The Walking Dead Season 9 is only a week away, but that air date just got a little closer with the release of the first five minutes online by AMC.
The zombie horror has become one of the biggest shows of the modern TV era, anchored by the ongoing presence of Andrew Lincoln’s former Sheriff Rick Grimes. But after eight seasons, the show’s ninth run will see Rick hang up his hat and bid farewell to the series, with Norman Reedus’ Daryl expected to step up into the lead male role and new showrunner Angela Kang at the helm.
Now, we have our first glimpse of what Rick’s final days look like, and he appears to be enjoying life in Alexandria, a community that’s at peace following the conflicts of Season 8 – even Michonne (Danai Gurira) is relaxing with a walk alongside Judith. With The Hilltop, The Kingdom and Sanctuary also thriving, could things actually be looking happy in the end?
Of course not, as we know that Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) hasn’t gone for good, and Samantha Morton will also join the cast as Alpha, the leader of a new group, The Whisperers. How this will all unfold is anyone’s (very bloody) guess, but for now, enjoy the hope of things going well just for a short period of time, and prepare to bid farewell to Rick, one way or another.
Season 9 premieres on Monday 8th October in the UK at 9pm on FOX UK, with new episodes then arriving weekly within 24 hours of their US broadcast. FOX UK is available on Sky, Virgin Media and TalkTalk TV. Don’t have pay-TV? You can watch it live and on-demand legally through NOW TV. The streaming service gives you access to FOX UK, Sky Atlantic, Sky One, Sky Living and more, for £7.99 a month – with no contract, and a 14-day free trial available for new customers.
All eight previous seasons are also available on-demand through Sky Box Sets and NOW TV – ideal for those looking to catch up. Hit the button below to start watching, or read on for the clip:
The Walking Dead Season 9 trailer and release date unveiled
20th July 2018
The first trailer The Walking Dead Season 9 and its release date have both been unveiled today at San Diego Comic-Con.
AMC’s zombie horror has become one of the biggest shows of the modern TV era, anchored by the ongoing presence of Andrew Lincoln’s former Sheriff Rick Grimes. Now, after eight seasons, Rick is preparing to hang up his hat and bid farewell to the series, with Norman Reedus’ Daryl expected to step up into the lead male role and new showrunner Angela Kang at the helm.
“This year, [Daryl] has a stronger voice,” Norman told attendees at the show’s Comic-Con panel. “A lot of that has to do with Daryl and Rick’s relationship this year. Angela Kang has always been my favorite writer…[Season 9] feels like a Western.”
“My relationship with Rick Grimes is far from over,” Lincoln commented.
“It’s been such a part of my life. I’ve breathed it for 10 years. I believe in the story so much, but this is a really terrific season for Rick’s story.”
“I’m going to take a break for a while,” he continued. “I do have a real family and it is time for me to go home. But saying that, I have one eye on the script. Norman and Danai secretly send them to me. This is a real terrific season.”
“I’m really, really excited,” he added. “No one is bigger than the story, and the story this year is unbelievable,” he continued.”
That will largely focus around Maggie (Lauren Cohan), who rose to power in Hilltop and still harbours a grudge for Glenn’s brutal death, as she finds herself dealing with Rick’s decision about Negan at the end of last season. With a time-jump on the cards, that also means we’ll get to see Maggie’s baby after a pregnancy that has seemed to last forever.
Kang, who was also at the panel, teased that comic book fans will see “some familiar faces from the comic come to life on screen”. Indeed, we now know that Nadia Hilker will play Magna, a major character from the original comic books. She will be joined by Dan Fogler as Luke, Eleanor Matsuura as Yumiko, and Lauren Ridloff as Connie. You can see all of them in action in the trailer for Season 9.
Alongside the video, AMC also confirmed that The Walking Dead Season 9 will return to US TV on 7th October, which means that it will air in the UK at 9pm on Monday 8th October on FOX UK, with new episodes arriving weekly within 24 hours of their broadcast.
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