As many fans know, The Walking Dead Season 8 Premiere, airing Sunday, October 22 at 9 PM ET on AMC, not only kicks off the new season, but marks a series milestone as the 100th episode, and earlier today, some of the cast members took time out to thank fans for getting them this far. During a special Facebook Live event this afternoon, a new video debuted that featured a number of cast members sending out their thanks to fans all around the world for helping them pass this impressive feat. Unfortunately, this video doesn't feature any new footage, but hopefully we'll have more sneak peeks soon.
The Facebook video kicks off with fan favorite Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon), who admits that it's "bananas" that the show has made it this far, while his co-star Melissa McBride (Carol Peletier) hides behind him. We also hear from Rick Grimes himself, Andrew Lincoln, who states that, 'We're in the 100's now, people," before expressing his sincere thanks to the fans for coming along on this journey with the cast. Unfortunately, he doesn't shed any light on the mysterious Old Man Rick shot at the end of the Walking Dead Season 8 Comic-Con trailer, but we'll find more about that when the new season premieres.
The video also features Lauren Cohan, who was featured last month in a photo where Rick and Maggie were preparing for All Out War with The Saviors. The actress reveals that it feels like she's lived "lifetimes" in the six seasons that she's starred on this hit television series. There are also some new behind-the-scenes shots of The Walking Dead cast at Comic-Con, while cast members such as Austin Amelio (Dwight) and Steven Ogg (Simon) express their excitement about how long the show has been on. Chandler Riggs teases that he was just 10 years old when he was cast on The Walking Dead, while Alanna Masterson (Tara Chambliss) reveals she was originally only supposed to have a three-episode arc in the back half of Season 4.
One of the most interesting parts of the video is when Melissa McBride had originally thought her character Carol, who started the show as a wife who suffered years of abuse from her husband, would be one of the first victims during the seven-episode season. Ironically, Robert Kirkman admitted during New York Comic-Con 2015 that Carol will never be killed on the show, because she's been through so much during her entire arc. The video also features brief greetings from Katelyn Nacon (Enid) and Ross Marquand (Aaron), while we also get more behind-the-scenes footage from The Walking Dead fans interacting with the stars at Comic-Con, some of whom have put together some amazing costumes.
As we get closer and closer to The Walking Dead Season 8 premiere, it remains to be seen when the next batch of footage will be released. This season will be based on the All Out War comics, where Rick and his newly-formed army comprised of Alexandria, The Kingdom and Hilltop Colony, will go to war with Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and his Saviors. There was even a hint in an early set photo that the Season 8 premiere will feature Rick taking the fight to the Saviors' main headquarters, known as The Sanctuary but there is still much that is known about the season. Take a look at this new video with the cast thanking the fans for their support over the 100 episodes of The Walking Dead.