AMC is rolling out the promotional machine to make sure everyone on this planet knows that Season 8 of The Walking Dead returns to the network on Sunday, October 22nd. In honor of the season premiere (and the show's 100th episode), AMC has planned season marathons, virtual reality games with Mountain Dew, a pre-season special schedule airing before the mid-season premiere of Fear The Walking Dead, and a major presence yet again at this year's New York Comic Con (NYCC).
Looks like you can now add "stop motion sketch comedy" to that list, as AMC announced the premiere date that the show would be receiving the "honor" of being parodied by Cartoon Network/Adult Swim's Robot Chicken. Robot Chicken's The Walking Dead Special: Look Who's Walking special will air on October 8th at midnight ET on Adult Swim, two weeks ahead of The Walking Dead's season premiere (and if you're going, a great way to decompress from four days of NYCC madness).
Here's your look at the trailer:
The project was the brainchild of Robot Chicken creators Seth Green and Matthew Senreich, as well as The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and showrunner Scott M. Gimple. The Walking Dead's Andrew Lincoln (Rick) and Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Negan) will be supplying their voices for the episode, along with Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick. The lineup of cast members who lent their voices doesn't end there, though: Norman Reedus, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Lauren Cohan, Steven Yeun, Sarah Wayne Callies, and many more are also involved with the project.
Here's the rundown from AMC on Season 8 of The Walking Dead:
"Last season, 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.
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 season, 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."