The Walking Dead is one of the most action-packed shows on television, as characters are forced to fight everything from zombies to the elements to each other. Unfortunately, an accident behind-the-scenes at The Walking Dead has put a stop to production on Season 8. A stuntmen suffered a big fall on set, and filming has ceased for the time being.
Experienced stuntman John Bernecker was working on The Walking Dead when he fell 30 feet to a concrete floor below, suffering a serious head injury. Deadline reports that SAG-AFTRA -- that is, the Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists -- is investigating the incident. After the fall, Bernecker was flown to Atlanta Medical Center via Medevac, and he was being treated in the intensive care unit.
It has not yet been announced how long The Walking Dead production will remain halted. The length of the delay may depend on the investigation by the SAG-AFTRA union, which represents stuntmen and stuntwomen. The union said in a statement that the investigation is focused on the safety and security of the stunt professionals working on The Walking Dead.
There are many reasons for TV and movie projects to halt production. ABC's Bachelor In Paradise temporarily suspended filming recently when reports surfaced of possible sexual misconduct on set, although production resumed after investigators came to the conclusion that there had been no wrongdoing. TNT's The Last Ship paused production when lead actor Eric Dane needed some time to deal with personal issues, and Jeremy Renner's Knightfall was delayed last year after a fire broke out during filming in Prague. The Walking Dead even faced potential delay earlier this year when a potential writers' strike was looming. John Bernecker's fall in undoubtedly a terribly tragic reason for a show to halt production.
Whatever the reason that John Bernecker's injury happened, we have to hope that measures will be taken to ensure that something so serious and tragic never happens again. There are inherent dangers in work as a stuntman or stuntwoman, but falling 30 feet onto concrete shouldn't happen for the sake of a TV show or movie. We don't often hear of such incidents, and it's always shocking to learn that they can still happen nowadays. Our thoughts and sympathies here at CinemaBlend go out to John Bernecker, his family, and his loved ones in this difficult time.
Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for the latest in The Walking Dead news. If you need a refresher on what's to come when the show returns in October, our breakdown of what we know so far about The Walking Dead Season 8 can help you out. You can catch the first seven seasons streaming on Netflix, along with a variety of other series that you can discover on our 2017 Netflix premiere schedule.