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The Walking Dead: Season 9 Episode 10 Reviews

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Brian Richards
Pajiba
March 27, 2019

Samantha Morton is every bit as scary, powerful, and intimidating before her transformation into Alpha as she is afterward, and I look forward to seeing what happens next in this upcoming war.

Kevin Lever
Tell-Tale TV
February 21, 2019

Some episodes are about the build-up, and this is one of those. With the Whisperers descending upon Hilltop, this lays the groundwork needed to know what they are up against. At least Daryl's on top of things, watching everything closely.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nick Venable
CinemaBlend
February 19, 2019

Though The Walking Dead has yet to showcase Alpha's über-maliciousness in the most current timeline, this episode seemed intent on driving home the idea that Alpha no longer conforms to anyone's standards but her own in the post-apocalypse.

Matt Fowler
IGN Movies
February 19, 2019

With the central theme being the survivors of abuse and/or those still being abused, the show really clicked in ways it hasn't in a long while.

Full Review | Original Score: 8.6/10
Dustin Rowles
Uproxx
February 19, 2019

"Omega" provides a good character episode for Daryl, who really has taken front and center since the departure of Andrew Lincoln.

Alex Avard
SFX Magazine
February 19, 2019

"Omega" is easily the weakest episode of season 9 so far, feeling about as trite, frustrating, and manufactured as The Walking Dead can get, not to mention completely undermining any sense of danger or intrigue we had about The Whisperers.

Steve Ford
TV Fanatic
February 19, 2019

It was a surprising decision to touch upon Lydia and Alpha's backstory so soon, but it was an enthralling glimpse into both character's pasts that provided some great twists and juicy revelations along the way.

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Jim Vorel
Paste Magazine
February 19, 2019

It's clear that not having Negan (or lil' asskicker Judith Grimes) on screen hurts the engagement level of these episodes to a degree, to the point that half of what we're seeing immediately feels like filler.

Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Alex McLevy
AV Club
Top Critic
February 19, 2019

As a means of establishing the character of Alpha, the harsh and violent new antagonist and leader of the Whisperers, "Omega" is bluntly effective. As an episode of The Walking Dead, it's pretty thin gruel.

Full Review | Original Score: C
Jeff Stone
indieWire
Top Critic
February 19, 2019

While the turn is interesting, the actual execution is a little ham-fisted... But these are pretty minor quibbles about a story where empathy brings about character change.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Nick Romano
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic
February 19, 2019

Through Lydia, the writers of The Walking Dead explore what happens when the brain of a young girl rewrites memories to protect the body. It's not the most well-executed exploration ever put to television, but it's an admirable effort.

Richard Rys
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic
February 19, 2019

Thanks to a clever bit of storytelling, the backstory of Lydia and her momma, the leader of the Whisperers, is one of the most compelling tales we've heard on this show in a while.

Germain Lussier
io9.com
February 19, 2019

"Omega" wasn't exactly an exciting episode of The Walking Dead, but it sure was interesting. We now have a really solid idea of what everyone else is up against. A villain and followers who don't think about life in the same ways the heroes do.

Alexandra August
CBR
February 19, 2019

The Whisperer leader Alpha gets her own origin story in "Omega," and the drama doesn't shy away from using the increased real estate offered by television to explore the character beyond what we may have seen in the comic.

James White
Empire Magazine
February 19, 2019

In what could be an exposition-heavy episode, the backstory actually works, partly because McClincy sells it and because the material set in the past is a great chance for Morton to do what she does so well.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Erik Kain
Forbes
February 19, 2019

It's frustrating to see this kind of bad writing crop up in Season 9 which has largely avoided making its cast act like complete imbeciles... Overall, not a super eventful episode.

Ron Hogan
Den of Geek
February 19, 2019

There's a certain amount of freedom given to make mistakes, that didn't seem to be as prevalent under Rick... Perhaps the creative team behind the show feel freed to learn from mistakes, too.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Alyse Wax
Syfy Wire
February 18, 2019

Does she think so little of her daughter that she gave her the very last letter of the alphabet? The abuse she gives makes that a stupid question.

Noetta Harjo
Geek Girl Authority
February 18, 2019

We rarely get such a detailed backstory for new characters. This was very interesting seeing the story through the eyes of a child.

Full Review | Original Score: 80
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