By the time the mid-season finale of AMC The Walking Dead "Evolution" rolled its credits, our survivors had learned a very tragic and devastating truth–they're now 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).
With a backdrop like that–as well as some real-world bad news for Walking Dead fans yesterday–you could understand why we found ourselves both loving and disturbed by AMC's "Where's Waldo" spoof that invites eager eyeballs to help answer a question (answer key below) that has much more disturbing implications for our survivors:
Up until now, we thought Alpha's little sewing lesson was the most disturbing promo we would see for the upcoming midseason return:
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.
So, did you find the Whisperer? It wasn't that hard! It was the clown!
[ED: Trust us. It's the clown. Too creepy to be otherwise. Go for a head shot.]
AMC's The Walking Dead makes its midseason return to the network on Sunday, February 10, 2019, at 9 p.m. ET; and is available now for subscribers to AMC Premiere.