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TWD: Lydia’s mistreatment proves Second Chances are Fashion Statements

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Alpha told her daughter the truth after all… The raven-haired Lydia was never going to be accepted in Alexandria on more than a superficial level, the game was rigged before it started.

It’s easy to speak of second chances when times are booming and the flowers are blossoming. What about when they wilt? The rough and tumble when Murphy’s Law hits and everything that could go wrong, does. Is it still soothing to be floating atop the moral high ground then? Alexandria’s promised tolerance of their resident refugee Whisperer led to a secret campaign of undercover bullying. Friendly smiles on the front, knives ready in the back. 

Lydia was never going to be treated like ‘one of them’ no matter how hard she desperately tried to fit in… Just ask Negan. There was only so much a Daryl could do, he can’t escort Lydia as a personal bodyguard everywhere for the rest of her life. Eventually, she would always have to face the dark underbelly of Alexandria. One that blames her unfairly for her own existence. True feelings always have a way of surfacing in the end. Tongues sharpen when civilization erodes. All it took was a tree fall and some walkers. In reality, the broken routine of daily comfort. 

Transactional Relationships

Even Carol Peletier is guilty of just paying lip service, using Lydia as a pawn in her quest for vengeance. An ace in the deck. Fully aware of Lydia’s fragile state but openly disregarding it anyway. It was just half a season ago on The Walking Dead that Lydia was ready to take her own life before Carol stepped in. Owning this knowledge did not impact Carol’s decision to utilize Lydia even marginally. Not the least bit, ‘She’ll get over it, it’s her decision to help,’ Carol thought. No, she won’t, not this time.

The ruse is over, the blindfold is off… Lydia can spot the details she missed on first impression. Back when her head was spinning with possibilities and magic. To Lydia, leaving The Whisperers was a new lease on life, to her new neighbors, she was just fashionable to have around. A walking billboard of the community’s so-called selflessness and imprint as the good guys. Tolerated but never to be loved. A Christmas present waiting to be returned after New Years Day. Lydia took matters into her own hands last TWD episode and grabbed the receipt herself…

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Nir Regev is the founder of The Natural Aristocrat. You can directly contact him at nir.regev@thenaturalaristocrat.com for coverage consideration, interview opportunties, or general comments.

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The Walking Dead Season 10 Finale Non-Spoiler Review, Highlights

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Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon - The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 16 - Photo Credit: Jackson Lee Davis/AMC
Photo Credit: Jackson Lee Davis/AMC

The walkers are finally back to being a fearsome centerpiece in The Walking Dead Season 10 Finale. Despite fantastic acting work from Ryan Hurst however, Beta’s showdown brawl feels anti-climatic compared to Season 9’s tussle with Daryl Dixon. Needed more rounds with the gloves off. A remarkable scene between Lydia and Carol almost makes you forget about its rapid, over in a flash nature.

Ryan Hurst as Beta – The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 16 – Photo Credit: Jackson Lee Davis/AMC

When you bring in a monster like Beta, an actor like Ryan Hurst who’s physically imposing, knows how to work a fight, and make it look like a million bucks, you give him every minute he wants.

One herd united by Beta’s hegemony marches forward, muscles tense, heart beats skip, as Daryl’s group walks the opposite direction in what feels like 20 pound snow boots with 30 pound anchors.

Suspended in motion, lifting each leg ever so carefully, one misplaced noise away from turning land into quicksand. The walkers, the zombies, are in the spotlight once again The Walking Dead Season 10 Finale as an intimidating entity instead of easily disposed of singular-brained automations.

Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon – The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 16 – Photo Credit: Jackson Lee Davis/AMC

No longer do we see the show’s heroes run roughshod through entire walker populations with video game-like cheats on. These walkers are horror film grade, bringing back the open air claustrophobia not seen since Rick Grimes and Jessie Anderson’s last walk in Alexandria together.

The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 16 – Photo Credit: Mark Hill/AMC

Beta’s spiraling mask of sanity is one of the top highlights of the episode, Ryan Hurst truly pushed this character to the next level. The ‘glitched’ reality seen through Beta’s eyes enhances the mood. After all the pyramid like build up to a final battle, block by block, stone by stone, grain by grain… It ends before you know it, almost like a teaser, an appetizer without the full main course.

After all the hype for Beta’s ultimate melee, you expect a clash that exceeds his grand battle with Daryl Dixon in Season 9 Episode 13. The skirmish here starts off with fire. But the volcanic rage, the embers don’t go the distance before interruption. While the last move of this round hits hard it could have been delayed.

Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon – The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 16 – Photo Credit: Jackson Lee Davis/AMC

Frankly, this reviewer would have preferred seeing a full-on Season 9 free-for-all style megabout pushed to an 11… Rather, then seeing Eugene’s group kind of standing around motivating each other. There’s enough stand-still motivation cliches and feel-good drama on The Walking Dead. When you bring in a monster like Beta, an actor like Ryan Hurst who’s physically imposing, knows how to work a fight, and make it look like a million bucks, you give him every minute he wants.

No bells to stop a round, no halt to the action, no comedy interlude breaks. Beta was delivering as expected, tossing people out of the way effortlessly like a freight train. You can’t replicate that with anyone else except Ryan Hurst.

Cassady McClincy’s growth as an actress is tremendous

Cassady McClincy as Lydia – The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 16 – Photo Credit: Jackson Lee Davis/AMC

The Walking Dead Season 10 Finale, features an excellent, emotional scene between Lydia and Carol. While The Natural Aristocrat® obviously isn’t going to spoil anything for you, let it be known that Cassady McClincy’s acting is stellar once again. McClincy is seemingly getting better not gradually but by leaps every episode. Her work with Melissa McBride in The Walking Dead Season 10 Finale is top notch. She also once again has great on-screen chemistry with Negan as some type of unofficially adopted daughter. Give Lydia more screen-time next season.

BTS, Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier – The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 16 – Photo Credit: Jackson Lee Davis/AMC

Maggie Greene’s return feels by the books, doesn’t ruffle any feathers

As you know from the official preview trailer for The Walking Dead Season 10 Finale below, Maggie Greene makes her long awaited return to the series this episode. However, it was pretty much a neutral return. Hugs all around, not much in the way of character or plot advancement as of yet. Have to mention that Maggie wears a fashionable hat channeling Rick Grimes but with a feminine energy to it.


Kudos to the costume designer because it was a great choice to bring the character back with a cool looking fresh prop. Some of Cohan’s best work was opposite Rick Grimes so it’ll be interesting to see the direction for Maggie without him. In that regard, the other cast members have had the opportunity to adjust to being Grimes-less gradually instead of thrown in to the timeline so-to-speak.

Overall Non-Spoiler Review for The Walking Dead Season 10 Finale:

Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier – The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 16 – Photo Credit: Mark Hill/AMC

For the Caryl ‘shippers, you’ll likely be pleased. But it’s still a slow burn! Overall however, The Walking Dead Season 10 Finale is not about relationships, it’s about a dance with the dead. Much like Nick Clark on Fear the Walking Dead, coming to terms with having to choose one side of the equation. One world. This one or the next.

Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon, Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan – The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 16 – Photo Credit: Jackson Lee Davis/AMC

– Be sure to test your Carol Peletier knowledge with Who wants to be a Carollionaire? – Carol Peletier Quiz and your Melissa McBride knowledge with How well do you know Melissa McBride? Trivia Quiz!

– Wonder what certain Walking Dead characters’ sons and daughters would look like? The Natural Aristocrat® has you covered with full blown advanced, tech based fictional photos!

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TWD Fiction: What would Carol & Daryl’s son & daughter look like?

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TWD Fiction: What would Carol & Daryl's son & daughter look like?
Fiction / Non Canon

What would Daryl Dixon & Carol Peletier’s son & daughter look like? With the power of technology, we can actually see an approximation. Check out these photos and take your Walking Dead ‘shipping game to the next level!

The following photos are fiction and non-canon to The Walking Dead.

Daryl Dixon & Carol Peletier’s Fictional Son (Daryl is Dominant Side):

Daryl Dixon and Carol Peletier’s Fictional Son (Daryl is Dominant Side)

Daryl Dixon & Carol Peletier’s Fictional Daughter (Carol is Dominant Side):

Carol Peletier and Daryl Dixon’s Fictional Daughter (Carol is Dominant Side)

Negan & Maggie Greene’s Fictional Daughter (Negan is Dominant Side):

Negan and Maggie Greene’s Fictional Daughter (Negan is Dominant Side)

Negan & Maggie Greene’s Fictional Son (Maggie is Dominant Side):

Negan & Maggie Greene’s Fictional Son (Maggie Greene is Dominant Side)

Daryl Dixon & Connie’s Fictional Daughter (Connie is Dominant Side):

Daryl Dixon and Connie’s Fictional Daughter (Connie is Dominant Side)

Daryl Dixon & Connie’s Fictional Son (Daryl is Dominant Side)

Daryl Dixon and Connie’s Fictional Son (Daryl Dixon is Dominant Side)

Abraham Ford & Rosita Espinosa’s Fictional Daughter (Rosita is Dominant Side)

Abraham Ford & Rosita Espinosa’s Fictional Daughter (Rosita Espinosa is Dominant Side)

Negan & Maggie Greene’s Fictional Son (Negan Dominant Side):

Negan and Maggie Greene’s Fictional Son (*Non-Canon)

Abraham Ford & Rosita Espinosa’s Son (Rosita is Dominant Side)

Abraham Ford & Rosita Espinosa’s Fictional Son (Rosita Espinosa is Dominant Side)

Daryl Dixon & Carol Peletier’s Daughter (Daryl is Dominant Side):

Daryl Dixon and Carol Peletier’s Fictional Daughter (Daryl Dixon is Dominant Side)

Daryl Dixon & Carol Peletier’s Fictional Son (Carol is Dominant Side):

Daryl Dixon and Carol Peletier’s Fictional Son (Carol Peletier is Dominant Side)

Rick Grimes & Jessie Anderson’s Fictional Daughter (Jessie is Dominant Side)

Rick Grimes & Jessie Anderson’s Fictional Daughter (Jessie Anderson is Dominant Side)

Rick Grimes & Jessie Anderson’s Fictional Son (Jessie is Dominant Side)

Rick Grimes & Jessie Anderson’s Fictional Son (Jessie Anderson is Dominant Side)

Eugene Porter and Rosita Espinosa’s Fictional Son (Rosita is Dominant Side)

Eugene Porter and Rosita Espinosa’s Fictional Son (Rosita is Dominant Side)

The Governor & Andrea’s Fictional Son (Andrea is Dominant Side)

The Governor & Andrea’s Fictional Son (Andrea is Dominant Side)

The Governor & Andrea’s Fictional Daughter (Andrea is Dominant Side)

The Governor & Andrea’s Fictional Daughter (Andrea is Dominant Side) (*Non-Canon)

Be sure to take these TWD Quizzes:

How well do you know Melissa McBride? Trivia Quiz

Who wants to be a Carollionaire? – Carol Peletier Quiz

Check out more TWD articles in The Natural Aristocrat®’s Walking Dead articles section!

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How well do you know Melissa McBride? Trivia Quiz

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Carol Peletier - Silence Promo - Photo Credit: AMC
Photo Credit: AMC

Carol Peletier fans, how well do you know Melissa McBride? Test your knowledge & see if you deserve any cookies or a trip over to some quaint flowers!

Question #1 Photo Credit: Chuck Zlotnick/AMC (* Photo has been slightly altered.)

Test your Carol Peletier knowledge with the Who wants to be a Carollionaire? – Carol Peletier Quiz!

Be sure to read:

The Walking Dead Season 10B: Examining Carol’s Claustrophobia

Carol Peletier: A Mother’s Grief is Forever

Lost Affection: Carol Peletier’s past destroying her future (Poem)

Is Carol’s life better off post-apocalypse on The Walking Dead?

Check out more of The Natural Aristocrat’s TWD coverage over at the Walking Dead articles category section! There are new quizzes already under development, stay tuned!

Buy The Walking Dead: The Complete Seasons (#1-9) Blu-ray on Amazon and relive the experience!

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