With an all-out war looming on the horizon for our heroes, AMC announced on Wednesday that The Walking Dead Season 8 will begin on Sunday, October 22nd. To coincide with the long-awaited reveal of the season’s premiere date (which will also mark the 100th episode milestone for the series), the network also revealed key artwork for both The Walking Dead and Fear The Walking Dead ahead of their Comic-Con International (SDCC) panels on Friday, July 21st.
AMC also chose to break with tradition this year: normally the season’s premiere date is revealed during the SDCC panel along with a trailer or extended footage for the season. Today’s news follows up on the release of the first official photo this week on Norman Reedus (Daryl) and Melissa McBride (Carol) and a follow-up pic of Andrew Lincoln (Rick) and Lauren Cohan (Maggie).
With the eighth season premiering in three months, The Walling Dead panel is expected to have stars Lincoln (Rick Grimes), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Negan), Reedus (Daryl Dixon), Cohan (Maggie Greene), Danai Gurira (Michonne), McBride (Carol Peletier), Lennie James (Morgan Jones), Seth Gilliam (Father Gabriel Stokes), Alanna Masterson (Tara Chambler), Khary Payton (King Ezekiel) and Chandler Riggs (Carl Grimes) in attendance. Executive producers Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero, and David Alpert. Showrunner Scott Gimple and creator Robert Kirkman are also expected to be panelists during the program.
The Walking Dead has experienced a very up-and-down off-season, with the on-set death of stuntman John Bernecker on July 12th temporarily shutting production until July 17th. There is no word yet on if or how the tragedy will be addressed during the panel.
Hurd, Alpert, Nicotero and Kirkman will also be joining the Fear The Walking Dead panel, scheduled before The Walking Dead panel. Departing showrunner David Erickson is expected to be joining them along with cast members Kim Dickens (Madison Clark), Frank Dillane (Nick Clark), Alycia Debnam-Carey (Alicia Clark), Colman Domingo (Victor Strand), Mercedes Mason (Ofelia Salazar), Sam Underwood (Jake Otto), Daniel Sharman (Troy Otto), and Michael Greyeyes (Qaletaqa Walker).
Comic-Con International runs from July 19-23 at the San Diego Convention Center.