In anticipation of season 8’s premiere in October, AMC lifted the lid on a somber, five-minute trailer this past weekend, and caused uproar within the walls of SDCC’s famous Hall H. Using the nerve-racking season 7 finale as a springboard, the extensive showcase essentially served as a roll call, hopping between all of The Walking Dead‘s many survivors to remind viewers of their individual predicaments and, perhaps more importantly, how they all tie into the bigger picture.
All in all, it was a hugely promising look at the upcoming season and now, AMC’s revealed that the trailer has broken an exciting new record. According to the network, it garnered 31 million views in its first four days, which beats the previous best – season 7’s 25 million – and makes it the most watched Walking Dead preview to date.
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Speaking about the impressive achievement, AMC’s Charlie Collier had the following to say:
“Thank you to the fans for, once again, filling Hall H at Comic-Con, our lucky seventh year in a row sharing this hallowed, fan-first experience. And, since Friday’s ‘The Walking Dead’ panel ended, thanks to fans all over the world for watching our season eight trailer more than 31 million times, and counting. To receive this type of record-breaking response heading into the series’ 100th episode is beyond gratifying. We look forward to sharing so much more with you as we count down to an unforgettable season.”
Though you’d think that perhaps interest in the show may have weakened a bit after a somewhat middling last season, it appears that’s not the case. Not at all. Excitement for The Walking Dead is stronger than ever, it seems, and with the hype starting to build around the next batch of episodes, we can only hope they improve upon some of the shortcomings we’ve been seeing lately.
On October 22nd, and after Fear The Walking Dead has finished its third run on the airwaves, AMC will unleash the eighth season of The Walking Dead upon the masses. But if you’re still holding out hope for a thorough breakdown of the zombie pandemic and its root cause, don’t; franchise mastermind Robert Kirkman told those in attendance at SDCC last weekend that that mystery, for the most part, will remain unsolved.