First look: The Walking Dead Season 9 is going to be a blast

Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, 'The Walking Dead” reigns the number one drama on television among adults


                            First look: The Walking Dead Season 9 is going to be a blast

AMC on Thursday released a series of new images from the highly-anticipated Season 9 opener of 'The Walking Dead', premiering Sunday, October 7 at 9 pm ET/PT. 

Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, 'The Walking Dead' reigns the number one drama on television among adults 18-49 for the last six seasons. The series is executive produced by chief content officer Scott M Gimple, showrunner Angela Kang, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Greg Nicotero, Tom Luse and Denise Huth.

Season 9 of the show will see a huge change for everyone’s favourite bowman Daryl Dixon as new showrunner Angela Kang has dropped a major bombshell on fans.

Speaking to AMC recently, Angela revealed: “Since our characters are being more stingy with their bullets this year, we wanted to make sure Daryl had a good secondary weapon for hand-to-hand fighting. A crossbow is difficult to reload, so it’s not good for quick combat.”

The writer then went on to say the actor who plays Daryl was actually incredibly involved in the process of designing the new props.

She continued: “Norman helped to custom design a pair of knives that he can use for two-handed combat. They’re saw-backed Bowie knives with finger rings that allow you to quickly twirl the knives into different positions. You can grip them in either direction.”

Shedding light on what’s to come for the former Alexandrians in the ninth edition of the show, the producer said: "We’re seeing graffiti in the Sanctuary for the first time since the war: ‘Saviors Save Us.’ After all the misery we saw at the Sanctuary when the Saviors were in charge, this is a surprising message for our people to see in the aftermath of the war.

“‘We Are Still Negan’ is a nod back to the way the Saviors used to call themselves Negan, written in response to the call for help. In working on this story, the writers’ room discussed the appeal of authoritarian governments as a reaction to chaos and war.

“Andrew Lincoln picked up on that immediately when he saw this moment in the script and said, ‘Well, it’s the rise of fascism, isn’t it?’”

Meanwhile, Lauren Cohan quit her role as Maggie Rhee for the ninth season of 'The Walking Dead', immediately after Andrew Lincoln stepped out of the show to only appear in a few episodes for the season. Although there were rumors that Cohan would have taken over the lead role following Lincoln's departure from the show, the actress, however, confirmed that she wanted to concentrate more on other projects.

For any artist working on one particular project for too long can lead to boredom and Cohan seems to be no exception to the rule. In a conversation with the Associated Press, she stated that working for almost eight years in one show has made her too comfortable with her life in general. She said, "Eight years is a really long time to be in those emotional depths and it’s really fun for me because I never thought about drama as much when I started this career, and I always kind of assumed I’d do like light fare."