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The Walking Dead season 10 trailer, release date revealed at San Diego Comic-Con 2019

The dead will walk again — and sooner than you think.

AMC has dropped the thrilling first trailer for The Walking Dead season 10, unleashing the footage at the zombie-filled series' San Diego Comic-Con 2019 panel on Friday evening. Also announced was the release date for the upcoming season: October 6.

Unsurprisingly, the glimpse into season 10 of The Walking Dead is shocking. There's Michonne (Danai Gurira) wielding Negan's (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) precious, barbed-wire-wrapped baseball bat Lucille... and there's also Michonne locking lips with Ezekiel (Khary Payton), which will probably trigger fans' minds to start sounding the alarms from Kill Bill. It's wild, but only a fraction of the madness to come on The Walking Dead season 10.

Elsewhere, the trailer sets the groundwork for the war between the human survivors and the Whisperers, who are seen making their way toward Michonne, Carol (Melissa McBride), Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus), and others holding strong at the Alexandria Safe-Zone. Negan's also over in Alexandria, going sans-shackles after spending the majority of season 9 without his freedom, and will undoubtedly play a part in the impending battle now that he's out of prison. The leaders of the Whisperers, survivors who wear the skin and blood of Walkers to better blend in with the dead, Alpha (Samantha Morton) and Beta (Ryan Hurst) are heading up the chaos they started and continued with that horrifying mass decapitation during season 9. 

The tenth season of The Walking Dead, as hinted at in the SDCC footage, will also feature Negan crossing paths with Aaron (Ross Marquand), Rosita (Christian Serratos) looking after her infant child, and Dr. Eugene Porter (Josh McDermitt) attempting some kind of plan involving a mysterious radio. New episodes should heavily feature the Whisperer baddie Gamma (Thora Birch) and survivor Virgil (Kevin Caroll) as well, despite both not being included in the season 10 trailer. 

The Walking Dead showrunner Angela Kang detailed during the series' panel at Comic-Con that fans will witness "a whole different style of war than the last time [they] saw war on the show" (via The Hollywood Reporter). She noted that the Whisperers are totally enemies than the Walkers viewers are used to, and season 10 will show, in all its grime and gore, "what it's like to be in a Whisperer War."

With Andrew Lincoln's Rick Grimes already out and Danai Gurira's Michonne exiting after season 10, plus the abrupt end of Robert Kirkman's Walking Dead comics upon which the AMC series is based that occurred in July 2019, the new season of the show almost had to take risks and move in new directions to keep things fresh. The Walking Dead has never been a true failure for AMC, but ratings have tanked in recent years and fans have started to move on from the series. Making up for its losses in a still-diminishing central cast by sending a shock of adrenaline straight to the series' heart — via a Whisperer-versus-human war — is a smart move. By the looks of this trailer, it should pay off big time. 

The Walking Dead season 10 will premiere on AMC on October 6.