From how the upcoming ‘All Out War’ storyline will change things to why this may be the ‘TWD’ comeback season we’ve been waiting for.
Last October, The Walking Dead‘s seventh season debuted with one of the most-watched episodes of the entire series. Long-time fans – and even a handful of haters – tuned in to see the resolution to the “Who did Negan bludgeon?” cliffhanger, in one of those rare 21st century TV moments shared by over 15 million people at once.
After the premiere, however, the show’s usually noisy buzz quieted down to something like a faint hum – which grew even softer as the winter’s batch of episodes gave way to spring’s bounty. That’s too bad: Yes, there was plenty to gripe about with the previous season, like the overlong episodes, pointless detours and frustratingly abrupt deaths. But last year also brought exciting new characters (hello, tiger-owning badass King Ezekiel!), and some refreshingly accelerated plotting.
In other words: There’s plenty to look forward to as The Walking Dead‘s Season Eight gets set to premiere, with a tight one-hour episode called “Mercy,” premiering on October 22nd. So for those of you who might want to jump back into the dangerous, zombie-strewn streets of AMC’s signature hit, here’s what you need to know about what may be ahead in the next 16 episodes.