Title And Synopsis For The Walking Dead Season 8 Premiere Revealed As New Promo Debuts

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When The Walking Dead returns on October 22nd, bringing with it a batch of seemingly breathless, edge-of-your-seat content, it’ll kick things off with a showdown between Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and our unified survivors.

We are, of course, referring to Alexandria, the Kingdom and the folks residing on the Hilltop, who have all banded together in the face of a common enemy – or enemies, considering Negan will once again be calling upon the help of his equally manic Saviors. The battle lines have been drawn, then, and we now have confirmation that season 8’s premiere episode (AKA TWD‘s big 100) will be called “Mercy,” and will tell the tale of how “Rick and his group, along with the Kingdom and Hilltop, have banded together to bring the fight to Negan and the Saviors.”

If you’re curious, there are also plans for an extended episode of Talking Dead on Sunday, October 22nd, live from the Greek Theater in Los Angeles. It’ll include a host of special guests and, of course, an exhaustive post-mortem on The Walking Dead‘s big milestone. Perhaps we’ll find out some more about that Old Man Rick scene? Time will tell.

Beyond the arrival of “Mercy,” there are seemingly “big deaths” to come on The Walking Dead season 8. The show’s latest synopsis confirms as much, too, with this extract, in particular, really putting Rick’s plight into perspective.

Feeling powerless under Negan’s 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 firepower to contest the Saviors.

Clear the schedule, folks; The Walking Dead season 8 premieres via AMC on Sunday, October 22nd at 9 pm ET/PT, and it’s about to knock us all off our feet. If it’s more zombie content you’re after, TWD‘s sister series, Fear The Walking Dead, returns this weekend with the premiere of “This Land Is Your Land.”

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