The Walking Dead 912: New clip suggests Alpha was always terrifying

Samantha Morton as Alpha, Cassady McClincy as Lydia - The Walking Dead _ Season 9, Episode 11 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
Samantha Morton as Alpha, Cassady McClincy as Lydia - The Walking Dead _ Season 9, Episode 11 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC /

In the world of The Walking Dead there are those that adapt and those that were made for the apocalypse. A new clip from 912 suggests Alpha was made for it.

Samantha Morton’s debut as Alpha on The Walking Dead has heralded a new era of terror on the show. When villains start wearing walker skins, all of a sudden the walkers aren’t nearly as scary as they once were. There’s no question that Alpha is a terrifying leader, but a new clip from episode 912 reveals that Alpha might have been suited for the apocalypse long before it started.

When fans were treated to a look at Lydia’s life in the early days of the apocalypse in The Walking Dead episode “Omega” it was clear that something clicked for Alpha when she was hiding in the shelter. She was willing to kill a man to protect her family, and at the time some fans attributed this to a mother’s desire to save her daughter’s life. On the other hand, as soon as Alpha was reunited with Lydia she hit her daughter, hard.

Lydia’s memories were also problematic. As soon as she had time to process her thoughts, she remembered that her father didn’t die because he was weak, rather he died because Alpha killed him.

Now, in this new clip from The Walking Dead “Guardians,” it becomes very clear that there might have been something brewing inside Alpha from the very start.

In the clip Alpha recounts a time when Lydia was three. She took her eyes off the little girl for a moment, and as many parents have learned it was enough time to lose track of her. When she found her in a closet, Lydia was tangled in plastic from the dry cleaning. The plastic was in her mouth, keeping her from breathing.

Instead of moving to help her, she watched until her daughter started to turn blue before rescuing her. Once she started breathing normally she smacked her daughter. It was a move, she said, to teach her daughter to never do it again.

With this story in mind, what happened at the shelter starts to take on a whole new perspective. Most parents would rush to free their kids from the plastic, but Alpha simply watched. It’s a disturbing notion that suggests that something was already off with her before the apocalypse. It also means that the pattern of abuse toward her daughter existed beforehand as well.

This inside look at Alpha’s frame of mind helps viewers understand how terrifying she is. She is abusive toward her daughter, she killed her husband and another man at the shelter and she was willing to kill a baby that wouldn’t stop crying. What else is she capable of?

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If nothing else, this clip suggests that we’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what Alpha is capable of doing.

The Walking Dead episode “Guardians” airs Sunday, March 3 on AMC.