Walking Dead fans, have we got some news for you! This week gave us not only some heartbreaking new images for the second half of Season 8, but some internal shake ups going into Season 9 as well.
Before the mid-season break, we saw our littlest Grimes put in a dire situation, one he won’t be able to fight his way out of. Current show runner Scott Gimple stated “the bite is going to play out as we’ve seen bites play out” and referred to it as a “one way ticket.” Despite fans creating petitions to save the beloved character, and even some to have Gimple fired over the decision to kill Carl, it looks like there’s no way out for our little hero. On the bright side, it seems we’ll be getting one of the best performances the show has seen so far, albeit in one of the most devastating story lines.
“The work he does in this episode, in the premiere, in the next episode that you’ll see, is definitely the finest work we’ve seen on the show,” Gimple remarked on The Talking Dead in regards Chandler Riggs’ performance. “I’m not saying the finest work by Chandler, I’m saying the finest work by any actor on the show.”
Judging from the newly released photos, and the verification that Carl will be the next character taken from us, the back half of Season 8 is going to be a doozy. Though the aftermath of Carl’s bite will obviously take the focus in the mid-season premiere, the released photos give us a taste of where the other characters are at in the middle of the war.
Looking to the future, AMC has officially renewed The Walking Dead for a Ninth season. There will be some shifts in behind-the-scenes structure, however. Gimple is being promoted to Chief Creative Officer of all things Walking Dead (including gaming and any other future platforms) while long-time writer Angela Kang takes over as show runner. Kang has been with the show since 2011, writing such iconic episodes as “Coda”, “Still”, and “Big, Scary U”.
“We are proud to acknowledge Angela’s significant contribution to the series and to set a clear path forward for a ninth season under her direction.
“Further, with gratitude and admiration, we also recognize Scott’s broad impact on, and leadership of, the content that fuels our TWD universe.
“Together, we will dream bigger and more broadly than ever before. I know I speak for Angela, Scott and everyone at AMC when I say thanks most of all to the fans and the many talented people who have helped AMC play ‘dead’.”
The Walking Dead mid-season premiere breaks hearts on AMC on February 25th, 2018.