AMC announces return of The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead S9 Ep8 EvolutionThe second half of the ninth season of The Walking Dead will return next February.

After the mid-season finale introduced the season’s newest and most disturbing villains, The Whisperers, the show will go on hiatus until 2019. Michonne and the others have finally clashed against a group of humans who choose to dress themselves as walkers and who are determined to destroy everyone in their path. Samantha Morton has been cast as the leader of the Whisperers but we have yet to meet her character on the show. The newest trailer gives us a sense of the dangers that are approaching.

The latest episode also saw Negan being inadvertently (or intentionally?) freed from his prison of the last years. While everyone is too distracted to notice he’s gone, the trailer reveals that he is making a comeback.

There’s also whatever fallout happened between Alexandria and the other communities. Siddiq asks Michonne what happens if the Kingdom falls but Alexandria survives and the latter coldly replies, “Alexandria survives.” Hopefully, we get to see flashbacks about what happened in the last six years.

Here is what you can expect from the next batch of episodes:

“The second half of The Walking Dead season nine finds our groups of survivors, both old and new, continuing to deal with the impact of events that took place during the six years that have passed. Since the disappearance of Rick, many of these characters have become strangers to each other, and in some ways, strangers to themselves. What they do know is that they are in undeniable danger. They will soon realize the world just beyond does not operate as they thought. The group’s rules and ways of survival no longer guarantee their safety. A whole new threat has crossed their paths, and they soon discover it’s unlike any threat they have encountered or endured before. The group will start to question what they think they see. What may appear to be normal in this post-apocalyptic world could actually be more disturbing and terrifying than when the apocalypse first broke out. All that is certain is the stakes are high and numerous.”

Watch out for The Whisperers when The Walking Dead returns on February 10 on AMC.

Check out the new trailer below: