AMC has shut down production on The Walking Dead Season 8, after a stuntman suffered life-threatening injuries during an on-set accident. Stuntman John Bernecker was severely injured on the Atlanta set of The Walking Dead, where he was transported to a local Atlanta hospital and production was halted. Here's the statement released by AMC regarding this incident.
"We are saddened to report that John Bernecker, a talented stuntman for The Walking Dead and numerous other television shows and films, suffered serious injuries from a tragic accident on set. He was immediately transported to an Atlanta hospital, and we have temporarily shut down production. We are keeping John and his family in our thoughts and prayers."
Deadline reports that John Bernecker suffered a serious head injuring after falling 30 feet to a concrete floor. No details were given about the scene he was filming, or how this accident on The Walking Dead set occurred. John Bernercker's girlfriend Jennifer Cocker, who is also a stunt performer, released a brief statement on Facebook yesterday, which you can see below.
"John deserves to be seen by every neorusurgeon and doctor there is until one of them sees the life we all know he has in him and bring him back to us... THIS ISNT FAIR."
It isn't clear how long Walking Dead production will be shut down for, or if this will have any impact on the premiere date. It's possible that the cast and producers may have updates on this accident during The Walking Dead Comic-Con panel, which is scheduled to take place on Friday, July 21 from 12:15 PM to 1:15 PM in Hall H. The actors and stunt performers union SAG-AFTRA also released a statement after the accident, revealing that an investigation is under way.
"We have been informed of a serious injury to a SAG-AFTRA member on the set of The Walking Dead and are investigating the situation. As always, the safety and security of our members and others on set is of crucial concern to us and we are focused on this in our investigation. Our thoughts and prayers are with the performer and his family."
The Walking Dead Season 8 will follow the All Out War volumes of the comics, where Rick and his combined army comprised of the Hilltop Colony and The Kingdom will take on Negan and The Saviors in their Sanctuary. AMC has not announced a premiere date for The Walking Dead Season 8 yet, but that announcement will likely happen at San Diego Comic-Con. Stuntman John Bernecker has also worked on recent hit movies like Get Out, Logan and The Fate of the Furious, along with upcoming projects like Black Panther, Rampage and Escape Plan 2.