The official logline for “Out of the Ashes” reads as follows: “Alexandrians encounter Hilltop squatters; Eugene’s group undergoes orientation at the Commonwealth.” So, are the squatters in question the remaining Whisperers? It seems possible.
At the end of the fast-moving trailer for the episode, a Whisperer mask is discovered. We don’t see who finds it, but Carol (Melissa McBride), Aaron (Ross Marquand), Jerry (Cooper Andrews), and former Whisperer Lydia (Cassady McClincy) have all returned to Hilltop in search of tools, and it seems the mask is discovered while they’re there.
Now, this could just be a mask — the Season 11 trailer teased Maggie (Lauren Cohan) donning one, and this could explain where she got it — but that seems unlikely for a show like “The Walking Dead.” After all, the effects of the Whisperer War continue to be seen in Season 11. Alpha’s walker horde that Beta unleashed upon Alexandria prior to his death last season has left the place on its last legs, with its inhabitants starving. This has pushed Maggie to embark on a trip to Meridian in search of supplies, thus putting her on a collision course with the Reapers. The discovery of the mask reminds us of what the Whisperers have done and that some of them are still out there. It’ll be interesting to see how this development plays out this season.
“The Walking Dead” airs Sundays at 9/8c on AMC. “Out of the Ashes” is streaming early on AMC+.