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‘The Walking Dead’: Thora Birch On Gamma’s Trust, Alpha, and Wearing A Whisperer Mask

Published on November 27th, 2019 | Updated on November 27th, 2019 | By FanFest

The Walking Dead’s Thora Birch, who portrays Gamma on the hit show, gave an interview with AMC.com to discuss her character’s journey this first half of Season 10. The experienced actress provided insight into her taking on the character and what has lead to Gamma’s choices.

POTENTIAL SPOILERS AHEAD
Gamma has definitely wavered in her allegiance throughout the course of the season, as she at one moment appeared devoted to her sister, then pledged devotion to Alpha, but now is questioning her decision and expanding her relationship and trust with Aaron (Ross Marquand).

Birch was asked what drew her to Gamma, to which she responded, “Gamma is someone who has a lot going on internally. From the onset, I had the feeling that Gamma is trapped in three different worlds. Her previous “true” self (before the apocalypse), who her and her sister had to be to survive until their emergence in The Walking Dead… universe, and who Gamma feels she should be behaving as at any given point when we encounter her. Also, Alpha’s hold is near total when we first meet and learn about who Gamma is.”

Credit: Jace Downs/AMC

We know that this all has changed, now that Gamma has seen Lydia (Cassady McClincy) alive and well. Birch described Gamma’s reaction as, “shock, denial, and of course rage — rage at being betrayed, and self loathing for choices made because of false pretenses.”

Gamma is moving towards a rebellion now because of this discovery. She is clearly opening herself up to Aaron and beginning to assist him and the other survivors. Gamma removing her mask is a big step towards opening herself up and building trust.

“Most of the steps Gamma has allowed herself to take towards engaging with Aaron have made her vulnerable. Removing the mask is among them, but I’ve viewed Gamma’s mask removal in front of a non-Whisperer as an act of full rebellion from her own group; from Alpha,” said Birch.

Gamma will become a key figure in assisting the Survivors if there is hope to defeat Alpha and the Whisperers in the impending Whisperer War. The trust she builds with them will help them to execute any plans they have if they hope to actually come out on top.

What do you think of Gamma? Do you trust her? Let us know in the comments below.

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