Review: THE WALKING DEAD “Omega” Gives Unusual Take on Stockholm Syndrome

FIRST IMPRESSION

In a perfectly messy episode, we gain more information on the leader of The Whisperers. Her appearance is frightening, and her backstory is even more demented. Her intentions are unclear, but they can't be good. This was another teaser episode to get us closer to learning how the biggest threats to the communities aren't the undead.
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Webster defines Stockholm Syndrome as a psychological tendency of a person being held to have a bond with their captor.  Lydia (Cassady McClincy) began to open up to Henry (Matt Lintz) in last week’s episode of The Walking Dead, and Daryl (Norman Reedus) is using it to their advantage.

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We got a visual rendering of Lydia’s memories throughout the episode, taking us back to the beginning weeks of the zombie apocalypse at a shelter in Baltimore.  Or, at least, that’s what she thinks.  We found out that Lydia’s mother (Samantha Morton) isn’t the nicest person, and we have no idea just how bad she’s become.

At first, Lydia’s parents were comforting and full of hope.  Her father Frank (Steve Kazee) was unsure, but her mother sang the Groucho Marx classic tune “Lydia the Tattooed Lady” to keep the child calm.  As time passed, their attitudes switched roles, as her father was the calm one and her mother slipped into psycho survival mode.  Survival, though, came at the cost of several lives at the hand of her mother.  One of those lives was Frank.

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Scarlett Blum as Young Lydia, Steve Kazee as Frank, Samantha Morton as Alpha – The Walking Dead – Season 9, Episode 10 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

Lydia blamed herself for her father’s death, as she believed that it had happened after a deceased member of their camp changed into a walker then attacked.  While the walker did wreak havoc on the shelter, her father’s death didn’t happen then.  Lydia’s trauma and brainwashed memories began to surface, and she remembered that it was really her own mother to slash her father’s throat.

She’s spilled her guts to Daryl, who she knows she has struck a nerve with.  She can tell that he’s a loner, someone who doesn’t belong.  She’s right, as Daryl lives in the woods alone with Dog.  Her sympathies towards him make him incredibly uncomfortable, and he walks away.  Henry tries to convince Daryl that Lydia is a good person, but Daryl isn’t quite convinced.

The search is on for Alden (Callan McAuliffe) and Luke (Dan Fogler), but their trail runs cold until the Hilltoppers stumble upon the pair’s horses.  Somethings still doesn’t seem right.  The crew decide to hold off on the search until they can devise a plan and learn more about the new threat.

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Angel Theory as Kelly, Lauren Ridloff as Connie, Eleanor Matsuura as Yumiko, Nadia Hilker as Magna – The Walking Dead – Season 9, Episode 10 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

Magna’s (Nadia Hilker) group went against Tara’s (Alanna Masterson) wishes and ventured out anyhow.  “Minute by minute, day by day, ride or die.”  She knew that venturing out would be risky, but went along with Yumiko’s (Eleanor Matsuura) idea anyhow.  Magna wised up after almost getting the group kicked out of salvation once, she didn’t want to jeopardize their current, stable situation.  Thankfully, they were unharmed, and Tara was quite forgiving of their escapade.

Upon returning to The Kingdom, the crew is followed by a swarm of walkers only to discover that they are the masked whisperers.  Their leader, who calls herself Alpha, wants her daughter returned.

The episode continuity was a jumpy mess, and it was perfect for telling Lydia’s inconsistent memories.  Alpha was also a dynamic mix of comforting and crazy, as the real truths began to emerge.  Her hairless, dirty appearance was frightening, and it reminded us that not all of the monsters in this story are the undead.

As the Whisperers have officially introduced themselves to one of the communities, what do you think we’ll learn about these masked freaks?

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