SPOILER WARNING: Major spoilers for AMC's "The Walking Dead" (and the Image Comics series it's adapted from) follow.
It seems that every "Walking Dead" fan out there is counting down the days until the season-7 premiere on October 23, especially since it will no doubt be a make-or-break moment for the show. Will the first episode live up to the hype? Was the decision not to reveal the identity of Negan's victim worth it? Or was it just a frustrating troll move? We'll see.
In the meantime, some other details surrounding the new season are coming to light. As reported by Cinema Blend, it looks like the show's producers are casting someone named "Brion." Described as an "educated, poker-faced leader," the role could be either male or female, and would be someone who's trying their damnedest to lead a group of their own to survival.
That means it's likely not going to be any of the Alexandrians, Saviors, or even anyone from The Kingdom. Cinema Blend has several different theories about the mystery character's identity, including the somewhat minor Pete from Oceanside and Magna, who leads the group of drifters encountered by Jesus on the road. They eventually get invited back to Alexandria, although they don't exactly trust Rick and the other leaders of the community.
Another, more controversial theory is that the role is none other than Alpha, the badass, bald-headed, and fairly messed-up leader of The Whisperers. For any non-comic readers out there, they're a tribe of survivors who wear zombie skins so they can walk among the undead and live like animals. It's difficult to imagine the show would cast a male actor in this role, but anything is possible.
If any of these theories comes true, that would mean Season 7's taking a big leap ahead in the timeline established by the comic. That said, it's certainly feasible, since Brion isn't slated to appear until the tenth episode. There's still a lot of time before we'll know for sure.