AMC has released its final preview for the new season of The Walking Dead. The end of season 7 saw Alexandrian leader Rick Grimes preparing his people for ALL OUT WAR (a nod to the 12-issue arc of the same name in the comics) with the baseball swingin’, fuck-flingin’ Negan and his merry band of Saviors.
Last season’s finale (which hit a 5-year low in viewership) also saw The Kingdom marching their way towards the Alexandrians, led by the charismatic Ezekiel, with both Carol and his tiger, Shiva, in tow.
The wise-cracking, leather-clad villain said it best: “I hope you got your shittin’ pants on — because you are about to shit your pants.”
Whoever cut that trailer deserves a lot of credit, because the new season’s overview certainly looks intriguing to say the least. An epic, bloody battle may be imminent in The Walking Dead world, but the real war lies in the AMC writing room and with showrunner Scott Gimple. It seems as though after the stunt they pulled with the infamous season 6 finale, they lost their hold on many loyal fans of the series.
Myself included. I’ve been there since the beginning, having watched the series premiere on the night of Halloween back in 2010, eyes glued to a 20-inch box TV in the confines of my college campus apartment room. I knew what I was watching was something revolutionary. Every so often, a show comes along that creates a shift in the axis of TV Land; you feel the change happening, not entirely understanding the significance of the moment when the credits begin to roll — but you know that something has evolved, and you got to witness that in real-time right before your very eyes.
I felt betrayed for my unwavering loyalty after we all got tricked out of seeing who Lucille pummeled in the season 6 finale. Ever since, something has been amiss. It’s almost like trying to make a relationship work after one person has cheated on the other; no matter what, your trust is gone. Things will never be the same.
Rick says, “No matter what comes next, we’ve won. We’ve already won.” Not yet, Rick. First The Walking Dead needs to take a long hard look in the mirror and rediscover what it once was. Here’s to hoping that season 8 is the redemption we all need and deserve.
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Season 8 of The Walking Dead premieres Sunday, October 22 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.