The ninth season of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” sees a changing of the guard behind the scenes as Angela Kang takes over as showrunner for the new episodes.
As a result of this, and a time jump in the story’s narrative, the new season will include the departure of at least two key regulars along with a shift in tone for the show’s content – the new episodes switching from a war-like stance last season to more of a western one this coming season. Speaking about the change, Kang tells EW:
“We’ll explore what happened as man-made objects and structures break down. Infrastructure like roads and bridges are changing and crumbling. And we’ll also explore what happens as resources are getting low. There’s a fun Western vibe that has emerged.
We are going into a period where a lot of the things that we’ve seen in previous seasons have broken down, so they’ve got these horses and carriages that are being drawn around instead of cars. Things are lit with oil lamps. People are using different kinds of weaponry. There’s a real grittiness to it that I think will be fun and fresh for the viewers.”
The first trailer for new season debuts at Comic-Con later this month ahead of the show’s return in the Fall.