In just a few short weeks, AMC's beloved zombie series The Walking Dead will finally return to the airwaves, with the Season 6 premiere, First Time Again, debuting Sunday, October 11 at 9 PM ET. As we count down the days until the show's return, AMC has released brand new photos, which offers a look at some of the gruesome new zombies our favorite survivors will be facing. We also get a glimpse at some of the new characters popping up this season, including Merritt Wever's Dr. Denise Cloyd and Ethan Embry's Carter. If that wasn't enough, we also have the official Season 6 synopsis, which you can check out below.
Season 5 of The Walking Dead saw our group being formed into consummate survivors by the world around them... nearly making some of them into villains. To make it as far as they have - to have persevered through all of their heartbreaking challenges - they have evolved into incredibly powerful people. But who have they become? The last five episodes of Season 5 answered that question with Rick accepting an approach of unapologetic brutality in murdering Pete, a fellow Alexandrian.
The Walking Dead Season 6 starts with Alexandria's safety shattered by multiple threats. To make it, the people of Alexandria will need to catch up with our survivors' hardness, while many of Rick's people will need to take a step back from the violence and pragmatism they've needed to embrace. These reversals won't happen easily, or without conflict. But now, Rick's group is fighting for something more than survival... They're fighting for their home, and they will defend that at any cost, against any threat, even if that threat comes from within.
In related news, The Hollywood Reporter reveals that the show has cast Tom Payne as the popular comic book character Paul Monroe, a.k.a. Jesus. The actor will have a recurring role in Season 6, with an option for the inevitable Season 7, but it isn't known when exactly he will debut this season. The casting of this character could very well pave the way for the introduction of the long-awaited villain Negan.
Jesus was introduced in Issue 91 of Robert Kirkman's comic book, a resident of Alexandria who moved there from another survivor community known as the Hilltop Colony. It has long been speculated that Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his fellow Alexandrian survivors will pay a visit to the Hilltop Colony sometime this season, but that has never been confirmed. Jesus is described as a "rare logical man" who is a skilled adviser and has adapted to this violent new world. Jesus is still alive in the comics, and he plays an important role in the war against The Saviors and Negan. While we wait for new details on this upcoming season, check out the latest photos.