With Preacher, Iron Fist, Fear the Walking Dead, Cloak & Dagger and Wynonna Earp airing over the summer, hardly a week has gone by that new episodes of a series based on a comic book haven’t been available for viewing. However, the fall 2018 season of comics television officially begins next week with the return of Fox’s The Gifted, and doesn’t let up until late December, with the sophomore outing of Hulu’s Runaways.
The lineup includes the returns of such old favorites as The Walking Dead, entering its ninth season, and Arrow, kicking off its seventh, as well as newcomers Titans and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, expanding the comics footprint on streaming services.
Below break down what to expect from the fall comics television schedule, and when.
Season 2 premieres Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Fox
Set in a world in which the X-Men disappeared following a 9/11-type event, The Gifted follows the Struckers, who are forced to flee the U.S. government after their teen children are publicly revealed to be mutants. They seek safety with the Mutant Underground, a network devoted to protecting mutants from Sentinel Services and a public that hates and fears them.
The first season ended with the Strucker family, and the Mutant Underground, split apart by conflicting ideologies, as Lorna Dane (Emma Dumont) and young Andy Strucker (Percy Hynes White) left with the troublesome Frost sisters (Skyler Samuels) to join the Inner Circle, the remnants of longtime X-Men foe the Hellfire Club.
Starring Stephen Moyer, Amy Acker, Natalie Alyn Lind, Percy Hynes White, Blair Redford, Jamie Chung, Emma Dumont, Sean Teale, Coby Bell, Skyler Samuels, and newcomer Grace Byers as Inner Circle member Reeva Payge, The Gifted has plenty of mysteries to still unravel, chief among them: What happened to the X-Men?
The Walking Dead
Season 9 premieres Sunday, Oct. 7, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on AMC
While still a ratings juggernaut, The Walking Dead has experienced a decline in viewership over the past few seasons. But the post-apocalyptic drama, which has discovered new ways to explore the comic book source material while deviating further than ever, is preparing to expand in a big way. Season 8 ended with Andrew Lincoln’s Rick Grimes defeating Negan, and then making the controversial decision to jail the deadly foe instead of executing him.
The upcoming ninth season brings seismic change to the drama, with a new showrunner, a time jump, the imminent departures of stars Lincoln and Lauren Cohan (although the latter plans to return), and the long-awaited introduction of the Whisperers.
The Walking Dead stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Lennie James, Alanna Masterson, Josh McDermitt, Christian Serratos and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
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