If you still haven't seen The Walking Dead Season 7 finale yet, or if you haven't caught up on the entire season yet, there will be plenty of SPOILERS below, so be warned. This past season was certainly a brutal one, with the nefarious Negan killing a few beloved characters, while the show itself also suffered in the ratings department. The season finale was the lowest-watched in five years, and earlier this season, the show had dipped to a four-year low in total viewers. That may certainly change next season, airing sometime this fall, which will follow an action-packed comic book story many fans have been waiting for, and, according to showrunner Scott. M. Gimple, fans may see the return of a beloved character who was recently killed off.
The Season 7 finale ended with Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) finally uniting his Alexandria community with the Hilltop Colony and The Kingdom, who are all going to war with Negan and The Saviors. The finale also provided quite the surprise for fans, bringing back Michael Cudlitz's Abraham Ford in flashback scenes set just before Abraham was killed by Negan. The Season 7 premiere also revealed that, unlike the iconic scene in the comics, Negan actually kills two people, Abraham and Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun), and now that we've seen Abraham in a flashback, showrunner Scott M. Gimple was asked by TV Line what the chances are that Steven Yeun's Glenn could return in a flashback. Here's what he had to say below, hinting that a flashback may be tied to the birth of Maggie's child, which may not happen as quickly as you may think.
"(It's) certainly possible. I'd be silly to say it isn't. She might not be that close. Things have been moving pretty quickly, but not a lot of time has passed."
Scott M. Gimple recently teased that The Walking Dead Season 8 will have a much faster pace and be much more intense, as the show is now moving into the iconic comics story known as All Out War, a two-volume series that spanned 12 comic issues. The showrunner also recently teased that this upcoming season will feature many more episodes like the Season 7 finale, that features the entire cast in the same place together, a stark contrast from the past few seasons, where the characters were spread out between various communities. Scott M. Gimple also revealed that a pivotal moment in the Season 7 finale, when Sasha said she wasn't giving up on Eugene, who had turned into a full-blown Savior in the back half of Season 7, will have a big impact in Season 8.
"It certainly looked like he was still a Savior. But is that going to haunt him... change him? Or is he forever Negan?"
Scott M. Gimple wouldn't confirm in interviews after the Season 7 finale if Season 8 will span the entire All-Out War comics volumes, but it certainly seems likely, since Season 7 spanned the comic volumes What Comes After and March to War. In the comics, the next volume afer All Out War is called A New Beginning, which is actually set two years after the war had ended, with all of the respective communities enjoying peace. Scott M. Gimple also teased that, much like the Walking Dead comics, there could be a big time jump after The Walking Dead Season 8. Production on the new seasons typically begins in May, so hopefully we'll have more details about Season 8 soon.