The Walking Dead Season 9: What’s About to Go Down?

The Walking Dead Season 9 premieres on AMC on Sunday, October 7 at 9/8c.

It will feature the final run of episodes by Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, as the actor shocked fans by announcing his departure from the beloved series this summer.

"I love this show. It means everything to me. I love the people who make this show," Lincoln said at Comic-Con in July, adding at the time:

"I promise not to cry, I've done enough crying on screen. I'm particularly fond of the people who watch this show…

"This has been the most extraordinary, amazing, and beautiful experience of my career, and largely, because of you guys and the relationship we have here with you in this room and also rooms across America and the rest of the world."

Will Rick be killed off? It's very safe to assume.

But we get no indication in the official AMC synopsis of just how Rick will say goodbye.

Scroll down for a look at how the network is teasing the upcoming season; via this official summary and then a bevy of gorgeous character photos…

1. The Synopsis Begins as Follows…

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Last season brought the culmination of “All Out War,” which pitted Rick Grimes and his group of survivors against the Saviors and their cunning leader, Negan. With Negan’s life in his hands, Rick had a character-defining choice in front of him. By making the unilateral decision to spare Negan, Rick upheld the values his late son, Carl, championed in order to build for the future, but created conflict within his group…

2. It Continues:

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Now, we see our survivors a year and a half after the end of the war, rebuilding civilization under Rick’s steadfast leadership. It is a time of relative peace among the communities as they work together, looking to the past to forge the future, but the world they knew is rapidly changing as man-made structures continue to degrade, and nature takes over, changing the landscape and creating new challenges for our survivors…

3. And It Continues:

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As time passes, the communities confront unexpected obstacles, danger, and of course, walkers, but nothing quite prepares them for the formidable force they are about to encounter, which threatens the very idea of civilization that our survivors have worked so hard to build.

4. Ready for a Look at the Main Players?

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AMC has shared the following collection of pretty awesome character/actor/actress photos in anticipation of Season 9. Check them out below!

5. Ross Marquand as Aaron

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6. Lauren Cohan as Maggie

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Vanessa Marquez, Former ER Star, Shot Dead by Police

Vanessa Marquez, an actress best known for having played nurse Wendy Goldman on 27 episodes of ER, was shot and killed by police on Thursday after a confrontation turned violent.

She was 49 years old.

According to various outlets, police were called to perform a welfare check on Marquez yesterday, responding to a call just before noon about a woman who was suffering from seizures.

Per The South Pasadenan, a newspaper of record in the area, the phone call was placed by Marquez’s landlord.

Police later said at an evening press conference that they had been called to the woman’s residence in the past for help.

In this fatal case, however, Marquez pulled BB-type gun on the officers and then responded by shooting her once in the torso.

She was treated briefly at the scene and then rushed to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

“At the time [of the shooting] there was an LA County mental health clinician here with the officers,” Lt. Joe Mendoza said, adding:

“They began to communicate with her, she became very uncooperative and during that contact she armed herself with a handgun, she pointed it at the officers and an officer-involved shooting occurred.”

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Marquez actually made headlines last fall when she accused George Clooney of sexual harassment.

She went on to say at the time that the famous actor actually blacklisted her after she made an accusation years ago on the set of ER, saying harassment was rampant in and around the legendary NBC drama.

Clooney even responded to the assertion via a statement that read:

“I had no idea Vanessa was blacklisted.

“I take her at her word. I was not a writer or a producer or a director on that show. I had nothing to do with casting. I was an actor and only an actor. If she was told I was involved in any decision about her career then she was lied to.

“The fact that I couldn’t affect her career is only surpassed by the fact that I wouldn’t.”

Mendoza, in the aforementioned press conference, went on to say that officers tried to help Marquez for about 90 minutes before she grabbed the weapon cited above.

He said the shooting transpired around 2 p.m. and that the woman “was undergoing some medical problems, some seizures; it appeared that the female was gravely disabled.”

Marquez also played the role of Ana Delgado in the film “Stand and Deliver.”

Following the end of her acting career, Vanessa was vocal on social media about her struggles with health issues, including terminal celiac disease, pulmonary embolism and osteoporosis.

She posted her final status update on Facebook on August 8, accusing Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey of hypocrisy for previously kicking her off Twitter for “naming his friend George Clooney at the beginning of the #Metoo movement in October.

“But allowing the incendiary InfoWars host and notorious conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to remain on the platform.”

Marquez was a long-time member of TCM Party, which is a group of cinephiles passionate about classic movies.

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In response to her passing, the official TCM Party Twitter account write:

I am devastated to say that Vanessa Marquez @R2DivaLA was shot and killed by the South Pasadena police on Thursday afternoon.

I met her through #TCMParty, I hope she knew how much we loved her and I hope too that she is at peace

We feel the same way.

May she rest in peace.


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