Critic Consensus: "Omega" utilizes an unreliable narrator to flesh out the zombie skin-clad fanatic Alpha and succeeds at making her all the more unnerving, but some viewers may find the episode's flashback structure and side plots to be more laborious than revelatory.
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Critic reviews for Omega
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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