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The Whisperers have arrived in full force.
The Walking Dead em> returned Sunday night with the mid-season premiere of Season 9, picking up where we left off in November, with mild-mannered Negan meeting his jail cell unlocked and the Whisperers — humen wearing zombie scalps — drawing themselves a known threat.
Episode 9, “Adaptation, ” has about five different storylines bumping up against each other, but the biggest weaves of Negan’s escape and the crew of Michonne, Daryl, Aaron, and Eugene captivating a Whisperer prove to be pretty exciting and entertaining.
Seeing a chance to get out of his seven-year incarceration, Negan sets out from his underground cell and hops over the walls of Alexandria after a brief run-in with a revolver-toting Judith, who begrudgingly lets the former psychopath start but alarms him that if she sees him again, she’ll shoot.
They want to eat Negan.
At this phase, Negan basically turns into a cowboy-esque lone wolf, living off the land while music that sounds like it fits right in with a spaghetti western movie. It’s a nice violate from most of the other plotlines that involve large groups of people.
It also grants us a freshening brand-new scare as Negan pillages a sporting goods store: wild puppies. These are nothing like Daryl’s new pup , no, they want to eat Negan, who narrowly escapes and potentially makes a zombie to eat one of the dogs off-camera. Yikes.
After a jaunt down memory lane at the Sanctuary, where Negan detects some good soil and a potential space to farm nutrient like the very best old days, Negan gives off for Alexandria, simply to run into Judith who shoots his motorcycle out from under him.
Negan says he’s back for good, saying there’s good-for-nothing out there for him. But of course, we know that’s not inevitably true. Hopefully we’ll insure Negan arousing things up again.
Meanwhile, the action crew( Michonne, Daryl, Aaron, and Eugene) run into groupings of zombies and Whisperers, captivating one of the Whisperers and creating her back to their civilization along with their own bodies of Jesus, which everyone is pretty sad about( but honestly not for that long ).
Through a bit of interrogation, the gang learns from the young woman that the Whisperers are blending in with zombies to subsist. Clearly they’re( largely) being allowed to blend in so the zombies aren’t truly security threats to them, but it travels farther than that.
The Whisperers have a logic: kill everybody who isn’t a Whisperer, because everyone is a potential threat.
The young woman, whose name we learn is Lydia, claims that it’s only her mommy left out there, and that’s it for the Whisperers.
Of course, that turns out to be a lie, as convincingly as she says it.
We learn the music-loving duo of Alden and Luke out and about, who are stopped in their tracks by a zombie that’s stopped in its own racetracks — that’s not normal.
Alden and Luke are surrounded by Whisperers. It’s a terrifying incident and subverts what we’ve thought we’ve always known about zombies and their one-track brains. Now anything that looks like a zombie could be a still bigger menace than we thought.
It’s a great teaser to set off the remainder of the ninth season. The Whisperer look like they’re going to be quite a large difficulty for everyone.