AMC’s first trailer for The Walking Dead season 9 was by far the best trailer that the series has ever unveiled at San Diego Comic-Con. With so much up in the air and on the line, including departures for Andrew Lincoln and Lauren Cohan, it managed to possess that familiarity and originality of the earlier seasons while preparing fans for the next phase of the series with introductions of new characters and a brief tease of the new big bad – The Whisperers.
Comic fans have been eagerly awaiting for The Whisperer’s arrival for quite some time and those closing moments of the trailer, which found a herd of “walkers” communicating with each other, a resurgence of excitement was felt amongst the fandom.
For those who are unfamiliar, The Whisperers is a group that has been surviving in the apocalypse by wearing skin suits of human flesh that allow them to blend in with the walkers. The only way that they can communicate with each other amongst the herds is by whispering. Led by Alpha, who will be played by Samantha Morton, The Whisperers believe that the apocalypse is just the next step in the evolution of society.
So, why now? While at a press conference for the series Executive Producer Greg Nicotero spoke about how the game-changing nature of season 9 allowed for the perfect opportunity to introduce them and give fans who may be having doubts about Andrew Lincoln’s exit that the show is coming back with stronger stories than ever.
Of course, while The Whisperers is one of the more beloved storylines in the comic books, in typical Walking Dead fashion it will undergo some changes seeing that Carl Grimes played a huge part in their story. Since he is no longer on the show, someone else will have to take his place, which will certainly add some extra intrigue. Fans certainly were feeling a bit of Negan fatigue this past couple of seasons, and while Jeffery Dean Morgan will be back in season 9, introducing The Whisperers and Washington D.C. and a new mystery group called “Toledo” seems to be a step in the right direction.
You can watch the full trailer below!
The Walking Dead returns for season 9 on October 7th, 2018 at 9:00 pm EST.