The Walking Dead director Greg Nicotero has responded to the fan theory that the Whisperers were in the season eight finale.
Fans thought that the large horde spotted in ‘Wrath’ by Rick and co, combined with a series of poles that seemed to mark some kind of border, meant that the comic book villains were going to be the next big bad of the show.
However, it seems that even though Scott Gimple has previously confirmed the Whisperers are “absolutely” coming to The Walking Dead, they haven’t arrived just yet.
“I think the intent with that was to show that if they continue fighting amongst themselves, there will be nothing left to survive,” Nicotero told EW.
“So it wasn’t necessarily a reference to the Whisperers. It was more a reference to that there’s still an enemy out there, and it’s a common enemy, which is the army of the undead.”
In a separate interview with EW, outgoing showrunner Gimple echoed Nicotero by saying that if it was a hint to the Whisperers, then it was “subliminal” and added: “It very much had to do with the world they live in now.”
One thing the divisive season eight finale might have set up for season nine though is Maggie becoming a potential villain, or at least going behind Rick’s back to kill Negan.
“It looks like that to me. Lauren [Cohan] is so amazing in that scene. She’s full Maggie Corleone,” Gimple teased. “Jesus, you know, he would not have killed the surrendering Saviours, but he’s not Morgan – like, he could kill Negan.”