Even though we're only four days away from The Walking Dead's huge panel and the expected avalanche of news, rumors and innuendo that will ensue, that still hasn't stopped AMC from finding ways to drive fans crazy ahead of the show's 100th episode and Season 8 premiere. After a little stealth investigating and confirming, we now have AMC's (righteously brief) rundown on upcoming first three episodes:
The Walking Dead Episode 8×01 'Mercy': Rick and his group, along with the Kingdom and Hilltop, have banded together to bring the fight to Negan and the Saviors.
The Walking Dead Episode 8×02 'The Damned': The plan involving Alexandrians, Kingdommers and Hilltoppers unfolds; as Rick continues to fight, he encounters a familiar face.
The Walking Dead Episode 8×03 'Monsters': Conflict with the Saviors leads to unintended consequences for the Hilltop, the Kingdom, and Alexandria; morality proves tricky in wartime.
Okay — going to invoke a right of personal geek privilege and change my guess about the "familiar face" from Heath (Corey Hawkins) to Eugene (Josh McDermitt) because of the text for the third episode. If Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his army are taking the fight to Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and The Saviors, then it would make sense that Rick and Eugene would have some kind of direct confrontation.
We know Eugene's not a dumb guy by any stretch of the imagination, so I'm wondering if the "unintended consequences" means Eugene's added something to The Saviors' arsenal that Rick didn't see coming and forces them to change their attack plans. Hmm…
Here is AMC's synopsis for 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 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.