'The Walking Dead' season 9 premiere will be their longest one so far
The season 9 premiere episode will be on for almost a full 90 minutes, making it their longest episode so far.
'The Walking Dead' fans are certainly in for a treat. The season 9 premiere episode will be on for almost a full 90 minutes, making it their longest episode so far. The episode that will air on October 7 will air from 9 pm ET to approximately 10.26 pm ET, says ComicBook.com. The show that airs on AMC will also be participating in the upcoming New York Comic Con that will be held over the first weekend of October. The title of the said episode, that is directed by Greg Nicotero remains unknown.
The ninth season of the show is speculated to return without Andrew Lincoln and Lauren Cohan. There is also a change in showrunners - Scott Gimple who served as showrunner for the zombie series has taken the role of a chief content officer while Angela Kang, who has been a writer for the show for a long time has been upped to showrunner.
In a recent interview, Kang had said that Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) will continue sparring in the upcoming season of 'The Walking Dead'. Although Grimes is getting an appearance update in the season, his attitude hasn't changed. "We talked about it in the writer's room, just this idea of, when a war ends — and then you have people who are soldiers in the war, generals — what happens when there’s no real transition? Because it’s an apocalypse," Kang said during 'The Walking Dead Nine' preview special.
Fans will also need to adjust to the time jump in the upcoming season as it begins 18 months after the end of All Out War. In the beginning, all the communities will be working together and peace will prevail...until it won't. "I think in a lot of ways, Rick goes down there and it’s part therapy and part gloating. They’re just trying to work their way through it. They both feel in some ways like dinosaurs after the war.
As Rick is trying to figure out what’s the next step, what’s the next mission, Negan kind of needles him, but Rick needs to be able to justify, ‘This is why I kept you alive, it’s so that we can have a future,'" she said. "So that’s really what it is, him trying to kind of work it through. And also tell him, though, like, ‘Hey man, you’re suffering, we’ve got a good thing going.'"
She also said that the relationship between Negan and Maggie will see a change. Although subtle, she will no longer be the person who avoids confrontation just so she can keep the peace. "He has been so supportive of the fact that she’s kind of coming into her own as a leader, he said that he would be the only to follow her, and then at the end of the season when he kind of made this unilateral decision in some ways to spare Negan when they had a pact to kill him, that didn’t sit well with Maggie," said Kang, adding that she won't just "fall in line with everything Rick’s doing because she has to take care of her own people now."