The cast and creators preview what’s to come in Season 9 and Rick Grimes’ final episodes. The Walking Dead returns Sunday, October 7 at 9/8c.
The ninth season of The Walking Dead, an American post-apocalyptic horror television series on AMC is scheduled to premiere on October 7, 2018, and will consist of 16 episodes, split into two parts; each consisting of eight episodes with the latter half airing in early 2019. Developed for television by Frank Darabont, the series is based on the eponymous series of comic books by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard. The executive producers are Kirkman, David Alpert, Scott M. Gimple, Angela Kang, Greg Nicotero, Tom Luse, Denise Huth and Gale Anne Hurd, with Kang taking over the role of showrunner from Gimple.
Eighteen months after the defeat of Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) under an alliance of communities spearheaded by Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), the season focuses on the united communities as they face obstacles and threats both outside and inside their alliance, with the threat of the mysterious Whisperers looming.
The ninth season will be the final season on the series for lead actor Andrew Lincoln, who has portrayed Rick Grimes since the series’ first season, as well as for Lauren Cohan, who has portrayed Maggie Rhee since the second season.