We’re one week shy of the return of The Walking Dead; the show will return for the second half of Season 8 on Sunday, February 25th. It’s sure to be a bittersweet affair, as the All-Out War story arc shifts into The Last Stand, and fans and characters prepare to say their final farewells to Carl Grimes (played by Chandler Riggs).
It’s been a hell of a journey so far, but The Walking Dead has been experiencing a significant fall in ratings over the past couple seasons. While this may simply reflect changing trends in society and entertainment, there’s no denying that producers have made more than a couple missteps along the way.
Our friend at WhatCulture have assembled the video list below: 10 Things AMC Wants You to Forget About The Walking Dead! Give it a spin and let us know what you think in the Comments section! If you can’t stream, the 10 embarrassing stumbles are listed and briefly summarized below the video. After that, you can peep the trailer and extended synopsis for The Walking Dead Season 8B. Enjoy!
Shootings: A Walking Dead fan shot his girlfriend over a disagreement regarding the origins of the virus; luckily it wasn’t fatal. Another Walking Dead fan in New Mexico killed a friend after binge-watching the show.
The Darabont Debacle and Mazzara Mess: After delivering a stellar first season, Gary Darabont left the series when AMC demanded he produce twice as many episodes for Season 2—on half the budget. Darabont has been embroiled in a lawsuit with AMC ever since. Darabont’s replacement, Glen Mazzara quit a couple seasons later; though described as an amicable parting, rumors persist that Mazzara was unhappy with TWD creator Robert Kirkman’s influence on the show.
The Glenn Death Fake-Out: Producers received a lot of hate following the Glenn’s “fake out” death in Season 6 (when the character appeared to be mauled by walkers, but actually hid beneath a dumpster. It was clearly an effort to manipulate viewers with an unnecessarily emotional sleight-of-hand.
Godawful CGI: The CGI effects in The Walking Dead Season 7 was especially poor.
The Season 7 Premiere Complains: Despite knowing that the Season 7 premiere would include the death of at least one major character, fans were shocked by the realistic gore—especially with Glenn’s death. The FCC received a number of complaints, some comparing the scene to “torture porn”.
When It Kept Killing Off Black Characters: While the show now sports some important black characters (specifically King Ezekiel, Michonne, and Morgan) fans noticed that the show’s African American characters didn’t last long during The Walking Dead’s first few seasons.
The Attempted Rape: Fans were mortified when The Governor threatened to rape Maggie in Season 3. Many complained the scene was unnecessarily eroticized.
The Real-Life Assassination Attempt: The Walking Dead extra Shannon Richardson attempted to assassinate former President Barak Obama by sending him the poison ricin in the mail; she also sent ricin-laced letters to former New York Governor Michael Bloomberg. She pled guilty and is currently serving out an 18-year sentence.
Spoiler Alert: While fans hate it when Internet geeks drop spoilers, the producers themselves spoiled Beth’s death before the show aired anywhere besides the East Coast! They dropped a picture on the show’s Twitter page showing Daryl carrying Beth’s lifeless body with the caption RIP. They also spoiled Shane’s death by announcing his final appearance on set would be included as a featurette on the DVD before the character had been killed.
They’re Never Going to End It: Despite plummeting ratings, there is no planned end date or stated final season for The Walking Dead.
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Official Synopsis: “All-out war has had a devastating impact on every person involved. The communities themselves are fractured. Alexandria has been destroyed, the Hilltop finds themselves pinned, and the Kingdom is shattered — half of them dead, the other half controlled by the Saviors.
At the very center — Rick (Andrew Lincoln), having been distracted by the conflict, has just returned home to learn that Carl, who heroically shepherded the Alexandrians to safety during Negan’s attack, has been bitten by a walker. Once his sole motivation in this otherwise stark existence, Rick is forced to deal with this reality. Carl has always been a beacon of hope, a symbol for the remaining thread of humanity — lessons that the survivors around him would be wise to take with them as this war surges onward.
But Rick isn’t the only person who’s living in peril. Aaron and Enid are in a dire situation at Oceanside — unclear if they’re in friendly territory, or if they’ve just made new enemies. Father Gabriel will do his part in attempting to smuggle Dr. Carson safely back to the Hilltop and a pregnant Maggie is wrestling with the many moral gray areas that come with leadership during war. In a standoff with the Saviors, she must decide how to proceed with the dozens of POW lives she’s currently in control of, as well as new complications that come with being a leader.
In addition to the war, Negan continues to deal with struggles within his ranks as workers, traitors, and others’ thirst for power cause conflict at the Sanctuary. Having gifted the Saviors a major victory, Eugene’s loyalty is repeatedly tested as new obstacles present themselves.
As all-out-war consumes us, the line between good and evil continues to blur. People fighting for what they believe in. Everybody working together for something bigger — to feel safe and have a world worth living in.”
Finish the fight! The Walking Dead returns Sunday, February 25 at 9/8c on AMC.