We’re still four weeks away from the Season 8 return of AMC’s zombie-drama mega-hit The Walking Dead; Season 8 begins on October 22nd. Fan excitement and conjecture about what we can expect are both surging, which makes recent comments from TWD showrunner Scott Gimple especially compelling. He answered one burning fan question while delivering a staunch “no comment” not another.
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His first confirmation has to do with the length of time the show will spend on the All-Out War story-arch. Considering it officially began ion Season 6 when Rick (Andrew Lincoln) first visited the Hilltop, it was a long time getting to the first actual shots fired in Season 7’s finale. So will All-Out War extend into Season 9?
“The war will absolutely be resolved by the end of season 8,” says Gimple. “Absolutely.”
The admission by Gimple that the war will end in this next season also brings the focus back to the mysterious “Old Man Rick” scene from the season 8 trailer that appears to mirror a time-jump from the comics that happens after the war, although there could be a twist as far as how that is approached by the TV version. It also brings to question how soon we will be seeing the next group of villains — known as the Whisperers — and their enigmatic bald female leader Alpha. Asked whether Alpha might be making her debut in season 8, Gimple responds, “I’m going to give you a full no-comment on that.”
So while this means we can expect Negan (Jeffery Dean Morgan) to meet his maker, those anxious to know when The Whisperers will arrive will have to keep on wondering.
Check out the most recent trailer for The Walking Dead Season 8, followed by the Comic-Con trailer from July and the extensive synopsis.
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Official Synopsis: Last season, Rick Grimes [Andrew Lincoln] and his group of survivors were confronted with their deadliest challenge yet. With the comfort of Alexandria, they let their guard down, only to be reminded how brutal the world they live in can be.
Feeling powerless under Negan’s [Jeffery Dean Morgan] rules and demands, Rick advocated the group play along. But seeing that Negan couldn’t be reasoned with, Rick began rallying together with other communities affected by the Saviors. And with the support of the Hilltop and Kingdom, they finally have enough firepower to contest the Saviors.
This season, Rick brings “All Out War” to Negan and his forces. The Saviors are larger, better-equipped, and ruthless — but Rick and the unified communities are fighting for the promise of a brighter future. The battle lines are drawn as they launch into a kinetic, action-packed offensive.
Up until now, survival has been the focus of Rick and our group, but it’s not enough. They have to fight to take back their freedom so that they can live. So that they can rebuild. As with any battle, there will be losses. Casualties. But with Rick leading the Alexandrian forces, Maggie [Lauren Cohan] leading the Hilltop, and King Ezekiel [Khary Payton] leading the Kingdom — Negan and the Saviors’ grip on this world may finally be coming to an end.
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