After last week’s episode of The Walking Dead, in which a lot of the action took place at night, this week’s episode is — thankfully — much easier to see.
Daryl (Norman Reedus) has managed to get separated from his group and is now tracking the Whisperers. It’s then that he discovers that Alpha (Samantha Morton) is moving the herd out, so he decides to attack.
Shooting a random Whisperer, he then attacks Alpha.
The pair struggled, and, thanks to this being one of Daryl’s least thought out plans, it all goes to the sh*tter pretty quickly. Both are injured, but Daryl manages to escape.
Daryl’s plan sucks
Alpha tracks him, though. She starts to falter as soon as she gets to the gas station where Daryl is hiding out, so she decides to make some noise.
As to be expected, this draws in walkers and Daryl has to fight them off.
Luckily, for him, he has a knife stuck in one thigh so he can finish off the few walkers that responded to Alpha’s call. Of course, the bad news is also that he has a knife stuck in his thigh. Now that he has relieved it of its position, he is bleeding like a stuck pig.
He still manages to call out Alpha for being a sh*tty mother, though.
This p*sses Alpha off enough that she starts crawling towards Daryl, and this is not the sort of lazy-a*sed fight between the two that I was looking forward to seeing.
Luckily, both are in such bad shape that they pass out at pretty much the same time. When Alpha wakes up, it’s dark, and she sees Lydia (Cassady McClincy), which could be a dream, or it could totally be Lydia because she has been wandering around by herself since the midseason finale of The Walking Dead.
Just in case, Alpha, who is still hoping to pick up her “Worst Mother of the Year” award, tries to get Lydia to kill her.
Lydia refuses, and Alpha passes out once more.
When she wakes in the morning, she finds a knife stuck into a piece of wood with a message telling her that her way sucks. Oh, and Daryl is nowhere in sight. See, that was Lydia, and she left her mother to die rather than off her so she could save Daryl.
This means that Alpha is still alive and will live to fight another day. So, that Whisperer War that the network has been promising is likely to start next week.
Alexandria’s plan sucks too
Meanwhile, back in Alexandria, Rosita (Christian Serratos) has PTSD after the death of Siddiq (Avi Nash) and the revelation that Dante (Juan Javier Cardenas) was a secret Whisperer all along.
Father Gabriel (Seth Gilliam) knows this, but Rosita still fights against him as Gamma (Thora Birch) turns up on their doorstep. She asks for forgiveness and wants to let them know about the group trapped in the mine by Alpha’s herd.
Gabriel has put on his Bada*s cap today and is taking zero bullsh*t from anyone. He calls Gamma bluff and throws her into a cell. Later, he interrogates her, but, mostly, it is just a psychological mind f*ck.
It works quickly too. Gabriel thinks he’s pretty smart as a result of this, but it’s just because Gamma is genuine in her intent and wants to help.
Now that they believe her, Alexandria starts planning. In the end, after hearing word that the herd was approaching, they decide to head there and leave a skeleton staff on board at home — Rosita included.
So, when Beta (Ryan Hurst) crawls up through the mega tunnel that Dante managed to dig from a secluded RV under the walls of Alexandria and up through the cemetery so he can find Gamma, he wreaks havoc well before anyone notices.
Beta gets beaten up by all the girls
Finally, as the dead start reanimating, the alarm is raised. However, it has the desired effect in causing chaos and Beta corners Gamma in her cell.
The Whisperer is not scared of Beta, though, and calls his bluff until Laura (Lindsley Register) turns up and takes control of the situation long enough to tell Gamma to run and get help.
Then, Beta attacks and Laura is dead, and he continues in his pursuit of Gamma.
Judith (Cailey Fleming), who had befriended Gamma earlier, helps her escape before shooting Beta when he approaches. While everyone is all excited — myself included — that the littlest character killed the biggest one with one single shot, he reaches out and grabs Gamma.
A scuffle ensues, and Rosita gets involved but, rather than have Beta kill Rosita, Gamma gives herself up, and they march right out of Alexandria …
… where Father Bada*s and the returning group confront them. Beta goes all chickensh*t and makes a run for it, and Gamma is left having to beg for her life once more.
Luckily, Gabriel believes her, and it looks like Gamma just received her membership card for Alexandria.
Finally, Aaron (Ross Marquand) turns up and replays everything that happened to his group. He also points out that the group got separated and that some didn’t make it at all.
The Walking Dead Season 10 returns with Episode 11 on Sunday, February 8, at 9/8c on AMC.
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