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Here's How Whisperer Leader Alpha Dies in 'The Walking Dead' Comic Books (SPOILERS!)


Apr. 29 2021, Updated 10:08 a.m. ET

She is always watching. In the Oct. 20 episode of The Walking Dead, the Alexandrians came face-to-face with their No. 1 enemy for the first time in months: Whisperer leader Alpha (Samantha Morton). After sending hordes of zombies to their camp for the Alexandrians to fend off for 48 hours (though, Alpha’s daughter Lydia denies this was the work of her mother), Gamma (Thora Birch) approaches the community demanding the two groups meet at the borders. 

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You know, the border created by the Whisperers using the severed heads of members of the Alexandria community. Michonne (Danai Gurira) and the rest of the Alexandrians are at the mercy of Alpha and her crew, so when she reveals she’s extending her borders, the group must accept it. Though, not everyone is ready to lay down their weapons to Alpha. Carol (Melissa McBride) is secretly armed with a handgun during the meeting and tries to shoot the zombie-masked leader, but is stopped by Michonne.  

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As one of the biggest villains on The Walking Dead, fans are already wondering if Carol will eventually deliver the final blow to Alpha and take revenge on the woman who mutilated and killed her adoptive son Henry (Matt Lintz). So, who kills Alpha on The Walking Dead

Who kills Alpha in The Walking Dead? How does the Whisperer leader die?

In Episode 3, titled “Ghosts,” Alpha once again showcased just how powerful she is, proving to the Alexandrians that she is always watching their every move. During the intense meeting, she tells the group: “You have to be punished,” Adding, “But I consider context!” Deciding to extend her borders and reign of terror upsets Carol even more. 

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After a failed attempt at trying to kill Alpha, fans wondered if her ultimate demise would follow the storyline in the comic books. In the comics, Negan escapes his prison cell and joins the Whisperers, hoping to infiltrate the camp, which he does. After earning Alpha’s trust, he kills and decapitates her to give to Rick (who is still very much the leader of the community in the comics) to bargain for his freedom.  

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Though it has not been confirmed if Negan will ultimately be the one to kill Alpha in the AMC series, Ryan Hurst, who plays Beta (Alpha’s second-in-command) revealed that the upcoming Season 10 episode of the two men meeting is “one of the funniest episodes of Walking Dead that you’ve ever seen.”  

“Beta and Negan, they couldn’t be more diametrically opposite than anything. It’s this stone-faced immovable person and then you have his mouthpiece who just will not shut up,” the actor told Insider.  

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He continued: “The first episode that you see Beta and Negan together is one of the funniest episodes of Walking Dead that you’ve ever seen. It’s still very bloody, still very Walking Dead, but there’s more levity in that episode than in any that I’ve ever seen of the show.” 

While fans of the comic books know the writers of TWD don’t follow the storyline exactly, it would be interesting to watch the evolution of Beta and Negan’s rivalry. In the comics, Beta takes over Alpha’s army after she is killed by the former Savior and unleashes a massive horde on Alexandria. Could this mean Beta becomes The Walking Dead’s next villain in the AMC series?

Catch new episodes of The Walking Dead on Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.

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