Following the official Walking Dead Season 8 synopsis that was released last week, AMC aired a special look at new episodes last night, where a scene from the premiere was shown to the fans. We have a description of the scene in question, along with more details revealed by showrunner Scott M. Gimple. There will be potential SPOILERS below, so if you don't want to know anything going into the Season 8 premiere, read on at your own risk.
ComicBook.com posted a description of the scene in question, which begins with Maggie (Lauren Cohan) discussing the battle ahead as she reveals that she'll be there, "at least for the first part." King Ezekiel then chimes in, stating that he heard the Hilltop Colony has lost their doctor, offering to give him one of The Kingdom's doctors in return, although Jesus (Tom Payne) assures Ezekiel that they'll get their doctor back.
Maggie stands with Rick to discuss the war. Rick talks about moving the fight forward and doing it tomorrow. fter Ezekiel delivers a brief kingly speech about the day defeating the night, Rick tells Maggie that the Hilltop is lucky to have her, which Maggie responds to by saying that Rick showed her how to be someone worth following. Before leaving, Rick tells Maggie that, "after this, I'm following you." The last part of the preview shows Tara (Alanna Masterson), Carol (Melissa McBride), Morgan (Lennie James) and Daryl (Norman Reedus) standing watch on a highway, where a countdown is under way. When they get to zero, nothing happens, but a few moments later they see the start of a massive zombie herd, before springing into action.
The special featured Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick and showrunner Scott M. Gimple discussing this season, which will be based on the All Out War comic books. In the clip, Maggie mentioned that she was in her second trimester, with most fans assuming or expecting that Maggie will give birth soon, but that's not the case. Here's what Scott M. Gimple said during the special, when asked by a fan if Maggie's baby will be delivered during this season.
"Maggie's baby will not be born is Season 8. But anything's possible."
Maggie revealed that she was pregnant in the Season 6 premiere, but she hasn't shown any physical signs of her pregnancy yet, and it is believed that she is only three months pregnant, despite two full seasons of the show passing since the announcement. The very start of the clip features Maggie stating that she can still "wage war through the second trimester," which does indicate that she is around three months pregnant. In the comics, the birth of Maggie's child is never shown, since there is a two-year time jump after the All Out War comics volume.
This news, paired with the mysterious Old Man Rick image shown in the Comic-Con trailer, could certainly signify that a similar time jump is coming between the end of Season 8 and the start of Season 9. Then again, Scott M. Gimple revealed that fans will know the true meaning of the Old Man Rick scene in the Season 8 premiere, so it may not be part of the time jump after all. Hopefully we'll find out more in the days and weeks ahead of The Walking Dead Season 8 premiere, airing Sunday, October 22 at 9 PM ET on AMC.