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.
Director/Exec Producer Greg Nicotero shares his storyboards for a key scene from the season premiere
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.
First up, it’s Norman Reedus once again perched on his motorcycle as Daryl Dixon. Daryl had a bit of a rough go of it last season (which is putting it mildly). But here, he’s got himself a motorcycle and a crossbow, so how bad can things really be?! I suppose that depends on how things go in the all-out war against Negan and the Saviors.
Reunited and it feels so good… at least as good as anything can feel in the zombie apocalypse. Daryl and Carol were back together, although not for long. Daryl was finally alerted to Carol’s presence after Richard brought him in on a plan to frame Carol for the killing of some Saviors, leading to retaliation that would result in Carol’s death and spur Ezekiel into action.
During the midseason premiere of The Walking Dead, Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) got left behind at the Kingdom for safekeeping while he’s on the run from the Saviors. He doesn’t know it yet, but he’s about to be reunited with Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride), his best friend in the whole wide world who hasn’t already been killed.
Norman Reedus was not a happy camper during the filming of the first half of The Walking Dead’s seventh season. But that’s okay, because it turns out he wasn’t supposed to be happy about it. We spoke to Reedus about some of the fan complaints about the first eight episodes, and then he unloaded with some complaints of his own, even revealing that he took those complaints straight to showrunner Scott M. Gimple.
He was stripped of both his clothes and his dignity, forced to eat dog food and listen to the most infuriatingly peppy song ever recorded on a continuous loop, but Daryl Dixon escaped all that in The Walking Dead’s midseason finale.