With the season 9 premiere of AMC's The Walking Dead only days away, the network is giving viewers another preview of what to expect when the series returns with what many are saying is a "new show smell" – and with what will be Rick Grimes' (Andrew Lincoln) final season. In the following scene, Rick, Michonne (Danai Gurira), and Daryl (Norman Reedus) visit the Sanctuary for updates from Eugene (Josh McDermitt). While those at the Sanctuary marvel at "The Man Who Ended The War," Michonne is troubled by some very disturbing "graffiti" that's starting to appear – and worried it's foreshadowing darker times ahead…
The Walking Dead s09e01 'A New Beginning': Rick and his group make a risky run into Washington, D.C. to search for artifacts they will need to build the civilization he and Carl envisioned. Writer: Angela Kang / Director: Greg Nicotero
Here's a look at the first five minutes of the season premiere, 'A New Beginning':
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.
The Walking Dead returns to AMC with new showrunner Angela Kang on Sunday, October 7th at 9 p.m. ET/PT, with an extended 86 minute ninth-season premiere. Here's a look at some overview of the next seven episodes:
The Walking Dead s09e02 'The Bridge' – Writer: David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick / Director: Daisy Mayer
The Walking Dead s09e03 'Warning Signs' – Writer: Channing Powell / Director: Dan Liu
The Walking Dead s09e04 'The Obliged' – Writer: Geraldine Inoa / Director: Rosemary Rodriguez
The Walking Dead s09e05 'What Comes After' – Writer: Matthew Negrete / Director: Greg Nicotero
The Walking Dead s09e06 'Untitled' – Writer: Eddie Guzelian / Director: Larry Teng
The Walking Dead s09e07 'Stradivarius' – Writer: Vivian Tse / Director: Michael Cudlitz
The Walking Dead s09e08 'Evolution' – Writer: David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick / Director: Michael E. Satrazemis