One of many largest, weirdest mysteries Strolling Useless followers have been attempting 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 comprised of the face of his greatest buddy. However thus far, 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 Useless Season 10, Episode 14 “Have a look at the Flowers” previous this level.

Right here’s the data you’re in search of, adopted by a bunch of rationalization, ties to Worry the Strolling Useless, and the way it performed out slightly otherwise 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 title Half Moon. The joke right here, I feel, is that Beta is purposefully hideous, and the Halfmoon Betta fish is usually described as some of the stunning tropical fish. That’s neither right here nor there, simply idle hypothesis; but when that was the inspiration, it’s a reasonably stable in-joke.

Extra pertinent to the present, let’s take a step again and stroll by what we now learn about Beta’s life story. Appears that earlier than zombies took over the world, Beta was a preferred nation singer; well-liked sufficient that not solely was his voice recognizable to a Whisperer two episodes again (which led to Beta instantly killing stated Whisperer), however over on Worry the Strolling Useless, Daniel Salazar (Rubén Blades) was a fan.

In Worry the Strolling Useless Season 5, Episode 14 “At the moment and Tomorrow,” Daniel is touring with Grace (Karen David) once 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 all over the place. A struggle breaks out, and within the course of the zombie smash many of the data, overwhelming Grace and Daniel who’re pressured to flee with out the latter’s treasured vinyl assortment. Nevertheless, eagle eyed followers had been in a position to spot a well-known face on one of many covers:

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Picture: AMC

Simply to be clear, I added the crimson circle, that’s not within the scene. Anyway, that enjoyable little Easter egg has been sitting there for the reason that episode first aired on September 15, 2019; nevertheless 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 word? This in all probability explains why Beta was in rehab at the start of the apocalypse (well-known singer? rehab? checks out), ultimately befriending his rehab counselor and finally reducing his face off and sporting it like a masks. You realize, regular celeb stuff.

On this week’s episode, “Have 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 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 a substitute heads to what seems to be like is perhaps his pre-apocalypse condominium/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 last 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 word? Sadly, we could not get to see what Beta goes to do with that herd for some time… As a consequence of manufacturing hold-ups due to the present coronavirus pandemic, The Strolling Useless 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 12 months. As one other nation singer famously crooned, Beta could also be strolling the road a minimum of till Fall.

The Strolling Useless airs Sundays at 9/8c on AMC, and 48 hours early on AMC Premiere.

Where to watch The Walking Dead

Stream Fear the Walking Dead Season 5, Episode 14 “Today and Tomorrow” on Hulu