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Category: The Walking Dead
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There’s going to be a lot of change when it comes to this season of The Walking Dead. Some of those changes will be thrilling, such as the introduction of beloved comic villains The Whisperers, while other changes will be a bit tough to swallow, such as the departures of Andrew Lincoln and Lauren Cohan. One change, however, that’s really exciting is that season 9 will be jumping forward in time, allowing for a fresh start and the opportunity for new stories to flesh out rather than build up.
“We’re playing with time in the season, so we get to jump forward in the story,” Kang said at a Walking Dead panel earlier this year.
Well, thanks to The Walking Dead’s Preview Special this past Sunday on AMC, we now know just how long that time jump will be. While guest-host Yvette Nicole Brown was interviewing new showrunner Angela Kang, Khary Payton (King Ezekiel), and Tom Payne (Jesus), Payne revealed that the show would be jumping forward “18 months” in the story.
While there is still a bit of mystery surrounding just where our survivors will all be after a year and a half, we do know that the communities are all thriving together in one common area, that Maggie will have finally had her baby (with the most perfect name), Heath may finally be coming back, and that some popular comic characters will be making their appearance. Fantastic Beast’s star Samantha Morton will be joining the cast as Whisperers leader, Alpha. Entourage’s Rhys Coiro and The 100’s Zach McGowan will be playing Savior’s Jed and Justin, with The X-Files’ alum John Finn stepping in to play Earl, and Brett Butler will plat Tammy.
Despite the show entering an impressive ninth season with an 18 month time jump, the cast and creators can’t stop talking about how much the show feels like the early seasons that were adored by fans, especially in the upcoming premiere.
“I think there was a lot of the pilot episode that was reminiscent of this opening episode and also a couple of other episodes, too. We have a few surprises as we both know, but we’re not allowed to talk about them,” Lincoln said.
The Walking Dead fanbase has been down in the dumps for a while now after a pair of lackluster seasons for the Negan War, the recent non-comic-based death of (spoilers) Carl, and now news that Andrew Lincoln, Rick Grimes himself, is leaving the show.
And yet, after SDCC this week, I find myself…looking forward to season 9 quite a bit. The show produced one hell of a trailer for season 9, which I highly recommend you watch below, but past the fact that it looked pretty promising, there are a few things I’m really looking forward to seeing unfold this season.
First, watch the trailer, then let’s talk:
I am genuinely looking forward to seeing what new showrunner Angela Kang has in store for The Walking Dead, partially because yes, I am desperate to get out of the Scott Gimple era at this point, but also because every interview I’ve read or seen with Kang, she comes off really well, like she understands the issues that have plagued the show and what we need to see going forward. While I don’t know if she’s going to be a magic bullet to fix everything that ails the show, she has given me faith that she knows what she’s doing and is going to try to make something different and great, recapturing what people loved about the show years ago. We’ll see how it goes, but I am definitely interesting in seeing what she has planned.
A Return To Mystery
While there were obviously some changes to the Negan War from the page to the screen, the past two years stuck with the general framework of the comics for the most part. But now for at least the first half of season 9, we seem to be taking a detour into unknown territory. We have the mystery of Jadis and the helicopter to solve, something that has nothing to do with anything we’ve seen in the comics, and also the group is heading to Washington DC on an adventure, again, something that does not take place in the source material. We know that yes, we are heading toward the comic-based Whisperer plotline (as teased at the end of the trailer), but I’m hoping for some solid season 4/5-like non-comic content to take us places we’re not expecting.
The 100 Actors
Not one but two actors from one of my favorite shows, The 100, are joining The Walking Dead this season, which I am extremely excited to see. One is Nadia Hilker who will be playing Magna, a much-anticipated character from the comics, and the other is Zach McGowan, also a veteran of Black Sails and Agents of SHIELD, who will be playing Jed, an unknown character who we saw brawling with Daryl more than once in the season 9 trailer. The 100 already gave Fear the Walking Dead its best actress in Alycia Debnam-Carey, so I’m excited to see what these two do here.
I was wondering if The Walking Dead was just going to skip the Whisperer comic storyline altogether, but after hearing those whispers in the trailer, I have to say I am looking forward to seeing that adaption onscreen. I am most curious about how it’s going to be handled given the fact that Carl essentially is the star of this storyline, and he’s…not exactly around anymore. Still, I think Whisperers have the potential to be even more terrifying than the Saviors onscreen if handled correctly, and if the show can fix some of the comic’s problems with this storyline. Overall, I’m glad they’re doing it.
While I am not looking forward to Rick being off of The Walking Dead, I am kind of looking forwarding to seeing how Rick leaves The Walking Dead, given that it has to be totally outside the bounds of the comics, where he’s still running the show. My worst fear is that they sacrifice him to The Whisperers to recreate a horrifying comic moment, as I think he deserves better than that. So hopefully, that leaves some sort of heroic ending for him, or there’s a far-flung theory that he will be able to leave the show without actually dying, perhaps being kidnapped and showing up again several years from now when Lincoln wants to return. One of the biggest quotes out of SDCC is Lincoln saying his relationship with Rick Grimes is “far from over,” despite acknowledging he was leaving the show. That could just mean he’ll continue to show up at conventions, or it could mean something else entirely. I am curious to find out what he and the writers have planned, even if I don’t want to see him leave.
AMC just released the first full season 9 trailer for The Walking Dead. All I can say is things look like they are about to get intense, and it looks like Zach’s character Justin is really taking a beating. You can check out the video with accompanying article from Variety below. I also added a few screencaps to the gallery. Unfortunately, the scenes with Zach are quick, and you can’t see him very clearly.
The long-running AMC zombie series showed off the first official trailer for its upcoming ninth season on Friday.
The trailer debuted at “The Walking Dead’s” Comic-Con panel following the “Fear the Walking Dead” presentation, which featured its own trailer for the upcoming season. AMC also announced the new season’s premiere date: Oct. 7 at 9 p.m.
Season 9 picks up after the conclusion of the all-out war the survivors waged against Negan and his Saviors, focusing on Andrew Lincoln’s character, Rick Grimes, picking up the pieces and putting together the utopian society for a post-apocalyptic world. The footage featured Grimes and the rest of the survivors assembling infrastructure in their new society, as well as conversations with an imprisoned Negan. The trailer also showed tensions running high as supposedly reformed saviors clash with other survivors in disputes about how their new civilization should function and treat one another.
The walkers still remain an ever-present threat, as the trailer also contained cuts of Grimes and company fighting off the undead onslaught.
Lincoln also confirmed at the panel that he will leave the show this next season after leading it since its start in 2010.
The series also stars Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Lennie James, Alanna Masterson, Josh McDermitt, Christian Serratos, Seth Gilliam, Ross Marquand, Austin Amelio, Tom Payne, Xander Berkeley, Khary Payton, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
Looks like it’s official… Zach will be playing Justin on season 9 of The Walking Dead! Check out the article, and catch sneak peak of the new season, including Zach as Jed, below.
AMC has released a sneak peek at The Walking Dead season 9 ahead of its full trailer premiere Friday at San Diego Comic-Con.
The 25-second sneak peek highlights future leading man Daryl and Hilltop leader Maggie and teases an all new beginning for the survivors.
Daryl and a blood-soaked Maggie trek through the woods.
“You think you got all this on lock?” says an unseen Negan as Rick overlooks the united communities sat around a peaceful campfire.
“We need to start talking about making some rules,” Michonne tells Maggie. Faces say it all: neither are happy with each other. The controversy of Rick’s decision to spare Negan lingers in the air between them.
“An agreement between all the communities,” Michonne tells the Hilltop leader. “Like, ‘This is how we treat each other… and this is what happens when we don’t.’”
Rick heads through a built-up camp. Rosita does some gun-keeping with Beatrice of Oceanside. A stick-thin tree stump serves as a makeshift direction post. HQ and Sanctuary to the left. Oceanside, Alexandria, and Toledo, Ohio, to the right.
Rick nods to former Saviors Laura and Arat. Kingdom loyalists Jerry and Nabila share a kiss. Daryl socks a big guy, Jed — one of the new season 9 characters played by series newcomer Zach McGowan.
AMC will debut the trailer in full at The Walking Dead’s annual San Diego Comic-Con presentation Friday afternoon.
Series stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan will be on hand to present the new season in a panel that includes new showrunner Angela Kang and producers David Alpert, Scott Gimple, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero, and creator Robert Kirkman.
Lincoln is poised to exit the series this upcoming half-season.
“He cares about the fans. He cares about the show deeply. He wants to do something special on the way out,” Kirkman told IMDb. “We got something amazing planned. I wouldn’t want to spoil anything, but anybody who’s been a fan of his journey, who loves Rick Grimes, who loves the world of The Walking Dead, you’re going to want to see what we do.”
While no official announcement has been made, it appears as if The Walking Dead has added Zach McGowan to the cast of Season 9. The question is, who will McGowan play in the ever-expanding world of The Walking Dead.
At the moment, production on The Walking Dead’s ninth season is in full force. Shooting is underway and the cast members are getting to know some newcomers. One of the newest additions to the cast is Zach McGowan. He hasn’t officially been cast but an Instagram post by Pollyanna McIntosh all but confirms his involvement.
In the post, McIntosh is joined by her co-stars from The Walking Dead and McGowan. The accompanying text doesn’t explicitly welcome McGowan to the cast but the commenters who’ve seen the image all seemed to come to that conclusion. At the same time, McGowan’s own fan club congratulated him on getting the part. So, it’s probably safe to say he has an upcoming role on the series.
As far as who McGowan could be playing is anyone’s guess. Though, a popular theory online suggests he’s Beta of The Whisperers. McGowan has the hair and looks for the part but there’s no way to tell if that’s who he’s portraying, especially when The Whisperers haven’t been introduced yet.
The other possibility is for McGowan to play a member of Magna’s group. Casting for Magna was recently announced, meaning her character will need some company. Yumiko, Magna’s girlfriend from the comics was included in the announcement but we should also expect more members of her group to join them. Any of whom could be played by Zach McGowan.
Is Zach McGowan playing a member of Magna’s group?
If McGowan is set to play a member of Magna’s group, he probably won’t play one of the guys who gets devoured when they run into Jesus, in the comics.
In the comics, when Magna’s group is surrounded by a herd of walkers, Jesus stumbles upon them. He manages to get Magna and her group to safety but a few of them die in the process. Jesus then takes Magna and her group back to the Alexandria Safe-Zone.
The reason McGowan’s character will survive for a few episodes is that as an actor, he hasn’t had too many brief television roles. While he has made one-time appearances before, McGowan has mostly taken on recurring roles. Therefore, it goes to reason that his part on The Walking Dead will be similar.
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