'The Walking Dead' Season 9 Explained: Who Are the Whisperers & Magna?

The Walking Dead Season 9 trailer premiered Friday afternoon during San Diego Comic-Con, and it confirmed many suspicions fans had about this fall's batch of episodes. Namely, we know the Whisperers and Magna will be making their television debuts. For those who don't read the comics, here's a quick refresher to explain what these new characters mean for the show.

It goes without saying this article contains probable SPOILERS for The Walking Dead Season 9. That being said, we're not going to go too in depth beyond basic character bios.

Who are the Whisperers?

The Whisperers act as Alexandria's next major adversary once Negan is captured and the Saviors join the community. Unlike the Saviors who were a very human threat, however, the Whisperers embrace the animalistic side of society. They roam in packs while nature takes its course. In the mindset of the Whisperers, worldly luxuries like relationships and emotions are tossed aside for cold, calculated survival. Crimes like rape are disregarded, and the word of the pack's leader reigns supreme above all else.

The Whisperers are led by a woman named Alpha and a man named Beta. Despite fan speculation that Scavenger leader Jadis may eventually become Alpha, she'll actually be played by Minority Report''s Samantha Morton. Alpha is a brutal, detached woman who's indirectly responsible for many major deaths in the comics. Some fans argue she's even more menacing than Negan.

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This scene calls back to the debut of the Whisperers in the comics. AMC

Beyond survivalist attitudes, the most unique feature of the Whisperers are the zombified suits all members must wear. Walkers are hollowed out and placed on the skin of the individual. This allows the Whisperers to roam without fear of walker contact, and that closeness allows them to use walkers as an effective weapon. In short, Rick and the rest of Alexandria have seen nothing like the Whisperers before.

Who is Magna?

Another major character reveal from the The Walking Dead Season 9 trailer is Magna, portrayed by Nadia Hiker. In the early goings her arc isn't all that deep, but she joins Alexandria after she encounters a group member on the open road. She's part of a D.C. group that includes four members: Kelly, Luke, Connie and Yumiko. As far as Season 9 is concerned, they'll mostly fill in for some of last season's lost cast members.

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Magna will be a new ally for Rick in Alexandria. AMC

A key part of Magna's character is her romantic relationship with Yumiko, who will be played by Eleanor Matsuura of Wonder Woman. As Magna's character develops, she's accepting but reasonably critical of Rick's decisions. In more recent issues of the comics, she's emerged as a strong leader.

The Walking Dead Season 9 returns Oct. 7 on AMC.

Are you excited to see more of the Whisperers and Magna after reading these bios? Will The Walking Dead Season 9 deliver an exciting story to fans of the series? Tell us in the comments section!