‘Walking Dead’ Teases Carzekiel Romance in First Look at Season 9 Premiere (PHOTOS)

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Rick and Michonne continue to lead the way.

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Is Eugene still working in the Bullet Factory?

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Old ties remain between Daryl, Rick, and Michonne.

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Has Carol found true love?

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A group effort is the only way to survive in a post-apocalyptic society.

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Maggie and others will explore new territories.

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Jerry (Cooper Andrews) is sticking around in Season 9.

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What could be driving Rosita’s (Christian Serratos) actions?

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Michonne is a force to be reckoned with.

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Has time hardened Father Gabriel (Seth Gilliam)?

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No one’s a match for Daryl.

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Will Maggie maintain her leadership over Hilltop?

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AMC has released a slew of The Walking Dead Season 9 premiere photos, and it looks like romance is brewing — at least for Carol (Melissa McBride) and Ezekiel (Khary Payton).

Rick (Andrew Lincoln), Michonne (Danai Gurira), Daryl (Norman Reedus), Maggie (Lauren Cohan), and the rest of the gang face the deterioration of infrastructure as they venture outside of their settlements in this first look at the ninth season. Could the presence of horse drawn carriages mean the further breakdown of society?

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And love is blooming between Carol and Ezekiel, as they share a sweet moment in one of the new shots. Could it lead to something more? Hopefully all of these questions will be answered when TWD returns October 7.

Until then, scroll through the images above for a sneak peek at what’s to come!

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