‘The Walking Dead’ Review: The Solid ‘Omega’ Introduces This Season’s Big Bad

IndieWire | 2/18/2019 | Staff
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The slow drip of information about the Whisperers continues in “Omega,” as Samantha Morton is rather convolutedly introduced as this season’s heavy, Alpha. It’s a solid episode, but the real question is which “Fantastic Beasts” cast member will join “The Walking Dead” next? Fingers crossed for Colin Farrell.

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It was proposed in last week’s review that Lydia was putting on an act and she was much tougher than she let on. “Omega” wastes no time in revealing this to be true, as she gently presses Henry for information on the other settlements while filling him in on her tragic backstory. She and her parents were stuck in a group emergency shelter shortly after the zombie outbreak. Her father, Frank, was abusive and cynical, while her mother would go to any lengths to protect them, including killing one of their fellow survivors who became hysterical. Frank eventually died protecting Lydia after the murdered man turned.

Naturally Lydia’s lying about a lot of this, but the interesting wrinkle “Omega” presents is that Lydia’s lying to herself in addition to her captors. Once Daryl and Henry join forces to get through to Lydia, her resolve breaks and she realizes that her mother was the abusive one. What’s more, her mom killed Frank because he didn’t subscribe to her “every person for themselves” philosophy and tried to take Lydia away. Through years of gaslighting and abuse, Alpha made Lydia believe a different story. Daryl sums up this revelation with his typical brevity: “Some people ain’t meant to be parents.”

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While the turn is interesting, the actual execution is a little ham-fisted. There are visual holes in Lydia’s story from the get-go (note Frank’s disappearing and reappearing beard), leaving us to wonder when the real truth will out. And Lydia’s come-to-Jesus moment is...
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