While the summer months bring TV hits like Game of Thrones and Orange is the New Black, it also means we'll have to wait a few months before our regularly schedules shows return. And one of the shows that is the most painful to wait for is AMC's massively popular apocalyptic drama The Walking Dead. TWD boasts being the most popular show on cable, although Season 7 left some fans underwhelmed. Pacing issues plagued the series, as we saw Negan crush pretty much all of our favorite characters' spirit. But all that change with the season finale, and now it looks like the fandom will be very happy with Season 8's premiere episode.
The Walking Dead co-executive producer Denise Huth recently spoke to the folks over at EW about the upcoming eight season. And it looks like Season 8 will kick off with a bang, giving fans exactly what they want. When asked about the season premiere, Huth said:
Well this is pretty damn exciting. Season 8's premiere will be action packed, which may help some of the naysayers and critics stick with The Walking Dead for a bit more. Season 7 saw quite a decline in viewership, so AMC and company are going to need to go big in order to reignite the spark of excitement for the series.
After a horrifying season premiere, featuring the deaths of both Abraham and Glenn, Season 7 came to a screeching halt. Our heroes were spread across multiple locations, leading to a series of capsule episodes that only features a few characters at a time. But the hardcore fandom wasn't happy with this choice, longing for a time where the characters will once again reunite against a common threat. This is exactly what happened when Negan and The Saviors showed up at Alexandria, with the combined efforts of a zombified Sasha, The Kingdom, and The Hilltop helping to fight the group away from the safe zone.
But Season 8 will bring one of the most iconic comic book plots to the small screen. "All Out War" is the long battle against The Saviors, which features some of the biggest action sequences in the graphic novels' long tenure. Translating this onto TV will likely thrill audiences, and hopefully bring back some TV viewers who may have fallen off during Season 7.
While you'll have to wait till the fall for The Walking Dead to return, Fear The Walking Dead will return to AMC on June 4, 2017.