Rick kept Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) alive in a prison cell. "Don't you ever get tired of acting like you're still in charge," Rick says to him. "Do you?" Negan replies.
Indeed, there are divisions within the ranks.
Maggie wants to lead. Rick’s closest ally Daryl, who is now on Maggie’s side, faces off against Rick.
On the bright side: Jerry has a girlfriend!
There are a raft of new cast members for season 9 now with Chandler Riggs gone, Andrew Lincoln departing, Lennie James off to "Fear the Walking Dead" and Lauren Cohan perhaps leaving as well.
Emmy-nominated British actress Samantha Morton plays the leader of a group called The Whisperers.
Lauren Ridloff will play the first deaf actor on "The Walking Dead.' Given how zombies sneak up on folks, the fact she has survived up to this point is impressive. She was a journalist, according to the trailer.
Oh, and Brett Butler ( "Grace Under Fire") has her first big acting gig in awhile as a Hilltop resident. John Finn ( "Cold Case") plays her blacksmith husband. There will be Rhys Coiro ( "Encourage") as the inevitable rebel from the Sanctuary show can't quite get with the program. And Dan Fogler ( "Fantastic Beasts") joins the group as Luke, an outside survivor.
During Comic-Con, Lincoln finally admitted he is leaving “The Walking Dead” after nine seasons, news that leaked out weeks ago.
He was unhappy this got out.
"There is a certain sense of relief this morning," he admitted to Entertainment Weekly. "But I still regret that the story broke, because I believe in story and I think it would have been… it's gonna be a great season but it would have been greater if it was not spoiled to a degree."
Of course, we still don’t know how he leaves the show, be it some glorious death (likely) or exile or departure that leaves the door open to a return (less likely.)