Showrunner Scott Gimple has some wise words about where the show goes from here.
Finally, 'The Walking Dead' and its eighth season has returned to the small screen, but with it has confirmed the death of one of the show's leading characters; Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs). The decision to kill off Carl was a hugely shocking one, leading to online petitions from a vocal portion of fans, mass hysteria amongst some of the viewers, and a lot of mystery surrounding the future of the show.
Scott Gimple will exit his role as showrunner following 'The Walking Dead' season 8
Outgoing showrunner Scott Gimple seems to be the man to have pulled the metaphorical trigger on Carl's time on the show, but it's a decision that the comic book creator Robert Kirkman has stood firmly alongside. It may deviate wildly from the narrative being told on the pages of the graphic novels, but it's certainly lit a fire in the bellies of those behind-the-scenes.
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The show threw a huge curveball at viewers during the season 8 midseason finale.
When Scott Gimple and those working on 'The Walking Dead' made their decision to kill off Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) on the long-running AMC zombie apocalyptic drama, a very vocal portion of the fan base let their voices be heard. They weren't happy with the huge deviation from the Robert Kirkman comic book series, in which Carl is still alive, but they're going to have to deal with it if they want to continue watching the show.
Audiences have Chandler Riggs evolve as Carl Grimes on 'The Walking Dead'
Making its return this weekend for the final eight episodes that make up season 8, fans will see Carl's zombie bite to the abdomen eventually lead to his death, but just because his physical presence won't be a part of the series in the future doesn't mean that he won't have a larger impact overall.
The creator has a regret about the past of the show.
'The Walking Dead' certainly isn't a comic book series or a television show without its controversies and shocking sequences. Though many of those that have taken place on the pages of Robert Kirkman's graphic novel series have also made their way to the small screen, one noticeable difference saw Rick Grimes, played by Andrew Lincoln, allowed to keep his hand, rather than having it lopped off in the TV show.
Robert Kirkman's 'The Walking Dead' world has made some big impressions
The villainous Governor is the man to have cut off Rick's hand in the 28th issue of the comic books, punishing him for refusing to answer questions. It was a permanent disability for the series' leading character, and obviously would have proved too much of a challenge for showrunners to deal with on the TV series, as it wasn't implemented.
The franchise creator won't reveal who'll take over as lead character when the time does come, however.
'The Walking Dead' is going through some major changes on the small screen, with one of the leading characters being killed off in upcoming episodes, marking a huge deviation from the tale being told on the pages of the original comic book series. With that in mind, viewers have now come to terms with the fact that literally anything could happen on AMC's leading series, including the death of the show's biggest character, Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln).
Andrew Lincoln has starred as Rick Grimes for eight seasons of 'The Walking Dead' to-date
Rick is someone who has in the past been confirmed to be one day meeting his maker before 'The Walking Dead' comes to an end by creator Robert Kirkman, and now the writer has resisted turning his back on that looming plot twist.
The character's future is no longer certain.
'The Walking Dead' was hit with a barrage of complaints from viewers when they revealed in the season 8 midseason finale that Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) had suffered a zombie bite to the abdomen. It looked as if there was no way out for the character and that he would succumb to the wound in the very near future, as his health depleted right in front of his father and group of survivors that he'd protected against Negan's (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) forces.
Robert Kirkman has seen huge success with his 'Walking Dead' franchise
Now though, with some recent words from creator Robert Kirkman it would seem that the future isn't as set in stone as we would have thought. Though Carl's death is something that has been defended by those working on the show, some big moves may have been made behind-the-scenes to change up the future. It would mean that Riggs has been offered a new contract on the show, following his father's outburst on Facebook that accused showrunner Scott Gimple and production company AMC of using his son unethically.
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The late John Bernecker's family say filming conditions were "unsafe".
'The Walking Dead' has faced a run of unfortunate circumstances throughout the past 12 months or so, even seeing the death of stuntman John Bernecker on their set when he was filming scenes for the AMC show. Sustaining a serious head injury after falling 30 feet onto a concrete floor, Bernecker didn't immediately die, but was immediately ruled dead due to "accidental blunt force trauma".
Norman Reedus stars as Daryl Dixon in the long-running AMC series
Though this happened months ago, it would seem it's a case that could haunt AMC for the months to come, as Bernecker's family aren't happy with the way in which the veteran stuntman worked during his time on 'The Walking Dead'.
The show makes its return to the small screen this February.
When 'The Walking Dead' season 8 went on a break at the end of last year, the show didn't leave without dealing one of its biggest blows to viewers of all time. With the reveal of a zombie bite on the abdomen of main character Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs), it quickly became clear that Rick Grimes' (Andrew Lincoln) son wasn't going to last very much longer on the show. Deviating from the Robert Kirkman comic books and the story they've told, it wasn't something that anybody saw coming.
Lennie James and Andrew Lincoln as Morgan and Rick in 'The Walking Dead'
Whilst a vocal portion of the show's fan base rebelled against the decision and even set up an online petition to call for the sacking of showrunner Scott Gimple, the move is one that writers will likely see pay off in future episodes. In fact, the midseason premiere that's set to air this February and bring the series back from its winter break will waste no time in doing just that.
The show is unsurprisingly set to make a return for season 9.
In some unsurprising news, 'The Walking Dead' has been renewed for a ninth season at AMC. Though it's something the majority of viewers expected, there are some big changes happening behind-the-scenes that nobody predicted, with current showrunner Scott Gimple moving from his role on the series to the new one of Chief Content Officer for the 'Walking Dead' franchise. This includes spin-off show 'Fear The Walking Dead' and any other extensions of the series that may happen in the future.
Ross Marquand stars as Aaron in 'The Walking Dead'
That means there's a position for a new showrunner during the ninth season, and that's something writer Angela Kang will be stepping into. As a writer on the show since 2011, Kang picked up a co-executive producer role in 2013, and again now expands on her work for the series.
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The franchise creator stands by Scott Gimple.
'The Walking Dead' once again saw huge controversy in its season 8 midseason finale, when longrunning character Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) showed off a zombie bite on his abdomen, signalling his time on the series coming to an end. Though he hadn't succumbed fully to the wound by the end of the midseason episode, it was confirmed that there is no way to save Carl, and he would be dying in the very near future when the series made its return.
Robert Kirkman promises the future will pay off despite Carl's death
The decision - made by showrunner Scott Gimple - was one that set a very vocal portion of the fan base into a rampage, even setting up an online petition demanding that Gimple was sacked from the entire franchise. Of course, AMC and those working behind-the-scenes stood alongside Gimple, not warranting the survey with any sort of official response.
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He doesn't think it's down to the show becoming irrelevant.
Though it's delivering some of the biggest twists and turns the show has ever seen, AMC's zombie apocalypse series 'The Walking Dead' is still suffering from declining ratings in America, with numbers going down week on week and the action-packed episodes failing to bring the high ratings of seasons gone by back to the network.
David Alpert has a positive outlook on declining ratings
Now, don't get us wrong, 'The Walking Dead' is still one of the most successful shows on television, but when it averaged an incredible 18 million viewers back in season 6, but went into a midseason finale with just 12.13 million total viewers in the current eighth season, there's something not quite right.
The American showrunner has made enemies of fans following a twist in 'The Walking Dead'.
The season 8 midseason finale of 'The Walking Dead' earlier this month saw a huge twist in the story, deviating wildly from the comic books on which the show is based once more in a move that nobody saw coming.
Scott Gimple serves as showrunner on 'The Walking Dead'
It was an episode that saw a number of big moments, but one in particular - and, if you've not yet seen the episode, turn back now - saw Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) reveal a zombie bite to his abdomen, signalling that he would be leaving the series in the near future.
The season 8 midseason finale saw a huge twist that nobody saw coming.
'The Walking Dead' went through one of its biggest changes to-date during the midseason finale of season 8, with one leading character clearly written out of the future of the show because of a zombie bite to their abdomen. It was a move that nobody saw coming and a clear deviation from the path of the comic book series, in which the character still exists to this day.
Andrew Lincoln takes on the lead role of Rick Grimes in 'The Walking Dead'
The character we're talking about is Carl Grimes, played in the series since the very start by young actor Chandler Riggs who, in June of this year celebrated his 18th birthday. Carl has never been a fan-favourite character who appeals to the masses in the show, but viewers were beginning to think he may one day take over as leader of the survivors in the series, placing their bets on Andrew Lincoln's character and Carl's father Rick dying, rather than his son.
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The series will be waving goodbye to one of its original characters.
'The Walking Dead' will be going through one of the biggest shifts in the shows history, it's been revealed, as a major character was revealed to have been bitten by a zombie, which will surely bring their time on the show to a screeching halt in the very near future.
Rick and Carl in the fourth season of 'The Walking Dead'
Distracting The Saviors so that his fellow survivors in Alexandria could escape an attack, Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) let his guard down for a split second, leading to him being the victim of a zombie bite after months of battling them and becoming a fully-fledged hero in the undead apocalypse.
Eugene's still in the show, but for how long is anybody's guess...
When Josh McDermitt first made an appearance in 'The Walking Dead' as the rambling and socially awkward Eugene Porter, many fans felt sorry for the character. Now though, having left Rick's (Andrew Lincoln) group of survivors and now working under Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) alongside The Saviors, it's hardy to find sympathy for the man who has consistently sold his friends down the river.
Josh McDermitt has opened up about how he wants Eugene to die
In the future, it's clear that Eugene will eventually succumb to the zombie apocalypse taking over the land. Whether he's killed off by a zombie or a fellow survivor of the traumatic event remains to be seen, but it doesn't seem likely that there's end-game for the character.
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The reveal will be made on 'Talking Dead' following this week's episode of 'The Walking Dead'.
Earlier this year, 'The Walking Dead' creator Robert Kirkman announced that a character from either the original television series or its sister show, 'Fear The Walking Dead' would be crossing over to the other series in an undisclosed capacity. Though the rumours had in the past come thick and fast surrounding a crossover, the idea was always shut down by show bosses, so it came as somewhat of a surprise when Kirkman revealed that a crossover would indeed be going ahead.
Exactly which character and from which show will be making the jump remains to be seen, but the reveal is something that's now right around the corner. In fact, AMC announced that the unveiling would be taking place on this week's edition of 'Talking Dead' on their Twitter account, in a message you can see below:
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The show's in the midst of an 'All Out War' between Team Rick and Team Negan.
Fans of 'The Walking Dead' have been treated to three action-packed episodes of the series since the show's eighth season debuted in October, and it looks as if that's something that will continue into the foreseeable future, as showrunners have had to nearly double the running time of this season's upcoming midseason finale.
Norman Reedus stars as Daryl Dixon in the long-running AMC series
Usually, episodes will last around 42 minutes, but instead of that usual hour (including adverts), the midseason finale will be 88 minutes in the United States, including adverts. We imagine the reasoning behind the added time will be revealed in due course, but in the past midseason finales have included many twists, turns, deaths and a lot of destruction. With 'All Out War' taking place between Rick Grimes' (Andrew Lincoln) band of survivors and Negan's (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) loyal group of Saviors, that's something we imagine will crop up once more.
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The series' eighth season got off to an explosive start.
When it comes to 'The Walking Dead', the fan base can certainly agree on one thing - Gregory (Xander Berkeley) is a weasel. Having left Father Gabriel (Seth Gilliam) for dead in the season 8 premiere of the AMC zombie apocalyptic series, stealing his car in the process and driving away from the chaotic scene, many wondered just where he'd end up. Now, fans can see that he's made his return to the Hilltop with his tail between his legs, begging for sanctuary from Maggie and the rest of the survivors that are housed there. You can check out the clip below:
From the preview, it's clear that Gregory expects Father Gabriel to be dead, as he instantly lies about his whereabouts, claiming he doesn't know what happened to the survivor. Whilst that could be the case, we last saw Gabriel locked up in a trailer with none other than the villainous Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), who pretty much told him he could expect a rough ride from here on out.
The character got into a heated confrontation with Tara this week.
In 'The Walking Dead' this week, fans were shocked to see Jesus take the chance to allow a member of the Saviors to live, after he and Tara caught him in a back room with a gun, but he surrendered and had his hands in the air instead of fighting back. Though Tara still wanted to leave him dead, Jesus said that he wouldn't allow a defenceless man to be shot in cold blood, only for him to then disarm Jesus and put a gun to his head, leaving Tara in quite the predicament.
Tom Payne plays fan-favourite character Jesus in 'The Walking Dead'
Fortunately, Jesus' skills when it comes to fighting meant that he was able to lure the Savior into a false sense of security, disarming him back but once again, not allowing Tara to kill him. Taking him as a prisoner of war, he and Tara exchanged some heated words, but in the end it was Jesus' way that was followed.
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Greg Nicotero claims he's not seen a theory that's correct just yet.
Earlier this year, it was revealed that 'The Walking Dead' and sister series 'Fear The Walking Dead' would finally be crossing over at some point in the near future. Taking place in the same universe, but at separate points in time, it may be a little tricky for showrunners to work out exactly how they'll do the crossover.
Greg Nicotero serves as executive producer on 'The Walking Dead'
Creator Robert Kirkman confirmed the news at New York Comic Con, though he wouldn't reveal just which character would be making the move from one show to the other. A popular theory suggested that it would be Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) who made the jump to 'Fear', as the show takes place before his death and will be moving in location to Houston.
Series creator Robert Kirkman revealed the news at this year's New York Comic Con.
Without a doubt one of Telltale Games' most prominent and inspired projects, the video game version of 'The Walking Dead' was first brought to players in 2012. Introducing a barrage of new faces that haven't been a part of the comic book series or the television show, exciting and fresh stories have been told through the Telltale releases, that have dropped in a sequence of 'seasons'.
Danai Gurira as Michonne in 'The Walking Dead' season 6
It's been confirmed that the game will be coming to an end next year with its final season, so talk has been rife about exactly how we'll catch up with the characters in the future.
Anna Paquin - The campaign, launched this month, has already received celebrity support from Canadian actor Eric McCormack (Will & Grace), US actors Seth Gilliam (The Wire, The Walking Dead), Lou Diamond Phillips (La Bamba) and Danny Trejo (Breaking Bad, Sons of Anarchy), US TV personality Cat Greenleaf, UK musician Kate Nash and Cruelty Free International Global Ambassador, international superstar violinist Vanessa-Mae. at The Walking Dead - - Thursday 16th June 2016
Emily Kinney - 'The Walking Dead' star Emily Kinney arrives at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) with a guitar case strapped to her back at The Walking Dead - Los Angeles, California, United States - Friday 6th November 2015
Greg Nicotero - 'The Walking Dead' Season Six Premiere and Ultimate Fan Event at Madison Square Garden - Arrivals at Madison Square Garden, The Walking Dead - New York City, New York, United States - Friday 9th October 2015
Melissa McBride - The cast of the hit American horror drama TV show 'The Walking Dead' were photographed as they arrived at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 1st October 2014