A show that has been running for nine seasons is already a pretty incredible feat in the world of television, but for a show to be heading into its ninth season more rejuvenated and sentimental than ever is even rarer, and The Walking Dead has new showrunner Angela Kang to thank for that.
[row]“We have to talk about Angela Kang if we talk about this season because she is the creative force this season. She’s been on the show since Season Two and I think she’s breathed new life into it and given us a collaborative feel on set and also just an energy. A real positive energy. It feels like the show that I always thought we would get to when I shot the pilot in Atlanta nine years ago” Andrew Lincoln told Comicbook.com earlier this year.[/row]
On top of Kang helping bring the show back to its early roots that fans adored story-wise, The Walking Dead’ producer Gale Ann Herd also hinted that fans can expect to see those “shocker” moments on almost a weekly basis.
[row]“There’s one in every episode that we’ve shot so far, honestly. I don’t think I could pick a favorite, but as [Andrew Lincoln] has said, everyone feels this is the best season we’ve had since our first season. And people remember fantastic moments from our entire first season, so I think they’ll be feeling the same love and enthusiasm and anger, but lots of passion this season.”[/row]
With news that Andrew Lincoln and Lauren Cohan would be leaving the show, fans began to worry that The Walking Dead would soon become a different show, so to hear from the cast and creators that the opposite is what’s happening is both relieving and exciting.
[row]“I think there was a lot of the pilot episode that was reminiscent of this opening episode and also a couple of other episodes, too. We have a few surprises as we both know, but we’re not allowed to talk about,” Lincoln said.[/row]
So, what do you think? Are you getting excited about the new and improved season? Let us know!
The Walking Dead will return for season 9 on Sunday, October 7th on AMC.
Having studied Media & Writing at James Madison University, I always knew that I wanted to do some type of creative writing, but being able to write about zombies, Starks, and superheroes on a daily basis for Fan Fest is my actual dream. While I probably shouldn’t be as proud as I am to be so similar to Nick Miller, I do hope to one day write my own “Pepperwood Chronicles’.