The Walking Dead Season 9 EP. 1-5

The Walking Dead Season 9

The ninth season of The Walking Dead, an American post-apocalyptic horror television series on AMC premiered on October 7, 2018, and will consist of 16 episodes, split into two parts; each consisting of eight episodes with the latter half airing in early 2019. Developed for television by Frank Darabont, the series is based on the eponymous series of comic books by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard. The executive producers are Kirkman, David Alpert, Scott M. Gimple, Angela Kang, Greg Nicotero, Tom Luse, Denise Huth, and Gale Anne Hurd, with Kang taking over the role of showrunner from Gimple.

Eighteen months after the defeat of Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) under an alliance of communities spearheaded by Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), the season focuses on the united communities as they face obstacles and dangers both outside and inside their alliance, with the threat of the mysterious Whisperers looming.

The ninth season will be the final season for lead actor Andrew Lincoln, who has portrayed Rick Grimes since the series’ first season. Lauren Cohan, who has portrayed Maggie Greene since the second season, is scheduled to only appear in the first half of this season due to other commitments, and her return in the future is currently unknown as both parties haven’t been able to reach an agreement.