AMC brought their hit series The Walking Dead back to San Diego Comic-Con to promote the upcoming Season 9 of the show, which debuts this fall. Fans of the franchise have been a bit disappointed by the last few seasons, but the brand-new trailer for Season 9 might bring some of those skeptics back. Right away, the time jump is teased and the return of Jon Bernthal's Shane Walsh is hinted at. It has been confirmed that Bernthal will be in at least one episode of The Walking Dead, after being written off of the show after his good friend Rick (Andrew Lincoln) stabbed him.
Hall H was pumped up to see The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman as well as the cast discuss the upcoming 9th season. While the storyline for the next season is being kept under wraps, we know that there will be some time jumping as well as a trip to Washington D.C., which was teased in a recently released poster that AMC revealed a few weeks ago. As previously noted, the new trailer for Season 9 looks to be a confusing return to form for the hit show.
While there was a pretty big focus on Yvette Nicole Brown taking over The Walking Dead panel, the trailer seems to be what has left a lasting impression on fans who were lucky enough to be in attendance. Brown took over panel hosting duties from usual host Chris Hardwick, who is currently on a leave of absence from all hosting anything tied to AMC after sexual misconduct allegations. In the end, it didn't really matter at all who was on stage, just as long as The Walking Dead Season 9 was teased.
Jon Bernthal was spotted near the set of The Walking Dead last month, eating at a restaurant with his co-stars, which immediately led to speculation that he was returning to the show. Since then, AMC has confirmed the news, but no other details have been released. Andrew Lincoln's Rick is going through some pretty intense stuff for Season 9, as evidenced by the latest trailer, along with the rest of the cast. Plus, diehard fans are waiting to see if Season 9 will be the one to finally reveal who is piloting that mysterious helicopter. Even after the trailer release, there are still a bunch of questions.
The Walking Dead panel at Hall H wasn't the only thing that fans could attend for some walker fun. AMC also set up their "Dead Quarters," which is the official fan zone of the hit AMC show as well as its spin-off, Fear the Walking Dead. The immersive experience features a curated walk through of settings from both shows, and includes The Sanctuary and a terrifying 22-foot Zombie slide. If that wasn't enough, there are also photo opportunities with the walkers and other included in the immersive experience. You can check out the brand-new trailer for The Walking Dead Season 9 below, thanks to AMC.