AMC has released a brand new trailer for The Walking Dead season 9, teasing what's to come during the show's next three episodes. Following the events of the latest episode, What Comes After, viewers are in for a major shake-up and this is our first good look at what's coming down the pipeline during the show's new era. The survivors are going to be facing a brand new, very deadly enemy and trying to get on without Rick Grimes.
Warning: spoilers ahead for The Walking Dead season 9, episode 5. Andrew Lincoln's Rick Grimes officially made his departure at the end of the most recent episode, but didn't actually die, to the surprise of many. Instead, Rick is off to headline a trilogy of movies for AMC taking place in this universe, while everyone else, including his now much older daughter Judith (thanks to a significant time jump) are left to navigate the wasteland.
Judith (Cailey Fleming) is taking up her father's mantle quite nicely in her young age. Thanks to the time jump, lots of other characters, including Carol and Michonne, are sporting new looks. Daryl is also very much a recluse at this point. Most importantly, this trailer introduces us to The Whisperers, who were introduced as a major threat in Robert Kirkman's comic book series in issue #130. Basically, they are survivors who wear suits made of human flesh so that they can blend in with the Walkers which, as we see in the trailer, is quite confusing to everyone. This enemy ends up leading to a very deadly event known as The Whisperer War in the comics and that's what is coming our way following this season 9 leap forward in time. Samantha Morton (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) and Ryan Hurst (Sons of Anarchy) will lead The Whisperers as Alpha and Beta.
In addition to the extended trailer, AMC has also released a clip from next week's episode online, which features Father Gabriel and Rosita taking a look at a radio and trying to contact other survivors in the outside world. While there are risks with such an endeavor, after surviving in the zombie wasteland for roughly a decade, it's only natural to wonder if anyone else has managed to live this long so that they can try and re-establish some sort of civilization. This should be a key element to keep an eye on in the coming weeks.
Over the last two seasons, The Walking Dead has seen its ratings decline rapidly. There is certainly a renewed discussion around the series right now, given what happened on the most recent episode, but what will that do for the ratings in the future? It will be very interesting to see where this all goes both from a story standpoint and from a business standpoint. Be sure to check out the new trailer and clip from the AMC YouTube channel for yourself below. The Walking Dead returns on Sunday, November 11.