***UPDATE*** Now with fancy new YouTube video…
After the mideseason finale of AMC's The Walking Dead ('Evolution' – which feels like generations ago), our survivors learned a very tragic and devastating truth: they're facing an enemy unlike any they've ever faced before: The Whisperers, with leader Alpha (Samantha Morton), second-in-command Beta (Ryan Hurst), and Alpha's teenage daughter Lydia (Cassady McClincy) claiming their first victim: Jesus (Tom Payne).
So now that we've seen and heard Michonne (Danai Gurira), Daryl (Norman Reedus), and Carol's (Melissa McBride) side of things – what about those Whisperers? What's their side of the story? In the following teaser for the long-running series' midseason return for the back-half of season 9, Alpha makes her case simply and directly in an almost Hemingway-esque way – if Ernest Hemingway wore walker skin and killed without compassion (something we might have missed on his Wikipedia page):
"Your people crossed into our land. Your people killed our people. There will be conflict. I am Alpha."
The second half of "The Walking Dead" Season 9 finds our groups of survivors, both old and new, continuing to deal with the impact of events that took place during the six years that have passed. Since the disappearance of Rick, many of these characters have become strangers to each other, and in some ways, strangers to themselves.
What they do know is that they are in undeniable danger. They will soon realize the world just beyond does not operate as they thought. The group's rules and ways of survival no longer guarantee their safety. A whole new threat has crossed their paths, and they soon discover it's unlike any threat they have encountered or endured before. The group will start to question what they think they see. What may appear to be normal in this post-apocalyptic world could actually be more disturbing and terrifying than when the apocalypse first broke out. All that is certain is the stakes are high and numerous.
Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, "The Walking Dead" tells the story of the months and years after a zombie apocalypse and follows a group of survivors who travel in search of a safe and secure home. The series is executive produced by chief content officer Scott M. Gimple, showrunner Angela Kang, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Dave Alpert, Greg Nicotero, Tom Luse and Denise Huth.
AMC's The Walking Dead makes its midseason return on Sunday, February 10, 2019, at 9 p.m. ET.