The world of “The Strolling Lifeless” simply expanded a little bit extra on Sunday night time, as a beloved character from the supply materials comics made her massive debut.
Whereas a lot of the hour handled the ramifications of Alpha’s dying and decapitation, we wish to begin with the present’s latest solid member: Princess, performed by Paola Lazaro.
Her introduction got here after Eugene informed the remainder of the group about Stephanie and their plans to satisfy exterior Charleston, West Virginia. After listening to him out, Yumiko and Ezekiel joined him on his quest — with a fatally sick Ezekiel saying what have been possible his remaining goodbyes to Jerry earlier than heading out.
It is clear the previous King has little or no time left on this world and might barely maintain his personal in opposition to Walkers anymore on account of his thyroid most cancers. He’ll most actually be useless by the tip of the season, pending a miracle, and even requested Yumiko to depart him behind ought to he falter on their journey.
Miko says they will want the person who constructed “a kingdom within the apocalypse” after the autumn of Hilltop and that did get his spirits again up, however discuss can solely achieve this a lot, proper?
Finally, the group made it to a metropolis solely to search out it stuffed with walkers propped as much as appear to be fortune tellers, bar patrons and even a cop writing a ticket. It is a transfer harking back to the mannequins in “I Am Legend,” solely with decaying flesh and biting enamel thrown into the combo.
They then meet the girl accountable and whereas she does not say her identify — and as an alternative solely exclaims “Oh my god, hello!” — she is clearly Juanita Sanchez, higher generally known as “Princess” within the comics. The goggles, pink-streaked hair and matching fur coat are all logos of the character, who performed a giant position within the tail-end of the sequence. Count on much more from her sooner or later, as she’s intricately tied to the Commonwealth storyline the present will certainly discover subsequent season.
It needs to be famous that Stephanie is voiced by an actress named Margot Bingham, so — because it is also within the comics — she and Princess are most likely two completely different individuals.
The remainder of the episode revolved across the unwanted side effects of killing off Alpha.
First, we realized how Carol and Negan’s deal took place, as she launched him from his jail cell to ingratiate himself to Alpha and kill her. When he requested what he’d be getting out of it, Carol stated offing the Whisperer queen would definitely make the opposite survivors overlook about his previous. “That is what the individuals will keep in mind you for,” she informed him, “I will ensure that of it.”
After the deed was executed, nonetheless, she pulled a shady transfer and determined not to return to Alexandria with him. She additionally positioned Alpha’s head on a spike, like she did to Henry and the others, so he would not even have proof of what he did. Sort of impolite, proper? She stated he might look forward to her, however gave no timeframe on how lengthy it might take for her to cope with her demons.
As a substitute, he went to launch Lydia from the cabin he tied her up in, solely to be confronted by Daryl. Daryl, in fact, did not instantly imagine Negan in any respect — and by the point they returned to the spike, Beta had already retrieved Alpha’s head.
Fortunately, just a few Whisperers confirmed up, confirmed what occurred and known as Negan their new grasp. He performed together with it for a minute, simply to get the higher hand, then killed all of them. Negan later admitted to Daryl that he did like being Alpha’s sidekick, after years in a jail cell. Although it made him really feel like he mattered once more, Negan felt Alpha “took it to date, you do not kill individuals that do not deserve it and also you by no means kill children.”
The 2 made their approach again to Alexandria.
In the meantime, Carol was actually seeing ghosts within the woods. The ghost trope on TV is not precisely one in every of our favorites, so we’ll preserve this temporary. “Alpha” saved popping as much as antagonize Carol, who had gone off on her personal after assembly with Negan.
Finally, she obtained trapped underneath a canoe in one other cabin — do not ask — as a walker slowly made its approach towards her. Because it did, “Alpha” saved declaring how she solely loses the individuals shut toher and it is time for her to “simply take a look at the flowers.” That is, in fact, a reference to what Carol informed the homicidal Lizzie earlier than capturing her again in Season 4. The implication right here: Carol ought to kill herself to save lots of these she loves.
Carol, nonetheless, was not able to die, broke free, killed the walker and returned to Alexandria, the place Daryl let her within the entrance gate. Hopefully these two don’t remain indignant with one another for lengthy, we want them on the identical web page.
Lastly, let’s deal with the Beta of all of it.
After he discovered Alpha’s nonetheless animated head on a spike, he first made one in every of his Whisperers get bitten. Was this to maintain her spirit “alive” by infecting another person? We’re not likely certain. He then grabbed her head and put it in a bag, earlier than heading to a close-by city.
Beta was clearly listening to Alpha converse to him as nicely, although all we heard have been groans of a hungry walker. He ultimately retreated right into a bar, which was stuffed with posters and information for Half Moon, his rocker alter-ego earlier than the zombie apocalypse went down. He tore up the poster, smashed a guitar, earlier than blaring one in every of his personal information — attracting a brand new, mini horde.
Blissful together with his viewers, Beta then killed Alpha, earlier than crafting a brand new pores and skin masks utilizing half of his previous one and half of Alpha’s face. With a brand new look and a small military at his again, it is clear Beta is not executed wreaking havoc simply but.
“The Strolling Lifeless” airs Sundays on AMC.