'The Walking Dead' Season 9: AMC Unveils Promo Art & Gallery Pics (PHOTOS)

Meaghan Darwish

The Walking Dead's ninth season is around the right around corner, and in true AMC tradition the network has released gallery images and key art ahead of the premiere.

If Season 8 was "All Out War," Season 9 will be about rebuilding. Set one-and-a-half years after the events of last season, the new season will find Rick (Andrew Lincoln) maintaining his position as leader despite his unpopular decision to let the Saviors' leader Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) live.

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Plus, see the characters travel to new locations and more.

Continuing the effort to create a better future that his son Carl (Chandler Riggs) envisioned, Rick helps facilitate peace between communities as they work together. As civilization continues to crumble though, the survivors will be faced with new challenges as they return to the ways of life prior to modern technology.

Of course, they will still deal with walkers and unexpected obstacles, but they'll be unprepared when a "formidable force" threatens the civilization they've begun to build.

Click through the gallery above for a look at the stars in character portraits — including Rick and his reclaimed Sheriff's hat — as well as the striking key art featuring the characters among a crumbling D.C. landscape.

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Cohan also said her pay parity dispute with AMC was 'standard re-negotiation.'

The series returns to AMC this fall, and this will be Lincoln's final season.

The Walking Dead, Season 9 Premiere, Sunday, October 7, 9/8c, AMC