It’s no surprise that Andrew Lincoln’s final performance as Rick Grimes in The Walking Dead will be featured in the upcoming season. Now that the cat’s out of the bag, AMC is using the news to help with advertising Season Nine of the long-running zombie television series. Introducing: the “Rick Grimes’ Final Episodes” trailer… a “new” clip which is essentially a previously released trailer with a couple of key edits. The footage is all the same as what can be found in the original SDCC 2018 trailer, but this time around the music is a little different and the volume of the mysterious whispering has been raised now that we know who has been cast as the new villains… The Whisperers. You can watch the new edit below:
David Cronenberg- the influential writer/director behind such classic films as Scanners, Videodrome, The Fly, and Naked Lunch– is the recipient of this year’s lifetime achievement award at the Venice Film Festival. Variety reports that Cronenberg alluded to an upcoming “long-form personal TV project” he’s working on during a panel at the festival about the future of cinema, but he refused to offer any specific on the source material for the series or the network he’s working with. He simply said he, “can’t talk about it yet.” Oddly enough, we reported back in late July that Deadline announced that the source material would be Cronenberg’s 2014 novel, Consumed, and the network he’s working with would be AMC. Why Cronenberg would be so tight-lipped about these details more than a month later makes the whole story more mysterious than, well, the plot of a David Cronenberg movie! Is the television project he alluded to at Venice Film Festival the Consumed project at AMC? Or are we about to be treated to two David Cronenberg television projects? Only time will tell! read more
AMC will be adding a popular character from The Walking Dead comic book to its hit television show in the wake of the departure of Rick and Carl Grimes from the program. The Hollywood Reporter confirms that Lydia- the daughter of The Whisperers’ leader, Alpha (Samantha Morton)- will appear in Season Nine of the show. The Whisperer’s gimmick is that they wear Buffalo Bill style human skin suits to avoid being detected by zombies and human adversaries. Lydia will be played by Cassady McClincy. McClincy recently appeared in the movie, Love, Simon, and her recent horror resume includes roles in Lore and Castle Rock. read more
The Walking Dead panel at this year’s San Diego Comic Con included a brand new trailer for Season Nine and the official date for the upcoming season premiere. The clip features Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and crew rebuilding their new society while tensions clash between various groups of survivors. You can watch the trailer below:
At the Comic Con panel, Andrew Lincoln confirmed that Season Nine will indeed be his final season on the show. He received a standing ovation from emotional fans who have been watching his character’s development since the show began in 2010. read more
AMC has released the first art for season nine of The Walking Dead and it contains what looks to be a pretty important piece of information: The United States Capitol. In the poster below, we can clearly make out a building that can only be a crumbling Capitol Building (and another of those damned helicopters, of course) behind Rick, Carol, Michonne, Maggie and Daryl.
The poster, released by Deadline yesterday, is interesting for a few reasons: first of all, we are obviously following the mystery of the helicopter again this season (no surprise there). But the second, and most intriguing piece, is the Capitol because unless that large building was moved somehow, this means that the group ends up in Washington DC which signifies a major break from the comics. read more
As AMC’s The Walking Dead changes course amid ratings drops and the departures of key performers, the series still has a trick or two up its sleeves to keep viewers engaged. One of those tricks comes with the recent confirmation that a long-dead character will appear in one episode of the upcoming season. Shane’s back, baby!
TV Line reports that Jon Bernthal will return as Shane for one episode of Season Nine of The Walking Dead. The news has since been confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter. While AMC hasn’t officially confirmed the story, Bernthal was recently spotted with The Walking Dead cast members close to a shooting location in Georgia. Shane returned to the series once before as Rick’s hallucination, so it’s likely that he will appear again in a similar fashion. We know that Season Nine will be Andrew Lincoln’s last season, so it’s now or never for Rick to see his dearly departed ex-friend one last time. read more
Fans of writer Garth Ennis and the AMC adaptation of his outrageous genre-bending comic Preacher finally have a trailer for season 3 (which debuts on June 24 at 10:00 p.m.) and it is a doozy.
This season will certainly reveal more of Jesse’s past, as he is reunited with his devilish grandmother and degenerate uncles. According to the official AMC press release, “In Season 3, Jesse Custer’s quest for God takes him back to the place he’s been avoiding his whole life: home. Jesse, Tulip, and Cassidy return to Angelville, the Louisiana Plantation where Jesse was raised, and find old grudges and deadly obligations await them. With the help of his friends — and a few enemies — Jesse will need to escape his past… because the future of the world depends on it.” read more
Fans of AMC’s The Walking Dead are used to seeing the show continue without some of their favorite characters… but what if the next big character exit were none other than Rick Grimes?
Collider reported this afternoon that Andrew Lincoln will be leaving the series next season, marking a departure of the main character of the franchise. No further reasons were given for Lincoln’s departure, but several news outlets are citing off-screen drama between the talent and the studio bean counters, including Lauren Cohan’s recent very-public contract negotiations. read more
While the franchise is still drawing incredible viewership numbers by any comparison other than its previous performance, AMC’s The Walking Dead set several dubious milestones with Season Eight’s ratings. First, the season premiere in October, 2017 earned the lowest premiere ratings for the show since Season Three. By November, the show’s regular episodes started netting the lowest ratings numbers since Season Two, and the mid-season premiere in February, 2018 drew the lowest mid-season premiere ratings in the history of the franchise. Now, the season finale ratings numbers are in, and they continue this season’s trend of falling back to earlier, smaller milestones. read more
In Entertainment Weekly’s exclusive interview with The Walking Dead’s Scott Gimple, the showrunner claimed that this Sunday’s finale will finally wrap up eight seasons of storytelling, and head in a new direction in season nine.
Gimple realized that “People were pretty to the limit this year emotionally.” and therefore “…this episode isn’t just like these 15 episodes coming to a conclusion, but Angela and myself and the writers had always talked about this in many ways being sort of the conclusion of the first eight seasons. This show will be very much a new show next year and with a bigger, new narrative. It was something I was really excited about getting into even before season 8. And so there was just a certain weight in the air of the kind of conclusion that we were getting closer to. It was a weird graduation for everybody.” read more