One of many greatest, weirdest mysteries Strolling Lifeless followers have been making an attempt to determine over the previous season or so is the identification of Whisperer second in command Beta (Ryan Hurst). There have been clues and hints that the hulking villain was somebody well-known earlier than the zombie apocalypse — and earlier than he slapped on a pores and skin masks produced from the face of his greatest good friend. However up to now, no affirmation… Till this week’s episode, which lastly revealed who Beta was earlier than the world fell; and set him up as the first antagonist for the sequence.
Spoilers for The Strolling Lifeless Season 10, Episode 14 “Take a look at the Flowers” previous this level.
Right here’s the information you’re on the lookout for, adopted by a bunch of rationalization, ties to Concern the Strolling Lifeless, and the way it performed out somewhat in another way within the comics — in addition to what it means for the present going ahead: Beta is/was a rustic singer who seemingly glided by the identify Half Moon. The joke right here, I feel, is that Beta is purposefully hideous, and the Halfmoon Betta fish is commonly described as some of the lovely tropical fish. That’s neither right here nor there, simply idle hypothesis; but when that was the inspiration, it’s a fairly strong in-joke.
Extra pertinent to the present, let’s take a step again and stroll by way of what we now learn about Beta’s life story. Appears that earlier than zombies took over the world, Beta was a preferred nation singer; in style sufficient that not solely was his voice recognizable to a Whisperer two episodes again (which led to Beta instantly killing mentioned Whisperer), however over on Concern the Strolling Lifeless, Daniel Salazar (Rubén Blades) was a fan.
In Concern the Strolling Lifeless Season 5, Episode 14 “Right this moment and Tomorrow,” Daniel is touring with Grace (Karen David) after they’re attacked by the undead. Their plot-line has him discovering a stash of data, which he’s hoping to take again to younger Charlie (Alexa Nisenson) as a present. It will definitely results in a candy duet between Grace and Daniel, each fairly well-known singers IRL; however pertinent to this explicit article, one of many zombies slips and falls on Daniel’s data, scattering them in all places. A combat breaks out, and within the course of the zombie smash a lot of the data, overwhelming Grace and Daniel who’re compelled to flee with out the latter’s treasured vinyl assortment. Nonetheless, eagle eyed followers had been in a position to spot a well-known face on one of many covers:
Simply to be clear, I added the purple circle, that’s not within the scene. Anyway, that enjoyable little Easter egg has been sitting there because the episode first aired on September 15, 2019; however it wasn’t till tonight that we knew for positive that A) yep, that was Beta, and B) Beta was a rustic crooner. Additionally of be aware? This in all probability explains why Beta was in rehab originally of the apocalypse (well-known singer? rehab? checks out), finally befriending his rehab counselor and in the end chopping his face off and carrying it like a masks. You already know, regular celeb stuff.
On this week’s episode, “Take a look at the Flowers,” Beta finds out that Alpha (Samantha Morton) has been killed — and decapitated — by Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), resulting in a little bit of soul looking out on behalf of everybody’s favourite unkillable horror film villain. Carrying Alpha’s head with him, he refuses to permit himself to be referred to as the brand new Alpha, and as an alternative heads to what appears to be like like is perhaps his pre-apocalypse condo/recording studio. There, he smashes a guitar, and begins blasting the Half Moon album, surrounding his location with zombies. Seeing the gathered herd, he thanks Alpha for her service and stabs her within the head. I imply, she’s solely a head, there’s nothing else to stab her in; however you get what I imply. The episode ends with Beta heading out into the herd, and main them — presumably to Alexandria for a remaining battle with our heroes.
This all ties properly with what we learn about Beta from the comics. Within the books by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard, after spoiler Beta is killed, his masks is eliminated and it’s revealed he was a well-known basketball participant/actor. Which is a bizarre combo, however no matter.
Additionally of be aware? Sadly, we could not get to see what Beta goes to do with that herd for some time… Resulting from manufacturing hold-ups because of the present coronavirus pandemic, The Strolling Lifeless will air the following episode, Season 10, Episode 15, “The Tower,” after which go on an indefinite hiatus till the Season 10 finale is aired a while later this yr. As one other nation singer famously crooned, Beta could also be strolling the road no less than till Fall.
The Strolling Lifeless airs Sundays at 9/8c on AMC, and 48 hours early on AMC Premiere.