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A group of survivors introduced after the Time Skip following the war with the Saviors. They disguise themselves using walker skins as mask which hide their scent from the dead, and they communicate with each other even while traveling with walkers by whispering. Under Alpha's guiding creed, they seek to continuously expand their massive horde of walkers they are able to command and destroy any holdouts of civilization, believing all must return to living like animals and that humanity is dead. Their existence is unknown to the other Washington communities until they migrate to their territory. When the survivors cross into the territory claimed by Alpha, it begins a long, brutal cold war between survivors seeking to honor Rick Grimes's legacy and hope for a future and Alpha's horde of the dead.
- Arc Villain: They're the main antagonists from the mid-Season 9 finale to the sixteenth episode of Season 10.
- Disc-One Final Boss: A bizarre example. They were intended to be the Final Boss of Season 10 when "A Certain Doom" was still supposed to be the finale. Thanks to Season 10 being extended in the wake of Season 11 being pushed back due to COVID-19, the Whisperers are instead eliminated with an additional six episodes left to go in the season.
- The Dreaded: Their hiding among the dead dramatically increases the threat level of walkers even after nearly a decade of the communities dealing with them. The sheer scale of their horde and the pike massacre quickly scares the communities into accepting the Whisperers as neighbours, knowing they are unable to defeat such a formidable foe with their current numbers and dwindling resources.
- 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. By the end of "A Certain Doom", Beta and everyone else are wiped out along with their horde, with Lydia being the only survivor thanks to her HeelFace Turn.
- Genuine Human Hide: A given since their masks are made from the skins of walkers, who were once living, breathing people.
- Hero Killer: They make their introduction by killing Jesus. They then up the ante in "The Calm Before" by killing ten survivors from the various allied communities: Ozzy, Alek, DJ, Frankie, Tammy Rose, Rodney, Addy, Enid, Tara, and Henry. In "The World Before", Siddiq is killed by Dante; in "Stalker", Laura is killed by Beta; and in "Walk With Us", reformed Whisperer Gamma, a.k.a. Mary, is also murdered by Beta. Earl Sutton is also bitten by a member of their horde and commits suicide in the same episode (only to fail and be put down by Judith). Finally in "A Certain Doom", Beatrice is stabbed by a Whisperer who drags her into their horde to be devoured alongside her and Hilltop resident Oscar is killed by a Whisperer who threw a knife into his chest.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: They end Season 9 victorious but are finally dealt with once and for all by the sixteenth episode of Season 10.
- Karmic Death: Most of the Whisperers are devoured by their own horde, and Lydia, who Alpha had tried to prepare to take over the Whisperers for her one day, is the one to lead them to a cliff to fall to their doom.
- Logical Weakness: Blending in amongst a horde of the undead is a major advantage, especially in a world overrun with them, but being surrounded by them means any falter in their disguise will have immediate consequences. A Whisperer making too much noise or getting wounded has been frequently shown to grab the attention of their current herd and immediately leads to that Whisperers demise. This is one of the biggest factors in their downfall during the final battle: the gang has adapted and can now pick out the Whisperers from the walkers, and they proceed to locate and wound the Whisperers, thinning the herd of walkers as they divert their attention to the screaming sacks of fresh meat and condemning the last remaining Whisperers to be devoured by their own army.
- Malevolent Masked Men: And women.
- 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.
- Team Killer: Alpha and Beta drop a combined total of six of their own Whisperers on-screen.
- 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. And thats not even counting the colossal horde at their command. Alpha and Beta also have no qualms about killing their underlings since theyll just join the horde. However, Carols actions in the cave and the Battle of Hilltop put just enough of a dent in their hordes numbers that Alpha becomes intent on replenishing her hordes ranks. That said, as the final episodes of Season 10 show, the remainder of the horde is still positively monstrous in size.
Portrayed By: Samantha Morton
Voiced By: Ana María Marí (Spanish dub), Hiroko Kiso (Japanese dub), Maria Jany (German dub), Nathalie Bienaimé (French dub), Barbara De Bortoli (Italian dub), Dana Černá (Czech dub), Kitty Mezei (Hungarian dub)
The Leader of the Whisperers. Before the apocalypse she was already a nasty piece of work, being brutally abusive to her daughter Lydia as early as her infancy, only to lie and delude Lydia into thinking her father was the abusive one. After their hiding spot was compromised and after she killed her husband, Alpha fled with Lydia into the world. She eventually formed a cult following among people who returned to living as "animals" and disguising themselves with walker skin masks.
When Lydia was captured at Hilltop, Alpha bargained for her retrieval, and began plotting against Hilltop and any communities they were allied with. Henry ended up incurring her wrath after rescuing Lydia from her camp. Alpha soon made her way to the community fair and massacred ten survivors - Henry among them - to mark her territory, threatening to wipe out the communities with her massive horde should they ever cross her land again. Alpha's twisted love for her daughter, however, only exacerbated her obsession with the communities and the threat they posed to her way of life.
- Abusive Parents: She beats Lydia and has left her with extensive bruises and scars, and has also lied to and manipulated her daughter.
- Adaptation Expansion: Gets a more detailed backstory than in the comics, including flashbacks to the start of the outbreak and her first meeting with Beta.
- Adaptational Badass: We never actually saw Comic!Alpha in action. Here, she manages to hold her own in a brief fight with Daryl and wounds him severely enough that he might have died if not for Lydia.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: While she's otherwise every bit as vile as her comic counterpart, this version of Alpha doesn't allow the men in her group to rape Lydia and the other women in the camp in a twisted effort to make them "stronger".
- Adaptational Ugliness: She is visibly filthy and disheveled compared to the comic book version. She does look pretty nice when she cleans up to disguise in "The Calm Before", however.
- Adaptational Villainy: Her comic counterpart never once considered killing Lydia, as TV!Alpha decides on in her last episode.
- Age Lift: Judging by the comics art, Comic!Alpha appeared to be a somewhat younger woman than her TV counterpart.
- Alas, Poor Villain: While undeniably an Asshole Victim her death is shown in a rather human light.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: She's clearly taken with Negan's confident, "no bullshit" attitude.
- Ambiguous Disorder: There's clearly something not right in the head with her, even before the apocalypse. She confesses to Beta that when Lydia was an infant, she stood by and watched with borderline fascination as she nearly suffocated to death while tangled in a plastic tarp.
- And Starring: Samantha Morton gets the "with" credit in the opening titles of Seasons 9 and 10.
- And Then John Was a Zombie: Her decapitated head reanimates and is eventually put out of its misery by Beta in "Look at the Flowers".
- Asshole Victim: While not without a few humanizing traits, in the end she was an abusive, psychotic mass murderer who thoroughly deserved her fate at the hands of Negan.
- Ax-Crazy: A less obvious example than most given her soft-spoken demeanor, but still present. The look on her face when she realizes that the boy who "corrupted" her daughter is among the ones captured in the barn says it all.
- Bad Boss: If you are a Whisperer who isnt 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 Hilltops 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: Completely bald and very, very evil.
- Bald Woman: She has no head hair, having shaved it off during the early days of the apocalypse.
- Berserk Button: She gets visibly angered when Daryl says that she doesn't love Lydia.
- She also hates it when Lydia calls her "Mama."
- Beyond Redemption: In the moments before Alpha's death, Negan (knowing he's leading her to her doom) seems to genuinely be trying to talk her out of killing Lydia. It's only when Alpha affirms it is Lydia's destiny to die that he realizes she is truly beyond saving.
- Big Bad: As The Leader of the Whisperers, she serves this role from mid-Season 9 until the twelfth episode of Season 10.
- Character Death: Negan slashes her throat in "Walk With Us".
- Cold Ham: Impressively, 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 soft-spot for children and general dislike of killing more than necessary, both of which Alpha completely lacks.
- Dead Person Conversation: A hallucination of her appears to Carol in "Look at the Flowers", taunting her about all the people she's lost and how her quest for vengeance has come at the cost of alienating everyone around her.
- Decapitation Presentation: Negan gifts her reanimated head to Carol, which she then leaves atop one of the pikes as a big "fuck you" to the Whisperers for doing the same to Henry.
- Didn't See That Coming: She's caught totally off-guard by Negan slashing her throat and dies with a look of shock and confusion on her face.
- Dies Differently in Adaptation: Downplayed. While her manner of death is the same in both mediums (caught off-guard and throat slashed by Negan), the show goes a bit further and ups the tension by having Negan first lead her to a cabin where he claims to have Lydia imprisoned, only to reveal it's a ruse to get her alone and kill Alpha before she can react.
- Dies Wide Open: Her eyes remain open as she bleeds out.
- Disc-One Final Boss: In Season 10. She's killed before the end of the Whisperer arc while Beta and the walker horde remain at large.
- Domestic Abuser: Implied. Her husband was terrified but not exactly shocked when he witnessed her kill a young man at the Baltimore camp.
- 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: Her love for Lydia is her only genuine redeeming quality. Though even that is downplayed by her being an Abusive Parent and later deciding to kill Lydia for entirely bullshit reasons.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": She insists Lydia and everyone else call her by her title, "Alpha", and her true name is never revealed.
- Evil Counterpart: 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.
- Like Carol she too has a strong friendship with a surly, feral man who embarks on a mission to fetch her child in Season 9.
- She and Carol also both send in spies to infiltrate each other's communities.
- Evil Virtues: If theres one thing you can say about Alpha, its that she seems to honor her agreements. At the stand-off with Hilltop, she outlines her terms, doesnt 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 doesnt 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.
- Fatal Flaw: Ironically, her love for Lydia is this, as keeping her alive leads to a whole mess of problems. If she had just unleashed the horde on the communities with Lydia there, it would have been impossible for them to fight back and for Carol to free Negan. Alpha lying to her people that she killed Lydia and keeping her survival a secret allows Negan to take her to a cabin in the middle of the woods alone with the promise of having captured Lydia, where he is able to catch Alpha off guard and kill her. For all of Alpha's cruelty, it's her one sliver of goodness that served as her downfall in the end.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Subverted. While The Governor and Negan were normal guys slowly broken down by the horrors of the apocalypse, Alpha is shown to have been a pretty nasty piece of work to begin with and only got worse from there.
- Hate Sink: Easily one of the most despicable people in the series, which is really saying something. The majority of her scenes involve at least one Kick the Dog moment, usually at the expense of Lydia or one of her followers (sans Beta). She's also an Abusive Parent who doesn't have any issue decapitating teenagers or leaving babies to be Eaten Alive by walkers.
- 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.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: A platonic example, with Beta. She's 5'3 and a lot smaller compared to her 6'4 right-hand man. It adds in an interesting layer to their dynamic and his complete subservience towards her.
- Hypocrite: So much.
- She orders Frances to leave her infant son to the walkers simply because he's crying too much, deeming it "natural selection". This is while they're in the middle of a deal to get Alpha's own kidnapped daughter back.
- She first acts out against the communities for crossing into her claimed territory, even though as the Whisperers are a nomadic group, their territory changes regularly. Alpha made no attempt to set claim to her supposed new territory but still acts as if she has been wronged. Animals mark their territory and defend it, but people are the ones who actively enforce borders, which flies in the face of Alphas bullshit about living like animals.
- At the meeting with Alexandrias leaders at the border, Alpha expects them to drop their weapons for the negotiation, but when Carol nearly shoots her, her entourage of Whisperers quickly draw numerous firearms.
- She gaslights the communities for crossing her border, but she has a spy in Alexandria working to covertly bring down the most powerful of the communities.
- Icy Blue Eyes: Samantha Morton's light blue eyes are a distinguishing feature and the show's production team specifically designed her Whisperer mask to emphasize them.
- If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten: She orders Lydia to kill Henry to prove her loyalty still lies with the pack.
- I Have No Daughter!: When Lydia says she no longer wants to be part of the Whisperers. Subverted because Alpha is clearly torn up over having to let her daughter go.Alpha: You're not one of us. You never were.
- I Have Your Wife: Uses Luke and Alden as bargaining chips to get Lydia back.
- I Shall Taunt You: She does this to Carol, twice. The first time at the border meeting where she provokes Carol into drawing her gun by smugly telling her how Henry died. The second time is a non-verbal example: she lures Carol (and the herd scouting party) into a trap simply by staring at Carol from a distance, thus causing the grieving mother to give into her blind rage and give chase. From the look on Alpha's face it's clear she is bragging about how she is walking around months after Henry's demise with her own head still attached and there's not a damn thing in the world Carol can do about it.
- Jerkass: Alpha doesn't even bother with the Faux Affably Evil mask used by other villains like The Governor or Negan. She's a cruel and thoroughly unpleasant human being, even to her own daughter — in fact, especially to her own daughter.
- Karmic Death: She's decapitated and her reanimated head is stuck on a pike, like all ten of her victims in "The Calm Before". What's more, she's killed by a man who infiltrated her group and gained her trust, similar to how Alpha disguised herself as an Alexandria resident to kidnap her victims by luring them into a false sense of security. She bleeds out from a neck-related wound, just like her husband Frank. She also dies two episodes after being stabbed in the middle of a fight, the same as Henry, whose mother Carol is revealed to be the one who put Negan up to kill her in the first place.
- Kill the Ones You Love: How she sees her decision to kill Lydia. Despite all her best efforts, she couldn't make Lydia into the Whisperer loyalist she wanted to take over leadership of the pack one day, so of course she has to die by the hands of her own mother.
- Kinslaying Is a Special Kind of Evil: What sets her apart from some of the show's previous antagonists like Shane, The Governor, and Negan. Shane cared for Lori and Carl, and The Governor and Negan are shown to still mourn their late wives (and, in The Governor's case, his late daughter). Alpha, meanwhile, murdered her husband for being too "weak" and trying to take Lydia from her, and later decides to kill Lydia herself in "Walk With Us". Downplayed as it's not out of any malice or disdain, but rather because she truly believes offing Lydia is the best thing she could do for her daughter at this point, even going so far as to consider it to be a Mercy Kill of sorts. It ends up sealing Alpha's doom, as Negan (justifiably) believes it to be a disgustingly heinous and unforgivable act, and murders her in response.
- Knife Nut: Slashes Daryl across the face and stabs him in the leg during their fight in "Stalker".
- 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.
- Love Is a Weakness: It may have been an abusive love, but she still met her end because she couldn't let her daughter go and live in peace.
- Lured into a Trap: By Negan in "Walk With Us", which results in her death. Negan captures Lydia and convinces Alpha he is keeping her daughter imprisoned in a secluded cabin in the middle of the woods... only it's a different cabin than where he's actually stashed Lydia, and Negan was only trying to get Alpha out of Whisperer territory so he could kill her, which he does.
- Machete Mayhem: She uses a machete to decapitate ten people while Siddiq is Forced to Watch.
- Make an Example of Them: Murders a couple who challenges her leadership to remind the other Whisperers why she's the Alpha. Later, she beheads several community residents (including the leader of Hilltop) to mark her territory and let them know once and for all that her threats are not to be taken lightly.
- 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.
- Manipulative Bitch: According to Lydia and Mary, she is prone to gaslighting and making people forget details about their pre-apocalypse lives in an attempt to get them to think as she does.
- 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.
- Moral Event Horizon: In-Universe. Negan tells Daryl he considered Alpha's decision to kill Lydia, her own flesh and blood, to be this.
- Nerves of Steel: She doesn't even flinch when Carol tries to shoot her. Possibly because she suspected it was coming after mocking Henry's death to her face, but still, if Michonne hadn't deflected the gun at the last second, Carol's assassination attempt would have been successful. Of course, the other Whisperers at the standoff had guns pointed on the Alexandrians, so Alpha knew she had the upper hand no matter what.
- Never My Fault: Blames the AHK residents for crossing into her territory and killing her people, ignoring that they didn't even know the Whisperers existed let alone that they were crossing into someone's land, and that it was actually the Whisperers who spilled first blood by murdering Jesus.
- Nightmare Fetishist: She insists on leaving her mask on during sex with Negan, referring to it as her "true skin." Negan, for his part, isn't bothered by it.
- No Name Given: As in the comics, we never find out her real name.
- Not Me This Time: She claims in Ghosts that she was not the cause of the 48-hour siege at Alexandria, and Lydia agrees that if Alpha was trying to kill them, shed send the entire horde. This change in tactics was a deliberate attempt to throw off her enemies since she likely surmised that Lydia would tell them that.
- Offing the Offspring: She intends on doing this to Lydia in "Walk With Us", reasoning that if Lydia can't be her successor to lead the Whisperers, then she's simply better off dead. Fortunately, Negan has other ideas...
- Off with Her Head!: She favors decapitation as a means of killing her victims, doing it to a rebellious Whisperer with a garrote wire and later to the pike victims by way of a machete. Fittingly, Negan (on Carol's orders) cuts her head off after killing her.
- Pet the Dog: While still quite the loathsome Jerkass, Alpha also has a handful of moments showing she's not a complete monster.
- She has a Villainous Friendship with Beta and later gets along with Negan rather well.
- 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 thrice is to ask for more land. She claims to consider context, implying she at least understands that the survivors only crossed her border out of desperation during the blizzard and to put out the wildfire that threatened their 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 that way in the first place.
- Delightfully, the last two end up being subverted since Alpha had already begun a long-term plan to wipe out the communities and only wanted to delay the violence until then.
- Sawed-Off Shotgun: She carries one, making her introduction pointing it at Alden and Luke after they walk into her trap. Ironically, we never actually see her use it once the entire time she's on the show. The first time the weapon is fired on-screen is by Negan to take out one of the Whisperers.
- Slashed Throat: How Negan finally kills her.
- Smug Snake: While she doesn't quite make the leap into Evil Gloating, there's no mistaking the tone in Alpha's voice as the hostage situation in "Bounty" unfolds in her favor. She's especially smug when Hilltop hands over Lydia like she wanted and can only watch as she slaps her daughter across the face for getting herself captured.
- The Social Darwinist: She orders Frances to leave her crying baby to be eaten by walkers, calling it "natural selection".
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: Her whispering only adds to her creepiness.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Barely. In the comics, it's her death that kicks off the actual Whisperer War. Here, she gets to oversee the first battle before being killed by Negan in the following episode.
- Surprisingly Sudden Death: She opens the door to what she thinks is the cabin containing Lydia, only to find it empty. Confused, she turns around to face Negan... who promptly slits her throat before Alpha can do or say anything.
- Til Murder Do Us Part: Killed her husband at the start of the outbreak.
- Toothy Issue: Her teeth aren't in great shape, especially the front ones which are decaying.
- The Unfought: Despite being an Evil Counterpart to Carol and killing her son Henry, the two never actually face-off in a physical fight. Aside from a few Death Glares throughout Season 10, they only directly interact once. Carol does play a part in Alpha's eventual death, though it's at Negan's hands, not hers.
- Ungrateful Bitch: Her response to hearing that the communities went out of their way to extinguish a massive fire that could have destroyed her land is to claim that it was all for naught, since the Whisperers have no conflict with nature.
- Villainous Crush: After Negan alerts her of Gamma's treachery, Alpha rewards the ex-Savior leader by having sex with him. According to Samantha Morton, Alpha sees Negan as the kind of man her husband never was. That ends quickly when Negan kills Alpha on Carol's orders.
- 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 doesnt pull any fast ones, makes clear her demand for her daughter, and leaves in peace once the exchange is done. Its subverted later when she turns out to have no intention of honoring her border with the communities and from the very night of the pike massacre was preparing for her long-term plan of wiping them out.
- Virtue Is Weakness: She claims this as her philosophy, but as Negan points out in "Walk With Us", it's largely mired in her own hypocrisy.
- We Wait: She is a patient woman and ultimately conspires to wipe out the communities after breaking them down with fear, mistrust, and sabotage.
- Despite telling Daryl both groups must remain on their sides of the border, shortly after the pike massacre, she sent Dante to go and plant himself in the communities so he could help bring down one of them (ultimately Alexandria) from within.
- She has Gamma dam up the creek that supplies Alexandria with fresh water, and also contaminate it with spilled walker entrails. Dante then breaks Alexandrias filters so that the community begins dying from drinking the water.
- She has a tree cut down to crash through Hilltops wall, intended to cause even more duress on the community which is already strained from taking in the Kingdom refugees.
- Despite Carol trying to shoot her at the border meeting, she claims to be reasonable and forgives the communities for crossing into her land and instead of more violence takes more land from them - specifically going after their hunting grounds to try to starve them out.
- Widow Woman: Albeit by her own doing.
- Would Harm a Senior: One of her decapitation victims is the elderly Tammy Rose.
- Would Hurt a Child: Besides her Domestic Abuse of Lydia, she specifically brings Frances to the standoff 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.
- Finally, and most powerfully, she tries to kill Lydia, her own daughter, in "Walk With Us". It's this which convinces Negan once and for all that Alpha is too far gone for any kind of redemption and must be put down.
- Would You Like to Hear How They Died?: A short but astonishingly brutal one to Carol in regards to her dead son, Henry.Alpha: The blonde boy... he screamed your name, just before we took his head.
Portrayed By: Ryan Hurst
Voiced By: Rafael Azcárraga (Spanish dub), Marco Kröger (German dub), Emmanuel Gradi (French dub), Massimo De Ambrosis (Italian dub), Radek Valenta (Czech dub), Balázs Láng (Hungarian dub)
Alpha's second-in-command among the Whisperers. When Daryl, Henry, and Connie rescue Lydia from the Whisperers, Beta is sent to retrieve Alphas daughter. Though he loses his ensuing fight with Daryl, he recovers and bears witness to Alpha threatening the communities with annihilation by way of their horde.
- 0% Approval Rating: Its implied a lot of the Whisperers arent particularly happy to have him in charge after Alphas death. Several outright submit to Negan as the new leader, and another tries to flee after realizing how far his sanity is slipping in The Tower. Negan observes in Walk With Us that Beta simply does not have the charisma that Alpha had meaning he would likely never be the revered leader she is.
- 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.
- Adaptational Badass: He kills far more people in the show than he does in the comics.
- 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.
- Adaptational Job Change: In the comics, he was a famous basketball player before the Zombie Apocalypse. His brief cameo on the cover of a vinyl album in Fear shows that in the TV show's universe he was instead a musician.
- For Daryl, who stands in the way of him retrieving Lydia for Alpha. Daryl is stunned to realize he didn't actually kill Beta after their initial fight, and makes up for it a season later by finishing him off for good.
- Also for Negan, who upstages Beta in Alpha's hierarchy and then kills Alpha herself.
- Asshole Victim: As the leader of a cult of crazed psychopaths, seeing him stabbed in both of his eyes by Daryl before being devoured by his own horde is one hell of a sight to behold.
- 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:
- Dont 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. He also slashes the throat of a Whisperer who recognizes his voice from his days as a country singer.
- He doesn't take kindly to being called the "new alpha" either. The first Whisperer to make this mistake is fed to Alpha's reanimated head while the second is nearly gutted by Beta himself.
- The Brute: He's large and is the powerhouse of the Whisperers.
- Celebrity Survivor: Before the apocalypse he was a legendary country singer who performed under the stage name Half Moon. Part of his face appears on an album cover in Fear the Walking Dead, and his voice can be heard on a record Magna is listening to in "What It Always Is".
- Character Death: Meets his end in "A Certain Doom", stabbed in both eyes by Daryl and eaten by his walker horde.
- 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.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Ryan Hurst filled in some of Beta's backstory on Talking Dead, specifically the reason why the character always wears a mask. Early in the apocalypse, Beta killed a home intruder out of self-defense. He was deeply shaken when he saw that the man he killed was wearing his band's T-shirt. Beta understood how beloved Half Moon was but also knew he was going to have to kill if he was to survive. From that point on he decided to cloak his identity to preserve Half Moon's image for anyone who may have known him before which also allowed him to remain anonymous while he did the dark things necessary to keep himself alive.
- Death by Adaptation: His comic counterpart narrowly survives the Whisperer War but returns awhile later to menace Aaron and Jesus before being shot dead. Here, he is definitively killed by Negan and Daryl during the final battle.
- Devoured by the Horde: His final fate. Unlike most examples, he happily welcomes it, smiling as he slowly vanishes beneath a sea of his undead followers.
- Dies Differently in Adaptation: His comic counterpart is gunned down by Aaron after the end of the Whisperer War.
- 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.
- Dissonant Serenity: He is disturbingly at peace being eaten by walkers in his last moments. Ryan Hurst likened his character's demise to that of Thich Quang Duc, the Vietnamese monk who lit himself on fire in protest of the Vietnam War and yet did not scream or panic as he slowly burned to death.
- Don't Call Me "Sir": He is not the new Alpha, and any Whisperer who refers to him as such may as well have signed their own death warrant.
- The Dragon: Alpha's top enforcer. Unlike other examples, he's fiercely loyal and would never betray his leader and it just makes him all the more dangerous.
- Dragon Ascendant: Takes over as The Leader of the Whisperers after Alpha's death.
- Dramatic Unmask: In his last moments, he's unmasked as Half Moon to Negan and Daryl. Negan is shocked, and Daryl doesn't care.
- The Dreaded: The other Whisperers are shown to cower before him, and hes thus become Alphas greatest weapon. Lydia is also terrified when Daryl plans to try to kill him, clearly believing it to be impossible.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Compared to the nigh-unstoppable killing machine from episodes such as "Chokepoint" and "Stalker", he is rather suddenly and unceremoniously taken out by Daryl in "A Certain Doom". Justified in three ways: one, he was so hell-bent on killing Negan that he let his guard down and gave Daryl the opportunity to sneak up on him; two, he was such a formidable opponent that getting the drop on him likely would have been the only way to kill him (something Daryl probably took to heart after his last, more direct, fight with Beta); and three, they were in the middle of the horde and an all-out brawl probably wouldn't have been possible without the interference of the walkers, thus warranting a quick demise.
- Dual Wielding: Carries two knives that he puts to use in combat or on missions, such as when he fights Daryl or when he infiltrates Alexandria to retrieve Mary.
- Eaten Alive: He doesn't mind, though.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": He was once known as Half Moon, but in the present he insists on being called Beta, and his true name is never revealed.
- Evil Is Bigger: Stands 6'4" and is one of the most dangerous foes the group has faced.
- Evil Sounds Deep: He has a deep, menacing voice which sounds even scarier due to his whispering.
- Eye Scream: Daryl incapacitates Beta by knifing him in both of his eyes.
- Face Death with Dignity: Having fully embraced the Whisperer creed, Beta is totally at peace in his final moments and completely welcomes his gruesome death with a big smile on his face.
- 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. We get to see half of his face in Walk With Us after Mary tears open his mask, as well as on the promo material for his old country music career in Look at the Flowers.
- Face Stealer: Repairs his damaged mask by stitching half of Alpha's face into the missing portion of it.
- Final Boss: The main antagonist going into the final showdown with the Whisperers.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Inverted. Beta was somebody before the apocalypse, but over the course of a decade became a remorseless killer who refuses to acknowledge his old identity and embraces the darker side of the new world, losing most of his humanity in the process.
- Genius Bruiser: Beta has the brains to prove why hes 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 Connies ambush as he goes.
- Gentle Giant: At least around Alpha and Whisperers he seems to genuinely care about. The rest of the time, hes a nightmarishly powerful brute. Totally loses the gentle part as Season 10 progresses.
- Gold Tooth: He has a few.
- Go Out with a Smile: He dies with a wide grin on his face, embracing the horde of walkers as they eat him alive.
- Guttural Growler: In his angrier moments.
- Hearing Voices: He becomes convinced that Alpha's reanimated head and the walkers in the horde are guiding him to finish what Alpha started.
- Hero Killer: Murders Laura and Mary in "Stalker" and "Walk With Us", respectively.
- How the Mighty Have Fallen: Before the apocalypse he was a famous musician who was beloved by many. Now he's a psychopathic murderer who wears his dead friend's face, chooses to live in the woods like an animal, and eventually dies a monster at the hands of his own herd.Negan: Holy shit! Do you know who that asshole was?Daryl: Yeah. Nobody.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: A platonic example, with Alpha. He's much taller and broader than she is.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Through the eyes, courtesy of Daryl.
- It's Personal: When Negan challenges him, Beta drops everything and charges him, seeking revenge for Alphas death. He even growls, "For Alpha" as he raises a knife to stab Negan.
- Jerkass: To everyone except his beloved Alpha. In fact, the only difference he has from Alpha is that he's less sadistic and not as prone to Evil Gloating. Negan fittingly refers to him as "fee fi fo asshole".
- Karmic Death: Dies when Daryl sneaks up on him while he's otherwise distracted, similar to how Beta killed Mary in "Walk With Us".
- Knife Nut: He wields a pair of knives in combat.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: Under cover of darkness he breaks into Alexandria and kills several unsuspecting citizens without much trouble; but when he later meets Gabriel (and the rest of his well-armed defensive group), he doesn't hesitate to run away and immediately loses them in the forest.
- He also bolts when faced with Alden's long-range bow and arrows.
- Large and in Charge: 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.
- Locked Out of the Loop: Despite his close relationship with Alpha he is initially not aware that she spared Lydia's life.
- Made of Iron: Let's just say the word "pain" seems to mean very little to Beta.
- Barely reacts to being stabbed in the chest with a shiv by Daryl. He simply yanks it out like it's a tiny thorn.
- Survives falling several stories down an elevator shaft. Aside from a minor head wound, he's completely unfazed and uninjured.
- He is slashed across the chest by Rosita and only momentarily slowed down and then is still able to overpower her.
- Finally, he is not at all affected by being stabbed in the freaking eyes by Daryl, though his deteriorated mental state and willingness to Face Death with Dignity likely numbed the pain a little.
- Madness Mantra: "I am the end of the world..."
- Meaningful Name: He's the Number Two of his group. Half Moon also correlates pretty well to how he lost half of his mask to Mary, and then is reborn after replacing it with skin from Alphas severed head.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: His stage name Half Moon was partially inspired by Garth Brooks.
- No Name Given: We only ever learn his stage name from his days as a country singer. Otherwise, he's exclusively referred to as "Beta".
- No-One Could Have Survived That: Clearly Daryl's assumption when he doesn't check to see if Beta is still alive after throwing him down an elevator shaft. Big mistake.
- Number Two: As his title would suggest, he's this to Alpha.
- One-Man Army: Best exemplified in "Stalker", when he infiltrates Alexandria and slaughters at least a dozen people single-handedly.Lydia: [Alpha] wont send an army: shell 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. The first half ends up downplayed as it turns out Beta means it quite literally — the Whisperer is later added to the horde upon reanimation.
- 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.
- Reality Ensues: The imposing, Michael Myers-esque Beta has proven himself an extremely formidable opponent in combat. Killing him will surely be a chore. Nope, he's taken out in literal seconds while distracted during a crazed attack on Negan.
- The Rival: He's clearly annoyed when Negan becomes Alpha's new "favorite". Alpha actually calls him out on this, questioning if his distrust is because he fears Negan is a threat to his position in her hierarchy. When Beta fails to retrieve Gamma from the Alexandrians, Negan takes his place at Alpha's side during their march to Hilltop while Beta travels at the back of the pack, fuming the entire way.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After Negan murders Alpha, Beta personally leads the horde in a search for the communities to wipe them out.
- Sanity Slippage: Not that he was a beacon of mental health to begin with, but after Alpha's death he grows steadily more unhinged, to the point of Hearing Voices (see above). By the time of his own death, he doesn't even mind that he's being Eaten Alive and dies smiling as he's presumably torn to pieces by the horde.
- Smarter Than You Look: One might get the impression he's just a Dumb Muscle, but he's actually quite savvy. His insanity starts to override his common sense after Alpha dies, however.
- The Stoic: Not much fazes this guy. Becomes significantly less stoic when he takes over leadership of the Whisperers, belting out an Evil Laugh as he becomes convinced the walkers in the horde are communicating with him.
- Surprisingly Sudden Death: He's about to kill Negan when Daryl sneaks up behind him, slashes him across the arm, and drives his two knives into Beta's eyes the second he turns around. After that Beta simply accepts his demise and makes no last attempt to fight back before the walkers swarm him.
- That Man Is Dead: He refuses to acknowledge his pre-apocalypse identity as a famous musician, angrily tears down a poster advertising one of his old concerts, and doesn't take it well when a random Whisperer recognizes his voice, or even when Alpha (in a flashback) begins humming a simple tune to herself.
- Undying Loyalty: To Alpha. While he will occasionally question her decisions he also makes it clear that he would never dare challenge her for leadership of the pack. His loyalty is so strong that he refuses to be called the new Alpha after her death, and kills any Whisperer who addresses him as such.
- The Unfettered: He'll kill anyone that stands in his way.
- Unseen No More: We finally get a good look at his face when his mask is torn off by walkers as they eat him.
- Villain Has a Point:
- Beta points out to Daryl that if Lydia had been surrendered to the Whisperers, they wouldnt have killed anymore of their people.
- Hes 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 shouldnt 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.
- Hes 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. Sure enough, Negan turns out to be The Mole who kills Alpha when he gets her alone.
- The Worf Effect: He near-effortlessly manhandles Daryl in a fight, with the implication that he's actually holding back because he still needs Daryl alive to tell him where Lydia is. Sure enough, Daryl is only able to beat him by way of a well-timed sneak attack.
- 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, Scarlett Blum ("Omega"), Havana Blum ("We Are the End of the World")
Voiced By: Isabel Fernández Avanthay, Tania Ugía ["Omega"] (Spanish dub), Hodaka Mieno (Japanese dub), Andrea Cleven, Noa Sarah Hadad ["Omega"], Naomi Hadad ["We Are the End of the World"] (German dub), Lisa Caruso (French dub), Sara Labidi (Italian dub), Andrea Laudon [Season 9], Adrienn Pekár [Season 10-present] (Hungarian dub)
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. Daryl and Henry manage to bond with her until Alpha demands Hilltop surrender her. Lydia returns to the Whisperer camp but is then rescued by Henry, Daryl, and Connie. She forms a close, romantic bond with Henry and is allowed to join the communities by the assembled leaders at the fair. However, Alpha infiltrates the fair and murders Henry and nine others, and attempts to take her daughter back, but Lydia rebuffs her. Lydia suffers from suicidal tendencies for months, blaming herself for Henry and the otherss deaths until Carol helps her heal during the winter storm.
- 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.
- Affectionate Nickname: Her parents call her "bug."
- Because You Were Nice to Me: She mellows toward Henry and Daryl after the former treats her kindly. She also forms a bond with Negan, feeling he's the only other person who understands her. In "Stalker", Lydia chooses to help Daryl over Alpha because he actually treated her like a human being rather than as a possession.
- Brutal Honesty: Lydia has a tendency to shoot straight and not sugarcoat things. When Carol asks if Lydia hates her, Lydia replies that it's difficult, because Carol seems to hate herself so much. When Negan tries to get her to open up and talk about her mother's death, Lydia responds by telling him that a lot of people wish that he had died too.
- Butt-Monkey: Played for Drama. In just two seasons on the show she's experienced more trauma and deceit than many of the characters we've been following for years. First, she spends the better part of a decade growing up in the apocalypse with the abusive, sociopathic Alpha for a mother who killed her father. Then, when she finally meets someone who's willing to take a chance on her he dies a few days into their relationship, at the hands of her mother, no less. A few months later, she's accosted by bullies blaming her for the pike massacre despite having nothing to do with it. She's nearly used by Carol, who initially lent a helping hand to her, to create chaos among the Whisperers. Finally, she meets a genuinely kindred spirit in Negan, only for him to knock her out and tie her up while he lures Alpha to her death. And even then, she's still distrusted by Oceanside for her association with the Whisperers despite having never done anything wrong to them.
- 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. Carol refuses and instead invites Lydia back to Alexandria with them.
- She continues to display some of these tendencies in "A Certain Doom", when she offers to lure the horde over a cliff, even after it's pointed out to be a Suicide Mission. It's implied to be because she realizes Negan is right about the two of them always being outsiders and wants to do one last thing to prove her loyalty even if they will never accept her. Ultimately, she chooses life, and in the process, helps Carol overcome her own suicidal tendencies by pulling her away from the edge of the cliff when she tries to take her place.
- Disappeared Dad: Her father Frank was murdered by Alpha early on in the outbreak. Lydia admits that despite her mother's manipulation she does have fond memories of him and misses him greatly.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: For the Whisperers arc. Thanks to her resilience and willingness to sacrifice herself by leading the horde over the cliff, she finally earns acceptance in Alexandria and is later shown helping the residents rebuild the community.
- Foil: To Judith Grimes. Both are the blood daughters of an antagonist, both have Disappeared Dads and both form a bond with Daryl and Negan. The difference is that Judith grew up in a peaceful community with her loving mother while Lydia led a miserable existence moving from place to place with her abusive, psychotic mother. Lydia even tells Judith, "not everyone gets to have a mom like yours." Both girls also lose said mothers in Season 10, with Alpha killed by Negan and Michonne embarking on a mission to bring Judith's presumed dead father home.
- HeelFace Turn: While never a true villain, Lydia eventually sides with the AHK communities over her own mother.
- I Choose to Stay: In "A Certain Doom", Negan theorizes that the two of them will always be outsiders given their association with enemy groups and offers Lydia an out by handing her Alpha's mask and advising her to sneak out of the Tower and through the horde without looking back. Instead, Lydia uses the mask to navigate through the horde and help as best she can: first, by claiming a bag of equipment from the dead Beatrice and delivering it to Luke to be used to put the radio together; then, when the radio is destroyed and the group is forced to come up with an alternate plan, by taking it upon herself to lure the horde to the edge of a cliff, where it is finally vanquished for good.
- If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: According to the writers, Lydia's greatest fear is turning out like her mother, hence the reason she doesn't just acquiesce to Alpha's rambling and finish her off in "Stalker".
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Which is hard to do when your mother is an Ax-Crazy psychopath who kills your boyfriend and nine others and makes sure almost no one in your new home will trust you because of it.
- It's All My Fault: How she feels about the pike massacre. She even tries to convince Carol to kill her on the grounds that Alpha will never stop terrorizing them as long as she's still alive.
- Like Mother Unlike Daughter: Much to her mother's chagrin. Lydia is an average, if troubled, teenager who only desires a normal life while Alpha is, well... Alpha.
- Never Learned to Read: She is revealed to be illiterate, 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.
- Self-Made Orphan: Averted. She has the chance to end it all and kill Alpha (who is badly injured), but she can't bring herself to.Daryl: Did you kill her?
- Ship Tease: She thanks Henry for standing up to Daryl for her and even tells him her name, something she previously refuses 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. By "Chokepoint", they've officially progressed to couple. Unfortunately, that ship is promptly sunk with Henry's death in the penultimate episode of the season.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Falls for Henry after he shows her kindness and goes out of his way to protect her.
- Sole Survivor: Thanks to her HeelFace Turn, she's the only Whisperer to survive after the rest of the group and their horde are wiped out in "A Certain Doom".
- Star-Crossed Lovers: What her relationship with Henry amounts to, especially since Alpha personally guarantees the two of them will never be together.
- Unreliable Narrator: Though not by choice. Thanks to Alpha's gaslighting, she believed for years that her father was an Abusive Parent who terrorized her mother, when it was really the other way around.
- "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: She has a moment of this in "We Are the End of the World", when she tells Alpha that she wants to be like her and even goes out of her way to test her courage later in the episode. That desire fades as she gets older, however.
Mary / "Gamma"
Portrayed By: Thora Birch
Voiced By: Sandra Jara (Spanish dub), Victoria Grosbois (French dub)
A Whisperer who is protective of Alpha.
- And Then John Was a Zombie: Beta intends on adding her to the walker horde when she turns. An arrow through the head, courtesy of Alden, quickly puts an end to her suffering.
- The Atoner: She puts in an honest effort to prove herself as a loyal ally to the heroes before dying.
- Cain and Abel: More antagonistic than Frances, and ends up causing her sister's death.
- Canon Foreigner: She never appeared in the comics.
- Character Development: Goes from a cynical, apathetic Whisperer loyalist to The Atoner after realizing how bogus Alpha's ways really are.
- Cult Defector: Starts out as just another brainwashed follower of Alpha before guilt over causing Frances' death and discovering Alpha lied about Lydia make her second guess the Whisperer lifestyle and lead to her changing sides.
- A Day in the Limelight: She gets a decent amount of focus in "Stalker" as we learn some more of her backstory and she makes a full HeelFace Turn over the course of the episode.
- Defiant to the End: She continues to punch at Beta and even rips off part of his mask before going down.
- Dies Wide Open: Her eyes remain open as Beta guts her and leaves her up against a tree to reanimate.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Subverted. Mary impulsively feeds her own sister to a pack of a walkers to save Alpha, but we later see that she feels terribly for doing it. She also begins operating as The Mole for the chance to see her nephew, who is the only family she has left.
- Evil Redhead: A red-haired member of the Whisperers. Not really evil, though.
- Given Name Reveal: She admits to Aaron that her real name is Mary.
- Gutted Like a Fish: Beta stabs her in the stomach and then slashes upward through her chest, killing her.
- HeelFace Turn: Upon seeing the error of her ways, she turns her back on the Whisperers and begins secretly helping Alexandria instead. She also fights alongside Hilltop during the attack in "Morning Star" and "Walk With Us".
- Heroic Sacrifice: To save Rosita's life, she agrees to go back to the Whisperers' camp with Beta, knowing full well she will be executed by Alpha for her treachery. This act of bravery earns her Rosita's trust.
- She also helps get Adam, as well as Kelly and Alden, to safety by luring some walkers away from the car where they have taken shelter. This leads to her death.
- Hidden Depths: First appears to be another weak-willed victim of Alpha's manipulation, but her HeelFace Turn allows her to display a surprising amount of courage. She stares down Beta with barely a hint of fear, threatens suicide so Beta won't kill Rosita, and creates a diversion to protect Alden, Kelly, and Adam from some walkers. Even when Beta stabs her in the gut she keeps punching and clawing at him.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: By Beta, who finally catches up with her a mere day and a half after failing to deliver her to Alpha as promised.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Quite standoffish at first, though she mellows when she learns the truth about Lydia's survival.
- Locked Out of the Loop: Like the rest of the Whisperers sans Dante and Beta (at first), she is fed the lie that Alpha killed Lydia. She discovers the truth in "Open Your Eyes".
- Love Redeems: Her desire to reunite with Adam and genuine remorse for causing Frances' death are what motivate her HeelFace Turn.
- Mauve Shirt: Gets a solid amount of characterization and her own complete arc. She still doesn't live past her first season.
- The Mole: Feeds Aaron information about the location of Alpha's horde and later goes to the gates of Alexandria to report that Alpha has trapped a group in the cave.
- Mook Promotion: Alpha rewards Mary for saving her life by making her third-in-command of the Whisperers.
- My God, What Have I Done?: When she discovers Alpha lied about killing Lydia, she runs off into the woods and cries, realizing that she killed her own sister for no real reason at all.
- One Steve Limit: Averted. There's a cannibal named Mary in Seasons 4 and 5.
- Redemption Equals Death: Renounces Alpha's ways, fights alongside Hilltop and saves her nephew before meeting a tragic end at the hands of Beta.
- Replacement Goldfish: Beta points out that Alpha is trying to fill the void left behind by Lydia.
- Sixth Ranger: Tags along with the convoy to Hilltop after her position as The Mole is compromised by Negan.
- Stop, or I Shoot Myself!: How she saves Rosita's life, as Alpha had specifically ordered Beta to bring Gamma back to the camp to be made an example of in front of everyone.
- Too Happy to Live: Finally gets to reunite with Adam, only to die almost immediately after.
Portrayed By: Emily Lane and Juliet Brett
Voiced By: Alicia Valadés (Spanish dub), Jamie Lee Blank (German dub)
Gamma's sister. She was ordered by Alpha to bring her newborn son to the stand-off at Hilltop as insurance against Hilltops superior firepower. When the baby began to cry and attract walkers, Alpha orders her to surrender her child to the walkers. Luckily, Connie rescued the baby and took him into Hilltop, where he was eventually adopted by the Sutton family.
- Alas, Poor Villain: It's hard not to feel sorry for her especially when it's revealed she was the one who had to abandon her baby at Hilltop on Alpha's orders.
- Canon Foreigner: She never appeared in the comics.
- Chekhov's Gunman: "We Are the End of the World" reveals she was the Whisperer tasked with leaving her son to the walkers in "Bounty".
- Devoured by the Horde: Gamma throws her to a herd of walkers to save Alpha.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: While the "evil" part is debatable, she is nevertheless devastated by the loss of her child, enough that it causes her to snap and attack Alpha in a fit of near-suicidal rage. She also seems to love her sister Mary, who unfortunately doesn't return the sentiment (at first).
- Parental Abandonment: Alpha makes the choice for her.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: She gets a small amount of characterization before perishing in her second episode.
Portrayed By: James Parks
One of the Whisperers who manages the horde.
- Bait the Dog: He pretends to be overjoyed and emotional over Carol offering him decent food, but once he gets a bite in he spits it out onto her out of spite.
- Canon Foreigner: He never appeared in the comics.
- Character Death: He dies of hemlock poisoning in Open Your Eyes thanks to Dantes subterfuge.
- Dirty Old Man: Middle-aged and begins lusting after Carol even as she begins torturing him.
- Evil Old Folks: As a fanatical, older member of the Whisperers.
- Foreshadowing: He drops a few hints about Dantes true nature, such as his clear familiarity with him, his above quote, and being frantic when hes dying in Dantes care.
- Fingore: Daryl threatens him with removing his fingers.
- He Knows Too Much: Its strongly implied Dante poisoned him to prevent him from potentially turning on Alpha and giving up the location of the horde since Carol was going to fetch Lydia to break his trust in Alpha.
- Locked Out of the Loop: Like the rest of the Whisperers bar Beta, he has been fed the lie that Alpha killed Lydia.
- Manly Tears: He pretends to have these when given good food by Carol, but its all an act.
- Mauve Shirt: Only appears in two episodes, but hes characterized as a fanatical loyalist to Alpha who can manipulate and trick people with excellent acting.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: His smug rant that Alpha killed Lydia for the Whisperers convinces Carol of the necessity to reveal Lydias survival to the Whisperers. Revealing it to Mary eventually leads the group to the horde and Carol is able to take out roughly half of it, preventing the Whisperers from outright overwhelming the heroes during the ensuing war.
- No Name Given: Since the Whisperers dont use their pre-apocalypse names and only their command staff use titles, we dont get a proper name for him.
- Undying Loyalty: Lydia says the most fanatically loyal Whisperers are specifically put in charge of the horde, Alphas greatest weapon. He expresses nothing but disgustingly slavish loyalty to his leader during his interrogation.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Or rather, What the Hell, Villain? When he is dying of hemlock poisoning, he begins frantically questioning Dante about whats going on and begs for him to help him. Its clear he never considered the possibility that Dante would kill him to keep him from potentially turning on Alpha.