The Walking Dead has proven that it’s not slowing down at all heading into its eighth season. Their panel at San Diego Comic Con combined with a five-minute trailer has fans hyped for what’s to come. The panel included cast members Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Lennie James, Chandler Riggs, Danai Gurira, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Lauren Cohan, Alanna Masterson, Seth Gilliam and Khary Payton, along with creators Scott M. Gimple, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Dave Alpert and Greg Nicotero.
Comprising of mostly fan questions, the cast are now experts at giving the bare minimum when it comes to spoilers. Not a lot was revealed about the upcoming eighth season, but it’s safe to say they’re heading straight into the All Out War from the comics.
While the cast didn’t give much away, there were a few bits and pieces to get excited about: Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Negan) and Chandler Riggs (Carl) teased an interesting relationship between their characters moving forward. Scott Gimple said that it was entirely possible for The Walking Dead characters to be in another part of the world someday. There were even many mentions of Steven Yeun (Glenn) which only proves how much of an impact his death had on this cast and characters.
However, most of the revealing content came from the trailer. This season seems to be on a much larger scale, including brand new dynamics that we’ve never seen before – like Tara (Masterson) with Carol (McBride) and Rosita (Christian Serratos) with Michonne (Gurira). Even Gabriel (Gilliam) has some one-on-one time with Negan (Morgan), which doesn’t bode well for his character. In typical The Walking Dead fashion, the trailer features a lot of gunshots, zombies and explosions.
“No matter what comes next, we’ve won. We’ve already won,” Rick (Lincoln) states in the trailer, presumably ready to lead Alexandria into war with Negan. There also seems to be a much more collaborative effort between Alexandria and the communities of Hilltop and The Kingdom.
The end of the trailer is especially puzzling, as it opens with a shot of a walking stick. Then, we see a very familiar sight from the pilot of Rick lying in his hospital bed with flowers by his bedside. Except, these flowers are fresh, and Rick is looking much older and more weathered than he ever has. Many theories are already flying around, including comas and dreams. However, it could very well be related to a time jump that comic fans are already familiar with. Either way, we know that The Walking Dead will remain very tight-lipped about it all until the show returns.
The Walking Dead returns for its eighth season on October 22 on AMC. Watch both the panel and trailer below.