The war may have started on last week’s”The Walking Dead” when the Whisperers assault Hilltop, but the real plot movement happened after the major battle. This week gave us the most momentous episode of of Season 10 so far, with an elongated battle scene at the start and three major character deaths in the aftermath. And, for good measure, a plot twist that we do not quit understand the consequences of yet.
The initial departure, Gamma (Thora Birch), we did not see coming because, well, that personality is original to the series, and so she had been a wild card the whole time. The second departure, Earl Sutton (John Finn), was tragic, since we had already seen his wife and son die at distinct points each season. So his family is gone.
And the third departure we’ve been waiting for all year. While it occurred later than it did in the comics, Alpha (Samantha Morton), eventually met her destiny this week when Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) cut on her throat. That is more or less her death occurred in the novels, except in the comic books it was her murder which sparked the war. On the TV version of”The Walking Dead” she at least got to see just a little bit of the war prior to going out.
The big twist here, though, isn’t the change in the time — it’s that Negan wasn’t the lone wolf because he had been in the comic book. Instead, he had been working with Carol (Melissa McBride) since he infiltrated the Whisperers. Or at least it’s heavily implied that that’s the scenario, together with Negan heading directly to a meetup with Carol afterwards he took out Alpha.
This is a wild direction to go, or at least that’s how it feels right now. I really don’t know all the ramifications of this spin just yet — in the comics, Alpha’s departure came from what felt like a minute of improvisation on Negan’s part, but this sounds more like it’s a part of a strategy.
What that grand plan could be is anyone’s guess, though, because it certainly has not felt as though Negan had been doing anything with any sort of intent since he joined up with the Whisperers, besides clearly trying to keep her out of slaughtering people — remember how he spared that mortally wounded Hilltopper from needing to combine the horde?
So what is he finally up to? Perhaps he’s making a power play to become the new Alpha and finish the war?
Whatever the answer is, this really is a great twist for Carol, who’s been having a really hard time since the Whisperers cut her adopted son’s head last year. It’s very good to see her taking the initiative and getting stuff done.
That is, legitimately, an exciting and unexpected direction for”The Walking Dead” to shoot. And I can only hope the remainder of the year will pay off this twist .