Time for a big reunion. Murphy and Warren land from the Zona helicopter and, though Warren has a brief thought about where the other Zona soldiers are going, they both split off from them
They quickly find and rescue Lucy. Which is awkward because Lucy is really not happy with Murphy for leaving, really not happy about him not being blue any more, really not happy that he refers to his lack of blueness as a “cure”. She says she doesn’t feel anything towards him… and I don’t know if this is her saying he’s been away so long that he no longer feels like her father or she literally has no woo-woo sense with him. She does seem to have woo-woo sense for Warren...
She tells them about Newmerica and how Addey told her that is where they need to go - this seems to be how Lucy will act from now on. She’ll stay with the others (or Warren specifically) while she’s in a holding pattern for Addey to return. They all make it to the camp where there’s some nice reunions with Doc and meeting up with Lt Mueller and Sgt Lilley. It’s faintly amusing how they salute each other all the time. Of course Warren is also a Lieutenant and even staring into space for long periods of time she has enough natural authority that Mueller isn’t willing to overrule her when she demands they stay overnight waiting for 10k to return from looking for Red.
All together we have some pretty deep discussions about, well, the future, hope and despair. Murphy has remembered 2 years of utter paradise in Zona and is now back to the apocalypse and really gutted about that. And it’s not just Murphy whining - moving from thinking you’d finally found safety, finally found hope and a future to going back to the apocalypse is reeling for everyone. It also makes both him and Doc wary about Newmerica - how many times have they been told of safety, have they even found safety, only for it always to fall apart. They find a safe place, it turns out to be creepily screwed up in some way and when they leave it’s inevitably with it on fire and covered in zombies.
They’re not wrong
Lt. Mueller points out Newmerica ISN’T a utopia. It isn’t perfect. But it is a safe place they’re building and, pointedly, it’s real. I think this is a distinction. Newmerica isn’t a dream or a utopia or based on some principle or vision or higher ideal or wanting to make a better society: it’s just a place they’re trying to make safe. In Mueller’s words, it’s “real.”
And I have to say I really like Mueller. Sure I mocked him a bit for being lt. Huggy, but he is a man with a lot of military professionalism but who doesn’t just bark orders. He and his soldiers are disciplined, but he is still emotional, he cares, he listens - there’s some layers to him when a simple 2 dimensional barking commandant could have fit the role as well. I appreciate the effort that went into that.