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‘The Walking Dead’ Teases Rick Grimes’ Final Episodes in New Season 9 Trailer (Video)

Leading man Andrew Lincoln will exit this season

The end of an era is near.

In a new, five-minute Season 9 trailer, “The Walking Dead” teases Rick Grimes’ final episodes, and we’d be lying if we said it didn’t make us a little emotional.

The trailer starts out with Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) having a chat, with Rick expanding on his “No matter what happens, it’s human nature to come together” line from the very first Season 9 trailer that was released at San Diego Comic-Con in July.

“It wasn’t that long ago, we were fighting just to stay alive,” Rick says in voiceover as we see shots of Maggie (Lauren Cohan)’s baby, an older Judith, and Rick doing one of the things he does best: killing zombies. “But it’s not like that anymore. “We’re building, we’re growing. We’re still ready to deal with this world on its own terms.”

Rick’s speech sounds an awful lot like his son Carl’s goodbye last season.

TheWrap reported in May that Season 9 would be leading man Andrew Lincoln’s last. Of his exit, Lincoln said the show “means everything to me.” He also teased that Season 9 has “two episodes that for me are my favorite episodes since the pilot.”

Watch the full trailer above.

“The Walking Dead” Season 9 premieres Sunday, October 7 on AMC.