The clock is ticking down to the premiere, and we have our first look at The Walking Dead season eight, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly.
Season seven ended with all the communities coming together to battle the villain Negan and his Saviors. It’s the biggest group of non-walkers we’ve probably ever seen on the show, and it promises to make season eight an all-out war. The first image released bears that out as well.
We see Daryl on his bike with his trusty crossbow, handgun sitting ready on his hip. Carol is fully loaded as well, with body armor, a pistol in the front and a rifle across her back. In spite of their preparations, it looks like they managed to have a few moments to themselves.
After being apart for a season and a half, season seven saw two of our favorite characters reunited, and that seems to be the lead AMC is taking to bring us into the eight season.
The show’s Executive Producer Scott Gimple was very excited about all the characters uniting (and re-uniting where possible) at the end of season seven and where those interactions could go for season eight.
“The season finale last year, seeing all the characters together interacting as one, was thrilling. It was exciting to see all these configurations of characters we hadn’t seen before. Even Aaron merely giving Jerry an apple felt satisfying.”
Seeing Carol and Daryl, two of the shows original characters, reunited is really satisfying. Especially given their past and history together. It’s sure to make The Walking Dead season eight opener that much more powerful, exciting, and loaded with action and emotion. Considering they have to somehow match or top the brutal opening to season 7, they’ll need all the help they can get and these two fighting back to back again will go a long way to accomplishing that.
Season eight of The Walking Dead is set to premier on AMC on October 29th, 2017.