The upcoming seventh season of The Walking Dead is going to feature a number of characters from the comic books that fans have been waiting almost the entire series to see. In addition to the return of Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), who made his explosive introduction in the show's divisive season 6 finale earlier this year, the season will also feature the debut of The Kingdom and its leader, Ezekiel (Khary Payton), alongside his beloved tiger, Shiva.
Fans of the series have already begun to think beyond Negan and Ezekiel though, to some of the other iconic characters from the comics that could possibly be introduced within in the next several seasons of the show. According to some brand new comments from creator Robert Kirkman as well, depending on The Walking Dead's continued success in the coming seasons, the live-action adaptation could also feature the introduction of one of the comics' more terrifying group of villains: The Whisperers.
Speaking at a panel for The Walking Dead comic series during New York Comic-Con panel today, Kirkman spoke briefly on the show's possible plans to introduce The Whisperers:
"Probably, eventually...As long as we don't get cancelled it should. I can't wait to see Andrew Lincoln saying 'Now we gotta worry about the Whispererererers'...I think about some dark stuff."
The Whisperers are introduced in the comic books after Rick and Negan bring an end to the All Out War as a group of survivors who, unlike all of the rest of the groups, have no actual desire to kill the living dead. What makes them even more memorable though, is that they walk among the zombies themselves, wearing suits made from the skin of actual walkers.
From a visual aspect alone, The Whisperers could make for an interesting and exciting addition to the show's lineup of villains. With the introduction of Ezekiel and Shiva in the new season as well - which fans got their first look at in the new season's SDCC trailer - the AMC-based adaptation has proven the show's desire to deliver as faithful adaptations of characters and iconic scenes from the comic books as they can.
Of course, there's still quite a ways left to go in the series' timeline before the characters could even meet The Whisperers, depending on how closely to the comics' timeline the series is planning on staying moving forwards. Right now, fans are still preoccupied wondering who Negan's mystery victim (or victims) could be, but Kirkman's latest comments leave open an interesting possibility for fans to look forward to after Negan's upcoming reign eventually comes to an end.
The Walking Dead returns for season 7 on Sunday, October 23 @9pm on AMC.