The Walking Dead season 10 confirmed by network AMC – without Rick Grimes

The Walking Dead will live on for a tenth season – just as the ninth is about to air new episodes.

Season 10 of The Walking Dead has bee confirmed by its US network AMC, while it airs on Fox in the UK.

The series recently saw the departure of its lead Andrew Lincoln – who played Rick Grimes – for some solo The Walking Dead television movies.

It leaves other fan favourites such as Daryl Dixon ( Norman Reedus ) to hold down the fort now Rick is out of the picture, and may or may not see the return of other departed star Lauren Cohan as Maggie Greene.

The second half of the ninth season sees the survivors react to the death of one of their own at the hands of the dangerous villains, The Whisperers.

Acclaimed British actress Samantha Morton will take on the role of the group’s leader, Alpha, in the new episodes.

Actress Eleanor Matsuura who plays Yumiko in the series told Digital Spy what kind of threat the new characters pose.

"I think they are the most incredible baddies, and we have the most extraordinary villain in the hands of Samantha Morton, who I think is one of the best actresses around."

It remains to be seen what will become of the survivors in their new battle against the Whisperers – will they be able to find any common ground?

And will Alpha live up to previous iconic villains like The Governor and Negan?

The Walking Dead airs on AMC in the US and on Fox in the UK.

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