Happy Monday TV fans! After watching AMC’s The Walking Dead season 10 episode 2, Alpha reminded us that there are two kinds of people left in the world: “The ones brave enough to walk with the dead and everybody else,” but what happens when you blur the line between these two extremes? Can you still continue to believe in a vision when doubt and regret start to seep in? Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.
In last night’s episode, “We Are the End of the World,” we dedicate an episode to The Whisperers, discovering how Alpha and Beta first met. Meanwhile, we also meet Gamma, played by Hocus Pocus star, Thora Birch. My top 5 moments from The Walking Dead season 10 episode 2 are:
“We’re all monsters now.”
In the beginning of the episode, we jump back to 7 years ago and witness Alpha and Lydia on the run from walkers. They end up in a building, but quickly learn that they are not alone, as Alpha and Beta cross paths for the very first time.
Alpha and Beta instantly form some kind of twisted connection and seem to truly see each other for what they are. We learn that Alpha used to enjoy singing and even hums Patsy Cline’s Walkin’ After Midnight, which gave me some LOST nostalgia.
“You’ll never understand how it feels to abandon your child.”
In present day, Beta takes two sisters out with him, but one of the sisters freaks out and starts crying, putting the pack in danger. We learn that she is the mother of the abandoned baby that Connie rescued and it’s clear that she is still broken from this trauma.
Beta wants to make an example out of her, but Alpha decides to spare her, understanding what it feels like to lose a child. Beta thinks that she has made a mistake and some other members of the pack begin to question everything. Losing Lydia has taken a toll on Alpha, but is it now impacting her decisions as a leader?
“You gotta become them. Feel what they feel…”
Back in the past, Alpha explains that they are in a world beyond names, but that they can still recognize each other on some primal level. She refers to Beta as “B,” which of course makes her “A,” as our origin story continues. Beta enjoys the sound of the dead and Alpha definitely beats to the sound of her own drum, as poor Lydia starts repeating over and over that “we’re all monsters now.”
Even though Lydia is not exactly like her mother, she doesn’t want her to ever leave her, but she is in such a vulnerable state right now and is extremely impressionable, which makes her past decisions even more understandable now.
“I anoint you Gamma.”
After Gamma’s sister is given a second chance, she loses it again when she sees a walker with a baby carrier and runs after it in a blind range. Gamma makes the decision to protect Alpha over her sister, as her sister is ripped apart. Alpha explains that Gamma has now accepted her new destiny, but is she a potential threat to Alpha?
Alpha’s better judgment has been clouded because of her own loss and it looks like Gamma is ready to take on more responsibility, which makes me wonder if an even greater threat has just risen among The Whisperers.
“Walk with me in the darkness.”
Beta follows Alpha and discovers that she held on to Lydia’s stuffed animal, realizing now that she wasn’t able to kill Lydia. Alpha explains that she is still her daughter, but that the others cannot know, recognizing that it will weaken her authority and the pack. Beta agrees to keep her secret and we also flash back to their connected past, learning how the beliefs of The Whisperers came to be.
We learn that Beta was keeping his undead best friend around with an unsettling smiley face T-shirt, but once Alpha eliminates him, she explains that Beta can still keep him with him, taking his skin for the mask that he now wears. The two of them embrace the darkness together here and we cut to present day, as Alpha explains that she will need to teach our group a lesson for crossing the border, recognizing that she needs to do something to strengthen her pack before anything else unravels.
Alpha is looking to punish our group, but will she truly be able to bury her own mixed emotions about her daughter? Stay tuned!
Overall, I thought this was an important and revealing origin story that truly allowed us to see things from Alpha’s perspective. Even though she is considered a villain, it really made me think about Michonne’s discussion last week about good guys and bad guys. It looks like everyone is blurring the line now between right and wrong, but is there still a chance to find some middle ground before it’s too late?
I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own theories & thoughts on The Walking Dead below in the comments section. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!
Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl
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