The official trailer for the upcoming season teased a civil war brewing among the survivors as the various communities attempt to build towards a new future. But as these new teasers foreshadow, getting to this new future won’t be easy.
In the first teaser, “New Beginnings,” we hear from Negan who has an ominous message for Rick: “You’re not saving the world; you’re just getting it ready for me.”
The second teaser is a bit brighter and more full of hope as we actually get a glimpse of Rick and Michonne enjoying some quality time together. We also get a glimpse of some Carol and Ezekiel romance before a final shot of Rick and Michonne holding hands. Of course, this is The Walking Dead we’re talking about, so this whole “better future” Rick is fighting for will probably end horribly for everyone.
The Walking Dead returns for its ninth season – and Rick’s final episodes – on Sunday, October 7 at 9/8c. Perhaps this whole “new beginnings” and “future begins now” relates not only to those in the show but is also symbolic for us fans who have to prepare for life in The Walking Dead without Rick.