By Cameron Bonomolo
– 21st July 2018
After a long period of "will-you-or-wont-they" adapting comic villains to The Whisperers for the TV show, the Season 9 San Diego comic-con trailer confirms Alpha and its pack of nomadic barbarians wobble The Walking Dead.
In their Hall H panel on Comic-Con Friday, The Walking Dead confirmed that Samantha Morton (Minority Report, Fantastic Beasts and where to find them), as Alpha, a bald-headed villain and leader of the pack of new enemies who wear them Walker meat as camouflage to move freely between the revived dead.
Greg Nicotero, a longtime producer, director and special effects make-up artist in the series teased by Beta-Alpha, will not be back too far.
The Whisperers can be seen at the end of the trailer when Rosita (Christian Serratos) and Eugene (Josh McDermit) just flee from an approaching flood of hikers. Rosita and Eugene lather up in the mud and lie deadly in a ravine. Listen carefully and you will hear the parade of strollers, "Where are they?"
The Whisperers were also first encountered in the comics, the catching newcomers Marco and Ken, who are initially unaware that the searching "Walker" actually represent a veiled human threat. The villains, after being introduced to The Walking Dead # 130, served as the primary human threat to more than 40 issues, claiming the lives of several key characters and driving action until the ongoing comic series in Issue 175 entered the Commonwealth era.
(Photo: Image Comics) In the comics, Alpha is the mother of Lydia, a teenage girl who enters into a romantic relationship with her same-age son Carl of Alexandria, Rick Grimes. Since the television show killed mid-season 8 Carl (Chandler Riggs), the Whisperer War must be dramatically changed when it comes to the screens.
"We plan to tell these funny stories," said Executive Producer and Walking Dead CCO Scott Gimple to EW in December. "It just has to be with different people and it's a different way to tell those stories, but we hope we can still fulfill what those stories are doing."
The Walking Dead Season 9 debuts Sunday, October 7 on AMC.