The Walking Dead Season 8 Will Return February 25 & Petition to Fire Gimple
The Walking Dead will return for the back half of its eighth season a bit later than usual by comparison to earlier seasons but there may be a reason for the delay.
The AMC zombie drama typically returns over the weekend closest to Valentine’s Day. In fact, Season 8’s return date of February 25, 2018, is the latest since Season 4’s February 16 return back in 2013. Season 7 returned to air its remaining episodes on February 12. The Season 8 return is nearly a full two weeks later than the traditional date.
While some fans are holding out hope for creative decisions to be altered following backlash regarding the impending death of Carl Grimes (50,000 of which have signed a petition on the subject), the AMC series has already filmed each of its returning episodes and will not have the ability to change any of the storyline. One thing they can control, however, is the gap between The Walking Dead and its sibling series Fear the Walking Dead.
Should the sibling series be deep enough into production, it may well begin one week after The Walking Dead’s Season 8 concludes, serving as a continuation of the story in the form of Morgan’s collision with Madison and company.
“The things that the writers are doing with Morgan and the way that they’re navigating, it’s not really a spoiler alert, but the way that Morgan transitions through the crossover is really, really interesting,” James said. “The springboard that goes from The Walking Dead to Fear is a real… He goes with some kind of trajectory. It is a full, well-thought out journey that Morgan goes on. A lot of it is tied to his relationship with Rick. A lot of it is tied to his relationship to this group of people that he feels conflicted about caring for and wanting to protect.”
Also worth considering, however, are the pair of delays production of The Walking Dead’s eighth season experienced. Over the summer, the AMC series had to halt production when stuntman John Bernecker lost his life after a tragic accident on set. Later, the series would delay its work due to a hurricane coming through Georgia. Neither delays lasted more than a couple of days but may have been enough to keep the show from being ready for a Valentine’s Day weekend return.
Hey Trev, would have been cool to see Carl grow up and take on the main role from his farther, I wonder what they have planned now hmm.. – Vasile G
Hi Trev, Why did Michonne give Carl free rein, stating it was his “show?” Do you think she will feel guilt over that decision? – torridd
Plot twist: Carl is fine. Enid just gave him a stomach hickey before she left. –
So… Will Benjamin’s brother, Henry become the TV show’s version of Comic Carl? He fits the age of Comic Carl (About 12), so it makes sense. – Wotpie
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