The significance of The Walking Dead in the horror post-apocalyptic genre is not lost on anyone. It is one of the finest book adaptations out there and till date, enjoys a huge following. The Walking Dead, based on the comic book by the same name, created by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore, is developed by Frank Darabont for AMC. It is a series about survivors of a zombie apocalypse struggling to stay alive while constantly being under the threat of attacks from these zombies, who are known as “walkers”.
The series shows conflicts between several groups of survivors, each of which has its own set of rules. The series premiered on Oct 31, 2010, and has been running ever since. The series is currently in its ninth season, which premiered on Oct 7, 2018, and will conclude on March 31, 2019. The show has a prequel series running as well, known as Fear the Walking Dead. The Walking Dead has won two Emmy Awards for Best Prosthetics and a Saturn Award for Best Actor, Best Actress, and Supporting Actress each.
The Walking Dead Cast: Who is in it?
The series consists of an ensemble of cast, most of whom have been regulars for the past eight seasons. Andrew Lincoln, as Rick Grimes is the series lead, who is a county sheriff from Georgia. He is also the leader of the Alexandria clan. It has been reported that the actor will be playing this character for the final time in season 9 due to his family commitments. Lincoln promised that even though this would be the last of Rick people will see on The Walking Dead (the fifth episode of season 9), the essence of the show will live on. He said, “There’s something beautiful in the original DNA of the show in that it is all about change. The show will live on and it will continue to be great. It’s exciting because there is a sense that there is a new vision for the show. I think [new showrunner] Angela [Kang] and everybody involved in it are performing out of their socks. To the best of their ability, they’re putting it all out there.” We will be seeing Andrew Lincoln next in the The Walking Dead trilogy that is being planned.
Danai Gurira who plays Michonne is a warrior and partner to Rick. Apart from being a mother her and Rick’s child, she is also a mother figure to Judith. Next up is Norman Reedus playing Daryl Dixon who is Rick’s right-hand man, Lauren Cohan plays Maggie Greene and is Glenn’s widow. She used to be the leader of the Hillto and acts as a mother figure to Enid. As was confirmed by Reedus, “some big deaths and some big things happening” are going to take placr in season 9 which means several cast members from season 9 will be absent in season 10.
Season 9 also saw the return of Sonequa Martin-Green as the late Sasha Williams. It saw Samantha Morton playing the Alpha leader of the gang of Whisperers, a group that camouflages their presence by using the skin of walkers.
Not much can be said about Michonne (played by Danai Guria), Tara (portrayed by Alanna Masterson), Eugene (played by Josh McDermitt), Aaron (played by Ross Marquand) and Gabriel (played by Seth Gilliam). Jesus played by Tom Payne won’t be seen in the upcoming season as his character died in season 9. So was Maggie (Lauren Cohan) written off. The futures of Danai Gurira and Rosita (Christian Serratos) are also left up in the air. Only time will tell if they will return in season 10.