Andrew Lincoln confirmed at Comic-Con that he is indeed leaving The Walking Dead during the show’s upcoming ninth season, which premieres Oct. 7 on AMC. As distressing as that news may be to fans, it turns out it could have been a lot worse.
There was a time where The Walking Dead really seemed to hone in on a particular character or storyline and do a deep dive for an episode on just that person or place. But season 8 of the zombie drama has been a much different beast — especially the past few weeks.
It’s been a rough go for the citizens of Alexandria. Ever since they came across that lunatic with the barbed wire-covered baseball bat, their idyllic post-apocalyptic community has been ravaged, looted, and now bombed to high hell. The survivors are currently hiding in a sewer as they wait for the latest assault by Negan and the Saviors to cease.
There is a lot going on as The Walking Dead gets ready to return to action with the second half of season 8 premiering Feb. 25 on AMC. Alexandria and the Kingdom have fallen. Ezekiel has been captured. Carl has been bitten by a walker and appears to be in his final hours. So, you know, things have been better.
We’ve got new pics of Rick, Carl, Michonne, Maggie, Daryl and more from the back half of season 8.
1) Andrew Lincoln as Rick, Chandler Riggs as Carl, and Danai Gurira as Michonne
The Walking Dead concluded its midseason finale with the show’s biggest shocker yet. As if the Saviors escaping, the Kingdom getting wiped out, and Alexandria being blown up wasn’t bad enough, it was revealed in the episode’s final moments that Carl had been bitten by a zombie, signaling his imminent death and actor Chandler Riggs’ departure from the show.
Director/Exec Producer Greg Nicotero shares his storyboards for a key scene from the season premiere
Check out new official images from The Walking Dead season 8.
Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon – The Walking Dead Season 8, Gallery – Photo Credit: Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC
Check out the latest round in the stars’ practical joke wars
Tag, Norman Reedus. You’re it! That’s because The Walking Dead star was on the receiving end of the latest round of pranks between him and costar/bromance buddy Andrew Lincoln. And once again, the weapon of choice was glitter.
We’ve got new pics of Rick, Daryl, and more. Plus: Two disgusting new zombies!
Andrew Lincoln as Rick
Rick is a man on a mission in season 8, and that mission is to free Alexandria — and the Hilltop and the Kingdom — from the clutches of Negan.