In a chilling new teaser for the upcoming batch of episodes, we are introduced to Samantha Morton's Alpha, the top leader of The Whisperers, depraved humans who wear Walker skin so as to blend in among them. In the midseason finale, Jesus was killed by a Whisperer whom some of the Survivors took to be a regular zombie.
While only 30 seconds long, the teaser is pure nightmare fuel, as Alpha goes all Leatherface, sewing up a fresh mask of flesh to wear, while a warbling and distorted song about whispering plays in the background.
Morton is a veteran of genre projects, having appeared in high-profile movies like Minority Report and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Her character's second-in-command, Beta, will be played by Sons of Anarchy's Ryan Hurst.
The second half of The Walking Dead's ninth season returns on AMC Feb. 10.