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SDCC 2018 – WATCH: The Walking Dead Season 9 extended trailer shuffles in and Samantha Morton joins the show as a major villain

July 21st, 2018 by Marc Comments

We reported a few minutes ago that actor Andrew Lincoln has officially bid farewell to The Walking Dead at SDCC 2018.

In the video (here) he also mentioned the trailer for Season 9 and lo, here’s the extended trailer (below) from SDCC also.

Check it out below.

But before you do, we want you know that actress Samatha Morton, best known for Minority Report, has been cast as Alpha, leader of the Whisperers.

Walking Dead comic book creator Robert Kirkman announced the news Friday at San Diego Comic-Con tonight.

Here’s the details on her in the show:

The Whisperers are the next and thus far most eclectic group of adversaries pitted against Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his allies. In the comics, the Whisperers survive in the wild by wearing skin suits made of human flesh, designed to allow them to blend in with the walkers. What’s more, they believe that the zombie apocalypse is the rightful next step in the evolution of society, a restoration to the natural order of things.

As Alpha, the Oscar-nominated Morton will embody the leader of the Whisperers, a ruthless woman who is bald beneath her zombie mask, charged with presiding over the rest of her people. In the comics, she’s close with two specific members of the clan: Beta, her enormous lieutenant, and Lydia, her daughter who becomes a love interest for Carl. Given Chandler Riggs’ exit from the series in season eight, any and all future storylines involving Lydia will clearly need to undergo some alterations.

Outside of her relationships within the Whisperers, Alpha’s interactions with characters outside of her group are notable. She’s very quickly at odds with Rick Grimes, with the two leaders fully opposed to one another’s way of life. Indeed, Alpha makes the full extent of her threat level known in a grand gesture to Rick that involves the deaths of several members of his society, including two characters who are still active in the AMC series. No spoilers on those specific casualties, though given news of Lincoln’s exit, one wonders if Rick himself will wind up on the receiving end of Alpha’s wrath.

Get the trailer watched, it looks pretty good…


Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….