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The second episode of The Walking Dead Season 10, the Greg Nicotero-directed "We Are the End of the World," was all about the Whisperers. It flashed back to when Alpha (Samantha Morton) met Beta (Ryan Hurst), a real meet-cute if there ever was one, and by "cute" I of course mean "bloody and disturbing." In the show's present timeline, it showed Alpha emotionally struggling with her estrangement from her daughter Lydia (Cassady McClincy) and introduced Gamma (Thora Birch), whose devotion to Alpha may cause a rift between Alpha and Beta. It was a much better Whisperer flashback episode than last season's "Omega," which was only OK. Pretty cool that The Walking Dead is at a point where it can do an entire episode with characters who have been on the show a half-season at most and have it be good.
The flashback parts of the episode were set seven years earlier and started with a very gruesome scene of younger Lydia (Havana Blum) and pre-Alpha Alpha — her only name at this point was "Mama," and she didn't even want Lydia to call her that anymore — doing an early version of their patented walk among the dead. They didn't have masks yet, but they were covered in blood and walking among the herd. They came upon a woman as she got ripped apart by walkers — a death that included one of the franchise's signature gross-out moves, which is a zombie biting someone's nose off — which caused Lydia to scream and draw the walkers toward them. They took shelter in a drug and alcohol rehab facility called Second Lives (get it?), which was empty except for a huge guy looming silent and still like Michael Myers in the hallway. He was wearing a ski mask and holding a machete,...
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