The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus, who plays crossbow-wielding redneck Daryl in the hit zombie series, has warned that the upcoming new season will be “gut-wrenching” and “terrifying”.
Speaking to Extra’s Mark Wright ahead of season nine’s premiere, Reedus said that the show’s latest instalment has a “different feel” to its predecessors.
“The whole show is being driven by women, we have all new women writers, actors, directors, a new showrunner, and it’s really put a different spin on the show,” he explained.
“It’s really heartfelt, it’s really dangerous — it’s a gut-wrenching, terrifying, really honest season. It’s been great.”
The Walking Dead season 9 premieres on October 7 in the US and October 8 in the UK.
A trailer for The Walking Dead season 9 was recently released – and it shows the beginnings of his downfall of Rick Grimes. You can watch the trailer here.
As season 9 unfolds, Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) finds himself increasingly isolated from his friends, who aren’t happy with his leadership.
The likes of Maggie, Daryl and Michonne are concerned that tensions in the community they’ve created are going to reach tipping point.
The trailer also gives a sneak peak at the new villains The Whisperers at the end, as we hear a rattling voice say: ‘Where are they?’
A new lengthy plot synopsis has also been unveiled for season 9, which reads: ‘Last season brought the culmination of “All Out War,” which pitted Rick Grimes and his group of survivors against the Saviors and their cunning leader, Negan. With Negan’s life in his hands, Rick had a character-defining choice in front of him.
‘By making the unilateral decision to spare Negan, Rick upheld the values his late son, Carl, championed in order to build for the future, but created conflict within his group. Now, we see our survivors a year and a half after the end of the war, rebuilding civilisation under Rick’s steadfast leadership.
‘It is a time of relative peace among the communities as they work together, looking to the past to forge the future, but the world they knew is rapidly changing as man-made structures continue to degrade and nature takes over changing the landscape and creating new challenges for our survivors.
‘As time passes, the communities confront unexpected obstacles, danger, and of course, walkers, but nothing quite prepares them for the formidable force they are about to encounter, which threatens the very idea of civilisation that our survivors have worked so hard to build.’
You can watch the trailer below.