Last week’s episode of The Walking Dead showed us that no matter what obsticle is in the way, you fight and you will make it through. But not everyone made it through as Magna and Connie’s fates are unknown at this time. While everything with the cave along with Negan and Alpha cuddling in the forest, we get to see what is going on with everyone at Alexandria. Here is my recap and review of “Stalker.”
Beta enters the RV where a few Whisperers are stationed at and they open the bottom of the RV to jump inside the hole. It is a tunnel. Beta then turns on the lantern and begins walking. Rosita is with Coco and she lays her to rest. She then goes to the bathroom to get a cloth and as the camera panned back to her, we see a Whisperer ready to stab Coco. Rosita wakes up as it was just a dream. Gabriel then alerted Rosita that Gamma has arrived. Gamma is at the gates of Alexandria and everyone stops her as she took off her mask and told everyone that she knows where the horde is. Gabriel does not believe her at first, but Gamma told him that Alpha moved the horde to a cave. Gamma wants to help because her nephew is at Hilltop and Gabriel told Gamma that he would give her a map in exchange of the location of the cave. As Gabriel told them to put Gamma in the cell, Rosita punched her right in her face as she fell. Daryl is hiding from a few Whisperers while also waiting to attack. That Whisperer picks up the crossbow bolts as Daryl was about to attack, but Alpha emerges from the cave and she also brings out a number of walkers from that cave as well.
Gamma wakes up in the cell and Gabriel with Rosita visits her. Gabriel told her that the last Whisperer that was there, he killed him. Gabriel wants Gamma to convince him that she is not lying and that she would die right where she stands if she does lie. Gamma told them both her story and Gabriel does not believe her. Gamma then told Gabriel that she killed her sister for Alpha and then Gabriel begins to believe her. At the pond of the camp, Alpha is with a few walkers and Whisperers and one Whisperer behind Alpha was struck by an unseen attacker. That Whisperer falls and a walker devours him. Alpha and the two other Whisperers are across the pond and moments later, Daryl kills one Whisperer, punches Alpha, and kills the other Whisperer by stabbing them. Alpha is knocked down and the fight begins as Alpha slashed Daryl on his head and Daryl was bleeding heavily. The blood also affected his vision, but he managed to hit her with a log to knock her down and ask her if she knows where Magna and Connie are. Walkers are approaching. Daryl took some down and missed a few, but Alpha also got up and stabbed Daryl right in his thigh with her knife.
Gabriel, Laura, Rosita, and Scott have a council meeting after Gabe gives Gamma the map. Rosita and Sean thinks that it is not right to trust Gamma and Gabriel believes that she is telling the truth. Gabriel then told them that they should not be afraid of them at all and that he brought Gamma there to prove that they are cowards. Gabriel also thinks that they all completly broke Gamma and that he wants to do the same to anyone else. At an abandoned gas station, Alpha tracks Daryl down due to the blood drops he has made that allowed her to do so. Daryl is hiding at the end of the station and he grabs a metal pipe. Alpha observes the area and then proceeded to bang on the wall with her shotgun to attract walkers. Rosita and Gabriel have an argument over what he said at the council meeting and Rosita brought up that Coco is wondering where Siddiq is. Judith speaks with Gamma from outside the cell and Gamma told Judith her birthname and that she was from California. But she however does not remember much of her upbringing. Judith does not think that Gamma is a monster and Rosita then tells Judith to leave.
Alpha is still alerting walkers and three of them arrive and one of them stared at Alpha. Daryl killed those walkers although, he had trouble killing the last one. He took the knife out of his tigh and the blood leaked out like a faucet of water. Everyone is getting ready to patrol the area and Gabriel told Rosita and Laura to stay to watch the area. Gabriel then kissed Rosita and told her that he will see her soon. At night, Beta rises from Cheryl’s grave and begins his infiltration inside Alexandria. In one of the houses, Alfred was talking with another resident and when the camera changed the view, Beta was seen for a split second before the lights got cut off. Beta then begins to slice and kill every resident in that house and another house. Everyone that was killed is beginning to turn and Gabriel found a few dead bodies as well and alerted Laura and Rosita to be on the lookout. Beta is at the cell to get Gamma out. Gamma told Beta that she is not afraid of him and that she would yell for help. Beta orders Gamma to come with her. Before he can continue, Laura points her spear at Beta and told Gamma to call for help. Beta and Laura then have a small fight and Beta killed Laura by slammimng her neck across the cell bars. Gamma called for help, but Beta is already at Rosita’s house. Judith shoots Beta from one of the locked doors in another room and we for a moment thought that he was dead, but he gets up like Michael Myers and trips Gamma down. Beta and Rosita then had a fight and Beta slashed Rosita’s arms. As Beta was about to kill Rosita, Gamma put one of Beta’s knives on her neck and told him that she would kill herself if he killed Rosita. Gamma then said that Alpha needs her alive and told Beta to come to her. Beta did this. While they were walking in the forest to head back to Alpha, Gabriel and Alexandria residents attempted to ambush Beta by shooting him, but he got away. Gamma told Gabriel that she is on his side and that she did not know that he was coming.
At night, Alpha takes her mask off and is getting weaker each second as her and Daryl talk about Lydia. Alpha then passes out as she is crawling towards Daryl and then Lydia appears with Daryl’s crossbow. Alpha wants Lydia to kill her and Lydia refuses and lets her go. In the morning, Alpha wakes up and is in pain and is looking for Lydia. She reads a message that Lydia on the counter that says “YOUR WAY IS NOT THE ONLY WAY” as she grabs her knife. Meanwhile, Aaron arrives at Alexandria and alerts Gabriel of what is going on. Gabriel is then talking with Rosita as they are about to head to Hilltop. Gamma also told Rosita that her name is Mary and they are all leaving. Daryl also wakes up as Lydia was watching over him. Daryl asked Lydia if she killed her mom and she told him that she did not. The episode ends as a few Whisperers surround Alpha as they came to her aide and she looks up to the sky to do her “We are the end of the world” chant.
I love this episode and I also like it even more than the previous episode. Ryan Hurst knocked it right out of the park and it felt like I was watching a Halloween film. I also love the scene where Beta and Gamma was going back and forth especially when he tried to get her out of the cell for him to take her to Alpha and then later in the episode, Gamma then did the same exact thing as Beta was about to kill Rosita. Reverse psychology at its finest. I also thought the Gabriel scenes were very well done as Negan’s advice is that really starting to get into Gabriel’s head. And kudos to Judith for shooting Beta too. And I felt bad for Laura because Lindsley Register is an underrated actress and it would be sad to see her go.
Every scene with Alpha and Daryl was great too and Lydia being in the middle of all of this made the scene with her and Alpha very sad, but yet also very good. And I will give a good praise to the VFX team for making Daryl’s vision get drastically affected due to the blood pouring over his eyes. There is a lot of suspense and action on this episode and I would fully recommend it!