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Throughout the first half of Season 9, The Walking Dead decided to keep the episodes largely free of specific big bads, since the later time jump rendered season-long threats moot. However, things rapidly heated up in the midseason finale when The Whisperers took swift and deadly action against Jesus. (R.I.P.) With new episodes still over a month away, showrunner Angela Kang has revealed why The Whisperers are so dangerous to Michonne, Aaron and the other protagonists.
Going from the comics, and from what Angela Kang has described, The Whisperers will seemingly have more in common with feral beasts in the wild than domesticated animals of society. They don't consider humanity's technological evolution to be all that remarkable, and Samantha Morton's leader Alpha has an Old Testament mentality about lots of things. That behavior likely won't mesh well with everyone else who's actually trying to return to pre-outbreak society.
As The Walking Dead peels back the layers surrounding The Whisperers' motivations and behaviors, fans will be witnessing a villainous group that's like no others before it. For instance, Negan's Saviors and the Governor's Woodbury army (and just about everyone else) were all invested in being the most powerful group of survivors with the largest number of goods and supplies. The Whisperers, meanwhile, are mostly interested in no-frills living, with far more primitive ways of dealing with others.
That The Whisperers are willing to just randomly track and stab people already doesn't bode well for anyone. But the fact that they are actively against the expansion of civilization could be almost as devastating as the initial zombie outbreak. The years of effort that went into turning Alexandria and Hilltop back into legitimate townships could be completely undone in a single day's worth of Whisperer-fueled terror.
In a similar vein, Angela Kang implied to EW that the morally unhinged Whisperers will be something of a parallel for the general state of the crumbling world around them. In her words:
I don't think anyone would go around calling Negan "reasonable," per se, but the former main villain was usually inclined to hear out others' proposals to see if they were lucrative for him in any way. Meanwhile, The Whisperers don't see much value in anything, so it'll be extremely difficult to form any deals or agreements with them.
Especially when the protagonists will still be coping with the irreversible downfall of the natural world. Here's what Angela Kang had to say about the good guys.
Here's hoping everyone within The Walking Dead's positive-minded communities gets at least a brief chance to breathe easy in the back half of Season 9, since The Whisperers are making it their mission to disrupt everyone else's comfort zones.