Scott M. Gimple has become a household name as the showrunner of AMC’s zombie drama The Walking Dead, but the TV producer has become a pariah since the midseason finale revealed fan-favorite Carl Grimes (played by Chandler Riggs) is dying. We recently reported that Gimple is being replaced by long-time Walking Dead writer Angela Kang, although the change of position is not a demotion; Gimple is, in fact, getting a promotion that will have him overseeing both TWD and its sister/spinoff series Fear the Walking Dead.
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One person who has remained surprisingly mum since Carl’s fate was revealed is Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, whose comic book series serves as the backbone of the TV series. Yesterday, Kirkman broke his silence—and his stance might surprise you.
Kirkman: “I think Scott first brought it up to me as a possibility probably about a year ago at this point. First, I was kind of like, ‘Well, that’s a big one, you know?’ I might have had a little bit of trepidation. But once he laid out to me exactly what his long-term plans were, and the things that come out of it, and the things that it leads to, it was something I got on board with.
“There are big, huge stories coming up that you might think will be massively altered because of the absence of Carl. But we have known these story lines have been coming for years. There are plans in place to make it all work. The loss of Carl doesn’t necessarily mean that we’re going to be losing big swaths of the comic book story. It means that there will be some differences to them. The goal is that those differences will be as exciting to the audience as they are to me.”
Check out the trailer and synopsis for the return of The Walking Dead Season 8, dubbed The Last Stand, airing February 25th on AMC.
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 (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) rules and demands, Rick advocated the group play along. But seeing that Negan couldn’t be reasoned with, Rick began rallying together other communities affected by the Saviors. And with the support of the Hilltop and Kingdom, they finally have enough fire power 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.
Season 8 of The Walking Dead and Red Machete return Sunday, February 25th.
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