The conclusion of the war with the Saviors is coming in the Season 8 finale of The Walking Dead, but what's next for Rick and the gang? The premiere date for The Walking Dead Season 9 hasn't been announced yet, but it will be happening within the year. And there's always Season 4 of Fear The Walking Dead to enjoy in the meantime.
Ever since Season 1, the zombie show's first episode of the season has premiered in October — which is fitting, because of Halloween. For a show that likes to keep its secrets, the estimated premiere date isn't usually a mystery. As for what will go down in Season 9 — well, that's a different story. The Season 8 finale promises to be a major showdown between Negan and Rick and that means that every character will be fighting for his or her life.
The British website Express theorized that Jeffrey Dean Morgan's current full beard (he's been out and about promoting his film Rampage) means that Negan will be in Season 9. After all, in the comics, Rick allows Negan to live and takes him as a prisoner. Then there's a two-year time jump after the war and Negan is still in jail with a straggly, long beard.
But while the media and fans can theorize all they want, the Season 8 finale will provide much more insight in what's coming next year. Here's all the intel that the people behind the show have provided so far in advance of the big Season 8 conclusion.