The displaced Alexandrians may have formed a solid coalition with The Kingdom, The Hilltop, and Oceanside, but a lasting peace may prove elusive. Yesterday, we saw a 60-second teaser for the upcoming season of The Walking Dead, which is returning to AMC for a 9th season this October. Today, we have a full-length trailer that goes above and beyond the pale. Check out a full 5-minutes of titillating action and suspense below.
Season 9 picks up after the conclusion of the all-out war the survivors waged against Negan and his Saviors, focusing on Andrew Lincoln’s character, Rick Grimes, picking up the pieces and putting together the utopian society for a post-apocalyptic world. The footage featured Grimes and the rest of the survivors assembling infrastructure in their new society, as well as conversations with an imprisoned Negan. The trailer also showed tensions running high as supposedly reformed saviors clash with other survivors in disputes about how their new civilization should function and treat one another.
Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman, this gritty drama portrays life in the months and years that follow a zombie apocalypse. Led by former police officer Rick Grimes, his family and a group of other survivors find themselves constantly on the move in search of a safe and secure home. But the pressure each day to stay alive sends many in the group to the deepest depths of human cruelty, and Rick discovers that the overwhelming fear of the survivors can be more deadly than the zombies walking among them.
It’s been confirmed that this will be the final season for Rick Grimes (played by Andrew Lincoln) and that Maggie (Lauren Cohan) will only appear in 6 episodes. The landscape is certainly changing in this brave new world. Whether this retooling re-invigorates the fan base (which has been seriously dwindling in recent years) remains to be seen.