Long-time writer and co-executive producer Angela Kang has been elevated to showrunner, while current boss Scott M Gimple has been promoted to Chief Content Officer to oversee the entire Walking Dead TV universe.
We’ve already outlined what this could mean for the show in season 9, but what else do we know about the next season?
The Walking Dead season 9 trailer: Say hello to the Whisperers?
As it was with season eight, we got our first look at season nine during Comic-Con in July 2018 and it hinted at a leadership battle between Rick and Maggie, as well as our first possible look at the Whisperers.
The Walking Dead season 9 release date: When’s it arriving?
Along with the trailer reveal, we got confirmation that the new season will start on Sunday, October 7 on AMC in the US.
In the UK, Fox usually airs the show the day after its US premiere, so unless that changes, we can expect it to arrive on Monday, October 8, with the possibility that the first episode will be simulcast with the US showing.
The Walking Dead season 9 cast: Who’s coming back?
As promised, the All Out War with Negan did come to an end in the season eight finale, but passed without any major casualties after Rick decided to save Negan and keep him prisoner, despite initially cutting his throat.
Of course, season eight did see some notable departures though with Chandler Riggs exiting as Carl in the midseason premiere, Steven Ogg’s Simon being killed off by Negan in the penultimate episode and Lennie James’s Morgan making the move over to Fear the Walking Dead.