Daryl might not be riding alone when The Walking Dead returns for Season 9. Former Sons of Anarchy star Ryan Hurst has officially joined AMC’s hit zombie drama as a recurring character named Beta. Hurst’s character is part of a group called the Whisperers, who will be making the jump from the comic this season.
Hurst, of course, is well known for starring in Kurt Sutter’s biker drama, Sons of Anarchy. Hurst played the part of Opie, Jax Teller’s (Charlie Hunnam) best friend, on the show. The actor also starred in Remember the Titans, Outsiders, and had a cameo on Bates Motel.
— RYAN HURST (@RamboDonkeyKong) August 27, 2018
We don’t know how long Hurst will be a part of The Walking Dead, but his character will have a significant role this season. Hurst has fit in perfectly with the cast so far. Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Negan) celebrated Hurst’s casting on Twitter, with Hurst replying to the other big bad ‘Jeffrey, I think this is the beginning….’ Alongside a picture of the ending of Casablanca, where Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) and Louis Renault (Claude Rains) are standing side-by-side in the fog.
Beta is second in command of the mysterious group that calls themselves the Whisperers. According to Entertainment Weekly, Samantha Morton has been cast to portray the head of the group, Alpha.
In the comics, the Whisperers are known for donning the flesh of the undead so they aren’t detected by walkers. Morton is best known for her part in Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them.
Jeffrey, I think this is the beginning… pic.twitter.com/I8ANPiKrgw
— RYAN HURST (@RamboDonkeyKong) August 28, 2018
Apart from the Whisperers, Season 9 will feature some big changes for the series moving forward. This includes two huge departures in Andrew Lincoln, who plays Rick Grimes, and Lauren Cohan, who plays Maggie Rhee.
Showrunner Angela Kang recently revealed that Maggie and Rick will not see eye to eye this season, especially after he decided to let Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) live. Kang didn’t reveal much about Rick’s death or Maggie’s sendoff, but it sounds like the two are headed for a lot of drama before the end.
Season 9 of The Walking Dead kicks off Oct. 7 on AMC.