In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, The Walking Dead showrunner Scott M. Gimple has made a promise that Season 8 of the mega-popular series will be "massively heavy on the action."
Here's more of what he told EW:
"I really wanted to push into different ways than we've done things in a long time, just by virtue of we're a show going into its eighth year and I really don't want to do what we've done before, even if we've done it really well."
Gimple wants to shake things up, and he promises that little time will be spent in the season before breaking out in the "All Out War" storyline from the Walking Dead comic book series by Robert Kirkman. He's hoping that this will give Season 8 its own identity that sets it apart from other seasons of the series, which often focus heavily on the human drama of the survivors.
Often, a season of The Walking Dead will be a long, slow boil which will build up to a cathartic two or three episodes that will feature a massive blowup of some kind. These episodes are often set around the mid-season break or the proper season finale itself, meaning they don't often happen consecutively.
Fan-favorite villain Negan, played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan, will be the antagonist of this promised blowup between the protagonist survivors and the violent Saviors. He and Rick Grimes, portrayed by Andrew Lincoln, have built up a rivalry and hatred for one another built upon the deaths of many of Rick's friends and allies at the hands of the violent, egotistical Negan.
The Walking Dead Season 8 will air October 22nd on AMC. This season will feature 16 episodes.
(I didn't know this until I saw the picture I used for this article, but I really think if Rick and Negan just got it over with and made out, a lot of their issues might be resolved. Come on, tell me you saw that photo and didn't think, "just kiss already!")
Anyway, here is The Walking Dead Season 8 trailer for your viewing pleasure: