The Walking Dead
The Calm Before
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Photo: Jackson Lee Davis / AMC
I wonder once, TWD shame on you; fool me after nine seasons and I think I'm just an idiot. For a second I thought maybe we had Alpha all wrong. Perhaps her magical ability to exfoliate her skin and power wash her rat teeth – along with her lovely new sundress and scalp wig – changed her whole perspective. Still, Alpha lets her daw-dah live, so not only caught Daryl's quest party alive, but also released them as much as a scratch. She even returned their weapons and kindly pointed them home. But Alpha shows that she is even more frightened and dangerous than anyone thought. The result is one of the show's most memorably shocking scenes ever and the best episode of a long time.
It's not as if there were not a lot of tracks along the way that something bad was like this. The story of Miles and Hilde sets the tone: a young couple in love who found shelter on Hilltop, washed up really nice and hoped to start a business selling ornaments cut with the letter "H." Perhaps "Hilltop" or "home" symbolizes; Even better, like Faire himself, might represent "hope." But this adventure story was judged from the outset because we make it look – adventure does not end happily anymore. Need proof? We cut to Hilde's lifeless body on the ground, the sound of knives sharpen, and a familiar tune like Alpha begins to remove the hair gently. A pretty incredible sign: near the dirt lies a bloody "H" necklace.
Finally, Faire ends with a Zeke speech of course. He hits the right notes and gives props to Rick, Carl and Jesus before declaring, "The crossing of the river may be gone, but we built a bridge anyway." Preach, King! Jerry wanted to call this thing the first annual intercultural reunion (also FAIR, good one, Jerry!), But Zeke chooses the newly starting beginner. Off fly some pigeons or pigeons or some such white, peace symbolizing birds, and then it is off on an emotional roller coaster of reunions and said new beginnings. I got smothered and saw Carol again with Daryl than with Henry; If not tears already, enter Judith, who hasn't seen Carol or Zeke this year, but says she's been drawing pictures of them all the time. The child will melt your heart and stick a zombie on the face – no doubt the greatest ugly of all time.
The next order is Michonne, who calls a meeting between the leaders to deal with Lydia's Return. The old "remember when you were the outsider" argument works at Tara, and soon everyone has agreed to defend Lydia and each other with a "mutual protection pact." (Note that Oceanside rope does not look familiar because it is Rachel, the smartass, loogie-spitting, bird-dropping little girl who is now all adults.) Meanwhile, Henry Lydia is giving a trip to Faire: Sid and Enid's work " CPR Lessons "The show, which is not a popular attraction; Earl shows his blacksmith goods and his old lady Tammy Rose flaunts their Skinjob baby; Judith sends Eugene into the dunk thought of much applause; and Alden and Luke argue over mid-tempo ballads while Enid drops the "b" word. Again, there is no way that this picturesque scene does not end in horror.
There is also another effective emotional moment when Connie sis explains why she has been grumpy – because Connie left without saying goodbye, and in this world every goodbye could be last. Connie also has a nice exchange with Daryl, who asks if she wants to see her dog, dog and waves for her inappropriately. I am officially ready for a full time by Daryl and Connie alone. (Adorability sidebar: I cannot stress enough that you have to search for "Lauren and Douglas Ridloff First Date" because while zombies are dangerous, the act of the actor playing Connie and her husband can actually kill you.)  It is obvious to everyone that Whisperers is a serious threat, so they gather a formidable hit-fight-Daryl, Carol, Michonne, Yumiko-to defend Hilltop. What they don't know is that Faire has been infiltrated by Alpha, who deserves several apocalyptic oscars for wardrobe, makeup, original script (smart Michonne name drop and talk of sweater weather) and her ability to delete any hint of her southern features. Zeke delivers the most ironic line of the night as he speaks to "Debbie from Alexandria", which apparently is the winner of Extreme Makeover: Whisperer Edition : "I think we clean pretty well if I say it himself, "he says. If you only knew king. If you only knew.
There's a bit of confusing timeline hopping when Daryl & # 39; s crew is busy with Alpha while we still see "Debbie" swaying around Faire and confronting her daw-dah. Lydia could have screamed for help and prevented the massacre that would follow. Instead, she lets Alpha go and Momma A will later tell Daryl that she is over her child. "My daw-dah is not a concern anymoah," says Alpha. "She was weak. She nevah lived up to expectations." She also talks shit about the alliance, calling it "a joke. Your communities are a shrine to a long-dead world. My people, Whisperers, we live as nature's intention." Daryl says she just feeds shit for her sheep, she gives a chilling answer: "I am Alpha ."
Alpha bends heavily to lead Daryl to a crew larger than anyone he used to Viewed. It is the Whisperer Army, and if it is directed against the communities, they are in big trouble. Alpha seems to offer a strange ceasefire – they can hold Lydia and there will be no more blood as long as Daryl's people get out of their country. She has marked the boundaries; Daryl will see them when he meets his friends who are safe. Peace can't come that easy, doesn't it? Let's believe that Alpha really is a changed woman, we see her preferred method of stress relief – not dirt yoga or out of her attention, but sticking a Whisperer in her head for no particular reason.
Alpha creates a literal jaw dropper. Daryl's hit squad finds Sid in bad shape as he points to 10 posts topped with the head boundary marker that Alpha had noted. As Sid later reveals in his tribute to the fallen, Whisperers somehow (impossible, I want to say) caught his group, who fought back faithfully, but was no match for Alpha butchers. The identity reveals every chattering zombie head is scary. First there is the Cowboy and his Highwayman pal who will never see the movie with Lumberjack and Frankie, Negans redheaded Saviorbabe. Perhaps if Tammy Rose was a little more low on Whisperbaby she stole, her head would not end up on a pike. The poor humble Addie deserved better, but at least they left their glasses; snot-nosed bully and noticed ne-do-well Rodney did get what he deserved. Let's be honest – I can live without that bunch.
Things get worse as we cut from Faire to the crime scene. The age struggles through "the way you do the things you do" and looks for his girlfriend Enid, dead ! Gabe asks Eugene about anyone, perhaps the woman from Hilltop recently supplemented as a worthy leader – Tara, death ! Then comes a straight-up Brad-Pitt-in-motion with the final head of death. Daryl tackles Carol and tells her "Just look at me" as we see Alpha's championship – putting his daughter's darling's swollen face on a stick.
In the aftermath, Sid has a serious case of survivor's remorse and Zeke's Faire will always be remembered for all the wrong reasons. The King and Queen have lost their son. The age is single, and the survivors suffered a 50 percent decrease in semi-licensed doctors. Hilltop has lost his third leader, counts Maggie, but does not count the worthless Gregory. (Can Daryl be the next in the queue? They run out of c-suite material.) And if an attack on a community is an attack on everyone, how do they respond to a slaughter like this? Can't go back to filming when your friends and loved ones were beheaded by your neighbors.
The story comes in full circle when Daryl sees a lot of girl-like – brings Lydia to the memorial site, where Hilde's "H" necklace takes on a new meaning next to Henry's stake. Not sure how the season finale will stop this episode, but now there is no doubt that the peace that followed the Savior's War is over. Let the First World War begin.