The synths are waking up in first teaser trailer for AMC's Humans

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Nov 7, 2016, 3:01 PM EST

While faux Daryl, aka Dwight, was torturing real Daryl back at the Sanctuary during last night’s episode of The Walking Dead, AMC released the first official teaser for the upcoming second season of its hit sci-fi series Humans.

While the show’s sophomore season debuted in the UK over a week ago (they're up to Episode 2), Humans will take its sweet time arriving in North America, with its premiere slated for February 2017. Le sigh. Picking up a couple of months after the events of Season 1, we circle back to the characters we came to know and love (or hate): Mia, Leo, Max, Niska, Joe, Laura and their three kids. 

Gone is William Hurt, whose character died last season. Instead, we get Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist), who has joined the cast in the role of Dr. Athena Morrow, a “pre-eminent Artificial Intelligence expert who is driven by her own motives to create a new kind of machine consciousness.”

Here’s an official extended synopsis via the good folks at Channel 4 (the UK channel for Humans, hence the use of "series" instead of season):

Series 2 of Humans picks up several months on from the events of series one, Niska (Emily Berrington) is still at large and in possession of the consciousness code. Her synth family, Mia (Gemma Chan), Leo (Colin Morgan) and Max (Ivanno Jeremiah), unaware of her location, are each trying to find their place in the world while Joe (Tom Goodman-Hill) and Laura (Katherine Parkinson) attempt to mend their marriage.

As unconfirmed reports of synths behaving inexplicably surface, the ripple effects of one simple yet seismic decision sees the past return dramatically and surprisingly to the door of the Hawkins house. Joe, Laura and the entire family are faced with a difficult choice that will put the family under an intense spotlight.

In the US, Milo Khoury (Marshall Allman), a young Silicon Valley billionaire, founder and CEO of a leading technology company is pioneering new research. But he needs help and attempts to recruit Dr Athena Morrow (Carrie-Anne Moss) - the country’s pre-eminent Artificial Intelligence expert. Suspicious of his motives and focussed on her own work Morrow is single-minded in her drive to create a new kind of machine consciousness.

As an emerging form of intelligent life – the synths – and an established one – humanity – fight for their places in the world, a thrilling multi-stranded narrative evolves which continues to ask: who has the right to determine what it means to be alive?

(via Coming Soon, Channel 4)