Rick broods, stares into the middle distance in new ‘The Walking Dead’ Season 6 art

What happens when the reality of zombie dystopia butts up against Alexandria, one of the last vestiges of idyllic civilization?

This is the question “The Walking Dead” Season 6 seems to be asking. All signs point to the deaths of lots and lots of people who can”t come to grips with the truth of the world they”re living in and the splintering of allegiances between friends old and new. 

To that end, AMC released the key art for the upcoming season, and it”s appropriately grim. Rick Grimes, armed to the teeth, squints into the distance while dark storm clouds gather behind him. It”s not much, but it efficiently sets the tone for what The Gang will face.

Image Credit: AMC

Interestingly enough, AMC also announced the full new cast list with at the same time and the numbers have been significantly bolstered from the end of last season. Many of the Alexandria townies appear to have been promoted to full-time regulars.

“The Walking Dead” is executive produced by Robert Kirkman, Showrunner Scott M. Gimple, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Greg Nicotero and Tom Luse and stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Michael Cudlitz, Lennie James, Sonequa Martin-Green, Alanna Masterson, Christian Serratos, Josh McDermitt, Seth Gilliam, Tovah Feldshuh, Ross Marquand, Alexandra Breckenridge and Austin Nichols.

You know what this means. Fresh zombie chow!

“The Walking Dead” premieres on Sunday, October 11 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT with a 90-minute episode on AMC.