Greg Nicotero and Scott Gimple Offer More Details on The Walking Dead Season 9

The show's producers explain why this is the right time to do something different.

By Chris Morse

In a press conference following the San Diego Comic-Con panel for The Walking Dead, executive producer Greg Nicotero and former showrunner Scott Gimple offered a little more insight into how they are reinventing the show and why this is the right time to do it, especially with the introduction of a new chapter of the story. At the Hall H panel, the team discussed the incoming Whisperers arc and also introduced some new characters in the official season 9 trailer for the series.

The next big threats beyond the war with the Saviors in the comic series are the Whisperers, who process the skin of the undead to help them blend in. When asked about the decision to bring this group to the show next, here's what Nicotero had to say.

Well, listen, we're super proud of the trailer. I watched it as we were cutting it together numerous times, and we really wanted to come out of the gate this year showing you guys that the show has been reinvented. We get to see Washington, D.C. and that great shot of Rick on horseback riding through and bashing the head in of a walker. So, with the new characters that we saw in the trailer and just that little tease at the end, for me personally I think it's one of the most exciting times that has been on the show in a long time because we have this new threat. It was really well-introduced in the comic book and it was something really exciting. Knowing that we did that little bit of a tease, I love that that's where the show is headed. It's just different. It's something we've never done before.

The Whisperers really are something different and will be a threat unlike what we've seen so far in the series. Many new characters are introduced during this time, so we can look forward to seeing them brought to life in the TV show adaptation.

Gimple had more to add, mentioning that season 9 will have a different timeline, alluding to the fact that we are getting a time jump when the show returns this fall.

​Well, it's a slightly new timeline. It is a new interpersonal kind of issues that lead not only to different kind of conflicts, but seeing character combinations so deeply sort of tied up with each other, that even though we've seen these characters for years and years, we just haven't seen this. There's so much new in this. I've worked on this with [Showrunner] Angela [Kang] to get things going in a support capacity, but I will say I've never been more of, like, a fan than I have before I was on the show. I see dailies a little bit, but I get to watch the shows new, almost like as the first fan, which is a heavy, heavy responsibility.

The Walking Dead will return on October 7th.


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Programmer by day, writer by night. Having grown up surrounded by plenty of horror movies and video games, it only made sense for Chris to combine all of these passions into one place: Dead Entertainment. Whether he's working on designs, tinkering with the platform, or just writing up the latest horror news, he's sure to be hard at work keeping the wheels turning on this website no matter what time of day it is. When not coding or gaming, you can find him donning a Cheesehead and heading to the Midwest to cheer on his favorite NFL team, the Green Bay Packers. #GoPackGo

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