The Walking Dead Season 9 Cast, Trailer, Release Date, Episode Guide, and News

Everything you need to know about The Walking Dead season 9 episode 16, including latest news, release date, trailer, and much more!

The Walking Dead season 9 continues after an explosive midseason finale that saw Daryl, Michonne, Jesus, Eugene, and a few newcomers come face to face with the Whisperers, a deadly new group that will challenge the heroes’ notions about the outside world. Not everything has evolved for the better. 

These zombie-flesh-wearing stalkers haunt the lands beyond Alexandria, Hilltop, and Kingdom and introduce a challenge to the survivors unlike any they’ve ever faced. Can Michonne, Daryl, Tara, Carol, Ezekiel, and the rest of this eternally suffering family come together to fight a common enemy? Time will tell! Surely, it won’t be so easy now that Rick Grimes and Maggie are gone.

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Here’s everything else we know about the second half of The Walking Dead Season 9: 

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The Walking Dead Season 9 Release Date

The Walking Dead season 9 will return on March 31 at 9 pm ET with episode 16 (the finale), which is titled “The Storm.”

Here’s a synopsis: “In the aftermath of an overwhelming loss, the communities must brave a ferocious blizzard; as one group deals with an enemy from within, another is forced to make a life or death decision.”

Check out the trailer for the episode:

And here’s a clip:

Check out our latest review of the show.

The Walking Dead Season 9 Episodes

Here’s where we’ll compile episode titles, official synopses, and reviews as they become available. Click the titles to go to the full reviews.

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The Walking Dead Season 9 Episode 1: A New Beginning

Rick and his group make a run into Washington D.C. and search for artifacts they will need to build the civilization he and Carl envisioned.

Greg Nicotero directed the episode written by Angela Kang. 

Air Date: 10/7/18

Read our review of “A New Beginning” here.

The Walking Dead Season 9 Episode 2: The Bridge

The communities join forces to restore a bridge that will facilitate communication and trade. Someone is gravely injured at the construction site.

Daisy Mayer directed the episode written by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick.

Air Date: 10/14/18

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Read our review of “The Bridge” here.

The Walking Dead Season 9 Episode 3: Warning Signs

Rick’s vision for the future is threatened by a mysterious disappearance that divides the work camp where the communities are building a bridge.

Dan Liu directed the episode written by Channing Powell. 

Air Date: 10/21/18

Read our review of “Warning Signs” here.

The Walking Dead Season 9 Episode 4: The Obliged

Rick’s vision of a civilized future is threatened by a sudden reckoning with past sins that remain unavenged and unforgiven.

Rosemary Rodriguez directed the episode written by Geraldine Inoa.

Air Date: 10/28/18

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Read our review of “The Obliged” here.

The Walking Dead Season 9 Episode 5: What Comes After

Rick is forced to face the past as he struggles to maintain the safety of the communities and protect the future he and Carl envisioned.

Greg Nicotero directed the episode written by Matthew Negrete. 

Air Date: 11/4/18

Read our review of “What Comes After” here.

The Walking Dead Season 9 Episode 6: Who Are You Now

Six years after Rick’s disappearance, a group of strangers tests Alexandria’s trust and patience.

Larry Teng directed the episode written by Eddie Guzelian. 

Air Date: 11/11/18

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Read our review of “Who Are You Now” here.

The Walking Dead Season 9 Episode 7: Stradivarius

Carol seeks out an old friend living alone in a wilderness teeming with walkers; survivors make the perilous trek to a new home.

Michael Cudlitz directed the episode written by Vivian Tse. 

Air Date: 11/18/18

Read our review of “Stradivarius” here.

The Walking Dead Season 9 Episode 8: Evolution

A small rescue mission braves a dangerous herd in their hunt for a missing comrade, only to discover a surprising threat that could doom them all.

Michael E. Satrazemis directed the episode written by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick.

Air Date: 11/25/18

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Read our review of “Evolution” here.

The Walking Dead Season 9 Episode 9: Adaptation

The recent loss of one of their own drives the communities to band together. New leaders rise when a disturbing and dangerous threat is unmasked. An escaped captive revisits his past.

Greg Nicotero directed the episode written by Corey Reed.

Air Date: 2/10/19

Read our review of “Adaptation” here.

The Walking Dead Season 9 Episode 10: Omega

A new arrival at the Hilltop opens up about the leader of a group of mask-wearing savages.  A search party sets out on a daring mission to find two missing friends. 

David Boyd directed the episode written by Channing Powell. 

Air Date: 2/17/19

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Read our review of “Omega” here.

The Walking Dead Season 9 Episode 11: Bounty

The savage group led by Alpha confronts the Hilltop in a harrowing attempt to retrieve her daughter; a supply run for the Kingdom turns into a dangerous quest.

Meera Menon directed the episode written by Matthew Negrete.

Air Date: 2/24/19

Read our review of “Bounty” here.

The Walking Dead Season 9 Episode 12: Guardians

While one community struggles to ease tensions that threaten to divide from within, the true nature of another group comes into focus; a mission to rescue a friend has deadly consequences.

Michael E. Satrazemis directed the episode written by LaToya Morgan.

Air Date: 3/3/19

Read our review of “Guardians” here.

The Walking Dead Season 9 Episode 13: Chokepoint

Daryl’s daring rescue mission forces Alpha to unleash a group of her own to retrieve what belongs to her, even if the price is paid in blood; the Kingdom’s plans to reunite the communities are put in jeopardy.

Liesl Tommy directed the episode written by Eddie Guzelian and David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick.

Air Date: 3/10/19

Read our review of “Chokepoint” here.

The Walking Dead Season 9 Episode 14: Scars

An outsider’s arrival forces Alexandria to rehash devastating old wounds; eye-opening secrets from the past are revealed.

Millicent Shelton directed the episode written by Corey Reed and Vivian Tse.

Air Date: 3/17/19

Red our review of “Scars” here.

The Walking Dead Season 9 Episode 15: The Calm Before

The fair at the Kingdom is underway, with all four communities coming together in celebration for the first time in years; while some pacts are renewed, other deals will come at a much steeper price.

Laura Belsey directed the episode written by Geraldine Inoa and Channing Powell.

Air Date: 3/24/19

Read our review of “The Calm Before” here.

The Walking Dead Season 9 Episode 16: The Storm

In the aftermath of an overwhelming loss, the communities must brave a ferocious blizzard; as one group deals with an enemy from within, another is forced to make a life or death decision.

Greg Nicotero directed the episode written by Angela Kang.

Air Date: 3/31/19

Read our review of “The Storm” here.

The Walking Dead Season 9 Trailer

The trailer for the second half of The Walking Dead season 9 has arrived! Check it out below:

Here are the other trailers released thus far:

The Walking Dead Season 9 Cast

If your favorite character survived the first half of season 9, you’ll see them again in the bottom half of the season. There are also a few new castings:

Samantha Morton (Minority Report) has been cast as Alpha, leader of the Whisperers.

Cassady McClincy (Castle Rock) will play Lydia, Alpha’s daughter.

Ryan Hurst (Sons of Anarchy) plays Beta, Alpha’s second in command.

The Walking Dead Season 9 Synopsis

AMC has offered an official synopsis for The Walking Dead Season “9B.”

“The second half of The Walking Dead Season 9 finds our groups of survivors, both old and new, continuing to deal with the impact of events that took place during the six years that have passed. Since the disappearance of Rick, many of these characters have become strangers to each other, and in some ways, strangers to themselves. What they do know is that they are in undeniable danger. They will soon realize the world just beyond does not operate as they thought. The group’s rules and ways of survival no longer guarantee their safety. A whole new threat has crossed their paths, and they soon discover it’s unlike any threat they have encountered or endured before. The group will start to question what they think they see. What may appear to be normal in this post-apocalyptic world could actually be more disturbing and terrifying than when the apocalypse first broke out. All that is certain is the stakes are high and numerous.”

The Walking Dead Season 9 Spoilers

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