Tales of the Walking Dead Episode 3 Recap and Ending, Explained

The third episode of AMC’s post-apocalyptic series ‘Tales of the Walking Dead,’ titled ‘Dee,’ follows a mother named Dee, who works in a vintage steamboat, and her daughter Lydia. The mother and her daughter seek refuge and protection in the boat as the walkers roam across the land. Brooke, a wealthy woman, becomes Lydia’s friend. Brooke considers Lydia no less than her daughter. Unexpected developments in the boat cause danger to the lives of all aboard. The episode ends with an astounding revelation that connects Dee to one of the most contemptible characters in ‘The Walking Dead’ universe. This is the place to go if you want to find out more. SPOILERS Ahead

Tales of the Walking Dead Episode 3 Review

‘Dee’ begins with Lydia spending time with Brooke. While Dee finds it difficult to blend in with the boat’s opulent passengers, her daughter gets accustomed to the wealthy people’s ignorance and obsession with parties. Brooke even insists on Dee’s birthday party. Brooke also discusses the issue with Dee. One of the boat’s passengers goes missing the next day. Dee suspects bartender Billy to be the one behind the same, only for Brooke to confront her for raising “baseless” accusations. Dee attempts to speak about the missing man, but Billy leaps in the river.

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Proving Dee’s suspicions right, Billy tries to seize control of the boat with a group. He kills several passengers on the boat, but Dee escapes to safety in a rescue boat. They encounter Brooke in the woods and Dee cuts Brooke’s face as a punishment. Dwight wants Lydia to fight against the walkers, as it is vital for her survival. Dee refuses to let her go, and decides to kill Lydia because she can’t live alone with walkers.

Tales of the Walking Dead Episode 3: Is Dee Dead? Is Dee Alpha?

Dee tries to kill Lydia. Dee is stopped by a group who ask Dee for help. The leader of the group hits Dee and knocks her unconscious. We see Dee alive in the next shot. She has shaved her head. Dee completes her transformation to Alpha and the group that saves Lydia from her mother is none other than the Whisperers, the hostile group of survivors that features in ‘The Walking Dead.’ When the Whisperers meet her, Dee has been getting ready to find solace in death. Her daughter has gotten spoilt enough by Brooke’s parties and opulence for her to survive in the land while fighting against the walkers.

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Lydia’s inability to accept the truth concerning the apocalypse and her meaningless hope that she can continue to live celebrating parties like Brooke disconcerts Dee. She decides that Lydia must be killed and then she will kill herself in order to end Lydia’s suffering as a mother and independent person. The arrival of the Whisperers changes her world and makes it possible for her to survive among walkers. She must first let go of Dee’s identity. In her narration, she says that Dee’s life has met an end. Dee, if she is only an identity, is dead. The person who lived as Dee begins a new life with Alpha.

In ‘The Walking Dead,’ Alpha is a psychopathic and sadistic individual who doesn’t shy away from cunningly hurting and traumatizing anyone, including her daughter Lydia. She starts to believe that humanity’s compassion has paved the way for the zombie apocalypse and that the only way for the survivors can survive is by transforming themselves into “wild beasts.” At the end of the episode, Dee completes such a transformation by letting go of her life as a compassionate and caring mother to become the egocentric woman we see in ‘The Walking Dead.’

What happens to Hera? Is She Alive or Dead?

Hera leads the Whisperers when they first meet Dee. Hera hits Dee and knocks him out. But in ‘The Walking Dead,’ the group is led by Dee/Alpha without Hera’s presence anywhere. In the closing shot of the episode, we get to see Alpha’s distinguishable blonde hair, which seemingly belongs to Hera. Alpha must have killed Hera in order for her to become the Whisperers’ leader. That could be why we see her leading the group against Daryl Dixon or other survivors. Alpha probably killed Hera to show her cunning and power.

Dee/Alpha must endure the rejection of her power and presence throughout her entire life. Her husband Frank tries to help whoever he can after the apocalypse despite Dee’s attempts to stop him from doing so. Lydia becomes more attached to Brooke in the steamboat than to her mother. Lydia won’t do as Dee asks, and she refuses to listen. Dee must have grown tired of being subordinate after such a long life. Dee is amazed to find a group that supports her beliefs when she meets the Whisperers. Naturally, her instincts to lead and dictate others’ lives must have influenced her to put an end to Hera’s life and leadership to lead the Whisperers.

Who created the Whisperers What Was Their Story Before Alpha?

In ‘The Walking Dead,’ Alpha and the Whisperers’ storyline gives an impression that the hostile group is formed by Alpha. But, the episode’s conclusion reveals that Alpha wasn’t the creator of the group but was an add-on. Hera may have been the one who formed the group, considering that she led the same group before meeting Dee and Lydia. Hera is a Greek goddess of family and women. She is also a symbol of motherly affection. Hera, who is also a motherly concern, intervenes to save Lydia from Dee’s attempt to kill her.

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The Whisperers might have been formed by Hera to help survivors before Dee joined the group as Alpha. The cunningness and hostility the Whisperers display in ‘The Walking Dead’ must be Alpha’s contribution to the group as well.

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