Welcome to the Heavy Spoilers show, I’m your host Deffinition and it’s time to break out your spiked bat, shoot your best friend for having sex with your wife and get ready for The Walking Dead with the release of Episode 2 of Season 10.
The first episode of the season seemed to kick start the Whisperer War and throughout this video I’ll be breaking down everything that you need to know about Episode 2 and it’s ending.
There will be heavy spoilers here so if you haven’t had a chance to watch the premiere yet then I highly suggest that you turn off now.
That’s your last chance to back out but with that out the way, I just wanna give a huge thank you for clicking this video, now let’s get into Episode 2 of Season 10!
Season 10 Episode 1 Recap
Ok so episode 1 showed a satellite crash landing in Whisperer territory that started a forest fire that would make the amazon fire look like the amazon…fire stick…yeah these jokes suck. Though they manage to put the blaze out Alpha became aware of them trespassing and we got into a week-long staring contest that we get to see the build-up to today.
Season 10: Episode 2 Breakdown
Episode two picks up seven years ago with Alpha’s backstory continuing where we left it last time and it pretty much shows the first time that she and Lydia met Beta. Whilst the episode’s structure itself bounces back and forth between time periods, this opener really is incredible. It’s got one of the goriest deaths that I think I’ve seen in the show for a long long time and it brilliantly cements just how changed that Alpha is.
Now a psychiatric ward may not be the most romantic setting, I’ll admit, but Alpha and Beta’s meeting feels like two star crossed lovers caught in the middle of the zombie apocalypse. Throughout the episode is Alpha, doing her best Sinead O’Connor whilst we have Beta, catfishing with someone else’s face. This subtext really drives the episode and it’s actually kinda unintentionally funny watching the two talking, or as I took it, flirting.
Simple things like when Alpha is asked about her name and she just says ‘the dead don’t have names’ made me smirk a bit but it lets you know that she’s pretty messed up. Beta says he doesn’t really want this to end and by this I mean the sound of growling zombies and it’s very much Beauty and The Beast but both are The Beast.
The Alpha Female
This episode perfectly paints out just how much of a leader Alpha is and how she’s outstanding at getting people round to her way of thinking, killing Beta’s last human attachment in order to prop herself up as the new one. Beta has clearly lived in isolation for a long time and to me at least, this paints out the fact that the Whisperers are all probably lost souls that Alpha has taken when they are at their most Vulnerable and manipulated them in order to fall in line to her way of thinking.
We see this exemplified in the present when we catch up with the camp and see one person who refuses to fall in line. This woman is the sister of Thora Birch’s character, who’s Baby Alpha gave up at Hilltop and it’s clear she feels like one of the Martha’s from the Handmaid’s Tale. However, Alpha is able to use fear to really put the woman on edge and just as we think we’re about to see her kill the girl, she instead strokes her hair and wins her back round. This use of her motherly instincts is clearly what’s keeping everyone on her side and as far as cult leaders go, Alpha is one of the best.
But that doesn’t mean that the woman is completely back to ground level and later in the episode, she’s set off again and Thora kills her in order to stop her from attacking Alpha. It’s a big twist but again, as I said, it cements that Alpha really has this cult controlled on the level of a Manson or Jim Jones and she’s nearly untouchable.
Thora is promoted to a Gamma and we hear the chant ‘we’re strongest when we kill our own blood’ which could highlight what plans Alpha has for Lydia down the line.
Season 10 Episode 2 Ending Explained
Beta discovers Alpha pondering over this, pointing out that Lydia isn’t dead and mirroring his rage about the death of his last human attachment. This happens at the same point as mentioned earlier in the recap which is when Beta’s friend is killed by Alpha and you really get the feeling that the two are Yin and Yang, living in a circle and support system that is manipulative on both sides. Together they chant their mantra “We walk in darkness, we are free. We bathe in blood, we are free. We love nothing, we are free. We fear nothing, we are free. We need no words, we are free. We embrace our death, we are free. This is the end of the world. Now is the end of the world. We are the end of the world.”
And we see Alpha step out into the Ravine where she comes face to face with Carol from last time and it really is an ‘ahhhh yeah…it’s on’ moment.
Season 10: Episode 3 Predictions
Now in the episode 3 preview, it looks like Alpha once again uses manipulation to draw the survivors out, calling them to a meeting place to talk before attempting to murder them all. This ambush I think will be another big loss for the group and I can actually see there being a big death here with Alpha pretty much wiping them out.
After this I believe that they will be forced to look for help from others and luckily for them, you may remember that Eugene collected satellite parts last episode which could allow him to extend the radio signal and thus they can reach out to the mysterious voice from the end of Season 9.
This will allow the survivors to build up their defenses and they can finally have a fighting chance against the Whisperers.
Overall I really enjoyed this episode and so far the season is two for two in my opinion with this backstory painting out just how dangerous Alpha really is. Just in case you didn’t know, IT’S ON, and I can’t wait to see what happens in the next episode.
Obviously I’d love to hear your thoughts on Episode 2 and what you hope to see in the future. Drop them in the comment section below and if you enjoyed this video then please like it and make sure you check out my full breakdown of the first episode if you need a quick catch up.