Watch Carl Get Startled By A Stranger In The Walking Dead Season 8 Sneak Peek

The past few weeks have been particularly exciting for avid TV fans, as fall premiers have arrived for a variety of networks. But there are still a few popular shows that are letting fans stew in anticipation for a bit more, chief of which is AMC's The Walking Dead. The apocalyptic drama is one of the most popular shows on television, and fans have been eager to return to the series now that All Out War has been declared against Negan and The Saviors. And while we may have to wait a few more painful weeks, a new clip from New York Comic-Con has been released to hold us over. Check it out.

Looks like Carl might be in a bit of trouble when Season 8 of The Walking Dead finally begins. Because it seems he's about to encounter a stranger, who may or may not be off his damn rocker. Let's break down exactly what we're being shown here.

The above sneak peek follows Chandler Riggs' Carl as he explores some abandoned gas stations, presumably looking for supplies. As he walks through the scene's setting, it truly hits home how time has passed on The Walking Dead. The various cars, bikes, and corpses are all breaking down at alarming rates, and we can see how long it's been since Rick first woke up in that Atlanta hospital. There are precious few living people still around, and those left will spend the majority of Season 8 planning to kill each other. This end of the world thing is no joke.

Eventually, Carl makes his way over to a gas station, where a mysterious voice suddenly rings out. In a bizarre and seemingly stream of consciousness monologue. We hear as the stranger recounts being shot at, having a microwave thrown at him, and then quotes both his mother and apparently The Quran. While Carl attempts to find the source of the voice, eventually spots a pair of seemingly living legs, and quickly points his gun at the mysterious newcomer.

This vague scene could tease just about anything. Carl may meet a new survivor and bring him back to Alexandra, as the monologue seems to be hinting at. But with so many Saviors presumably showing up to the area for the impending battle, he may be too nervous to bring a stranger to their home. Another possibility could be that the audio is simply coming from one of the abandoned cars, and the legs he saw are just a zombie. The latter is my personal guess, although it would make releasing this scene in advance pretty anti-climactic.

Overall, it looks like Season 8 of The Walking Dead is going to be pretty bonkers. Aside from the impending war with The Saviors, the season's trailer dropped a bomb on the audience. In its final moments, we saw an older and more grey Rick Grimes wake up, seemingly teasing a time jump. It's currently unclear when or how this plot devoice will function, although Andrew Lincoln said some questions will be answered in the premiere episode. Will there be flash forwards like Lost? Or will they go the Better Call Saul route and only use new timeline footage in the premiers/finales? We'll just have to wait and see.

Season 8 of The Walking Dead will premiere October 22nd, 2017. In the meantime, you can catch the spinoff Fear The Walking Dead, and be sure to check out our fall premiere list to plan your next binge watch.

Corey Chichizola
Movies Editor

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Graduated with degrees theater and literature from Ramapo College of New Jersey. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid. He's particularly proud of covering horror franchises like Scream and Halloween, as well as movie musicals like West Side Story. Favorite interviews include Steven Spielberg, Spike Lee, Jamie Lee Curtis, and more.