New Sneak Peek of The Walking Dead Season 9 Reveals Negan’s Take on Rebuilding

Rick isn’t saving the world – he’s just getting it ready for Negan.

By Chris Morse

A new season 9 preview for The Walking Dead recently surfaced exclusively from IGN, teasing a verbal confrontation between Alexandria leader Rick Grimes and the imprisoned Negan. The short clip, which features some new footage from the upcoming season, is overlaid with a voice-over from Negan, taunting his rival about what all the hard work he's pouring into the communities really means.

"You're not saving the world. You're just getting it ready for me."

Negan was often recognized by his iconic weapon, a baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire named Lucille, but this season, Rick is apparently sporting a trademark weapon from his own. A new teaser surfaced on the series' official Instagram account, showing off his brand-new mace, spikes and all. Check it out below.

Andrew Lincoln's time on the show may be coming to an end, but AMC has no plans of burying The Walking Dead universe any time soon. As reported by Forbes, The network's CEO recently spoke at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference and detailed just how much is being planned for the franchise that spawned from the mind of Robert Kirkman. Read his comments below.

The Walking Dead is a universe...and we have a plan to manage over the next decade, plus. That plan is a careful plan to respect the world of the fans of that world.

Season 9 of The Walking Dead will jump ahead roughly a year and a half following Negan’s imprisonment at the conclusion of the all-out war with the Saviors. You can check out the official synopsis and key art for the season below.

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 civilization 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 civilization that our survivors have worked so hard to build.

The Walking Dead returns for its ninth season on Sunday, October 7th.

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Chris Morse

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