Spoilers for The Walking Dead's season finale, as well as some mild spoilers for the comic books.
As The Walking Dead drew Season 7 to a close, fans had witnessed one of the series' biggest action sequences to date, complete with a big ol' character death, a roar-worthy debut of Shiva's fighting skills, and a neighborhood gun battle that left many incidental bodies on the ground. But that might all get dwarfed when the show returns for Season 8, and Andrew Lincoln is particularly pumped about the premiere. Why? Because it'll be the 100th episode, and that milestone won't go unmarked. In his words:
I know, you know, that we are going to have to come and bring one of the greatest episodes we've ever attempted, and we're going to start the season with it. And, it will be the hundredth episode, which is one of the greatest. . . . It's a huge milestone and, you know, it will be a big deal because there's a lot of the crew and a few of the cast left that have trudged all of those hard and sweaty and bloody miles together. So, it's a huge achievement and I know I'm sure, Scott Gimple, four years ago, had it planned that we would be starting a full-scale war on the hundredth episode.
There you have it, Walking Dead enthusiasts who also happen to like small-scale war on television. Star Andrew Lincoln is already letting audiences know that the Season 8 premiere won't be slowing things down to a crawl after the madness of that finale. The comic book arc is called All Out War, but I'll start calling it Full-Scale War if that's how Lincoln wants to put it. Hell, I'll call it the Andrew Lincoln Has A Hot Body War if it means some of these characters will die on the battlefield. (Or wherever.)
Andrew Lincoln, in his talk with ComicBook.com, said he can't wait to get going with the new season, and went on to call it "scary" and "insane," among other things. And we all know that hyperbole is always free-flowing from the cast and crew before a new season begins, but having Season 8 open on The Walking Dead's 100th episode is pretty damned special, and whatever Scott Gimple & Co. have planned could easily be bigger than all the other season premieres combined. After all, Issue #100 of the comic book series is where Negan was introduced, and when Glenn was killed off, and its importance and legacy is challenged by very few issues.
If the TV show would somehow fail to even aim for such a hallmark...well, that's almost unthinkable. And like Lincoln said, Gimple has probably been thinking about the 100th episode lining up with the Season 8 premiere for ages. So we'll just assume it'll be full of grenades and body parts and twists and all kinds of other fun moments.
The Walking Dead is currently shambling around the countryside for its months-long hiatus, and we'll have to wait until October for the hit drama to return to AMC. Until then, check out everything else we know about Season 8 and then head to our midseason premiere schedule and our summer TV guide to find dates for all the returning and debuting shows.