The third day of the 2018 New York Comic Con on Saturday brought a lot of The Walking Dead news, including Season 9 casting and a great announcement about the Telltale Games video game, The Walking Dead: The Final Season.
TVLine reports that showrunner Angela Kang revealed at NYCC that former Walking Dead stars Sonequa Martin-Green (Sasha) and Scott Wilson (Hershel) will make an appearance in Season 9, which premieres on Sunday, October 7. Sadly, this reveal comes at the same time that news broke about the death of Scott Wilson. The actor had already shot his scenes for Season 9.
The two are joined by the previously-announced Jon Bernthal, who is also reprising the role of Shane for the new season. How they will all return was not revealed, but with Andrew Lincoln’s Rick departing the show this season, one would think it might be through flashbacks. Martin-Green is now part of the Star Trek: Discovery cast and Bernthal plays Marvel’s The Punisher on Netflix.
Also, with the shutting down of Telltale Games, fans did not think they would get to see the full season of The Walking Dead: The Final Season and the completion of Clementine’s story. Robert Kirkman’s Skybound Games has put those worries to rest, as the company has announced it will finish the game!
We’re SO happy to announce that we’ve reached a deal with @telltalegames that will allow Skybound to continue #TheWalkingDead: The Final Season! Let’s wrap up Clem’s story right! More details to come soon. pic.twitter.com/ShyREw65iq
— Skybound Games (@skyboundgames) October 7, 2018
Two of The Final Season‘s four episodes were released, but there had been no plans to finish the last two episodes before this announcement.
On AMC’s The Walking Dead Season 9, 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.
Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, The Walking Dead reigns the number one drama on television among adults 18-49 for the last six seasons. The series is executive produced by chief content officer Scott M. Gimple, showrunner Angela Kang, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Greg Nicotero, Tom Luse and Denise Huth.