New photos, trailer for The Walking Dead season 9

A longer trailer for the upcoming season of The Walking Dead putting emphasis on the new life Rick has built for his community and how much the world has changed.

Collider reports that an extra-long trailer for the ninth season of apocalypse drama has just been released, teasing the big changes coming for the main cast.

The Walking Dead Season 9 Rick (played by Andrew Lincoln) begins the trailer addressing his former nemesis, Negan (played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan):

“It wasn’t that long ago we were fighting to stay alive… But it’s not like that anymore. We’re building. We’re growing. Still ready to deal with this world on its own terms.”

But this new world does not sit well with another of the main characters, Daryl Dixon (played by Norman Reedus). He says:

“That small group we had back in the beginning, we could do anything.. That was right. This don’t feel right.”

He might as well have been talking about the show, whose cast has expanded significantly since the first season.

As previously reported, Lincoln is set to leave The Walking Dead this season, after being the show’s longest-running protagonist. There are not many clues yet on how he will be making his grand exit but the season is certainly building up to it and it is bound to be emotional.

The Walking Dead Season 9 IGN interviewed showrunner Angela Kang about Rick’s final episodes. She said:

“This is new territory for us; obviously there have been characters that we’ve said goodbye to over the years, but he’s the person who brought us into the show…But we have such a strong ensemble and there’s such beautiful scenes between a lot of these core characters that we’ve been tracking for many years. Rick has such interesting and deep relationships with these characters and you really feel the way that he has touched these different people’s lives, so I think these episodes that he’s in… Andy is incredible in them, for one thing, and I think our directors that have come in have done some of their finest work, so I’m excited for people to see the journey.”

“Obviously there’s a lot of expectations and we really hope that we don’t let people down; we hope that people come along for the ride, but I do think it’s an incredibly emotional journey and I think the performances and the work that people have done are pretty amazing.”

The Walking Dead Season 9 MaggieThen, there’s Maggie (played by Lauren Cohan), who disagreed with Rick’s decision last season and seemed to be on the verge of starting a coup within the group. Cohan has a commitment to star in ABC’s Whiskey Cavalier but Kang says that there are no real plans to end Cohan’s time on The Walking Dead. She said of Maggie this season:

“Lauren came onto the show the same time I did, actually – so I’ve really enjoyed writing for her and working with her and the plan is to have more story with her, so we’ve figured out a way to have this chapter with Maggie. And we really see [that] she has fully come into her own as a leader – she’s a leader who is as strong, as formidable as Rick, who is smart and humane and she also, when she makes a promise to do something, she wants to pursue it, so that’s part of the story that we play. An element of the season is, we explore this idea of domino effects, and so we’ll see an event that happens in the first episode that dominoes in surprising ways into a really interesting story for Maggie.”

Kang also talked about the new villains for the season, the Whisperers, led by Alpha (played by Samantha Morton). These characters will be familiar to those who read The Walking Dead comics but Kang was careful not to give any spoilers:

“What I was so taken by in the comic – because that was being written as I was working on the show and I was reading it in real time and going ‘oh my god, what’s happening?’ – is the sense of unfolding discovery and mystery there, and the sense that walkers can be… a different kind of threat than we’ve had before, and they can be used in ways that we’ve never seen. It’s a story that has a lot of really strange and interesting layers. That’s one of the things that’s been most exciting to write this season.”

The Walking Dead season nine will air on October 7 on AMC.

Check out the trailer below: