‘The Walking Dead’ Review: ‘We Are The End of The World’ Depicts When Alpha Met Beta

IndieWire | 10/13/2019 | Staff
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“We Are The End of The World” is split into two distinct parts, one far more successful than the other. First there’s a flashback to seven years ago, where Alpha (Samantha Morton) and Lydia (Cassady McClincy) happen upon a certain hulking, masked man-beast. Then in the present, we finally get to know a few other Whisperers and learn that Alpha’s hold on her pack is more tentative than we realized. Those hoping for the season to gain a little more narrative momentum after last week’s pokey premiere will be disappointed, but good news for those who wanted to see that satellite re-enter the atmosphere again!

Flashback!

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First let’s address the flashback, because there’s not all that much to talk about. Alpha and Lydia hide out in an abandoned hospital, only to find Beta (Ryan Hurst), who grudgingly lets them stay. Alpha immediately senses a kindred spirit, but Beta’s reluctant until Alpha kills the walker Beta was secretly protecting, someone who was close to him in the Before Times. We also get Alpha chastising Lydia to be stronger, in case you missed that from last year, although she’s much more protective of her here.

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What’s frustrating is that we learn virtually nothing new about Beta from all this. We don’t learn his relationship to the walker Alpha kills, save for that it’s his face that Beta uses as a walker disguise to this day. Other than that, Alpha converts Beta to her cause so...
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