Spoilers beneath for anybody not caught up with The Strolling Lifeless via the episode “Time For After,” in addition to a lot of the comedian guide sequence.
Final night time’s episode of The Strolling Lifeless spent numerous time exhibiting viewers how wrecked Eugene’s life is contained in the Sanctuary, in addition to how wrecked Daryl made things together with his rogue plotting. Because it usually goes, nonetheless, it was a smaller element that caught viewers’ eyes and provided essentially the most fascinating avenue for hypothesis; at the very least for comedian guide followers. Simply earlier than Rick obtained his worrying view of the Sanctuary’s quiet exterior, we might have seen some massive foreshadowing to the creepy-as-hell villains that decision themselves The Whisperers.
At any time when Rick and Jadis’ group made it to the water tower publish, they handed a really fascinating sight that, even when it did not particularly reference The Whisperers, nonetheless mirrored one other massive comedian second within the post-Conflict narrative involving a character’s death. The publish’s lookout was hanging the other way up and being chomped on by walkers, and after Rick lowered him to the bottom, we may see that the dude’s face had been fully taken off of his cranium, which is the sort of factor that occurred loads every time the Whisperers had been round, since their gnarly strategy is carrying walkers’ pores and skin over their very own, in order that they mix in higher. However is that what was occurring right here?
Within the Professional column, we are able to record that this dude’s face seems fairly cleanly sliced off, versus being savagely chomped on by walkers. There are obvious examples of faces getting focused by zombie bites, however the undead do not usually goal to tear brow flesh off earlier than chowing down on seen arm meat; and it was arm meat they seemed to be munching on when Rick interrupted them. Plus, it has been recurrently speculated that Jadis and her junkyard group end up becoming the Whisperers not directly, so it could be no coincidence that they had been round every time this faceless character was discovered. Jadis did appear to have some further concern when wanting round and surveying the world.
The Whisperers aren’t launched within the comics till past the post-Conflict time soar, which is not assured to go down within the TV sequence in the exact same way, in order that would not make a present look too out of left subject for the timeline. Granted, it might be awkward to have this new villainous group be so near everybody else with out inflicting a scene…however then being undetected is strictly what offers the Whisperers their moxie.
In fact, the Con column can also be fairly convincing, just because there seemingly is not any bodily or visible proof past the faceless man that wholly helps the Whisperers’ presence inside The Strolling Lifeless‘s universe. It is doable that lookout’s pores and skin may need been too recent for the Whisperers to make use of as a masks, since we’re undecided when he was turned. And any ideas of Jadis changing into the chief Alpha most likely do not pan out if the group is already on the market whereas Jadis remains to be rocking the Trash Mad Max look.
However then possibly that is only the start of the Whisperers. Perhaps the live-action villains are branching out from the present’s present villain inventory, and so they have not but perfected the artwork of tailoring walker-suits. A number of episodes again, that one Savior made point out of putting Ezekiel’s head on a stick, one thing that very instantly referred to the Whisperers’ lethal methods within the comedian. Maybe he was a part of a fringe group trying to escape the Saviors’ present life-style in a approach that retains them undetected from the surface world. I hope no one in Group Household indicators up for that.
Nevertheless it goes, we’re not really anticipating any massive solutions to return at any level within the close to future. However we’ll be watching when The Strolling Lifeless‘s midseason finale airs on AMC on Sunday, December 10, at 9:00 p.m. ET. To see what reveals you can hunker down with when all of the walkers are hibernating for the winter, head to our fall TV premiere schedule and our 2018 midseason premiere schedule.