On this episode 92 of The Walking Dead Talk Through, Mark and I discuss The Walking Dead Season 9 Episode 10, which is titled Omega. This was written by Channing Powell, and directed by David Boyd. Like last week, Mark loved the episode. I gave this episode an 8, which isn’t a bad rating, but I had to dig down deep to find things I liked. The story isn’t drawing me in and I found myself bored throughout the episode. I only raised the rating after repeated viewings. It’s well written, directed and acted. I couldn’t find any major faults… OK, one. More on that below.
The rest of this blog post requires a SPOILER WARNING!!! If you haven’t watched this week’s episode, then you probably should stop now.
We see the interrogation of Lydia focussing on a flashback from early on in the apocalypse. As the episode goes on, we see different versions of reality, culminating with the beginning of Alpha. This is a backstory we should have gotten for The Wolves, The Governor and Negan (the latter two were shown in the books and comics) but we only got a backstory for the Termites. It was interesting in the end, but I spent most of the episode confused and bored, and Alpha not all that compelling so far. I didn’t say it on the podcast, but I really wasn’t impressed with Samantha Morton’s portrayal. I was distracted by her unconvincing Southern accent. Lydia, on the other hand, reveals that she is a victim of abuse, and I think we have just seen the tip of the iceberg. Henry!!! You have a good heart, but you are gullible. What would have happened had the baby not cry? Kudos to Cassady McClincy in the role of Lydia. I liked her a lot better than her mom.
Although this episode did not focus on Daryl, he was a big part of the story. His character this season is a big improvement over the last several past seasons. I’m still wanting to find out what the deal is with that big scar on his back. For some reason, though I’ve heard it mentioned, I really noticed his facial scar this time. I was a little confused about how Lydia picked up on his past abuse. I guess there must have been a subtle clue that I missed.
This week, TWD got a 1.68 in the 18-49, with 4.538 million, down from 2.00 and 5.156 million last week. Unfortunately, those represent the lowest ratings in the series so far. Charts below.
Mark will be hosting this coming week. As previously mentioned, I will be stepping back a bit from the podcast, and will not be hosting the show every week, starting this coming week. Part of it is due to scheduling with