25591187Hilltop, Alexandria, and The Kingdom are all thriving communities.  Walls, mills, stables, gardens, blacksmiths, each one slowly and individually marching back towards where civilization used to be before the zombie plague wiped everything out, sharing goods, information, people, and technology among each other.

And Rick has a lot of growing up to do as a father.  He finally let’s Carl spread his wings and fly off to Hilltop to apprentice as a blacksmith.  But during a routine Hilltop patrol, the riders are cashed by walkers, and hear them whispering.  Then another group of walkers use knives to attack another patrol group.

Thankfully for the sanity of everyone involved, the zombies are not talking or wielding weapons all of a sudden.  Turns out there is another group of people who are actually living among the zombies and wearing their skin to blend in. Creepy much?

The daughter of their leader is captured and befriends Carl, leading him to chase after her when she is sent back to her people, and Rick of course to follow in soon after, to discover this new enemy has an army of walkers essentially at their command.  So when they discover the Whisperers have set up a boundry line made up of the heads of some of their friends, Andrea sums it up perfectly when she asks Rick what do they do now.

The next year is going to be interesting for the Walking Dead.  Looking forward to it.

Speaking of next year, Happy New Year everyone!  We’ll see you tomorrow for Ja No Read Mo 2016!