Carol in Season 8 of The Walking Dead

While the fall season has already delivered a ton of fantastic season premieres, a few popular shows are making the fans wait until the end of the month. Chief among them is AMC's The Walking Dead, which will have to wait until its spinoff Fear the Walking Dead completes its third season before Rick Grimes and company will return to our television. CinemaBlend's Nick Venable recently spoke with TWD producer Gale Anne Hurd about her new Amazon show Lore, and the subject eventually turned to the zombie-centric AMC show. It's here that she compared the series to past projects, like the Alien franchise. Specifically, how a TV show allows more exploration of the characters.

Well, when you consider that we're telling 16 hours of stories, it certainly compares, because over those 16 hours, we have action, we have suspense, we have horror. And we have an opportunity to go even more deeply into the characters and their conflicts and drama than you can ever do in a 2-and-a-half-hour movie.

She's got a point. Because while it was a pleasure to get to know Sigourney Weaver's Ripley in the first two Alien movies, she could have been even more fleshed out in television format. After all, she wouldn't have had to share as much screentime with all those pesky characters who inevitably end up biting the dust.

Gale Anne Hurd's comments seem to highlight the reason why so many film actors are signing onto exciting TV projects. In addition to TV quickly becoming the place for complicated and brave storytelling, the cast has more time to explore their signature characters and truly enter their psyche. And for a show that has run as long as The Walking Dead, the starring cast knows their character like the back of their hand.

From an audience perspective, the format of television also allows TV fans to become truly invested in the characters. After watching Rick Grimes and company kill zombies and bad guys for the past eight years, you can't help but have a special place in your heart for them. This makes character deaths all the more powerful, as audiences see a beloved character ripped away from them after years of adoration.

It should be interesting to see how The Walking Dead continues to flesh out and explore its large ensemble cast in Season 8. With All Out War looming on the horizon, the starring cast will be tested in regards to their strength and resilience against impossible odds. Particularly, I'm eager to see how Eugene's storyline moves forward, now that Sasha is dead and he's a bonafide member of The Saviors. Will his role in Sasha's death, and therefore the following shootout at Alexandria, weigh on the mullet-ed one's conscience? We'll have to wait and see.

The Walking Dead will return to AMC for Season 8 on October 22, 2017, and Gale Anne Hurd's new show Lore will arrive October 13, 2017 on Amazon. In the meantime, check our fall premiere list to plan your next binge watch.

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