'The Walking Dead' Mid-Season 9 Premiere Title & Synopsis Revealed

The title and synopsis of The Walking Dead Mid-Season Nine premiere episode has been revealed.

The Walking Dead Episode 9x09 will be titled, "Adaptation." The official synopsis for Adaptation reads, "The group unmasks a disturbing and dangerous new thread. An escaped captive revisits his past."

The AMC zombie show ended on a grim note with its final episode for 2018. In it, Paul "Jesus" Rovia became the first victim of the Whisperers when the villainous group made their presence known. The character was slain by a human covered in walker flesh, walking among the dead until he pulled out a sword to strike his enemy. Moving forward, the Whisperers will be a threat unlike any on The Walking Dead before them.

They will quite literally "unmask" the new foe, learning that living people are blending in with the dead to use them as weapons and disguise themselves for attacks. As the show moves forward, Samantha Morton will be revealed as the actress behind Whisperer leader Alpha with her second in command Beta being portrayed by Sons of Anarchy and Remember the Titans alum Ryan Hurst.

"I'm really excited about the cast we have," The Walking Dead showrunner Kang explained to ComicBook.com. "Samantha Morton and Ryan Hurst as Alpha and Beta. I just think they brought so much energy and intensity already to the process, like in such a great way. And I think we get to tell a bit of a story that is sort of a mystery. I think in many ways they're the most formidable group that we've come across because they have the power of zombies behind them. So that's something that I'm really excited for people to see."

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Fans of Robert Kirkman's comics have a pretty good idea of what to expect from the villains as they develop on the series -- and it's going to be deadly.

The Walking Dead returns for the back half of its ninth season on February 10, 2019 at 9 pm ET. Fear the Walking Dead will return for its fifth season in 2019. For complete coverage and insider info all year long, follow @BrandonDavisBD on Twitter and watch ComicBook.com's After The Dead each Sunday night following new episodes.