Previously on The Walking Dead: Michonne, Daryl, Magna, and company are able to escape from the cemetery and keep both the Walkers and the Whisperers at bay. They’re able to take a Whisperer hostage after being ambushed by another horde and interrogate her as to who and what her group is. Negan escapes from his cell and from Alexandria, and heads back to the Sanctuary, only to realize that it’s abandoned and that he is better off going back the way he came. Alden and Luke, in their attempts to locate Michonne, Daryl, and company before their actual return, find themselves lured into a trap led by none other than the Whisperers and their double-barreled shotgun-toting leader, Alpha.
THE STORY SO FAR: Lydia explains to both Henry and Daryl what life was like with Alpha before she became Alpha, and how her ruthlessness to others was present long before the Walkers ever made their first appearance. Magna, Yumiko, Connie, and Kelly sneak out of Alexandria to search for Alden and Luke. The Whisperers once again decide to make their presence felt, as they arrive at Hilltop to demand Lydia’s release.
WHAT’S GOOD ABOUT THIS EPISODE?: Lydia’s flashback sequence explaining the beginning of the Walker Apocalypse from her family’s viewpoint, what her mother was like long before she took over as leader of the Whisperers, and her slow but eventual realization of which of her memories were real and of what kind of person her mother truly was and still is. Henry telling Daryl about how Carol once explained to him why she would keep her hair so short, and how she now felt comfortable enough to let it grow long again. Kelly on the verge of tears upon realizing that the group would be heading back to Hilltop instead of continuing their search for Luke, and her explaining why she needed to keep looking for him. The Whisperers silently watching everyone from a distance a la Michael Myers in the original Halloween. Connie and Kelly making their way back to Alexandria, only for everyone to realize that the Whisperers have trailed them all the way there, leading to Alpha stepping up and introducing herself.
WHAT’S NOT SO GOOD ABOUT THIS EPISODE?: Nothing that comes to mind.
IS NEGAN IN THIS EPISODE?: No.
CARL?: Nope. Still dead.
RICK?: No. Whereabouts still unknown.
JADIS/ANNE?: See above response
IS DARYL STILL ALIVE? BECAUSE IF NOT, THEN WE’LL
PROBABLY RIOT IF WE HAVE NOTHING ELSE TO DO: He’s still alive and he continues his interrogation of Lydia, and despite his willingness to remain cautious and not tell her anything she doesn’t need to know, he does find himself becoming sympathetic to her background and upbringing, especially considering that his own background and upbringing involved plenty of abuse as well.
ARE THE WHISPERERS IN THIS EPISODE?: They most certainly are.
ANY SIGN OF THE BLACK HELICOPTER THAT TOOK RICK AND JADIS/ANNE AWAY?: None whatsoever.
WERE THE PRODUCERS OF THE WALKING DEAD REALLY PLANNING TO REPLACE SAMANTHA MORTON AND HAVE SCARLETT JOHANSSON PLAY ALPHA INSTEAD?: Heh. You’re funny. And no, that was never true.
FIRST, WE GOT NEWS OF DANAI GURIRA LEAVING THE WALKING DEAD NEXT SEASON, AND NOW KHARY PAYTON IS PLANNING TO LEAVE THE SHOW TOO?: Apparently so. I don’t know how true this rumor is, but I do expect this war with the Whisperers to leave some casualties in its wake.
TO SUM IT ALL UP: Samantha Morton is every bit as scary, powerful, and intimidating before her transformation into Alpha as she is afterward, and I look forward to seeing what happens next in this upcoming war between Alexandria/The Kingdom/The Hilltop vs. The Whisperers.
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