Gold Rush is coming back to Discovery Channel for a ninth season, and The Hollywood Reporter has an exclusive first look. This year, Rick Ness has decided to step it up and become a mine boss with a claim of his own — cashing in his life savings — after working six years under fellow miner Parker Schnabel.
“I’ve been working for Parker [Schnabel] for six years, but I’m done working for somebody else. I want to work for myself,” he says in the clip. “And this is my chance. I’ve got everything on the line. My house. Every penny I have. I’ve got my friends with me, their livelihoods. It doesn’t get any bigger than this.”
In the off-season, Rick spent most of his time nursing his mother until she died. As a result, he’s far behind the others as they race into the mining season.
Rick has recruited a crew of his Wisconsin buddies, who leave behind their jobs, families and homes to take a chance on striking it rich. The stakes are high as Rick tries to prove his dad was wrong when he predicted that Rick will “come home broke with no friends.”
Elsewhere, while gold miner and rival Todd Hoffman is out, things haven’t gotten any easier for 23-year-old Parker Schnabel, who finds himself in a land war with legendary Klondike miner Tony Beets. Parker’s initial plan was to return to Tony’s ground — the richest he’s ever mined — and deliver more than 6,000 ounces of gold worth $7.2 million.
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