I thought they had people in the fields and they couldn't risk agitating the group for the risk of putting them out there as targets.Why didn't the Hilltop archers take immediate advantage of the Whispers appearance for a little target practice? They were all lined up so nicely, with Alpha right up front.
She's an easy target for a rifleman. They all are. I'd say bring out the dakka-dakka's and let loose, because we know there's going to be a fight sooner than later. To me Alpha seems like a person who you cannot negotiate with at any circumstances. She's more like a give-her-a-finger and she'll- take-whole-arm type of person.Taking Alpha out might not have ended the crisis, but cutting off the head of the snake is standard practice when dealing with an organized enemy. An golden opportunity wasted.
Lydia, I don't trust, learned to play the victim she'll turn as soon as opportunity arises.
You are both saying the same thing. Nobody should trust Lydia or anything that comes from Alpha's mouth. It's very likely that they are both too far gone to the dark side that it would take far too long to get it straight, even if they had real psychiatric help.Conversely I am perplexed by Lydia. I want to believe her but she has disaster for Hilltop written all over her face.
'The Walking Dead': Samantha Morton Dives into Whisperer Flashback StoryIn Sunday night's Episode 9x10, The Walking Dead gave Alpha a backstory which was unique to the TV series (complete with a husband named Frank). "It’s a dream within a dream within a flashback within a what is real? Because we all have that anyway," Morton explained of the origin story to EW. "You can go into a room and have a meal with somebody, and both of those individuals have then said, 'Okay, write down your versions of what happened at dinner and how you’re feeling,' and they’ll come up with totally different interpretations." The actress is referencing Lydia's memory of the early days of the apocalypse which were influenced by the lifestyle which followed it.
In those sequences, Alpha took on her true-to-the-comics look by shaving her head in an on-screen sequence. "That was my real hair," Morton explained. "What we did, my hair was kind of down to my waist, and I stupidly cut it before going to Atlanta, thinking that would help me when I went bald. But I didn’t realize we were going to go back, and that you saw the long hair. And so we decided that we were going to keep my hair, which was in a bob, and then just cut it on camera. Just go for it."
Morton really is just going for it. By the end of the episode, she was seen in full Alpha mode, complete with eye-black and a bald head outside of the Hilltop. As a result, some of the other cast members are sometimes intimidated by her presence.
"I think people do find her scary, so that’s a good thing, I think," Morton explained. "They genuinely do. So I’m chuffed with that because I can just be the character then. I don’t have to kind of behave like some villain. I think you just be, don’t you? And then I think all that makeup really helps. It’s a bit mad."
Morton is certainly enjoying the darker side of her character in the present timeline but telling the story of how she became the shows next villain was a particular treat for her. "I loved it," she said, going back to the sequence in which she cut her hair off. "It just feels very real, and what the audience is seeing is real, you know? And there’s emotions about that, but the practicalities for pre-Alpha is that the hair, she’s turning herself into something. She’s metamorphosing from a caterpillar to a butterfly, but not the nicest butterfly, you know? She’s completely changing who she is, and whether that’s trauma and something to do with the brain, or that she just found her true self that she’s able to be because of what’s happening to the world."
‘The Walking Dead’: 73 Percent of ‘Talking Dead’ Voters Oppose Henry and Lydia RomanceSome Walking Dead viewers aren’t feeling the growing relationship between Henry (Matt Lintz) and Lydia (Cassady McClincy) of the Whisperers.
Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick on Sunday revealed poll results asking fans if they “ship” Henry and Lydia, with Hardwick reporting 73 percent of audience members polled voted against the budding romance.
Henry and Lydia, both jailed at Hilltop, quickly grew close after Henry defended the captured Whisperer against intense interrogation under Daryl (Norman Reedus). Insisting she’s a good person, Henry later temporarily freed Lydia from her cell and held her hand when comforting her overnight.
Henry, who doesn’t exist in The Walking Dead comic books, is a surrogate for Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) as result of the latter being killed off midway through last season.
The books established a relationship between Carl and Lydia, laying groundwork for conflict between parents Rick Grimes and Alpha.
That plotline is expected to play out in the show between Henry’s adoptive mother Carol (Melissa McBride) and Alpha (Samantha Morton) after 910, ’Omega,’ foreshadowed a clash between the dangerous mothers.
Though Daryl manipulated Henry into opening up to Lydia in an attempt to draw forth information about her mysterious group, Daryl found himself connecting with Lydia when she admitted a traumatic history under her cold and abusive mother.
“I think Norman plays all the stuff related to that character’s abuse so well, just all the complexities of that. That Lydia has the upbringing that she has, we just immediately kind of jumped to Daryl as such an interesting character to cross with her because he has had a horrible childhood,” showrunner Angela Kang told EW.
“He’s kind of risen above it in so many ways, even though there are still parts of himself that he struggles with. We thought that that was a really interesting opportunity to tell stories with people who have such trauma in their lives and are just trying to cope with it as they move forward in this apocalypse.”
Henry’s empathy towards Lydia is inspired in part by parents Carol and Ezekiel (Khary Payton), standing in direct contrast to Lydia’s upbringing under the barbaric and nomadic Whisperers.
“Henry really is the one that’s outside of that in some ways, but trying to empathize. He’s had a very lovely childhood,” Kang said.
“Obviously, fraught with loss, but has had loving, supportive people raising him, which is just a completely different kind of background for him. He has such sympathy though and empathy for these people who weren’t as lucky as him in that way. That’s been really fun for us to write too.”