If you still haven't caught up with AMC's hit zombie series The Walking Dead yet, there will be MASSIVE SPOILERS below, so read on at your own risk. After a season plagued with controversy and surprisingly low ratings, The Walking Dead Season 8 will certainly shake things up. Following a brutal seventh season that saw the loss of numerous key characters, Showrunner Scott M. Gimple recently teased that the show will have a much more frantic pace when it returns in the fall.
The explosive Walking Dead Season 7 finale showcased the beginning of the war between Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and his Saviors, and the collective assembled by Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), which includes members of Alexandria, the Hilltop Colony and The Kingdom. This season will mark the start of the All Out War comic book arc, and while speaking to Entertainment Weekly, executive producer and showrunner Scott M. Gimple explained that the war ahead will drastically alter the way the show is structured.
"By virtue of the fact that the narrative has turned into one of pretty intense conflict, 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."
Last season, there were a number of episodes that would solely focus on individual characters like Morgan (Lennie James), Tara (Alanna Masterson), Rosita (Christian Serratos) and Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green), but don't expect many of those episodes in Season 8. Scott M. Gimple knew that they needed to mix things up in Season 8, because of how the following season was structured. Here's what he had to say below.
"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. 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."
Production on The Walking Dead Season 8 begins tomorrow, Monday, May 1. AMC confirmed that Pollyanna McIntosh (Jadis), Steven Ogg (Simon) and Katelyn Nacon (Enid) have been promoted to series regulars. They join remaining series regulars that include Andrew Lincoln (Rick), Chandler Riggs (Carl), Norman Reedus (Daryl), Melissa McBride (Carol), Lennie James (Morgan), Lauren Cohan (Maggie), Danai Gurira (Michonne), Alanna Masterson (Tara), Josh McDermitt (Eugene), Christian Serratos, (Rosita), Seth Gilliam (Father Gabriel), Ross Marquand (Aaron), Austin Amelio (Dwight), Tom Payne (Jesus), Xander Berkeley (Gregory) and Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Negan). With production beginning tomorrow, hopefully we'll learn more about this upcoming season of The Walking Dead very soon.