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TV Guide Interprets New Photos; Digital Spy Views Alpha Trailer

This week, TV Guide tries to figure out what’s happening in the new Season 9 photos, while Digital Spy checks out the new Alpha trailer. Plus, Danai Gurira discusses the Whisperers with Jimmy Fallon. Read on for more:

TV Guide views new photos from Season 9 (“which will feature the full-on arrival of new bad guys the Whisperers as well as a new adventure for Negan”) and decides to “see what we can glean about what’s coming up in the next handful of episodes.”

Digital Spy highlights a new trailer where the Whisperers are “instructed by their leader Alpha (Samantha Morton) to take out Michonne (Danai Gurira), Daryl (Norman Reedus) and the rest of the Alexandrians.”

• According to ComicBook.com, Danai Gurira tells Jimmy Fallon that the Whisperers “function on a whole other level. It’s like a psychological madness, how they figured out how to get through this apocalypse in a way that we don’t know how to address. So they can come at us any old way, because they look like walkers.”

• Ahead of the Midseason Premiere, Uproxx writes, “After two time jumps, the introduction of several more characters, and the death of another major presence (Jesus), The Walking Dead has found a creative resurgence and now, with a new threat looming, it’s looking for some stability.”

• Setting up a new clip of Daryl and Michonne, Den of Geek observes, “With Jesus dead and a new enemy stalking the communities, it’ll be up to leaders like Michonne and Ezekiel as well as the loner Daryl to protect Alexandria, the Kingdom, and Hilltop from the Whisperers.”

Deadline reports that the Midseason Premiere became available for AMC Premiere subscribers on Feb. 3.

• Greg Nicotero, speaking with Atlanta Magazine about an interview where he called Alpha “the greatest villain The Walking Dead has ever seen,” relates, “I got a text from Jeffrey Dean Morgan that said, ‘Hey, motherf***er!’ I’m like, dude, you know I love you. You know I love Negan, but the show has evolved and changed.”

ComicBook.com notes that Samantha Morton “will carry out her debut as Alpha in the upcoming Midseason 9 Premiere. From there, the AMC series is aiming to move at full speed straight through the Whisperer story, a highly-anticipated arc from Robert Kirkman’s comics.”

• Ranking AMC’s best series, Paste writes, “The Walking Dead’s success has already been massive for the marketability of horror on the small screen.”

FanFest spotlights Greg Nicotero’s Instagram post that features a look at Alpha (played by Samantha Morton) and is captioned, “This one’s for our killer fans!!!! I took this shot as a tribute to the comic! My girl Samantha.”

• Discussing the effect on King Ezekiel of his relationship with Carol, Khary Payton tells ComicBook.com, “I think that it absolutely makes you a stronger person, and it takes a strong person to become more vulnerable. I don’t think you can have one without the other.”

• Nadia Hilker (Magna) teases to Metro.co.uk that Alpha is “probably one of the scariest characters television has to offer. She is super scary. [It] kind of reminds me of [The] Silence of the Lambs in a way, Anthony Hopkins.”

• Dan Fogler tells FanFest about the upcoming Harvest Festival, saying, “At the festival, there is a little musical number that I sing in and I play the guitar which is very exciting.”

Watch Season 9, Episode 8 now on amc.com and the AMC app for mobile and devices.

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