When The Walking Dead returns for its Season 8 mid-season premiere on Sunday, February 25 at 8 PM ET, that date coincides with the PyeongChang Winter Olympics 2018 closing ceremonies, airing live on NBC from Pyeongchang, South Korea. With the Winter Olympics currently in full swing, AMC decided to take a few playful jabs, with three new trailers poking fun at the unique sports featured in the Winter Games. These latest videos will air on AMC starting today, although there is no indication yet if more ads like these will be released as the games continue for roughly another two weeks.
The first ad asks fans to admit that they don't know the name of one person on the United States curling team, although they do know the name of the bat that Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) carries around (Lucille). The narrator then reminds fans that, when the games are over, they should "get back to what they love," i.e. The Walking Dead. The second ad asks fans to admit that they don't know what "failing to land a triple axel" in figure skating does to a score, but they do know what kind of damage Daryl (Norman Reedus) can cause with a rocket launcher, as seen in an iconic Season 6 moment where Daryl took out a Savior envoy with a rocket launcher.
The third and final video states that fans don't know the difference between the "Super G and the Giant Slalom" in skiing, but they do know the difference between the Sanctuary, the base of Negan and the Saviors' operation, and the Hilltop, one of the groups fighting the Saviors alongside Rick and The Kingdom. While there are bits and pieces of footage featured throughout these 15-second videos, there isn't anything new from the back half of this season, with just a few weeks left until the series returns. We could very well get some new trailers or clips in the very near future.
Fans are still reeling from the shocking mid-season finale, where fans learned that Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) had been bit in the torso by a zombie, sealing his fate. While Carl hasn't died yet, it was later confirmed that he'll be killed off in the mid-season premiere on February 25. Comic book creator Robert Kirkman teased earlier this month that Carl may not actually be dead. Then again, shortly after the mid-season premiere, Chandler Riggs showed off his new short haircut, which points to him leaving the show, regardless of Robert Kirkman's cryptic comments.
What will also be interesting to see is if The Walking Dead can pull out of its ratings decline, with the Season 8 mid-season finale the lowest mid-season finale since Season 2, dropping 34% from last year's fall finale. There will also be a crossover this season with Fear the Walking Dead, with Lennie James' Morgan character confirmed for Season 4 of Fear the Walking Dead, which takes place several years before The Walking Dead timeline. Take a look at these new ads for The Walking Dead Season 8 that poke fun at the Winter Olympics, courtesy of Mashable.