The episode was always the one I thought I would enjoy the most, and it is easy to say that this was the most enjoyable of the episodes I have seen so far. As with all the other episodes, it goes by fast, and you don’t really have any reason to get attached to many characters in the show.
This episode took place on a riverboat, which I must admit is something I am surprised that I haven’t seen happen before. But, if it works, it would be a good plan. You have a large enough place to get around, and you are also protected from walkers on all sides, though you would be at the mercy of people when you come on land.
In a common Walking Dead trope, the group on the boat keeps some sort of establishment of class, with the haves and the have-nots. For example, Alpha is someone who has to work doing a lot of cleaning, and dirty work, while her daughter seems to be the only child on the boat, so she is looked over lovingly. It was to the point that some wanted to take her under their wing and let Alpha go on her way.
Alpha is someone who does everything to look over her daughter, and she is able to figure out that someone on the boat doesn’t belong, but she isn’t able to convince everyone else of that fact. Later in the episode, of course the person that she accused of being a problem came back with others to try to take over the boat. Obviously, things went astray, and Alpha got her daughter off of the riverboat onto the shore. Everyone on the ship eventually died in the fight and escaped except Alpha and Lydia.
Alpha tried to teach Lydia to be OK with fighting walkers, but she wasn’t. In the end, Alpha understands that her daughter doesn’t understand the world yet. Finally, Lydia and Alpha hear voices. Lydia thinks it’s fairies telling her to leave this world, but it was really the first sighting of the Whisperers and then, at that time, Alpha. At the close of the episode, we see our Alpha has taken the throne.