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The Walking Dead has become one of the biggest shows on television, and filming for the eighth season began this summer. Unfortunately, a terrible accident recently happened on set when a stuntman took a huge fall, and production halted in the aftermath as everybody tried to make sense of what happened and deal with the tragedy. Now, we can confirm that production on the show has resumed, and Season 8 will presumably debut as scheduled in the fall.

The accident happened last week when stuntman John Bernecker fell upwards of 20 feet and landed on a hard concrete floor. It was later revealed that he missed the cushion that would have allowed him to land the fall safely, although we don't know the exact circumstances that led to the miss. Production on the show halted shortly after news broke of Bernecker's fall, and SAG-AFTRA began an investigation into what led to the accident. Sadly, we learned the next day that Bernecker had been left braindead due to his head trauma, and he passed away. He was 33 years old.

Production was only briefly halted, so it's likely that the schedule for Season 8 of The Walking Dead won't be greatly affected, if at all. Of course, the premiere date for Season 8 has yet to be announced anyway, although we have some educated guesses about just when Rick and Co. will be back on the small screen for the next round of battles against the nefarious Negan and the treacherous Jadis.

We already know that one of those two villains might actually be around less when Season 8 kicks off, and it would be unfortunate if we had to wait longer than originally intended to discover what happens. Season 7 didn't end on quite as extreme a cliffhanger as Season 6 did, but fans are going to be chomping at the bit for new episodes sooner rather than later.

The good news is that we'll likely find out a great deal more about Season 8 in the not-too-distant future. The Walking Dead will have a significant presence at the upcoming San Diego Comic-Con, and all sorts of news should be released. Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for the latest on The Walking Dead, and be sure to check out our summer TV schedule and our 2017 Netflix premiere guide for your viewing options while we wait for more zombie apocalypse action on AMC. Fear the Walking Dead will be back in September, so we at least have that to look forward to on the zombie front.

Our list of the biggest and most exciting reboots and revivals can show you what series will be returning to the airwaves, and our rundowns of all the renewals and cancellations of broadcast networks and cable/streaming can help you plan what you'll be watching when fall TV season kicks off. Just be sure to keep your Sunday nights open for The Walking Dead when it does come back.

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