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The Walking Dead Season 9: First Trailer!

Are you ready to say goodbye, The Walking Dead fans?

AMC has released the first trailer for Season 9 of this mega-hit, which is notable for a couple reasons:

ONE: New Walking Dead footage! Yes! Awesome! Hooray!

TWO: Andrew Lincoln will be leaving the series as Rick Grimes at the end of the upcoming new season.

He confirmed this very strong rumor at the show's Comic-Con panel on Friday, July 20.

“This will be my last season, playing the part of Rick Grimes,” the actor announced in front of thousands of fans, adding:

“I love this show. It means everything to me. I love the people who make this show. I promise not to cry – I’ve done enough crying on screen."

He then cried, just a little bit, concluding:

"I’m particularly fond of the people who watch this show, you people.

"This has been the most extraordinary, beautiful experience of my experience… So I just want to thank you.

As for the trailer itself?

We hear Rick's arch enemy, Negan, early on, as he growls:

“You think you’ve got all this on lock…"

Naturally, of course, it is anything but. 

At one point in the footage, we see Michonne warn Maggie that they need to come up with some rules of conduct for the newly blended communities.

Elsewhere, Daryl appears to have been appointed disciplinarian.

There's also our first glimpse here at Maggie and Glenn’s baby, which is both precious and bittersweet, considering the fate of Glenn at Negan's hands.

Or his bat, we guess, to be more specific.

“We’ll see our group together working in unity in a lot of ways, but you’ll also see some changes in the way that they deal with each other,” show runner Angela Kang has teased of Season 9.

“In some ways, you’ll see that the vision has succeeded beyond anybody’s wildest imagination. But you’ll also see the cracks in that."

Interesting.

The Walking Dead returns with new episodes on Sunday, October 7.

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The Walking Dead Casting Shocker: Wait… Who’s Leaving?!?

A major cast member is set to make a run from The Walking Dead.

And it’s not hyperbole to say the show will never be the same after he’s gone.

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A multitude of sources has confirmed to Us Weekly that series star Andrew Lincoln will leave the blockbuster drama after its upcoming ninth season.

In fact, he’ll only appearin six of the scheduled Season 9 episodes.

Why would Lincoln depart such a successful program?

For starters, most fans believe the best days of The Walking Dead are far behind this AMC hit, as both quality and ratings have dropped significantly in recent years.

Moreover, Lincoln has both a personal reason and a professional reason for making this decision at this time.

“Andrew is leaving because he’s had enough of it and wants to focus his energy on movies,” an insider close to Lincoln tells the aforementioned tabloid.

Lincoln, of course, got his truly big break in the romantic comedy Love Actually.

To many people, even still, he’s the guy who held up signs of affection for Keira Knightley’s character in that beloved holiday film, not the guy who splatters zombie guts all over the place on a weekly basis.

AMC is not expected to cancel its most-watched show in the wake of Lincoln’s departure, however.

A source tells Us Weekly that Lincoln’s costar, Norman Reedus, has negotiated a $ 20 million paycheck to stay on.

The Walking Dead is known for major cast turnover, having killed off numerous original characters since its debut.

Just last season, many viewers reacted in shock and anger when Rick’s son Carl, played by Chandler Riggs, lost his life.

But Lincoln has portrayed Rick Grimes since the very beginning and it’s hard to imagine the series without him front and center.

It’s also worth mentioning that Lauren Cohan, who plays Maggie, will be starring in the new ABC drama Whiskey Cavalier, and will therefore only return to The Walking next season on a part-time basis.

The end may truly be near for this long-running smash.

Following the Season 8 finale, Lincoln opened up to Entertainment Weekly about what’s next for Grimes after he took out down Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s Negan.

“I think there is always going to be a sense of he’s lost all of the most important parts of himself, and yet he has the legacy and gift that Carl gave him that is going to fuel his ambitions for the future,” the actor said, adding:

“He’s got a renewed purpose because of this and because of his son. So it’s absolutely a new man.

This is the man who couldn’t see what Deanna saw about the future and still couldn’t see it for a long, long time even throughout all of this and the battle he was hell-bent on vengeance.”

No word yet on just how Rick will be written off the show.

But let’s be serious, right?

We somehow doubt he’ll stroll happily into the sunset.

Will you keep watching The Walking Dead after Lincoln departs?

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Royal Wedding Program Still Lists Thomas Markle as Walking Meghan Down Aisle

Either the Royal Wedding programs were printed far in advance, or someone made a huge mistake … because they’re not updated to show Meghan Markle’s dad, Thomas, won’t be there. The Order of Service for Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding was just…

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Tori Spelling: Finally Walking Out on Dean McDermott!

Whether fans believe it or not, Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott are still married. In fact, they recently celebrated their anniversary, vacationing together to “reconnect.”

But apparently, it still wasn’t enough to mend their broken marriage.

In fact, Tori has reportedly walked away from Dean … and is spending more and more time with her mother, Candy. The one who has never liked Dean.

RadarOnline reports that Tori Spelling has walked away from Dean and is seeking comfort in Candy Spelling’s home, according to friends of the couple.

And while that might do wonders for Tori’s current issues, it may spell doom for her marriage.

“Candy has never liked Dean.”

A lot of in-laws may have issues with their, well, in-laws. It sounds like Candy has found Dean to be a disappointment.

“And she’s the first one to say ‘I told you so’ to her daughter.”

Tori went to her anyway, though.

“But Tori has five kids and had nowhere else to turn.”

Tori has had a troubled history with her mother.

Over a decade ago, Tori’s father, TV mogul Aaron Spelling, passed away.

The sudden death of a loved one can cause strain in any family. Add a financial element, and it can create an enduring rift that lasts for years.

See, Tori only inherited $ 800,000 from her father. His widow, Candy, controls the $ 600 million fortune.

Tori and Dean have struggled with finances over the years, which has been widely attributed to their lackluster careers and to their spending habits.

Candy is not unfeeling — she’s been doing a lot to support them.

“She’s been paying the couple’s monthly rent, buying groceries and paying for the children’s private school.”

It looks like things are much better between Tori and Candy. That’s good news … but maybe not happy news for Dean.

“Now that Tori has run off to Candy’s house, maybe Dean will realize how dire this situation is and find a way to keep the family intact.”

Sometimes, it takes something big to function as a wakeup call.

“With Tori out of commission, Dean is changing diapers, driving the kids back and forth to school, and cooking meals.”

Well … that’s a normal part of being a parent. Apparently this is a bit of a change for him, which is … illuminating if true.

“And he’s exhausted.”

Candy has apparently suggested, and the couple has reportedly agreed, that the kids and Tori could spend a couple of nights a week with her … ostensibly to give Dean a break.

“She’s telling Tori that this will work wonders for her marriage.”

But this source claims that Candy has an ulterior motive.

“But really, Candy’s goal is to get her away from Dean for good.”

Instead of trying to push for that directly, she’s allegedly taking baby steps to make Tori reach that conclusion.

“Two days a week is just the first step.”

Wow.

Apparently, a big motivator for Candy was seeing Tori’s mental health scares.

“Candy felt she could no longer sit by and watch Tori unravel, so she jumped into action and opened her doors.”

And she reportedly hopes that this will all work out for her family. Well, for the parts of her family that she values.

“Candy is a shrewd woman, and is hoping Tori may finally be ready to walk out.”

This sounds like it could ultimately lead to what’s best for Tori and the kids. A closer relationship with Candy and perhaps even less stress.

But … is it true?

A lot of it sounds like speculation about Candy’s motives, so we cannot help but feel a little leery.

Perhaps, in time, the truth will become clear.

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The Walking Dead Season 8 Episode 16 Recap: Wrath

Did the end of the war live up to the tremendous hype?

On The Walking Dead Season 8 Episode 16, the fight against the Saviors reached a dramatic conclusion. 

When the episode got underway, Rick and the members of the AHK alliance were getting ready for the big battle at the Hilltop. 

Morgan struggled to get to grips with the fact that he was embroiled in another war, and worried that taking innocent people out was going to change him in a way he did not like. 

When Rick warned Morgan that it was best to stay behind and out of the fight, Morgan noted that each of them were horrible now and that was a result of the decisions they made. 

At the Sanctuary, Negan and his minions were preparing for the war, knowing they were going to have the upper hand because Dwight gave the Hilltoppers some fake news. 

Eugene was on hand with the bullets he custom built for the saviors. Negan and his team set off and even took Father Gabriel along for the ride. 

Negan admitted to Gabriel on the road that he was messing with Rick by putting some of his men in a place that Rick and the AHK alliance would find them. 

This would give Negan more time to laugh because it meant Rick would think the information Dwight gave them was the real deal. 

In true Rick fashion, he figured that it was all a ruse, and told his people it was time to change things up. 

Gabriel made a run for it, but Eugene appeared in the woods and held him captive until Negan showed up. While Negan wondered whether to kill Gabriel, he decided to keep him as a bargaining chip. 

Just when Negan thought he had the upper hand and his men were ready to fight the AHK alliance, their bullets blew up in their guns. 

Oh yes, Eugene was still working with his original alliance, and it was a plan months in the making. Negan tried to make a break for freedom. 

At the Hilltop, another round of Saviors tried to take over, but the Oceanside women were talked around to helping the AHK alliance. 

They chucked bombs at the Saviors and allowed Hilltop to remain under the spell of the good guys. 

Rick and Negan fought it out, and Rick eventually cut Negan’s throat. But that did not mean he was going to die, and Rick ordered Siddiq to save the villain’s life. 

Rick said that he was ready to put the past behind him and that everyone will stop the fighting. Maggie and Daryl were less than enthused by this, and seem poised to go after Rick. 

Finally, Negan woke up and Rick and Michonne admitted they were keeping him alive so that everyone knew they were building a civilization. 

It looks like Carl’s letter had a lasting effect on Rick, and that’s why the father wrote a letter of his own back to his son. 

Yes, it seems like The Walking Dead Season 9 is going to be very different. 

What did you think of the episode?

Sound off below. 

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The Walking Dead Season 8 Episode 15 Recap: Worth

The end of the war is fast approaching. 

That much became abundantly clear on The Walking Dead Season 8 Episode 15 as the final pieces were put in motion before the final battle kicked off. 

When the emotional episode kicked off, Rick had finally worked up the courage to read the letter from Carl. 

The kid wrote a lot about what life was like before the apocalypse, and how he would love if Rick and Negan put their feud aside. 

While Rick was against it, Carl’s letter reiterated that nobody had to forget what Negan did. All they had to do was stop the fighting. 

When the action moved to the Sanctuary, Dwight and Simon were shocked to the core by the return of Negan. 

Negan had a meeting with them and revealed he knew the truth about Simon’s act of betrayal by giving the kill order against the Heapsters. 

Just went it seemed like Simon’s brains were about to become Lucille’s next meal, Negan said that all was forgiven. 

Would Negan really let someone off the hook? It certainly seemed that way, but Simon continued to act out and coerced Dwight into joining in on his fight against Negan. 

Negan rounded his group up, and told them about his elaborate plan to take over the Hilltop and take out everyone who was against them. 

This gave Dwight his biggest lead yet to help Rick and Daryl know what was going on. Dwight sent Gregory off on a mission with a map to let them know the truth. 

Just when it seemed like Simon and Dwight’s plan was going to be the one to save everyone, Negan appeared during a meeting with the pair, and we found out that Dwight had already told Negan about Simon’s plan. 

Negan then decided enough was enough and challenged Simon to fight him to the death. In true Negan fashion, the villain brutally killed Simon. 

But the insanity was only just beginning. Dwight made his way back to the room after Negan was singing his praises. 

There was a gift waiting for him: Laura. She was the one who knew all about Negan’s plan to leave the Saviors behind and work with another group. 

Laura was the person Negan picked up on the road during The Walking Dead Season 8 Episode 14. and told Negan everything. 

Negan decided to let Dwight live, but what does he want in return? We’ll find out soon enough!

Finally, Michonne called Negan and told him about Carl’s letter pleading for peace. Negan said that he was not ready to put the past behind him and that the final battle was looming. 

Yes, it sure sounds like a big battle is going to be occurring on The Walking Dead Season 8 Episode 16, and it’s about time. 

What did you think of all the twists?

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The Walking Dead Season 8 Episode 14 Recap: Still Gotta Mean Something

Jadis is probably one of the smartest survivors in the wasteland that is The Walking Dead. 

When The Walking Dead Season 8 Episode 14 kicked off, we learned just how Jadis managed to survive the attack Simon ordered on her people a few weeks back. 

She played dead when the kills were coming fast and furious before deciding it was time to find and kill the leader of the Saviors: Negan. 

Negan tried to tell Jadis he was not the one who gave the order to kill her people. 

“That was the work of someone not following the program,” the villain said as Jadis prepared to take him down. 

Jadis threatened to destroy Lucille because she was the one in control and it was time to dole out a nice dose of revenge to those who had wronged her. 

Negan managed to overpower her in one of the most predictable scenes of the entire series. 

“You took away everything — you took away me,” Jadis wailed at Negan, but in a rare moment, Negan opened up about how he named the bat after his wife when she died. 

Things took a dramatic turn when the chopper appeared once again, and Jadis tried to send a flare towards it. But Negan stopped her from doing anything … even killing him. 

Jadis was all talk, but very little action and that’s what was more frustrating. She let Negan leave after he asked her to join his cause, but he said he would return. 

Negan picked someone up from the side of the road, and we never got to see who it was, but the pair returned to the Sanctuary and went into hiding. 

Meanwhile, Rick continued to struggle in the aftermath of Carl’s death. Michonne admitted that she moved from place to place after the death of her kids, and Andrea stopped her. 

Michonne wanted to be that person for Rick. Ultimately, Rick went on a mission to round up the escapees with Morgan, and they both struggled to come to terms with everything. 

They were caught by the inmates, and while things were more subdued than we expected, the inmates decided to cut the crap and talked to the men. 

But Rick and Morgan were not taking any chances and murdered them all without so much as a second thought. 

Rick and Morgan chatted a lot about what had been happening to them over the years and how they were different now. It seemed to foreshadow Morgan’s exit as he moves over to Fear The Walking Dead. 

All told, “Still Gotta Mean Something” was all about character development, but it set up the final two episodes really well. Negan looks set to change things up at the Sanctuary and that might include killing Simon for going behind his back. 

What did you think of the episode?

Sound off below. 

The Walking Dead continues Sundays on AMC. 

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The Walking Dead Shocker: Who’s Dying?!

We think it’s fair to say that The Walking Dead Season 8 has been polarizing for long-time fans of the series. 

With the death of Chandler Riggs’ Carl in the can, The Walking Dead Season 8 Episode 13 was all about advancing the plot, and it left us with a startling revelation: Another character is about to die. 

When the twist-filled episode got underway, the Hilltop was gearing up for the next round of their war against the Saviors. The villains were on their way to the Hilltop, so it was time to prepare for a fight. 

We were introduced to Dr. Dana who admitted that Siddiq was all talk and of very little use to them as a medic. If you watch The Walking Dead online, you will know that Carl’s dying wish was for Siddiq to find his place in the group. 

But Siddiq used this to his advantage, and Dr. Dana changed her views on him. Why the swift 180? Did she want him to stop being so passive, and stick up for himself?

Maggie and Simon had it out over the walkie-talkie, and the former made it clear that she was not opposed to offing the hostages she had. This did nothing to faze Simon. 

He was more concerned about the people who were not tainted by the Hilltop, and that it was time to bring this war to a grinding halt. 

Dwight tried to reason with Simon because he knew there was a possibility that Negan survived the big fight with Rick. Simon continued with the stance that it was time to fight. 

Daryl showed up in a blaze of glory and sent bullets towards the villains. But things took a turn, and Tara ended up being hit by an arrow. This was moments after Dwight refused to kill her. 

Maggie cut the lights, and it seemed like the Hilltoppers made their getaway, but they didn’t. It was all a ruse to get the Saviors into the open and to shoot them down. 

Simon and his team left the compound, but not before Rick greeted them with some bullets. Rick’s back, and ready to fight his way to the top!

The victory became a defeat when Tobin, Dr. Dana, and some others passed away. The Saviors had infected all of their weapons, and it meant that whoever got hit was going to turn into a walker. 

As the characters battled the wave of walkers, it became apparent that Tara was about to die. Daryl swore that he was going to take down Dwight, while Tara realized she would soon be dead. 

How will the series cope with the loss of another series regular?

Hit the comments below!

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