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The Whisperers

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The Whisperers

"My people, the Whisperers - we live as nature intended."

A group of survivors introduced after the Time Skip following the war with the Saviors. Their existence is unknown to the other Washington communities.

  • Arc Villain: They're the main antagonists starting with the mid-Season 9 finale.
  • The Dreaded: Their hiding amongst the dead dramatically increases the threat level of walkers even after nearly a decade of the communities dealing with them.
  • Dwindling Party: Not just because of the community survivors, mind you. Alpha and Beta show no qualms about offing some of their own if they do not follow their rules.
  • Hero Killer: They make their introduction by killing Jesus. In "The Calm Before", they then up the ante by killing ten combat-proficient survivors, including Enid, Tara, and Henry. Dante, a spy planted in Alexandria then kills Siddiq.
  • Not Using the "Z" Word: They call the zombies "guardians", because they use them as a shield and as camouflage.
  • Pretend We're Dead: They like to dress themselves up in walker skins, as a disguise from both the living and the dead.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When faced with a ferocious, blizzard-happy winter during their first cold season in their new territory, the Whisperers have to flee further south.
  • We Have Reserves: They easily have a few hundred in their ranks. Lydia says that just half of them would be enough to overwhelm and destroy Hilltop, the most prosperous community in the Washington area.


"... if the Alpha doesn't assert herself, there's chaos."
Portrayed By: Samantha Morton

"I've seen how you live. I've walked your streets. It's a joke. Your communities are a shrine to a long dead world."

The Leader of the Whisperers.

  • Abusive Parents: She beats Lydia and has left her with extensive bruises and scars, and has also lied to and manipulated her daughter.
  • Adaptational Ugliness: She is visibly disheveled compared to the comic book version. She does look pretty nice when she cleans up to disguise in "The Calm Before", however.
  • Age Lift: Judging by the comic’s art, Comic!Alpha appeared to be a somewhat younger woman than her TV counterpart.
  • Bad Boss: If you are a Whisperer who isn’t Beta, you are just as likely to be treated as poorly by Alpha as she treats her enemies.
    • She callously orders Frances to bring newborn baby to the face-off with Hilltop to use as insurance against Hilltop’s firearms, and orders her to abandon it to the walkers.
    • She kills a random Whisperer who catches her crying to prevent others from seeing her as weak.
    • Another random Whisperer who argues that they just wipe out the communities with their horde and get it over with gets publicly humiliated and then slowly cut into pieces by her and Beta.
  • Bald of Evil: For starters, she leads people who pretend to be walkers in order to ambush other people. Then it's revealed that she's also an abusive parent.
  • Bald Woman: She has no head hair, having shaved it off during the early days of the apocalypse.
  • Big Bad: As The Leader of the Whisperers, she serves this role from mid-Season 9 onwards.
  • Cold Ham: She manages to be dramatic and a real showman even when whispering.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: She's both the series' first Big Bad who Rick doesn't encounter as well as the first female one. note . Also one to Negan, her immediate predecessor. While Negan is loud, jovial, and constantly cracking jokes even while doing horrendous things, Alpha speaks softly and is always serious. Negan wanted to rebuild society, albeit in a harsh and demented way that put himself above everyone else, while Alpha believes the old world is gone and it is foolish to try to revive it, instead choosing to live among the dead with a hierarchy akin to animals. And despite his brutality Negan also had a few redeeming qualities such as his refusal to allow his men to rape, soft-spot for children, and general dislike of killing more than necessary, all of which Alpha completely lacks.
  • The Dreaded: Fully in effect after the pike massacre. The communities begin fearing her and fully respect the boundaries she set for her territory until they have no other choice but to cross through.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: As an abusive parent, she has a very... complex relationship with her daughter. She does outright face down Hilltop with her mask off to try to get Lydia back, but continues to hit and abuse her daughter once she’s been returned. She later threatens to kill Lydia if the latter proves too weak to kill Henry, though it's implied to be just a bluff. It becomes apparent that Alpha has some semblance of love for her daughter when she entrusts Daryl to look after Lydia and give her a better life in the communities; the loss is enough to make Alpha cry. "We Are the End of the World" reveals that Alpha has built a shrine to honor Lydia and has even held on to the toy rabbit that Lydia carried around as a child, seven years after Lydia herself no longer needed it. She then tearfully confesses to Beta that while Lydia is not the strong daughter she had hoped for, she is still her daughter and she's still completely torn up over losing her, and could never bring herself to actually kill her.
  • Evil Virtues: If there’s one thing you can say about Alpha, it’s that she seems to honor her agreements. At the stand-off with Hilltop, she outlines her terms, doesn’t try to pull any fast ones, safely returns Alden and Luke in exchange for her daughter, and leaves. After outlining her territory, she appears to have honored the boundaries she set and doesn’t appear to have dealt any further damage to the communities since they steered clear as she wished. Once they do cross into her land, however, she begins a long term plot to wipe out the communities slowly and painfully, but denies any involvement in the chain of seemingly random calamities that befall the heroes.
  • Foil: To Carol. Both were ordinary housewives with a husband and a daughter who adapted to the apocalypse in very different ways. Whereas pre-apocalypse Carol had an abusive husband, it was Alpha who was the abusive parent and her own husband seems absolutely terrified of her. Also, while Alpha shaving her head symbolizes her growing comfort with the new world order, Carol eventually becomes comfortable enough through her marriage to Ezekiel to grow her hair out to its natural length. The similarities between the two women are lampshaded by their children, as Lydia even says Henry describing Carol sounds a lot like her own mother.
    Lydia: You don't mess with her, either.
    • Later, when infiltrating the fair at the Kingdom, she pretends to be a polite and unassuming woman named Debbie, which isn't too far off from Carol's Suzy Homemaker facade when the group first arrived at Alexandria.
    • Compare Alpha murdering Carol's son to Carol lending a hand to Alpha's daughter.
  • Hero Killer: She murders Tara and Enid (main characters), as well as Henry (a Fake Guest Star in the second half of Season 9) and seven others in a single episode.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Lydia mentions that she does not lead the Whisperers in confronting large groups of survivors like the Washington communities unless she has no other choice.
  • Mama Bear: Despite her treatment of Lydia, she still cares for her safety and is willing to take on Beta (a man easily twice her size) to protect her.
  • Meaningful Name: She's The Leader of her group.
  • Mood-Swinger: She can go from showing genuine affection for her daughter to belittling her at the drop of a hat. A good example is in "We Are the End of the World" when she expresses pride over Lydia saying that she wants to be strong like her mother... only to immediately add that she had better, lest she risk getting left behind.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • She doesn't kill Frances after the latter causes trouble while herding walkers and instead comforts her, since she now knows how it feels to lose a child.
    • She insists on avoiding any bloodshed during the border meeting in "Ghosts", and her response to the communities crossing into her territory three times is to ask for more land.
    • Downplayed when Alpha doesn't retaliate after Carol attempts to shoot her (only being stopped at the last second by Michonne), since Alpha's taunt about how Henry screamed for Carol in his last moments is what causes Carol to react in the first place.
  • Toothy Issue: Her teeth aren't in great shape, especially the front ones which are decaying.
  • Villainous Friendship: She has a close friendship with Beta, who she regularly confides in and entrusts several important duties to. When Beta tries to talk to her after Lydia leaves, Alpha calmly tells him she wants to be alone, and he understands and leaves. Compare that to her reaction to when another Whisperer catches her crying a few seconds later.
  • Villains Never Lie: To her credit, during the stand-off with Hilltop, she doesn’t pull any fast ones, makes clear her demand for her daughter, and leaves in peace once the exchange is done. She also honors her boundaries with the communities.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Besides her Domestic Abuse of Lydia, she specifically brings one of her minions to the faceoff with Hilltop because she has a baby, using the child as insurance in case Hilltop attempts to gun them down. Later, she orders the Whisperer to leave her crying baby to a herd of walkers. Her total nonchalance in doing so strongly implies they've done this before. Among the ten people she decapitates to mark the Whisperers' territory, three (Rodney, Addy, and Henry) were teenagers.
    Alpha: If the mother can't quiet the child, then the dead will.


"I am the end of the world."
Portrayed By: Ryan Hurst

"You and your people are nothing to me. Your world is already dead."

Alpha's second-in-command among the Whisperers.

  • Adaptational Early Appearance: Beta debuts a bit earlier than his comic counterpart, as he first appears in the comics a while after the events of the fair, which the show did not depict until a few episodes after his debut.
  • Adaptation Expansion: As a consequence of Adaptational Early Appearance, he gets more to do than in the comics by default; most prominently, he gets a major fight scene with Daryl. He also gets a much more detailed backstory than his comic counterpart, including his first meeting with Alpha.
  • Bad Boss: He can be just as brutal to his underlings as Alpha if they fail him or even if they just happen to be in the way. When he decides he wants to get rid of Negan, he kills a Whisperer traveling with them not only so that the horde will lose focus and turn on and devour Negan, but because said Whisperer had earlier offered Negan some dinner after Beta specifically told Negan he hadn't earned the right to eat yet.
  • Badass Longcoat: Wears a black leather trench coat with red lining. It flows magnificently during his fight with Daryl.
  • Beard of Evil: He has a massive beard that prevents him from wearing a full Whisperer mask.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Don’t challenge Alpha or her rules or you risk getting an arm broken off at best.
    • In a flashback, he snaps at Alpha when she tries to remove his mask, after previously having been rather accommodating towards her.
  • The Brute: He's large and is the powerhouse of the Whisperers.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Beta proves to be quite wily as he figures out the ambush set for him and keeps Daryl on his toes during their entire fight.
  • The Comically Serious: His interactions with Negan lead to some hilarious moments as the latter quickly gets under the regularly stone-faced Beta's skin.
  • Disney Villain Death: Daryl ends up shoving him down an elevator shaft during their fight. It's subverted once it turns out that Beta survived the fall.
  • The Dragon: Alpha's top enforcer.
  • The Dreaded: The other Whisperers are shown to cower before him, and he’s thus become Alpha’s greatest weapon. Lydia is also terrified when Daryl plans to try to kill him, clearly believing it to be impossible.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: He has a deep, menacing voice which sounds even scarier due to his whispering.
  • The Faceless: Flashbacks in "We Are the End of the World" show that he was already wearing a ski mask during his and Alpha's first meeting. When he finally permits Alpha to remove his mask near the end of the episode, we still don't see his face.
  • Genius Bruiser: Beta has the brains to prove why he’s The Dragon to Alpha. He points out that Henry being held prisoner is a liability since Hilltop will likely attack them to rescue him, realizes Lydia likely has an attachment to Henry, and is able to pick apart Daryl and Connie’s ambush as he goes.
  • Gentle Giant: At least around Alpha and Whisperers he seems to genuinely care about. The rest of the time, he’s a nightmarishly powerful brute.
  • Large and in Charge: At 6'4", he towers over the rest of the Whisperers and is Alpha's right-hand man to boot.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He has the speed to match the sheer brute strength he packs.
  • Made of Iron: He survives falling several stories down an elevator shaft.
  • Meaningful Name: He's the Number Two of his group.
  • Number Two: He is Alpha's deputy among the Whisperers.
  • One-Man Army:
    Lydia: [Alpha] won’t send an army: she’ll send Beta.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • He's shown gently reassuring a dying Whisperer that he'll always be one of them and summons his wife to be with her husband while he dies.
    • When Alpha and Lydia first arrived in the asylum where he was living alone, he permitted them to stay the night and allowed them to clean up and look for food.
  • Promotion to Opening Titles: In Season 10.
  • Submissive Badass: He’s twice Alpha’s size and an intelligent, ruthless leader in his own right, but he visibly shakes in fear when Alpha asks if he wishes to challenge her for leadership.
  • Villain Has a Point:
    • Beta points out to Daryl that if Lydia had been surrendered to the Whisperers, they wouldn’t have killed anymore of their people.
    • He’s been able to keep good tabs on the goings-on of the Whisperers better than his leader. He realizes some Whisperers envy the peaceful, normal life Hilltop enjoys and knows it could spell disaster for the group; he recognizes that Alpha is being too merciful when she shouldn’t be, and sure enough, she nearly gets killed by Frances for it; and he spells it out that Lydia is not coming back to her.
    • He’s quick to realize that Negan should not be trusted; the audience already knows that Negan can be a completely unpredictable force of nature when he wants to be, but Alpha decides to accept him into their ranks regardless.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He throws around Henry like a rag-doll and is fully prepared to break his arm off if Alpha orders him to. He also goes along with Alpha's bluff to kill Lydia if she doesn't kill Henry when asked.


Portrayed By: Cassady McClincy

A teenage Whisperer captured by Hilltop, Lydia is revealed to be Alpha's daughter who has suffered years of physical and mental abuse at the hands of her mother.

  • Abusive Parents: Alpha beats Lydia and has left her with extensive bruises and scars. Alpha has also lied to and manipulated her daughter into thinking it was her father who was abusive during her childhood and into thinking he was killed by a walker when it was really Alpha who murdered him for trying to take Lydia from her.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Blonde in the comics, brunette in the show.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: In the early days of the outbreak, she watched her mother murder two people (one of whom was Lydia's own father), and it presumably only got worse from there.
  • Death Seeker: Feeling responsible for the pike massacre, she wanders off alone during a trek to Hilltop and nearly allows a walker to bite her before being interrupted by Carol. She later tries convincing Carol to do the job herself by bringing up Henry's death, but Carol refuses and instead invites Lydia back to Alexandria with them.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Appears to have fully defected from the Whisperers and is currently at Alexandria.
  • Never Learned to Read: She is revealed to be illiterate in "Lines We Cross", presumably due to having been so young at the start of the apocalypse and Alpha seeing no reason to teach her otherwise.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Decides to abandon the Whisperers after Alpha tries to have her kill Henry and threatens to have Beta kill them both if she does not.
  • Ship Tease: She thanks Henry for standing up to Daryl for her and even tells him her name, something she previously refused to do with Daryl, Michonne, and Tara. Later, Lydia asks Henry to stay the night with her so she isn't alone, and even kisses him goodbye when she decides to return to her people. Unfortunately, that ship is promptly sunk with Henry's death in the penultimate episode of the season.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Though not by choice. Thanks to her mother's manipulation, she believed for years that her father was an Abusive Parent who terrorized her mother, when it was really the other way around.


Mary / "Gamma"

Portrayed By: Thora Birch

A Whisperer who is protective of Alpha.

  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Subverted. She coldly tells Frances that she should have left her behind when given the chance and later feeds her to a pack of walkers to save Alpha. However, we later see that she actually feels remorse for doing it. She also trades Aaron information about the location of Alpha's horde for the chance to see her nephew, who is the only family she has left.
  • Evil Redhead: She has red hair and is a member of the villainous Whisperers.
  • Given Name Reveal: Her real name is Mary.
  • Mook Promotion: Alpha rewards Gamma for saving her life by making her third-in-command of the Whisperers.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Beta points out that Alpha is trying to fill the void left by Lydia.



Portrayed By: Emily Lane and Juliet Brett

Gamma's sister.

  • Alas, Poor Villain: It's hard not to feel sorry for her especially when it's revealed that she was the one who had to abandon her baby at Hilltop on Alpha's orders.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: "We Are the End of the World" reveals it was she who brought her baby to the standoff with Hilltop in "Bounty".
  • Devoured by the Horde: Gamma throws her to the walkers to save Alpha.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: The "evil" part is debatable since we don't learn too much about her, but she is absolutely devastated by the loss of her child, enough that it causes her to snap and attack Alpha, which unfortunately leads to her own death instead. She also seems to love her sister Mary.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: She gets a small amount of characterization before perishing in her second episode.

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