Everything We Know About ‘The Walking Dead’ Season 8 (PHOTOS)

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Everything We Know About ‘The Walking Dead’ Season 8 (PHOTOS)

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Everything We Know About ‘The Walking Dead’ Season 8 (PHOTOS)

New characters, a new format, and finally an actual All Out War. 

The Walking Dead Season 8 is already gathering tons of buzz and we’ve got all the important details and spoilers right here.

Click through the gallery to learn everything you need to know about the upcoming season.

The Walking Dead premieres Sunday, October 22 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.


Everything We Know About ‘The Walking Dead’ Season 8 (PHOTOS)
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The Premiere Episode Is Going to be Amazing

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The Premiere Episode Is Going to be Amazing

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Chandler Riggs took to Twitter to sing the praises of the Season 8 premiere episode script.

The young actor shared his favorite part of making a TV show — the hiatus between seasons where he can freely speculate with fans. 


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Greg Nicotero Is Set to Direct the Series’ 100th Episode

#TBT to @gnicotero directing the #TWD Season 7 Premiere. #BTS

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Greg Nicotero Is Set to Direct the Series’ 100th Episode

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Along with being TWD’s resident special effects guru and zombie coach extraordinaire, Greg has directed a large number of the show’s episodes thus far.

Greg is slated to step into the role of director once again for the series’ 100th episode, Comicbook.com reports.

Along with the Season 8 premiere, Greg has helmed both the Season 7 premiere and finale episodes.


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Rick Could Die

Rick Could Die

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Showrunner Scott Gimple has said that Rick is prepared to do whatever it takes to give his group a bright future in Season 8.

Even if that means the end of the line for Rick Grimes, “[Rick] will suffer any loss, even his own self.”


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We’ll be Seeing a Lot More of Some Familiar Faces

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We’ll be Seeing a Lot More of Some Familiar Faces

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Three well-known characters have been promoted to series regulars for Season 8.

Fans of the show will be happy to know that favorites Enid (Katelyn Nacon) and Simon (Steven Ogg) will take on much more substantial roles in the new season, as will Scavenger leader Jadis (Pollyanna McIntosh).


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There Will Be a Couple of New Faces, Too

The #TWD Bunch. #BTS

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Two new characters will be added to the show’s roster in Season 8 — Dillon and Abbud.

Dillon is described as a very blue-collar kind of guy in this 20’s and may be picked up for subsequent seasons. This character sounds like he’ll be a true hit with the ladies — one of his survival skills is sarcasm!

The second casting call is looking to add to TWD’s diverse cast with Abbud, a Muslim American who spent too much time alone outside the walls. Abbud’s loneliness has left the survivor in a jumpy emotional state, TVLine reports.


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We Could See Glenn Again

Before the #TWD Season 7 Premiere, watch Glenn’s Journey So Far on Sunday, October 16.

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Fans just couldn’t deal with the emotional reunion between Sasha and Abraham in the Season 7 finale — but we could seeing an even more sentimental flashback in Season 8.

Executive producer Scott Gimple has said there is a strong possibility Maggie will be seeing Glenn just one more time.

“As Maggie gets closer to giving birth, it’s certainly possible. I’d be silly to say it isn’t.”


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The Structure Will be Crazy Different

You know what happens when Rick gets his crew to rise up! #TWD #TBT

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Scott told Entertainment Weekly, “I remember talking about that with [co-executive producer] Angela Kang early on in Season 7. Because we knew the way that 7 was going to be structured, and we knew we wanted to mix it up in 8, and we knew what 8 was going to be and how that would dictate a very different kind of structure anyways.”

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The Show Could Omit That Time Jump

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The Show Could Omit That Time Jump

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Comic book fans have been speculating on whether or not the show will stick with the book’s jump to the future… and so have the execs!

Scott realizes comic fans are waiting for this to happen, but the crew really hasn’t even decided whether or not they will go through with the jump.

"We're doing the book, we do all sorts of variations on it, and then we do things that are inspired by it and then we change things up with a remix.” 


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The Season Will Move a Lot Faster

The Season Will Move a Lot Faster

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TWD is known for its slow-burning plots, but all that will change in Season 8.

“By virtue of the fact that the narrative has turned into one of pretty intense conflict, Scott told Entertainment Weekly

“It’s going to affect the structure in ways that make it a bit more kinetic, a bit more breakneck — shifting away from entire stories in one episode, and sort of fractured over several episodes, with little pieces of each story coming together.”


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We Might Not Have Single-Character Episodes Anymore

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We Might Not Have Single-Character Episodes Anymore

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Despite some of the show’s standalone episodes being some of the series’ most popular, Scott tells Entertainment Weekly we might not be seeing very many of these types of stories in the new season.

“So, yeah, things are going to move, and possibly not have the kind of deep dives into characters in single episodes, but rather laying out the pieces as we go on.” 


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But It Won’t Overtake the Comics

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But It Won’t Overtake the Comics

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Fans of HBO’s Game of Thrones haven’t been able to decide whether or not the show improved after it overtook the books, but TWD fans will never need to worry about that possibility.

Scott has said that whether or not the show could outgrow the comics entirely depends on how long the comics stick around.

“With some plans we have for the future, I don't think so. I think it's unlikely, but it depends where the book stops."

But creator Robert Kirkman has all but promised The Hollywood Reporter that won’t be an issue, saying,"there's not any danger of that happening in any way."


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There will be a new way to watch

For Glenn! #TWD

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AMC has debuted their new streaming service AMC Premiere. 

Cable subscribers will be able to watch current season episodes without ads for an extra $5 a month, per Engadget.


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The gang’s all here

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The gang’s all here

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“The season finale last year, seeing all the characters together interacting as one, was thrilling. It was exciting to see all these configurations of characters we hadn’t seen before. Even Aaron merely giving Jerry an apple felt satisfying,” Scott told Entertainment Weekly

“[Season 8] is that times a million.” 


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We’ll have a later than usual start date

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We’ll have a later than usual start date

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TWD usually premieres during the second weekend of October. AMC revealed Season 8’s October 22 debut through Comic Con art.


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The film set is like a war zone

The film set is like a war zone

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Walker Stalkers lurking around the Season 8 set have reported gunshots, explosions, and a possible car crash scene being filmed!

OK, to be fair, the explosion was a man yelling, “BOOM!” but we get the gist.


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Season 8 will rev up the action

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Season 8 will rev up the action

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Fans got more than a little bored of Season 7’s slow pace — so showrunners have been quick to promise a much more epic Season 8.

“[W]e all know it’s the all-out war story,” Robert said at a recent press panel. “So in Season 8 we’re trying to do a more fast-paced season, a more action-packed season, really focusing on momentum[.]”

 “It’s massively heavy on the action,” Scott told Entertainment Weekly. “[...] I had us embrace a really action-heavy story for several episodes in a row.”


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The showrunners will take a few risks

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The showrunners will take a few risks

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“[W]e feel like over the first seven seasons we kind of set all of the characters into place, and now it’s time to break them to a certain extent,” Robert said, per DenOfGeek.com.

Scott echoed the sentiment, “I really wanted to push into different ways than we’ve done things in a long time, just by virtue of we’re a show going into its eighth year and I really don’t want to do what we’ve done before, even if we’ve done it really well. If we’re super satisfied with it, that’s why we shouldn’t do the same thing.”


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Clementine WON'T put in an appearance

Clementine WON'T put in an appearance

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Fans of TWD have been dying to see a crossover between the show and Telltale's rendition of the zombie story.

We held out hope that Lee could turn up in Georgia before he died (sob) but the time for that has long passed. Little Clementine became Telltale fans' only hope for a crossover and with the game's series finale fast approaching, demand for a live-action Clem has intensified.

Sadly, Robert told Comicbook.com that Clem would not be in Season 8... or any season of TWD, ever. "No. I like that if you want to play The Walking Dead video game, you get Clementine, and you get a unique experience."

He continued, "I think that it makes The Walking Dead more special that the comic has an experience, and they're very linked. It would be cool to see Clementine show up and high-five Carl, but you're just gonna have to write some fan-fiction, I'm sorry."

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Our fighters will get back to what they do best

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Our fighters will get back to what they do best

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We may not see single-character episodes and the pacing might speed up drastically, but the cast and crew have promised our survivors will be their old, fightin' selves again. 

AMC's highlight reel of TWD's 99 episodes leading up to the Season 8 premiere shows off some fan favorite character moments.

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Siddiq may be already be cast

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Siddiq may be already be cast

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Barry actor Avi Nash has been confirmed for Season 8, though details on his role have yet to be announced, ComicBook.com reports.

Theories point to Siddiq, right-hand man to group leader Magna, who joins Alexandria shortly before the Whisperer War.

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The zombies are going to look crazy different

The zombies are going to look crazy different

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AMC put out a casting call searching for contortionists to play walkers!

What on earth could they be up to?


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Blood and Negan

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Blood and Negan

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“Season 7 was all about building up and getting everyone ready to fight against Negan, and this season there’s going to be lots of explosions, lots of killing, a lot more Negan. Yeah, lots of fighting, lots of cool stuff. It’s really, really fun this season,” says Chandler, per ComicBook.com.


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The official synopsis promises a David and Goliath situation

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The official synopsis promises a David and Goliath situation

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“This season, Rick brings "All Out War" to Negan and his forces. The Saviors are larger, better-equipped, and ruthless — but Rick and the unified communities are fighting for the promise of a brighter future. The battle lines are drawn as they launch into a kinetic, action-packed offensive,” the synopsis reads.


“Up until now, survival has been the focus of Rick and our group, but it's not enough. They have to fight to take back their freedom so that they can live. So that they can rebuild. As with any battle, there will be losses. Casualties. But with Rick leading the Alexandrian forces, Maggie leading the Hilltop, and King Ezekiel leading the Kingdom — Negan and the Saviors' grip on this world may finally be coming to an end.”


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Carol will be back to her old self

Carol will be back to her old self

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“Her entire storyline has prepared her for this — she’s ready,” Scott told TVLine

“The strength and bravery that she shows as a person this season, and the ingenuity that she employs… is very satisfying.”


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King Ezekiel will be caught off guard by the brutality of war

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King Ezekiel will be caught off guard by the brutality of war

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“There are some intense times ahead for Ezekiel,” Scott said. 

“Carol is not going to be surprised about the difficulty and brutality that they’re facing. Ezekiel is a little more new to this. The contrast will be pretty stark.”


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“Old Man Rick” won’t be explained for awhile

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“Old Man Rick” won’t be explained for awhile

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“We will not get the definitive answer as to what that’s about in the premiere,” Scott warned.

“That won’t come until about halfway into the season.”


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We'll have to wait to meet Maggie's baby

We'll have to wait to meet Maggie's baby

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“Maggie’s baby will not be born is Season 8. But anything’s possible,” Scott told Chris Hardwick in the TWD’s preview special, per Comicbook.com.

Does this indicate a time jump? Will her baby have already been born and we just won’t see it happen?

Stop being so mysterious, Scott!


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The group looks to the future in this sneak peek video

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The group looks to the future in this sneak peek video

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Maggie's baby, leading the Hilltop, and a massive horde of zombies!

Things are getting dangerous in Season 8!

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Daryl is off his leash

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Daryl is off his leash

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“You know, some of us are going rogue a little bit — like myself. There are a couple of some rogue moments in there," Norman Reedus tells Entertainment Weekly.

“There’s no gray area right now with him. He’s on a mission to do one thing, and sometimes for the good of the group, you veer left a little bit, and he’s still veering right. So, like I said, he’s kind of going rogue a little bit in the beginning.”

"He wants his s—t back, and he wants to have revenge, and he’s really not listening.”

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New characters, a new format, and finally an actual All Out War. 

The Walking Dead Season 8 is already gathering tons of buzz and we’ve got all the important details and spoilers right here.

Click through the gallery to learn everything you need to know about the upcoming season.

The Walking Dead premieres Sunday, October 22 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.