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Wednesday, March 13, 2019
[RECAP] Season 9, Episode 12 of The Walking Dead, "Guardians"
As already mentioned, our core story line in this episode is with Lydia, rejoining her mother Alpha and the Whisperer camp. We see the Whisperers almost create a sort of cocoon around Lydia, who is not wearing any sort of a mask, protecting her as they trudge along in their walker masks to their current home base. During this journey, we see Alpha essentially interrogate her daughter Lydia as to what occurred to her during her time at the Hilltop. Did they beat her? Did they touch her? Do they have weapons? Do they have trade system? Lydia has little to no Intel to offer her mother and she is notably annoyed and irritated at this. Alpha, however, ever the astute leader, points out how they seemed very determined to want to keep her for...some sort of reason or other. She is clearly suspicious of her daughter and what information she shared with them. Lydia insists that she fed them a sob story, essentially, to ensure that they would take pity on her and not hurt her. Alpha is clearly wary of her daughter's story but has no other option other than to believe her. Lydia, on her part, tries to probe her mother to see if she came back purely to get information or if she really came back to get her because she loves her. Alpha's not taking the bait however and calls her a "stupid girl". Thanks mom.
Back at Alexandria, Michonne is furiously trying to get to the bottom of why Rosita and Eugene were out there in the first place setting up the new satellites for their radio system (MARK MY WORDS, WE WILL BE MAKING CONTACT WITH THAT RADIO...maybe even with Rick?). Father Gabriel, however, stands by his decision on how they should be trying to reach out to other communities rather than cutting themselves off from the rest of the potential world at large (isolationism vs. globalism, if you will). Fresh from losing Jesus, Aaron seems to side with Michonne's school of thought and understandably so. Siddiq is siding with Gabriel on this though and brings up the Kingdom's fair and how important this is to King Ezekiel, enough that it should be put up to a fair vote with the council. Michonne is not being swayed by any of this though and it is clear her sole priority is ensuring the safety of Alexandria at all costs.
We ultimately come to find out via a conversation between Michonne and Aaron that she has decided to let the council have a fair vote and decide among themselves if they want to send a delegation to the fair. She will not veto whatever the consensus is. It seems that the decision was made in FAVOR of going to the fair and Michonne has to sit back and hope that she won't regret this decision (SPOILER ALERT: She will).
What Alpha is NOT counting on is dissension in the ranks, which comes to light when a male Whisperer confronts Alpha on her poor leadership by trading two of the Hilltop's men for Lydia. Two for one doesn't seem like a good deal he points out, not to mention the fact that Alpha has broken her own rules by going back FOR Lydia. She points out that they were able to get some useful Intel as well, but we know based on her conversation with her daughter that that is not exactly an accurate statement. It's at this point that Beta grabs the man from behind and holds a rather enormous knife to his throat. Alpha makes her case that he has the right to challenge her...but she has the right to defend herself as well. She mentions that everyone in the pack follows her by choice and she obviously has gotten them this far. We think at first that she will make a move to strike him but instead she pulls in his wife/girlfriend and accuses HER of being the person that is truly challenging her. Alpha states that she witnessed them conspiring together and she is aware that he is only doing her bidding. The female Whisperer seems to concede to this fact by raising again the same points her male companion did. She does finally say however that she has no interest in fighting Alpha. Unfortunately, Alpha says it is already too late and in one of the most brutal scenes on this show (and that's saying a lot), she comes up behind the female Whisperer with a thin piece of wire, pulls the wire across her neck until she fully pulls her head off. GROSS. But, effective.
She then hands her head to her Whisperer boyfriend, in true sociopath fashion, while telling him that he shouldn't cry because crying is for the weak...before she stabs him in the gut with her knife. Both corpses are eventually dragged out near where a group of walkers are milling around for feeding time? Not quite sure, but the walkers descend upon the bodies immediately.
As the walkers descend upon the Whisperers and begin to attack, Daryl grabs Henry but he insists that he's not going without Lydia (stupid teenager). Daryl concedes because there's no time to waste and they make off into the night in an attempt to find safer ground somewhere.
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