And just like that, Andrew Lincoln's Rick Grimes was gone. In a "final act" (you can find out why we're typing that with finger quotes here) of heroism, Rick went scorched earth on the bridge to save the others from a landslide of walkers but instead of dying, he was blown down river – and into the waiting arms of Anne/Jadis (Pollyanna McIntosh). With a certified "A" in hand as well as the opportunity to pay it forward for the second chance she was given, Anne/Jadis accompanies Rick to a new and very different future…
One righteously huge time jump later…we're getting a look at AMC's "new" The Walking Dead, as the network released a new trailer for the remaining three episodes before the series' midseason break. From the next generation of Grimes and Carol (Melissa McBride) going Gandalf/Katniss to the arrival of Magna's (Nadia Hilker) group of survivors and a slightly saner (but still manipulative) Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), the future remains just as deadly as ever – Rick Grimes or no Rick Grimes. Meanwhile…
The Whisperers are coming.
The Walking Dead Season 9, Episode 6 'Who Are You Now": The Survivors encounter unfamiliar faces outside the safety of their community's walls and must decide whether or not this new group can be trusted.
The Walking Dead Season 9, Episode 7 'Stradivarius': Carol seeks out an old friend living alone in a wilderness teeming with walkers; survivors make the perilous trek to a new home.
The Walking Dead Season 9, Episode 8 'Evolution': A small rescue mission braves a dangerous herd in their hunt for a missing comrade, only to discover a surprising threat that could doom them all.
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.