The Walking Dead Season 9 premiere - "A New Beginning" Well, its here--the 9th season of The Walking Dead, still one of the most watched fantasy series on TV, and with all of this past summer's announcements, there should be a boatload of drama and history reshaping the series going forward...if its all justified and not just for shock or jumping from one "Big Bad" to another. Rick & Michonne: The perfect set-up of Happily Ever After, with Michonne's idea of a charter is in line with her hopes to build after talking to / being influenced by Deanna in season 6. Daryl (to Oceanside's Cyndy): "I had friends that wanted to be here--they didn't make it" probably refers to Beth, Tyresse and the other pre-ASZ characters. So Daryl resents the core group split up, and looks back to the early days when they could "do anything." His choice to return to the Hilltop is--of course--still building on his support of Maggie and the coming rift between the original group. Carol / The Kingdom: Not a surprise that she and Ezekiel are a couple (and a nice continuity / reference about preferring Ezekiel's corniness to her late husband Ed), but I'm sure a million Carol+Daryl shippers just howled in protest. Sort of feel like his declaration of unending love will come back to haunt Carol... Maggie: Despite her "show them" threat in last season's finale, she seems to be back to friendly interaction with Michonne and Rick....well, until Ken (the young man who was bitten) died. Ken's mother blaming Maggie for his death--and making some suggestions of disparity in the allocation of resources with the Sanctuary was the opening Gregory needed to twist the emotional screws of Ken's parents. I guessed he would try to set her up..but its good to see her able to handle herself only a few months after giving birth. Gregory reminding her of why she cannot go back to Alexandria (Negan) seems like someone will try to release Negan (for Maggie to kill), only for the villain to make his escape to the Whisperers. Finally, Gregory's execution....its about time. The reaction & look on Rick's face was priceless. Ex-Saviors: The seeds of internal breakdown are in place with Laura "ratting out" Arat and another ex-Savior over the walker scarecrow (and the "Saviors Save Us" graffiti). Then there's Regina, who now walks with a limp thanks to Rosita shooting her in the season 8 finale. Unless she's more interested in a real life, I do not see her being so forgiving. Jadis / Ann & Father Gabriel: Interesting moment between the two, with his interpretation of the evolutionary chart as Intelligent Design and her still considering herself an artist. NOTE: Nasty scene: the mother spider and endless spiderlings crawling out of the walker's head. Nasty and itchy.