For the past eight seasons, the opening sequence to The Walking Dead has remained largely intact. Outside of changes to top-billed castmembers, and a few subtle changes here and there, the opening sequence has always leaned into an aesthetic that shows the decaying remnants of civilization.
Now, the first five minutes of Season 9 made their way online, we've got our first look at the opening credits, which have been totally revamped to reflect what's being heralded as an all-new era for the long-running series.
The credits were first shown by Entertainment Weekly, who interviewed new showrunner Angela Kang about the how a conversation with prior showrunner Scott Gimple, who's now the Chief Content Officer for all things Walking Dead-related.
"One of the things he just mentioned was that [Gimple] mentioned was that the first eight seasons feel like they’re part of a chapter of the story, and it really lines up with the chapter and the comics," said Kang. "He said, 'You might want to think about whether or not you want to do new main titles. Like, a completely different look and feel from what it’s been.' And I loved that idea."
While the Bear McCreary's now-iconic score is still in place, the new sequence is mostly animated, and seems to reflect the more easy-going lifestyle currently enjoyed by Rick Grimes and company. Instead of rust-covered guns and shattered picture frames, objects that represent the show's main characters are scattered throughout.
Some of this imagery reflects moments of the show's past, explained Kang, like the infamous tree where the war with The Saviors came to an end. However, some of these images will hint toward events that will develop in the coming weeks. "We’re just trying to show a world where these things are just part of the landscape because it sort of fits with some of the themes of the season."
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