“It’s not the future … it’s a monument to the dead,” says Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) of the group’s effort to rebuild in season nine—which AMC is promoting as the “final episodes” for the series’ star who is set to depart the show.

The teaser (above) implies Rick will remain a force to be reckoned with until the bitter end, while a nearly six-minute-long official trailer (below) takes a deep dive into the ongoing conflict with the Saviors’ leader Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan)—who is now sitting in a makeshift prison after Rick spared his life to uphold the values of his late son Carl—as well as the tension building both inside the group and among other communities as survivors strive for relative peace, looking to the past to forge the future in the midst of what is still the apocalypse.

Season nine takes place a year and a half after the end of last season’s “all out war” against the Saviors, as they rebuild under Rick’s steadfast leadership, according to AMC. Man-made structures continue to degrade, and nature takes over, changing the landscape and creating new challenges.

“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,” says AMC’s season nine synopsis.

The emergence of the comic book villains ‘The Whisperers,’ shown at the end of the trailer, points to what’s in store.

Season nine premieres October 7 on AMC.

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