With new showrunner Angela Kang in place, Andrew Lincoln and Lauren Cohan preparing to depart, and Norman Reedus stepping up into more of a lead role, The Walking Dead is going through a lot of changes that back-up what the cast and crew have been saying for months: the ninth season of the AMC series will make fans feel like they're watching an entirely new show when it debuts Sunday, October 7th, at 9 p.m. ET/PT (with the extended premiere running until 10:26 p.m. ET/PT).
So with that, AMC is ramping up the promotional machine to make this season of The Walking Dead a truly memorable one. Following up the release of an official season 9 trailer, synopsis, and key art, we've got a new teaser entitled 'Kaleidoscope' that is ripe for over-analyzing – starting with that sweet cowboy hat/ponytail combo on Eugene (Josh McDermitt):
The series is also getting a refreshed logo, showing growth after eight seasons of steady decay. And in the character profile pics that follow, it appears after years of darkness our heroes are going to be spending some time in the sun – but will the light blind them to see the dangers still to come – from outside as well as from within?
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.
Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, "The Walking Dead" reigns the number one drama on television among adults 18-49 for the last six seasons. The series is executive produced by chief content officer Scott M. Gimple, showrunner Angela Kang, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Greg Nicotero, Tom Luse and Denise Huth.