They both get prominent placement in the key art, which heavily features Rick Grimes with a new short haircut not unlike the one he had in the "Old Man Rick" flash-forward seen throughout Season 8. New showrunner Angela Kang has confirmed that Season 9 will include a time jump, and while Rick is clearly not as old as he was in Carl's (Chandler Riggs) fantasy flash-forwards, the haircut means he's getting there. Maybe we haven't seen the last of Old Man Rick.
The key art also contains a striking image of a the U.S. Capitol with its dome blown out and overgrown with vegetation, which indicates that the show — which is currently set in what used to be the D.C. metro area — will be heading into the heart of the city this season. Maybe the image of the destroyed Capitol means the show is finally getting political (jk, that's not what it means).
And if you look real closely, you'll notice the enigmatic helicopter that appeared throughout Seasons 7 and 8. So we'll finally probably be getting some answers to that mystery.
AMC also confirmed the lineups for The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead's San Diego Comic-Con panels, which are taking place July 20.
The Walking Dead panelists include cast members Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, along with executive producers Angela Kang, Scott M. Gimple, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert and Greg Nicotero. The panel will be moderated by Yvette Nicole Brown.
Fear the Walking Dead panelists include cast members Colman Domingo, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Lennie James, Danay Garcia, Garret Dillahunt, Maggie Grace and Jenna Elfman, along with executive producers Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg, Scott M. Gimple, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero and David Alpert. The panel will also be moderated by Yvette Nicole Brown.
The Walking Dead returns for Season 9 in October. Fear the Walking Dead returns for Season 4B Aug. 12.