‘The Walking Dead’ Mid-Season 9 Premiere: How to Watch Online Tonight

AMC

Tonight is the mid-season 9 premiere of The Walking Dead. Some people watched the premiere early because they purchased a subscription to AMC Premiere. But if you didn’t watch it early, you can still watch it tonight through a variety of streaming options. The episode begins at 9 p.m. Eastern and will end at 10:14 p.m. Eastern. (After you see the episode, let us know what you thought through one of the options described at the end of this story.) If you don’t have cable or can’t get to a TV, you can watch AMC live on your computer, phone or streaming device by signing up for one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:

FuboTV

AMC is one of 85 channels included in the main Fubo bundle. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the show on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the FuboTV app.

If you can’t watch live, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of Cloud DVR (with the ability to upgrade to 500 hours), as well as a “72-Hour Lookback” feature, which allows you to watch most shows up to three days after they air even if you forgot to record them.

Philo TV

AMC is included in Philo’s main 40-channel bundle, which is the cheapest among all streaming services if you plan on keeping it long-term. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial right here, and you can then watch the show on your computer via the Philo website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Philo app.

If you can’t watch live, Philo also allows you to DVR programs and watch them up to 30 days later. And even if you forget to DVR something, Philo also comes with a 72-hour rewind feature, which allows you to replay any event that has aired in the last three days.

Sling TV

AMC is included in both the “Sling Orange” and “Sling Blue” channel packages. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial of either, and you can then watch the show live on your computer via the Sling TV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Sling TV app.

If you can’t watch live, you can get 50 hours of cloud DVR storage as an additional add-on.

Additional Options Through AMC

In addition to being able to watch AMC live via the above streaming services, you can also watch on your computer via AMC.com, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the AMC app. You’ll need to sign in to a TV provider to watch this way, but you can use your Philo or FuboTV credentials to do that.

AMC Premiere

Cable login required. If you want to sign up for AMC Premiere directly through AMC, it requires a Pay TV subscription that includes the main AMC channel. You can sign up right here. You’ll need to log-in to your cable provider first, and then you’ll be able to watch the mid-season premiere commercial-free on your phone (iPhone supported), Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV or Chromecast via the AMC app. AMC Premiere is still unavailable to watch on your computer, however.


Preview

We were left with quite a few questions when Season 9 Episode 8 ended in November. One big question was where Negan went after his cell was left unlocked. At the end of Season 9 episode 8, Negan discovered that his cell had been left unlocked. (And if you watched closely, you would know this happened when Gabriel left angrily and forgot to make sure Negan’s cell door was closed.) Negan walked out of his jail cell, free for the first time in more than six years. We’re pretty sure he’s heading back to the Sanctuary, thanks to a really quick shot during the trailer. But we’re not 100 percent certain where he’s going or what’s happening next.

Maggie’s gone, along with Rick, which is leaving a big hole in the second half of the season. But in the midst of these big changes, fans also feel like the writing has improved quite a bit. So the introduction of the “Whisperers” (aka the whispering zombies) is something that’s really exciting to viewers.  The show seems to have picked up quite nicely with showrunner Angela Kang now leading things. She’s already working on Season 10, and she’s made some changes to the show in Season 9 that viewers are really liking. For example, Daryl has more lines than is typical for the character this season, and he even has a dog now. Other characters are similarly being fleshed out, and fans are enjoying the new storylines.

We also still don’t know what those x-shaped scars are about. Read theories in Heavy’s story here.

The future of the season is a big mystery though. With Rick and Carl’s departures, the show is diverging from the comics, leaving comic fans lost about what to expect next. Let us know what you thought about the episode by tweeting the author of this story or commenting on a Reddit discussion here.  You can stay updated on new stories about The Walking Dead by joining the email list here and choosing the “Scifi and Fantasy TV” category.