From the looks of AMC‘s new key art for The Walking Dead Season 8, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and the gang are done with sitting around, waiting and hoping for things to get better and are more than ready to take the war to Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and The Saviors. But should we read a little into what we’re seeing?
Our heroes seem to be facing off against dangers seemingly coming from a number of directions. Does that mean we should be expecting some unexpected dangers this season? Might we see some side-switching happening that even fans of the comics won’t see coming?
Check out the key art and decide for yourself:
Here’s who we have on the official ‘All Out War’ key art: Katelyn Nacon (Enid), Ross Marquand (Aaron), Lennie James (Morgan), Chandler Riggs (Carl), Lauren Cohan (Maggie), Danai Gurira (Michonne), Norman Reedus (Daryl), Lincoln (Rick), Melissa McBride (Carol), Khary Payton (King Ezekiel), Shiva the tiger, Alanna Masterson (Tara), Tom Payne (Jesus), Christian Serratos (Rosita), and Seth Gilliam (Father Gabriel).
Here is AMC’s synopsis of The Walking Dead Season 8:
“Last year, 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. The introduction of Negan and the Saviors broke our group.
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 year, 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.”
The Walking Dead Season 8 debuts Sunday, October 22nd at 9 p.m. EST with its 100th episode.
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