The Walking Dead Debuts First Season 9 Teaser, SDCC Details

Walking Dead Season 9

The Walking Dead is returning to Comic-Con International in a big way later this month.

AMC announced its Hall H plans for the popular survival-horror franchise, confirming Yvette Nicole Brown will replace Chris Hardwick as the moderator for the Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead presentations. Accompanying the announcement is the first teaser poster for the upcoming ninth season of The Walking Dead.

The poster highlights series mainstays Carol, Michonne, Rick, Maggie and Daryl. Although Rick and Maggie are front and center in the image, the new season will be the last for both characters, as stars Andrew Lincoln and Lauren Cohan make their exits. Norman Reedus is expected to be elevated to the lead role as the fan-favorite Daryl Dixon.

Also seen in the background of the poster are the ruins of the U.S. Capitol. With the past several seasons taking place in Alexandria, Virginia, just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., it looks like the nation's capital will figure prominently into Season 9.

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Comic-Con will feagture back-to-back panels for The Walking Dead and its companion series Fear the Walking Dead on Friday, July 20, in Hall H of the San Diego Convention Center. The two panels will run from 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., with an hour devoted to each program, both moderated by Brown.

Fear the Walking Dead will take the first hour, with the panel consisting of cast members Colman Domingo, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Lennie James, Danay Garcia, Garret Dillahunt, Maggie Grace and Jenna Elfman, with showrunners Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg and executive producers Scott M. Gimple, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero and David Alpert.

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The final hour will focus on The Walking Dead, with panelists including actors Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, with showrunner Angela Kang and executive producers Scott M. Gimple, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, and Greg Nicotero.

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. The series returns for its ninth season in October.

Fear the Walking Dead stars Lennie James, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Colman Domingo, Danay Garcia, Garret Dillahunt, Maggie Grace, and Jenna Elfman. The series returns Aug. 12 for the second half of its fourth season.

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