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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
It’s Negan’s world now, and everyone else is just living in it. Before the new world order of Season 7 arrives this Sunday, October 23 at 9/8c, take some time to reflect on some of Daryl’s most memorable moments from the past six seasons.