Andrew Lincoln in set to exit The Walking Dead this coming season, and a new synopsis has been released by AMC (via ScreenRant) that gives us a clue on the aftermath of Rick Grimes' war with the saviors.
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Last season brought the culmination of "All Out War," which pitted Rick Grimes and his group of survivors against the Saviors and their cunning leader, Negan. With Negan's life in his hands, Rick had a character-defining choice in front of him. By making the unilateral decision to spare Negan, Rick upheld the values his late son, Carl, championed in order to build for the future, but created conflict within his group.
Now, we see our survivors a year and a half after the end of the war, rebuilding civilization under Rick's steadfast leadership. It is a time of relative peace among the communities as they work together, looking to the past to forge the future, but the world they knew is rapidly changing as man-made structures continue to degrade, and nature takes over, changing the landscape and creating new challenges for our survivors.
As time passes, the communities confront unexpected obstacles, danger, and of course, walkers, but nothing quite prepares them for the formidable force they are about to encounter, which threatens the very idea of civilization that our survivors have worked so hard to build.
Besides that, we also get a new poster as well:
Though Rick is going to be written out of the show before even half the season passes, I think it's great that we actually get to see the character have some ‘peacetime' for a while—whatever that means in this show.
People who've also read the comics will know that the primary antagonists after Negan are the Whisperers. They're not outright mentioned in the synopsis, but they have been confirmed to make an appearance. In the comics, the Whisperers were a group of people who wore the skin of the dead and blended in among them. What makes them dangerous is their hatred for outsiders, as well as their ability to ‘herd' the walkers into massive hordes of thousands that they can unleash on their enemies.
The Walking Dead 9 comes to AMC this Oct. 7.