AMC’s unveiled the official The Walking Dead season nine plot description and poster featuring Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes. Season nine will be Lincoln’s final season battling zombies, and during the 2018 San Diego Comic Con he talked about preparing to say goodbye to Rick.
“Well, nine years I was thinking about it because that’s where we live. But, I suppose it had a lot to do with a conversation Scott (M. Gimple) and I had a few years ago – maybe in season four – about shape and finding some way to complete something that was never going to be completed. And then not obviously disturbing the mothership,” explained Lincoln. “There was a certain sense that the story has been a man waking up and you’ve experienced this world through one man’s eyes and it opens up into the extended family. Now, what’s exciting for me is the fact that the narrative has been freed up. It’s already been freed up from the beginning of the season. You’ll see the trailer is a different tone.”
Lincoln added, “It feels like the show I always thought we would head toward when we wrapped the pilot. And so, yeah, sure it was something that I started to think about as my children got older and less portable.”
The network also released a few photos of the cast from the upcoming season. The ninth season is set to premiere on Sunday, October 7, 2018 at 9pm ET/PT.
Details on The Walking Dead Season 9: 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.