With new showrunner Angela Kang in place, Andrew Lincoln and Lauren Cohan preparing to depart, and Norman Reedus stepping into a lead role, The Walking Dead is going through a lot of changes – living up to what fans have been hearing about the new season for some time: the ninth season of the AMC series will make fans feel like they're watching an entirely new show.
Thankfully, we have Johnny O'Dell and the fine folks at The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman's multimedia entertainment company (and home of the series) Skybound Entertainment to keep us in the know on everything and anything from the Walking Dead Universe with their weekly "mailbag" — so let's see what teaser treasures they have waiting for us this time around:
● Notice something different about the new logo for the ninth season? Instead of continuing the season-to-season "rotting logo" run, the new one looks fresh and new — possibly serving as a sign of better times ahead? Nah…
● Looks like Alpha's (Samantha Morton) daughter Lydia (Cassady McClincy) won't have either Enid ("we're not sure that would make a ton of sense for that character") or Henry ("the show would have to undergo a major time jump so Henry could be a similar age to Lydia") as suitors, even though Carl's no longer on this mortal coil (not looking to spoil the comic book series for anyone).
● Sorry, Michonne (Danai Gurira) fans: that's just a bloody bat — not the bloody bat.
● We see what you did here: when talking about which states Morgan (Lennie James) would visit if he gets his Fear the Walking Dead crew back together for an Alexandria homecoming, O'Dell made sure to leave us with this last (and very ominous-sounding) line: "But of course that's all dependent on if he ever decides to come back."
● Speaking of Fear the Walking Dead, apparently "it is possible" for there to be some more crossovers with The Walking Dead during the ninth season.
— The Walking Dead (@TheWalkingDead) August 7, 2018
● For those of you worried about Carol (Melissa McBride) and Daryl now that Ezekiel (Khary Payton) is in the picture, no worries because you'll still get scenes like the one above.
● Even though Rick is leaving by the end of the season, "it's very possible" we could see a "Richonne" baby or pregnancy.
When The Walking Dead returns to AMC for its ninth season, fans are going to be introduced to a number of new and major players in the Walking Dead universe, beginning with deadly Whisperers' leader Alpha (Samantha Morton), her second-in-command Beta (Ryan Hurst), and daughter Lydia (Cassady McClincy).
The Alexandria/Hilltop community will gain potential new citizens in the forms of Nadia Hilker as Magna, Angel Theory as Kelly and Lauren Ridloff as her sister Connie (first deaf character in the series), Eleanor Matsura as Yumiko, and Dan Fogler as Luke.
Other additions to the cast include: Brett Butler as "salt-of-the-earth" Hilltop resident Tammy Rose (clashes with Carl and Maggie in the comics); John Finn's Earl is the Hilltop's blacksmith and Tammy's devoted husband. (he winds up serving as a father figure and mentor for Carl); Rhys Coiro's Jed is described as a rebellious Savior who refuses to fall in line with the new community; Zach McGowen's Justin is a hostile Savior who isn't interested in working together with other communities.