After months of waiting, fans of TV’s most popular zombie series were relieved when AMC finally debuted the first trailer of The Walking Dead‘s latest season at last month’s San Diego Comic-Con, before it was simultaneously released online.
At the end of the Season 7 finale, we saw Andrew Lincoln’s Rick Grimes leading the Alexandrians, The Kingdom and Hilltop colonies, taking on Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s Negan head-on. Hence it was expected that Season 8 will feature much of the “All Out War” storyline as depicted in the comic book series.
And true enough, the action-packed Season 8 trailer gives an indication that there will be many intense confrontations and battles between the communities and key characters up ahead.
Check out the trailer below:
Questions from ‘The Walking Dead’ Season 8 Comic-Con Trailer
It’s just five minutes long but the #SDCC trailer already provided much fodder for fans to chew on, not to mention tons of questions that need to be answered. These include:
(Note: Possible spoilers from the comics ahead; then again, the TV show doesn’t always adhere fiercely to the comics in terms of certain characters or incidents. Either way, you’ve been warned…)
1. Will Father Gabriel be the first to die?
Being asked by big bad Negan himself whether he has “shittin’ pants” can’t be a good thing. Being alone in a room with Negan surrounded by walkers on the outside doesn’t make it much better. Will Father Gabriel make it out of that situation alive? In The Walking Dead comics, the character did eventually die but it doesn’t happened till long after the “all out war” with The Saviors. Last season, Father Gabriel has redeemed himself somewhat by giving support to Rick whenever the Alexandrian leader needed it and even advising Rosita when she was hell-bent on going on a suicide mission. It would be thus a shame to see him go so soon.
2. Who gave the “tomorrow” note to Dwight? Is he still on Team Rick?
To take on Negan’s men at The Sanctuary, Team Rick definitely needs an inside man and Dwight could still be that man. There were two other scenes that show Dwight hanging around the walker compound at The Saviors’ hangout. Maybe the plan is for him to let the unchained walkers out by “tomorrow”, the time the “all out war” will kick off? Let’s hope so. In the comics, Dwight did go on to become the new leader of the Saviors.
3. Why is Morgan fighting with Jesus?In The Walking Dead‘s earlier seasons, Morgan was a fan favorite and it was easy to understand why ‘cos the man who doesn’t believe in killing was fascinating. In the world of the walking dead, his philosophy may be unrealistic yet nonetheless it has kept him alive thus far. In Season 7 however, his behavior has been highly illogical and fast became a character who has long worn out his welcome. Though part of The Kingdom unit – see his red wristband – the scenes of Morgan fighting with Jesus from the Hilltop seem to indicate that he may have finally lost his marbles more than the fact that he is teaching the Hilltop man new fencing moves. If so, that won’t bode well for Rick and gang.
4. Will Morgan’s “I don’t die” remark comes back to haunt him?
Which bring us to “famous last words”: will Morgan’s “I don’t die” statement issues a warning that his character will have to eat his words sooner or later? In the comics, Morgan is long gone. For the TV show, it seems his passing is already written on the wall…
5. A silver-haired, bearded Rick Grimes awaking from sleep. Will there be a time jump or is it all a dream?There is a fan theory bouncing around that Rick has been dreaming the entire zombie apocalypse all this while, even though creator Robert Kirkman has long denied it to be so. Well, The Walking Dead producing team better not give us a Dallas‘ Bobby Ewing moment and expect us to buy a dream sequence premise because that is really highly unbelievable. What is expected is that, just like in the comics, there will be a time jump of about 2-3 years after the “all out war” ends. Rick is expected to survive but is not as mobile as before having badly injured his leg in the fight against Negan (hence the shot of a walking stick in the trailer). Whether this scene will appear at the start of the Season 8 premiere – which is also the series’ 100th episode – or in the mid-season finale remains to be seen. There are many other questions that we love to ask from the Season 8 trailer but I guessed we just have to wait till October to find out. Whatever is happening, expect an “all out war” on the new season of The Walking Dead!
The Walking Dead will return with its Season 8 on October 22, 2017 in the US on AMC (and possibly within 24 hours later in the rest of the world).
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