One villain seems to never be enough for fans of The Walking Dead.
After itching and scratching for Negan's debut throughout Season 6 after meeting the character in issue #100 of The Walking Dead comics, many viewers of the AMC series are already eager to meet Alpha and the Whisperers (who didn't come along until issue #130).
The Whisperers are a group which wears the skin of the dead and walks among them, keeping their voices to a minimum volume in an effort to blend in. They have no rules among their own but are firm in marking their territory, serving as one of The Walking Dead comics' deadliest enemies to Rick Grimes.
Several teases of the group have been dropped by the AMC series, playing with expectations from fans despite not actually introducing the group, but none has ever been more evident than Season 3's Morgan-centric Clear episode. In the episode which saw Morgan all but completely outside of his own mind, the Atlanta survivor tells Rick he saw "people wearing dead people's faces."
Speaking to Lennie James in an exclusive interview, ComicBook.com asked the Morgan Jones actor if the line was in reference to the popular group from Robert Kirkman's comics. As it turns out, he genuinely does not know.
"In all honesty, I cannot tell you," Jones said. "That's not to say that it's a no, but it could be one of those where it happened, it's just that Scott [Gimple] hasn't told me yet. So, in all honesty I can't answer that question because I don't have that knowledge."
Showrunner Scott Gimple, who happened to write the Clear episode, has also opened up on the subject with ComicBook.com, pointing out that the Season 3 episode aired ahead of the Whisperers' introduction in the comics.
"That definitely predated my knowledge of the Whisperers, because they were not at all in the book yet," Gimple said. "Maybe that could wind up being a reference."
"It was at least a year away," Gimple points out. Still, the showrunner teases there might be a tie. "But you never know. Even though it predated my own knowledge of the Whisperers, maybe I was tuned into idea space..."
"Who knows," Gimple said. "Maybe that could wind up being a reference."
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