Rick Promises A New Beginning In Walking Dead Season 9 Preview

by Erik Amaya


The road back to civilization has been a long one for The Walking Dead, but as this new preview for the upcoming ninth season reveals, Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) believes his band of survivors are nearing some semblance of life before the outbreak. Of course, that’s the exact sort of confidence which often leads to downfalls on this program.

And that downfall may happen to Rick himself as Andrew Lincoln prepares to exit the program. Not that anyone on the production staff is willing to discuss the matter in any concrete way. Well, other than to say the show will be different not just because of Lincoln’s absence, but because Rick has literally left the stage. As executive producer and showrunner Angela Kang put it during a roundtable interview yesterday morning, the character’s departure changes the shape of stories because other leading characters like Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Carol (Melissa McBride) are “not Rick.” The other character’s reactions to situations will be materially different going forward.

But in the meantime, enjoy Rick’s dream of peace. Which will no doubt begin to shatter when the series returns on October 7th.

Erik Amaya

Host of Tread Perilously and a Film/TV Writer at Comicon.com and Rotten Tomatoes. A former staff writer at CBR and Bleeding Cool, and a contributing writer at Fanbase Press and Monkeys Fighting Robots. Voice of Puppet Tommy on The Room Responds. A seeker of the Seastone Chair and the owner of a Legion Flight Ring. Sorted into Gryffindor, which came as some surprise.

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