Survivors of the zombie apocalypse are once again butting heads in the new trailer for “Walking Dead” Season 9, unearthed recently by AMC at San Diego Comic-Con.
In addition to revealing an October premiere date, the clip (above) teases several story lines from the upcoming season, including Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and Daryl's (Norman Reedus) growing discontentment, a stand-off involving Carol (Melissa McBride), and how each community of survivors will attempt to rebuild after last season's all-out war. But the through line for the trailer and perhaps the season are the philosophical differences between Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and the villainous Negan (repeat Stern Show guest Jeffrey Dean Morgan), the latter of whom offers his musings from the confines of a jail cell.
As Rick shares a bold vision for how all the survivors might come together and possibly live in harmony, Negan remains skeptical. “That’s a real pretty picture you paint there, Rick. When do I get to see it?” he tells him (above), adding later, “When it finally goes to shit, and it will, make sure you come back and tell me all about that date.”
When Jeffrey Dean Morgan visited the Stern Show most recently in 2018, he and Howard explored the differences between the fan-favorite characters of Rick and Negan. While the King of All Media made a case for how Negan could be perceived as the show’s clear-cut villain, his guest argued that Rick's actions might well make him just as bad. Check out their debate (below) and listen to the full interview here.
“The Walking Dead” Season 9 premieres Sunday Oct. 7 on AMC. Watch the official 2018 Comic-Con trailer (above).