That was quick. Less than 24 hours after the big Star Wars: The Last Jedi poster and trailer reveal, AMC has retaliated with their own official one-sheet for The Walking Dead Season 8. Sure, it looks like fan art. But this clever spoof was revealed on AMC's official Twitter for the Walking Dead. And it was accompanied with this short message.
"Who's ready for #TheWalkingDead Season 8??"
It sounds like fans are definitely ready for The Walking Dead Season 8, as many were disappointed in Season 7, with the show delivering the lowest ratings in years. We're not sure what can be surmised from this poster, aside from the fact that 'All Out War' has been declared. The one-sheet puts Rick in the Rey position. Maggie is taking Luke's place. And Negan is subbing in for Kylo Ren. We're not sure those character dynamics all match up, nor are we positive that the storyline in The Last Jedi, which has yet to be revealed, will have anything in common with Walking Dead Season 8 at all.
Shortly after Season 7 finished off its run of episodes, executive producer and showrunner Scott M. Gimple announced new details about the upcoming season 8, hinting that it will have a much more /walking-dead-season-8-story-details/frenetic pace than what we've seen before.
Gimple has already been working with the writers and producers on the stories that will be told in Walking Dead Season 8, which will begin with the show's 100th episode. While he wouldn't offer too many specifics, Scott revealed that this season will be dictated by the war ahead.
"I don't have the public theme. We've been talking to writers, producers and the network about the theme and asked to please not tell anyone because it reveals the story. There is a theme but if I told you, you would know what the story is going to be. The turn of the story is really going to dictate the structure of the story and the speed of the story. The things that they are getting into demand a more kinetic narrative. The pace is accelerated by virtue of the things that they're up to. Though I don't want to say exactly, anybody who watches the show can extrapolate that they're now into public conflict with The Saviors; the battle lines are drawn. There isn't quite as much time to dig into anything but prosecuting the war."
The events of the Season 7 finale wraps up the story based on the comics volume March to War, which will lead into the All-Out War story, a two-volume comic arc that spanned 12 issues, focusing on Rick and his army trying to take down The Saviors once and for all. The showrunner confirmed that Season 8 will include more episodes like the Season 7 finale, where practically all of Rick's group is together, instead of being spread out over various locales like Hilltop and The Kingdom. This will bring about a number of "narrative and production challenges" this season.
When asked if the All-Out War narrative will unfold throughout the whole season, or just the first half of the season, Scott M. Gimple would only reply with "I would never say!" He later confirmed that the show will address the huge time jump that happens in the comics after this war plays itself out. New episodes of The Walking Dead will debut in October. Until then, you can marvel at this official (we swear it's not fan made) poster for Season 8.