The Walking Dead returns tonight for its eight season, and there are a lot of questions to be answered. The show hasn’t been, shall we say, living up to its former glory in recent memory. Season 7 certainly wasn’t its best, and the season’s unsatisfying finale was enough to make some fans swear off the show forever.
But in case you want a refresher, the last time we saw Rick, Carol, Michonne, Daryl, Maggie and the insane Negan, an all-out war between the newly formed Hilltop Colony and the Kingdom coalition and Negan was finally coming to a boil. Negan and his followers were forced to retreat, but he can’t remain there for long. The other big event from the finale was Sasha’s sacrifice; she killed herself and turned, but only to help Rick and his crew in their fight against Negan.
Season 8 could go a number of ways. Can Negan really be defeated? And if so, how? Will Rick and the rest of his team find a way to top Negan’s cruelty? The real question that anyone who’s seen at least one episode of this show is asking, though, is who will die this season.
What’s more, Robert Kirkman, the creator of the comics that inspired both The Walking Dead and its spin-off, Fear The Walking Dead, teased a crossover between the two shows at this year’s Comic-Con.
"There is one character that is going to go from one show, that I will not name, to another show, that I will not name," Kirkman says. "This is a huge event in the world of The Walking Dead. More news coming in the following months."
While we still have no details about who will cross and what will happen, it seems safe to assume it would happen relatively soon (i.e. in this season), otherwise Kirkman really jumped the shark in mentioning it only a few weeks ago.
“I’ll say this: There are two #WalkingDead shows. There is one character that I will not name that will appear in the other show that I will not name. More news coming in the following months” - @RobertKirkman on potential #FearTWD crossovers with TWD pic.twitter.com/3m4R0XcPr4— The Walking Dead (@TheWalkingDead) October 8, 2017
Tonight's premiere also marked the show's 100th episode, which is quite a feat. And it looks like the team behind the show went all out for the occasion, as tonight’s episode had everyone on their toes. It was full of tension, and fans were responding pretty well to the atmosphere on social media.
But not everything was up to par. A lot of fans noticed some of the timeline inconsistencies, as Judith looked super grown up and yet Maggie is still not showing even though she’s pregnant.
Judith still exists solely for the purpose of having a semi-accurate timeline. She’s a human calendar #TheWalkingDead— Heidi (@heidistuart) October 23, 2017
I watched Andrew Lincoln meet the young actress playing older Judith. Took his time to get to know her. Super sweet. #TheWalkingDead— Dalton Ross (@DaltonRoss) October 23, 2017
In the end, fans are looking forward to what this season has to offer.
What an awesome episode of the walking dead, this season is going to be crazy 😁😍💀🤘!!!! #TWDfan— Will Parker (@WILLPARKER1989) October 23, 2017
A good episode. Not the greatest premiere ever, but not terrible either. Let's hope this season lives up to the hype. #TheWalkingDead— John Thompson (@JThompson112095) October 23, 2017