Season 7 of The Walking Dead was a bit of a doozy. From losing not one, not two, but three beloved characters, one of which was part of the original group of survivors from Atlanta (RIP Glenn Rhee), to the introduction of a villain entirely different than anything fans had seen before, season 7 was a whirlwind of emotions and tension. It was so hopeless that even Rick Grimes seemed broken. But as the season neared its end, the men seemed to man up as much as the ladies had been all season, their hurt and anger transforming into determination and a plan to take down Negan. And that’s exactly where season 8 will pick up.
According to a season synopsis released today by AMC, fans of the hit post-apocalyptic show can expect a lot of blood, a lot of gore, and a whole lot of action when All Out War rolls in.
Last season, Rick Grimes and his group of survivors were confronted with their deadliest challenge yet. With the comfort of Alexandria, they let their guard down, only to be reminded how brutal the world they live in can be.
Feeling powerless under Negan’s rules and demands, Rick advocated the group play along. But seeing that Negan couldn’t be reasoned with, Rick began rallying together other communities affected by the Saviors. And with the support of the Hilltop and Kingdom, they finally have enough fire power to contest the Saviors.
This season, Rick brings “All Out War” to Negan and his forces. The Saviors are larger, better-equipped, and ruthless — but Rick and the unified communities are fighting for the promise of a brighter future. The battle lines are drawn as they launch into a kinetic, action-packed offensive.
Up until now, survival has been the focus of Rick and our group, but it’s not enough. They have to fight to take back their freedom so that they can live. So that they can rebuild. As with any battle, there will be losses. Casualties. But with Rick leading the Alexandrian forces, Maggie leading the Hilltop, and King Ezekiel leading the Kingdom – Negan and the Saviors’ grip on this world may finally be coming to an end.
Season 8 of The Walking Dead premieres Sunday, October 22, at 9 PM on AMC.