The Walking Dead just crossed a major milestone.
According to series showrunner Scott Gimple, principal photography on season 8 has now wrapped just in time for Thanksgiving Weekend. First spotted by ComicBook.com, Gimple took to Twitter to announce that Andrew Lincoln and Co. have all but completed their scenes for the second half of season 8, which is expected to get underway in February of next year.
Indeed, if ComicBook.com’s calculations hold true, The Walking Dead‘s season finale will air on April 1st, 2018, so let’s just hope the ratings show some sign of improvement between now and then. Last we reported, AMC’s flagship had slumped to a six-year low – not since season 2’s “Secrets,” which only mustered 3.1 from the 18-49 audience, has The Walking Dead scored so low.
One way or another, here’s that status report from Gimple:
Thanks and more thanks and gratitude and awe and thanks to the fine band of spiritual siblings who make the Walking Dead program, giving it all they’ve got. That is a wrap and you are remarkable. It’s a privilege to fight alongside you.
The second, conclusive chapter in AMC’s “All-Out War” adaptation will likely air in February, when the remaining eight episodes of season 8 will begin rolling out every Sunday.
The Walking Dead will shuffle back onto the airwaves this Sunday, November 26th, with the premiere of “The King, the Widow, and Rick.” And there may be hope for Negan’s backstory yet, after Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick hinted that AMC may include a nod to the bat-wielding maniac in the upcoming Walking Dead/Fear The Walking Dead crossover. Speaking of which, BossLogic recently rolled out a fan edit that imagines Joe Keery (Stranger Things) as the young Negan.