Silence the Whisperers
|"Silence the Whisperers"|
|The Walking Dead episode|
|Episode no.||Season 10|
|Directed by||Michael Cudlitz|
|Written by||Geraldine Inoa|
|Original air date||October 27, 2019|
|Running time||45 minutes|
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"Silence the Whisperers" is the fourth episode of the tenth season of the post-apocalyptic horror television series The Walking Dead, which aired on AMC on October 27, 2019.
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At Hilltop, a tree falls across the fence line and onto a barn, trapping people inside while walkers start to invade via the gap. Hilltop's people rally to contain the breach until it can be fixed. Connie, Alden, and Earl suspect that Alpha and the Whisperers had knocked over the tree, and Alexandria is alerted to the situation. Michonne leaves with Judith and a small group to help out. However, as word in Alexandria spreads that the incident was believed to be caused by the Whisperers, Lydia finds herself being tormented and bullied by Gage, Alfred and Margo, accusing her of the other Whisperers' deeds. Lydia runs off to hide, only to be found by Negan who helps to comfort her and suggest she retaliate against the bullies. Daryl catches Negan talking to Lydia, and warns him that he should stay away from her, as he and Michonne are worried that Negan's influence may cause Lydia to act irrationally; they need to protect Lydia as she is believed to be what is holding Alpha back from unleashing a full walker horde against them. Daryl finds "Silence the Whispers" written across his house sometime later.
En route to Hilltop, Michonne spots Ezekiel all alone, and has the group continue on while she talks to him. She finds Ezekiel has become suicidal, having lost his Kingdom, Henry, and Carol. Michonne helps to calm him down from the brink of jumping, and he thanks her with a brief kiss, before the two rejoin the others. The group soon arrives at Hilltop and help with pushing back the invading walkers long enough for the fence to be braced.
That night at Alexandria, Gage, Alfred and Margo corner and attack Lydia. Negan arrives to try to break up the fight, but inadvertently pulls Margo off too hard and cracking her skull in the process. When Daryl discovers this, Lydia tries to assert Negan was helping her and didn't mean to hurt Margo. Daryl locks Negan in his cell and puts Negan's fate to a vote before the Alexandria council. Gabriel goes to inform Negan of the vote but finds the cell empty; Lydia claims she allowed him to escape, but Daryl had watched her all night and knows this was a lie. Lydia locks herself up, knowing that she does not fit in with their group.
Back in Hilltop, as proper repairs on the fence start, there are reports of a Whisperer near Oceanside. Michonne heads there with Judith and Luke, but Eugene declines to go and instead offers to stay to help with repairs. A pan across Alexandria shows more graffiti on its buildings, demanding "Silence the Whispers."
The episode was directed by Michael Cudlitz, who portrayed Abraham Ford on the series. This is the second episode Cudlitz directed for The Walking Dead, he previously directed the season 9 episode "Stradivarius." 
"Silence the Whisperers" received critical acclaim from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the episode has an approval rating of 100% with an average score of 7.13 out of 10, based on 15 reviews. The site's critical consensus reads, "'Silence the Whisperers' offers a meditative focus on the developments of some lesser characters, all while continuing this season's compelling narrative thrust."
"Silence the Whisperers" received a total viewership of 3.31 million. It was the highest-rated cable program of the night; however, it decreased in viewership from the previous week.
- Hannemann, Emily (October 28, 2019). "'The Walking Dead': Michael Cudlitz on That Big Kiss & a 'Compassionate' Negan". TV Insider. Retrieved October 29, 2019.
- "Silence the Whisperers". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved October 29, 2019.
- Welch, Alex (October 29, 2019). "Sunday cable ratings: 'Watchmen' holds, 'The Walking Dead' takes another hit". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on October 29, 2019. Retrieved October 29, 2019. Unknown parameter
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