various disciplines, but he excels in explosives, being the best bomb-builder in the entire school (at least among the freshmen students). Just as dangerous as he looks, Lex is also somewhat of an idealist, who believes he can change the world murdering the right people, seeking a curious idea of justice that sets him apart from most of his peers.

Miss De Lucca

We have finally reached the last character from the Deadly Class trailer, and this time it’s a teacher (albeit this is the last one from the trailer, we still have a couple from the official poster though). During the trailer we’re able to take a peek also at a couple of classes, one of which is the combat one: the teacher is a woman, Miss De Luca, portrayed by Erica Cerra. This is the first major change from the comics we face, as De Luca (who’s originally spelled De Lucca) misses her trademark eye-patch, and overall she teaches a whole different topic than in the comics, taking the place of Master Zane. Let’s see together.

Secrecy is quite understandably the first requirement in a place like King’s Dominion Atelier of the Deadly Arts, a secret school for teenager assassins coming from all over the world, and discretion is most appreciated. That’s why we don’t know anything for sure regarding teachers and workers in the school, including Miss De Lucca, apart from a series of conjectures supported by snippets of dialogue. We know she was of Italian origins, and that she attended the school when she was a teenager, completing her studies with remarkable grades. It’s unknown how she lost her left eye, but it’s likely it was on the professional line of duty (being an assassin isn’t exactly devoid of any risk). Either during her school years or in the ones after, she was noticed by Master Lin, the headmaster of KD, who invited her back to school to become a teacher. Her class was Assassin Psychology, not exactly the students’ favorite topic, but a fundamental one nevertheless. She had to prepare her students for the inescapable psychological consequences of killing another human being, to teach them to prepare everything in detail before a hit, and to provide them with the bases of criminology, mass psychology, sociology and everything else they needed to better understand themselves, their victims and their hunters, law enforcers. The first lesson was usually always the same: for being a killer, you needed to be focused and sane; the more delusional an attacker is, the less likely he is to succeed.

Year after year, she repeated the same lessons to her students, usually making sure they understood enough to pass the final exam of the first year… that is, to stay alive to access the second one. Most of the times, she used traditional teaching methods, but sometimes she had to improvise, especially when some student disrespected her, or showed to underestimate her. During a lesson about how to operate civilians to make them unwilling tools for a hit, one of the students, Quan, made a remark about how easy it was for an attractive woman like her to convince others to do her bidding. De Lucca grabbed the occasion for another, more unorthodox lesson, and she reciprocated the flirt, walking to Quan’s desk, and telling him he shouldn’t be so humble, as he was an “absolute knockout”. As the boy started to stutter lost in the sight of her cleavage, De Lucca quickly attacked him, blocking him and pointing her rod at his eye. She then came back to her position, telling the rest of the class that sexuality is indeed the easy form of manipulation, but that even more than pure physicality, what people find attractive is confidence. Quan’s mistake wasn’t flirting with her: his weakness had been his need for reciprocation. With that, De Lucca had successfully imparted a lesson that her students would have never forgotten: they had to understand and identify people’s needs, in order to exploit them and make people preys of a superior will. This would have been a precious lesson, at least for the ones who survived long enough to apply it.

Miss De Lucca is a highly intelligent, manipulative and cultured woman, with extensive knowledge over psychology, especially when applied to assassination. People usually think of her as a regular teacher, but she’s not to be underestimated: she’s still a top-grade assassin, a master martial artist perfectly able to kill someone in the blink of an eye. Miss De Lucca is ruthless, professional, cold and capable: the perfect embodiment of King’s Dominion’s principles.

Chico Salazar

If there’s one character we can identify as the “bad guy” in the Deadly Class trailer, that’s certainly Chico Salazar, the menacing student portrayed by Michel Duval. In the show, he’ll be the torment of newcomer Marcus Lopez Arguello, the killer version of a high school bully, and it’s likely that his role will be expanded from the comics, considering that he doesn’t stay around for long. Speaking of this, read what follows with the usual spoiler warning, as we’re about to see why Chico has all the reasons to hate Marcus… at least from his point of view.

Chico Salazar was born in Juarez, Mexico, and he was the son of the biggest and baddest drug kingpin of the area, appropriately known as El Alma del Diablo. Since he was a little kid, Chico was totally involved in his family’s activities: he looked up to his older brother, El Caballo Amarillo, who was also his father’s top assassin, and he wanted to learn as much as he could to be able to lead his own group someday. El Alma didn’t shy away from involving a little boy into his traffics, quite the opposite, he exploited the fact that nobody ever feared a kid to use his son for drive-bys and stealth kills. One night, El Alma sent Chico to the house of Gilbert Esperanza, a man guilty of stealing some food from his personal provisions, a man he wanted to make an example of. Chico knocked to Esperanza’s door, and when the man opened it, he pretended to be selling tortillas. As soon as Esperanza lowered his guard, Chico extracted his gun from under the tortillas and shot him, soon joined by his father’s goons The Father and the Holy Ghost in a massacre that left (almost) nobody alive. As the Father was crucifying Gilbert for everyone to see, and El Alma del Diablo was giving a speech about loyalty and theft, Gilbert’s daughter, Maria, came crying to her dad. El Alma wanted to kill her too, but Chico knew her from school, and actually had kind of a crush for her: he told his father that she was smart, and she could have been useful to the family; El Alma decided to listen to him, sparing the girl and adopting her to make her one of his assassins. From that day, Chico knew that Maria owed her own life to him, and he was more than willing to exploit the situation in his own favor.

In the following years, Chico and Maria were raised and trained together, and not much time passed before Chico’s mother, Amante Jael, forced the girl to become her son’s girlfriend. When they came of age, El Alma del Diablo enrolled them both to the King’s Dominion Atelier of the Deadly Arts, a secret school for assassins where they would have received all the education they needed to become what they were meant to. As a legacy student, it didn’t take much to Chico to stand among all the other students, and he became the leader of the Soto Vatos, a students group that gathered all the children of narcos and Latin American criminality in general. He built quite a fame for himself, mostly by disposing of anyone fool enough to try and approach Maria in any way, making a boy “disappear” even if he so much as talked to his girlfriend. Because of his terrible jealousy, Chico became one of the most feared students in the school… but there was still someone who didn’t know him, or who just didn’t care about the rep he had built: Marcus Lopez Arguello, the newcomer, who clearly needed some lesson about the school’s uses, as he didn’t avoid Maria like everyone else. As usual, Chico was as jealous as Othello as Marcus was seen with his girlfriend (more than once!), and he decided to do something about it. He even started spying on Maria, and by doing this he caught her cheating on him with Marcus. This offense demanded a swift and bloody revenge, and the occasion presented itself on its own, as a small group of students that included Marcus and Maria decided to use a weekend off the school for a car trip to Las Vegas: Chico would have followed them, and would have showed them what it meant to disrespect a Salazar…

Chico Salazar is as evil and cruel as he looks, a spoiled brat who has had everything since his birth and who wants more, and who’s used to solve all his problems with violence. He’s definitely not all bark and no bite, as he’s a terrific sharpshooter and a proficient fighter, with an expertise in the field that goes far behind the years in KD. A future drug lord with a bright and bloody future waiting for him, Chico is ready to do anything to be respected and feared like his father, and to defend his stuff… with “stuff” including also his (unwilling) girlfriend, Maria, his most prized property.

Brandy Lynn

Among the girls seen in the Deadly Class trailer, there’s one with a chewing-gum constantly in her mouth, who seems to enjoy teasing the newcomer Marcus Arguello: that’s Brandy Lynn, who’ll be portrayed by Siobhan Williams. We also see her as she tries to speak to Marcus during Master Lin‘s lesson, only to be bloodily punished by the headmaster… but she doesn’t seem to care much. Apparently, her role has been widened for the show, as she’s little more than a background character for the first issues of the comicbook, becoming a relevant antagonist only in the second part of the story. Let’s take a look.

Brandy Lynn was born in the deep South of the United States of America (possibly Texas, but it’s never specified), in a numerous and patriotic family. Brandy’s parents grew her teaching her the good values of the tradition: love for her country, commitment to her duties, hard working, supremacy of the white race, hatred for all racial, religious and sexual minorities, submission to men. Her father was famous for shooting down a dozen civil rights leaders, and Brandy had to be worthy of his name. By the time she was a teenager, Brandy was a perfect replica of a Neo-Nazi, a proud white female from the countryside ready to defend her rights with a gun in her hand. And a gun was exactly was she got, or rather, the enrollment in a school where she would have learnt how to use it. Brandy Lynn entered King’s Dominion Atelier of the Deadly Arts as a legacy student, willing to learn as much as she could from the secret school for assassins that her family had been attending for generations. She aimed to become one of the most popular girls in the schools, something that wasn’t that hard considered her status as legacy. She easily became the leader of the Dixie Mob, one of the main students groups in the school, which admitted only white people, and only Neo-Nazis, members of the Aryan Brotherhood, Confederate holdouts and the likes. Obviously, the main enemies of the Dixie Mob were the Latinos from Soto Vatos and, especially, the African-Americans from Final World Order.

With bullying, popularity challenges and events, Brandy Lynn easily found her own dimension, and became what she wanted to be: one of the most admired, hated, revered and envied girls in the school. She always made sure she was the first one to introduce herself to new students (she did so with Marcus and flirted with him for a while, but she lost interest the moment she realized he was Latin American), marking her territory and selecting the useful recruits for her group. She also did something more subtle, that nobody thought she was capable of: she convinced everybody (her enemies especially) that she was “just bark and no bite”, a hateful but harmless rival… while she was nothing like harmless. Students realized this when Master Lin, by the end of the year, announced the final exams: legacy students were tasked with identifying, hunting and killing the Rats, students who didn’t have a birthright and who didn’t pay for being there; if a Rat managed to survive the carnage, he or she would have become a legacy, and granted full rights to be in KD… something that Brandy couldn’t allow. Finally, she showed the bite behind the bark, and she joined the hunt armed to the teeth. There was another student who had hidden his true nature: the fat and unpopular Shabnam, who was now selling information about the Rats and coordinating the hunt. Brandy joined Shabnam’s group, and she proved to be one of his most trusted cooperators. When the hunt ended, and everybody came back to school for the second year, Brandy was part of Shabnam’s “inner circle”, ready to take her slice of power from the fat mastermind, now vexed and controlled by his girlfriend Kelly Grogda, and apparently ready to fall, leaving a leadership position free for the taking…

Girls like Brandy Lynn are the nightmare of any freshman: self-confident, malicious, vain and cruel, she’s the popular girl everyone looks up to and everyone hates, the one who inspires fear and admiration in equal measure. Unbeknownst to most, Brandy is not just a pretty face and a gum-chewing monster, she’s also a terrific fighter, a precise sharpshooter with an unsuspected proficiency in hand-to-hand combat, and with an unnatural tolerance for pain and physical damage. One of the most dangerous (and, because of this, popular) people in KD, Brandy Lynn is an ambitious murderer who always aims to the top, eager to conquer power just as she is of erasing from the school everyone she deems inferior… and that means quite a lot of people.