The Walking Dead Pictured: Danai Gurira, Callan McAuliffe

The Walking Dead Season 9 Photo & Time Jump Details Released

Showrunner Angela Kang has confirmed that there will be a time jump when The Walking Dead returns for its ninth season in October, as well as a few other details for the upcoming season. Check out a first look photo for the new season, featuring Michonne on horseback, in the gallery below (via EW).

Kang discussed the new chapter of the series with the outlet, saying along with the time jump fans will “explore what happened as man-made objects and structures break down. Infrastructure like roads and bridges are changing and crumbling.” As the physical world changes around them, so will their means to survive as resources are getting low.

At the center of all of this change is Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), who is working to build the utopia that his late son, Carl, envisioned. Kang commented that fans will see unity within the group and how Rick’s vision of a new, peaceful collaboration between communities has “succeeded beyond anybody’s wildest imagination,” but we will also see “the cracks in that” as there are “some changes in the way that they deal with each other.”

Fans will have the chance to learn more about what’s in store for next season of The Walking Dead during the 2018 Comic-Con panel that will take place on Friday, July 20 from 12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. PT in Hall H following Fear the Walking Dead. Panelists include Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Executive producer and showrunner Angela Kang, executive producers Scott M. Gimple, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, and executive producer, director and special effects make-up supervisor Greg Nicotero will also attend the panel moderated by Yvette Nicole Brown.