The Walking Dead will return in February and now we have a new teaser trailer for the upcoming episodes. AMC decided to extend season 10 of the hit zombie series following the production shutdown that hit Hollywood earlier this year. The current season will get an additional six episodes next year, and the network has released a brief teaser showcasing what's to come, in addition to confirming the return date.

This latest teaser is brief but packs some major details. For one, we get a look at Hilarie Burton, who will be playing the real Lucille. Burton will be playing the wife of Negan, who is played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan on the series. Burton and Morgan are married in real life, which makes for a unique casting decision. Negan named his deadly bat after his late wife but we are poised to see the inspiration for his weapon of choice when season 10 returns. We also get a brief look at Glenn and Maggie's son, Hershel Rhee, who is growing up and looking a bit like his dearly departed father. Additionally, we're offered a glimpse of a new character, Mays, who will be played by Robert Patrick.

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AMC managed to get production up and running again back in October. For much of the year, the shows based on Robert Kirkman's comic books were sidelined. That meant the original season 10 finale had to be pushed back. It aired last month as a one-off special. Unfortunately, it didn't do particularly well in the ratings department. In any event, instead of leaving it at that, the network opted to extend this season a bit as they get ready to ramp things down leading up to the series finale.

The Walking Dead season 11, as was revealed earlier this year, will conclude the long-running show in 2022. But that is far from the end of this universe. AMC has already announced a new spin-off, which will center on Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride's Daryl and Carol. Fear the Walking Dead season 7 is already confirmed as well, plus there is a new anthology series titled Tales of the Walking Dead in development. Not to mention The Walking Dead: World Beyond, which is currently airing its first season. The second season of the two-season limited series will lead directly into the first Rick Grimes movie, which will bring back Andrew Lincoln in the leading role.

This to say, there is still a great deal of zombie action coming down the pipeline in the coming years. Even though ratings have been steadily in decline for several years now, The Walking Dead remains one of the most-watched shows on cable, so there is reason, from a business perspective, to keep things going. But AMC is at least starting the process of trying to end the show that kicked this whole thing off a decade ago. Be sure to check out the new trailer for yourself as well as the announcement from The Walking Dead Twitter account.