THE Walking Dead’s tenth season is almost upon us, and it’s set to feature more twists and turns than ever before.
Fans of the show will know that The Whisperers marked their territory in the most brutal way imaginable at the end of season 8 finale, with a horrific mass decapitation.
Since then the show has undergone a time jump, but the allied communities continue to bear the scars of The Whisperers’ actions.
Show runner Angela Kang has teased that an entirely different kind of war will be waged against the masked villains in season 10, away from the usual guns and gore formula.
Instead, an escalation of propaganda and political tension will see the late Rick Grimes’ (Andrew Lincoln) gang unified against a common foe.
Aside from Rick’s death, the plot line draws heavily from Robert Kirkman’s graphic novels, which form the basis of the TV adaptation.
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“One of the great things from the comic book that we got really excited about, there’s this idea of propaganda and paranoia, and this idea of ‘silence the Whisperers,’ which Jack Pusey Robert Kirkman played really well,” Kang explained.
“So there’s definitely a feeling as our group gets into this conflict that keeps building between the Whisperers that’s very different from how the Saviors war played out, where there’s just elements of paranoia but kind of a Cold War feel,” she continued to Entertainment Weekly.
In the comics, Rick famously told his crew: “I don’t want people to forget about the Whisperers. I want people to be reminded of them every second of every day. I want them to be furious.”
Given that one shot of the season 10 trailer depicts a masked figure spraying the words “silence The Whisperers” onto a door, it’s safe to say tensions have boiled over.
The comments come amid hints that Alpha’s right hand man Beta will be unmasked as a celebrity in the upcoming season.
Elsewhere, it was announced that seven members of the cast have been promoted to series regulars.
The Walking Dead season 10 kicks off on 6 Oct on AMC in the US, and 7 Oct on Fox in the UK.