Twist and more twist have brought more suspense to the drama, The Walking Dead, started now to reveal a few of them. Following the disclose of a Whisperer spy within Alexandria’s walls, the opening minutes from The Walking Dead 10×08, “The World Before,” solves another mystery from earlier this season: the person behind that “Silence the Whispers” graffiti that defaced Alexandria in 10×04, “Silence the Whisperers.”
It was Lydia (Cassady McClincy), daughter of Whisperer leader Alpha (Samantha Morton), who first suspected the vandals of being tormentors Margo (Jerri Tubbs), Alfred (David Shae) and Gage (Jackson Pace), but this new clip revealed the real culprit: ranks-climbing Whisperer Dante (Juan Javier Cardenas), who was sent by Alpha to infiltrate and sabotage Alexandria while sowing dissent among its already paranoid survivors.
I am unveiling the twist from creator Robert Kirkman’s comic books, where it was Alexandria leader Rick Grimes who urged the Alexandrians to silence the Whisperers through a targeted propaganda campaign.
“As we were breaking the season, we were talking about what is the nature of the Whisperer war, and what are the feelings from the comic books that are interesting? And I’ve been talking about how we started thinking about it in terms of a cold war, and then we were like, ‘What makes a cold war, a cold war?’” showrunner Angela Kang explained to EW.
“And a lot of it had to do with that feeling of not being certain who to trust, the paranoia, and a lot of that came from what Robert Kirkman set up in the idea of Silence the Whisperers. All of that idea of propaganda and stuff is in the books. And then we were like, ‘Well, it’s also about spies, and there’s a spy aspect to it.’ And we haven’t done that in that way other than Dwight had his kind of turncoat thing, but this is a different way into it.”