Reedus channels Daryl Dixon once more in an exclusive shot from the AMC zombie drama, which premieres Oct. 11

By Patrick Gomez
Updated September 15, 2015 12:00 PM
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It looks like The Walking Dead is getting even darker in its sixth season.

In a First Look photo exclusive to PEOPLE, Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) is seen wiping fresh blood off his hands. But is it the blood of a walker? Or a fellow resident of Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his friends’ adopted home of Alexandria?

“Season 6 starts with Alexandria’s safety shattered by multiple threats,” according to AMC, the network behind the hit zombie apocalypse drama. “To make it, the people of Alexandria will need to catch up with our survivors’ hardness while many of our survivors will need to take a step back from the violence and pragmatism they’ve needed to embrace. These reversals won’t happen easily, or without conflict.”

“Now Rick’s group is fighting for something more than survival,” continues the network’s teaser statement. “They’re fighting for their home, and they will defend that at any cost, against any threat, even if that threat comes from within.”

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The new season of The Walking Dead premieres Oct. 11 on AMC.