‘Walking Dead’ Reveals Season 9 Debut Date & Trailer Of Fractured Survivors – Comic-Con

Chang wrote the Season 9 opener with Nicotero directing, as he has in past seasons.” />
Even though AMC's zombie-apocalypse blockbuster has a new showrunner and leads Andrew Lincoln and Lauren Cohan are stepping back from the series, TWD followed its usual SDCC pattern of announcing its latest premiere date and dropping new trailer for the thousands in the San Diego Convention Center’s largest room. Watch the trailer above.
Opening with a time jump to an aged and grizzled Rick Grimes (Lincoln) saying directly to camera "it's been a long time since we've had one of these talks," the nearly six-minute sneak peek finds villain Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) behind bars and cohesion breaking down among the core survivors in a world feeling a lot more 16th century than 21st century.
The quintet was onstage right beforehand for the Fear the Walking Dead panel, where Gimple teased more potential crossovers between the original show and the spin-off. Gimple also was back with Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Dave Alpert and fellow EP Greg Nicotero. Moderated by interim Talking Dead host Yvette Nicole Brown, who took over for Chris Hardwick after sexual assault allegations were made against The Wall frontman, today’s panel featured showrunner Angela Chang, Lincoln and Cohan, who co-stars on ABC's fall drama Whiskey Cavalier. Former showrunner and now Chief Content Officer Scott M. Morgan, Norman Reedus and Danai Gurira also were onstage as in past years.
The Walking Dead returned to Comic-Con’s Hall H today and will be coming back to the small screen for its ninth season on October 7, it was announced Friday — and fans got a look at what's going to go down.

Andrew Lincoln Confirms He’s Leaving ‘Walking Dead’ – Comic-Con

Lincoln's statements came soon after the more than six thousand fans packed into Hall H learned the debut date for Season 9 and saw an action filled trailer for the upcoming episodes.
The Walking Dead returns for its ninth season of October 7.” />
The sometimes close to tears Lincoln added that the long running TWD still a lot of runway to go because “no one is bigger than the story.” Rick Grimes is far from over,” Lincoln added telling the fans who “amazing” the role has been for him professional and personally. “My relationship with Mr. Turning to thank many of his cast mates and the EPs on-stage with him, the Love Actually alum made a point of saying he was departing to spend more time with his family back in the UK and taking some time off.
“I don’t want this to become an Oscar acceptance speech or a obituary,” a clearly emotional Lincoln said to the packed and eerily quiet Hall H as he addressed “the elephant in the room” of his departure – which Deadline first reported back in May and creator Robert Kirkman all but confirmed yesterday at SDCC.
Norman Reedus, Danai Gurira, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who play villain Negan on the show. The latter directed the Season 9 opener that Kang penned. Moderated by interim Talking Dead host Yvette Nicole Brown today’s panel featured Lincoln, Kirkman, new showrunner Angela Chang, Whiskey Cavalier co-star Lauren Cohan. Former showrunner and now Chief Content Officer Scott M. Gimple was also on-stage again with fellow EPs Gale Anne Hurd, Dave Alpert, and fellow EP Greg Nicotero.
:It means everything to me. "I love this show," he declared. “This will be my last season playing the role of Rick Grimes,” Andrew Lincoln told Comic-Con today on The Walking Dead panel. I’m particularly fond of the people who watch this show.” I love the people who make this show.