Because make no mistake, series showrunner Scott Gimple has gone on record in the past to warn viewers that season 8 features “lots of killing,” and we’re not just talking about those flesh-munching zombies. With the battle lines drawn, Rick, Maggie and the rest of the gang have rallied all the troops – namely those scattered across Alexandria, the Kingdom and the Hilltop – to topple Negan once and for all. And yes, The Walking Dead‘s eighth season will resolve the battle brewing between Rick Grimes and Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s unruly screen villain.
As for the subsequent body count, Gimple recently spoke to Entertainment Weekly about the “big deaths” to come, and how they’ll catch people by surprise. Yikes! Remember, if they kill Daryl, we riot.
However, the question remains: who will bite the bullet? Some fans believe Morgan Jones is already a goner, but we’re more intrigued by Gimple’s comments – specifically when he mentions catching viewers by surprise.
“There are some big deaths this season. I think [the deaths will] possibly catch people by surprise.”
Meanwhile, Austin Amelio (Dwight) is certainly excited to watch audiences react:
It’s a f—ing in-your-face, action-packed IV of adrenaline. Season 7 was the ramp-up and now this is the blastoff. The stuff that’s happening is insane!
And if that doesn’t get you pumped, we don’t know what will. Starting as it means to go on, The Walking Dead‘s eighth season begins with an explosive and indeed extended episode on October 22nd, which is rather fitting given how it’ll go down in history as the show’s 100th instalment. If you’re pining for a concise recap of the road so far, look no further than this epic montage.