Tales of The Walking Dead season 1, episode 3 recap: Dee

Tales of The Walking Dead season 1 episode 3 “Dee” is thus far the best episode of this Walking Dead spinoff yet! Audiences learn more about Dee before she becomes Alpha, why, and the struggle she faces trying to protect her daughter.

Tales of The Walking Dead Season 1 Episode 3 recap – Dee

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Samantha Morton as Dee, Nick Basta as Billy – Tales of the Walking Dead _ Season 1 – Photo Credit: Curtis Bonds Baker/AMC

Throughout the episode Dee as Alpha narrates a bit about her past leading to her present as leader of The Whisperers. During which she reveals that she killed her own father when she was a child!


The actual episode begins with Brooke, the leader of a small group living on a large boat somewhere down south. After she and Nolan share an intimate evening, leading to her ignoring his ideas of marriage and kids, they get dressed for a formal party.

Lydia is excited to attend a party, somewhat reminiscent of the roaring 20’s whereas her mother, Dee is not. It is obvious that while she has been living with Brooke’s group, she hasn’t let her guard down.

She always worries people are watching offshore but Brooke assures her only walkers roam around. As Dee tries to enjoy a drink at the bar, the bartender, Billy, makes rude comments about her appearance and how her daughter rather be with Brooke.

But Dee doesn’t trust Billy, and to be honest, no one else should either. He has been with the group for three weeks, but Dee becomes increasingly suspicious of him when a fellow member goes missing.

Everyone wants to believe he fell overboard but Dee thinks Billy harmed him. Brooke makes the tough choice of leaving before the river rises.

Dee stalks Billy as he is supposed to be preparing the anchor, but he obviously tosses something into the water. Dee calls Brooke over and the group watches as Billy accuses her of attempting to murder him and jumps off the boat.

Ever fearful of her mother, Lydia flees. When Dee tries to find her daughter, Brooke confronts her, basically accusing her of being a horrible mother.

She adds that her paranoid behavior is making her a threat to the group. Their argument doesn’t last as chaos ensues above.

Turns out Dee was right as Billy and several men round everyone up and start killing survivors to make room for his group. Dee manages to kill at least two men before fleeing in a life raft with Lydia.

Tales of The Walking Dead Season 1 Episode 3 recap – Blending in

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Samantha Morton as Dee, Scarlett Blum as Lydia – Tales of the Walking Dead _ Season 1 – Photo Credit: Curtis Bonds Baker/AMC

On shore, Dee frantically kills walkers as they surround her and Lydia. When one falls over her, rendering her useless, she cuts it open, uses the blood to cover herself.

She orders her terrified daughter to do the same. After some time, they leave and find Brooke.

Brooke reveals everyone had died and blames Dee (excuse me?!). Dee reveals she left them so that she could protect her daughter, something Brooke failed to do.

Angered by Brooke, Dee almost kills her, but Lydia intervenes. The first time she places herself in front of Brooke.

The second time she covers her ears, humming a song. Dee decides to scar Brooke’s face as a reminder of the failure she was and the two leave.

They continue their journey towards an RV camp where walkers lurk around. Dee tries to toughen up her daughter but to no avail.

Lydia simply cannot kill them. She is not strong enough.

Frustrated Dee is able to kill them with ease and begins to see her daughter in a new light. Lydia tries to tell her mother that she hears whispers believing it to be the trees.

However, after seeing how her daughter isn’t suited for this world, she tries to kill her out of pity and mercy. She stops when she hears the whispers too.

Tales of The Walking Dead Season 1 Episode 3 recap – Becoming Alpha

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Samantha Morton as Dee, Scarlett Blum as Lydia – Tales of the Walking Dead _ Season 1 – Photo Credit: Curtis Bonds Baker/AMC

The whispers aren’t the trees but The Whisperers. The group surrounds Dee and Lydia, as their leader steps forth.

We never see her face but when she removes the mask, we see platinum blonde hair. We don’t see how Dee and Lydia join them or how Dee eventually becomes Alpha.

But the last shot is chilling… As Alpha approaches her Whisperer mask, it’s revealed to be the skin from the previous leader.

Alpha has been wearing possibly the first Whisperer leader’s face the entire time. This also tells us that Alpha has been the leader of this group for many years.

Tales of The Walking Dead Season 1 Episode 3 review

No surprise, this is the best episode we’ve seen yet of Tales of The Walking Dead. The story was interesting and new without feeling rehashed, boring or predictable.

True, Billy was obviously untrustworthy and naturally no one believed Dee. If Dee wasn’t bitter, cold and calculated from the start maybe Billy wouldn’t have succeeded.

But then again maybe Dee and Lydia wouldn’t still be alive either. Dee’s actions, as horrible as they can be, are always for her daughter and have saved her many times.

She loves Lydia but doesn’t know how to properly show it. Instead of comforting her daughter, which she kind of does giving her earmuffs and her bunny to cuddle, she tries to toughen her up by yelling at her and reminding her how much she needs her mother.

We know when we meet these two again on The Walking Dead that the abuse grows worse. It’s honestly a miracle Lydia is able to function as well as she currently does.

When Dee becomes Alpha the transformation is complete and any ounce of actual love or care for Lydia vanishes. Brooke placing the blame on Dee was rich as it was Brooke’s fault for not listening to her and noticing the obvious.

But it does show that not everyone has a good judge of character either. We’re curious who Brooke later becomes as we don’t see her die.

We’d love to see more stories like this where we get some background into characters we already know. Why not show us how The Governor started Woodbury?

Why not show us the supposed Terminus before they got invaded and tortured by bad people? We still want to see how Negan finds and later leads The Sanctuary.

If Tales of The Walking Dead gets another season, maybe we’ll get to see more of those stories.

What did you think of the third episode of Tales of The Walking Dead? Do you think we’ll see Brooke again?

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