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 when it premieres on Sunday, October 7 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.
The network drove the point home today, with official key art (which you can see above), gif (below), and synopsis for the eagerly-anticipated new season (with the official trailer). As we read from the official season rundown, the time jump of 1-1/2 years will see the Alexandria/Hilltop community continue to grow – as will tensions within the budding new society.
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When a new danger arises that threatens to take apart everything they've worked for, will they be able to but past differences – and old wounds – behind?
Last season brought the culmination of "All Out War," which pitted Rick Grimes and his group of survivors against the Saviors and their cunning leader, Negan. With Negan's life in his hands, Rick had a character-defining choice in front of him. By making the unilateral decision to spare Negan, Rick upheld the values his late son, Carl, championed in order to build for the future, but created conflict within his group.
Now, we see our survivors a year and a half after the end of the war, rebuilding civilization under Rick's steadfast leadership. It is a time of relative peace among the communities as they work together, looking to the past to forge the future, but the world they knew is rapidly changing as man-made structures continue to degrade, and nature takes over, changing the landscape and creating new challenges for our survivors.
As time passes, the communities confront unexpected obstacles, danger, and of course, walkers, but nothing quite prepares them for the formidable force they are about to encounter, which threatens the very idea of civilization that our survivors have worked so hard to build.
Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, "The Walking Dead" reigns the number one drama on television among adults 18-49 for the last six seasons. The series is executive produced by chief content officer Scott M. Gimple, showrunner Angela Kang, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Greg Nicotero, Tom Luse and Denise Huth.