Seven seasons and ninety-nine episodes is a helluva’ milestone for a television series to achieve, and AMC has been making the most of it ahead of The Walking Dead‘s eighth season opener and 100th series episode. Over the past three months, the cast and crew from The Walking Dead have emphasized how the entire series has led to this moment: a war between hope (Rick) and horror (Negan), where our heroes will be pushed to their breaking points (and beyond) to secure the future they’ve worked so hard to achieve.
Here’s a rundown on the teasers, trailers and features so far, just to prep yourself for Sunday night:
The Walking Dead Season 8 Official SDCC 2017 Trailer
The Walking Dead 100 Episodes: ‘Thank You to the Fans!’ Official Featurette
The Walking Dead 100 Episodes: ‘Our Favorite Memories From the First 99’ Official Featurette
The Walking Dead: ‘Faith in Each Other’ Season 8 Official Teaser
The Walking Dead Season 8: ‘We’ve Already Won’ Official Teaser
The Walking Dead Season 8: NYCC 2017 Season Premiere Sneak Peek
The Walking Dead: ‘A Look at Season 8’ Behind the Scenes
The Walking Dead Season 8: ‘All Out War’ Official Teaser
The Walking Dead Season 8: ‘Maggie Goes to War’ Official Teaser
The Walking Dead: ‘Meet the New Season 8 Cast Regulars’ Behind the Scenes
The Walking Dead: ‘Season 8 Premiere’ Sneak Peek
Now that we’ve got you psyched for Sunday night…it’s “blatant cheap plug” time!
Whether you’re a Savior or a Survivor…east coast or west coast…join us Sunday night, October 22, for All Out ‘Dead’: Bleeding Cool’s The Walking Dead Season 8 Live-Blog. We’ll be offering you thoughts, opinions, insights, one-liners, possibly dirty limericks and the occasional non-sequitur over the course of five hours (?!?!?!?).
Yup, that’s right! We’ll be kicking-off festivities at 8 pm ET with a pre-live blog to get everyone psyched; then things get underway at 9 pm ET with our live blog of The Walking Dead‘s season premiere. From 10 pm-12 am ET, we’ll segue into a live blog of Talking Dead with host Chris Hardwick, who’s expected to have something like 20+ cast and crew members on the show over the course of the two hours. We haven’t forgotten the love for our west coast geeks, though: at 12 am ET, we’ll live blog the premiere again for our “PT” time zone peeps.
The live blog site will go live at approximately 8 pm ET Sunday night, so we’ll be tweeting and posting updates throughout the weekend. Make sure to keep checking Bleeding Cool‘s website and Twitter accounts (listed below) for everything you’ll need to know.
So whether it’s by rail, roller-blades or rickshaw, make sure to join us Sunday night!
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Here is AMC’s official synopsis for The Walking Dead Season 8, as well as for the season’s first three episodes:
“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 stars Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Negan), Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon), Lauren Cohan (Maggie Greene), Danai Gurira (Michonne), Melissa 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); with Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero, David Alpert, showrunner Scott M. Gimple and franchise creator Robert Kirkman serving as executive producers.
The Walking Dead premieres its eight season and 100th episode on AMC on Sunday, October 22nd at 9 p.m. EST, with a two-hour live Talking Dead hosted by Hardwick immediately following the episode.