'The Walking Dead' lost another major character in the penultimate episode of season 8.
'The Walking Dead' has really been going through the motions as of late, but in this week's episode - which served as the penultimate offering of season 8 - put a focus on Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and the Saviors, and in particular Simon (Steven Ogg), who had been working to overthrow the Savior leader and claim the role for himself. With conspiracy and corruption running deep through the Sanctuary, Negan realised that something drastic would have to happen if he were to maintain control.
Steven Ogg stars as Simon in 'The Walking Dead'
Learning about Simon's plan in the most recent episode, Negan would take his trusty barbed wire baseball bat Lucille and force his former loyal friend onto his knees. Able to take him out with a few quick and brutal swings, Negan decided that he would give his ex-comrade one last chance to change. It turned out to be one chance too many.
Greg Nicotero thinks 'The Walking Dead' could work outside of the United States, with a frozen zombie herd tackling the series' protagonists.
'The Walking Dead' may seem to be losing steam when it comes to viewing numbers, ratings and reviews, but the universe it's opened up, for spinoff series 'Fear The Walking Dead' and a number of future projects, shows no signs of slowing down. So much so in fact, that Scott Gimple recently promised a whole slew of spinoffs would be making their way to television and other outlets in the near future.
Greg Nicotero has some big ideas for the future of 'The Walking Dead'
That opened up the conversation amongst the fan base of what exactly we should expect. Whilst no official details have been announced, it's fun to try and guess what creators have up their sleeves. Producer Greg Nicotero has now also entered that conversation.
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Robert Kirkman has no interest in revealing just why the dead started to rise in 'The Walking Dead'.
When 'The Walking Dead' first started, whether you were following the comic books or the television series on AMC, you would have seen it kick off with lead character Rick Grimes (played by Andrew Lincoln on the show) waking from his coma. Upon his revival, he would realise that he was in the midst of a zombie apocalypse - something that he would find out had been going on for some time. Since that point, the narrative has been solely focused on each of the characters and their individual stories, as well as their fight for survival.
Robert Kirkman is the man responsible for creating 'The Walking Dead'
One piece of plot that we're still yet to find out however is exactly why the dead started to rise up and feast on human flesh. It's something that's usually explained in a series or a film of this type, and so creator Robert Kirkman has certainly broke the mould. The writer isn't in any rush to give the explanation behind the outbreak, either.
The show's ratings in the United States continue to plummet.
AMC's long-running zombie series 'The Walking Dead', based on the Robert Kirkman comic book series of the same name, could be in deep trouble. For quite some time now, ratings on the show have been dwindling, and now the series has hit a low that it's not seen for many years.
Norman Reedus stars as Daryl Dixon in the series
Following this week's season 8 episode 10 release 'The Lost and the Plunderers', numbers came in that showed the episode scored an average of 6.8 million viewers and a 2.9 rating in the 18-49 demographic, which make the episode the lowest rated release since season 1 episode 5 release 'Wildfire'. Despite viewers dropping however, those working on the series don't seem to be too concerned, with current showrunner Scott Gimple admitting there were conversations going on about expanding the universe of 'The Walking Dead' further in the near future with more spinoffs and new content.
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AMC's long-running zombie series has already spawned 'Fear The Walking Dead'.
Based on the comic book series of the same name by Robert Kirkman, AMC's apocalyptic zombie series 'The Walking Dead' has become a smash hit and one of the most successful television shows of all time. Though ratings are steadily dropping, AMC are standing by the series and are now looking to the future, with a variety of different options on the table when it comes to extending and continuing its universe.
Scott Gimple promises big things for the future of 'The Walking Dead'
Back in 2015, bosses took the opportunity to progress the world of 'TWD' by debuting a spinoff series; the imaginatively titled 'Fear The Walking Dead'. Set in a completely different part of the United States, and kicking things off right at the start of the virus outbreak, fans got to see an all-new side to the events going on, and especially those that took place before we saw Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) wake up from his coma.
Continue reading: 'The Walking Dead' Will Soon Have More Spinoffs
Showrunner Scott Gimple has some wise words about where the show goes from here.
Finally, 'The Walking Dead' and its eighth season has returned to the small screen, but with it has confirmed the death of one of the show's leading characters; Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs). The decision to kill off Carl was a hugely shocking one, leading to online petitions from a vocal portion of fans, mass hysteria amongst some of the viewers, and a lot of mystery surrounding the future of the show.
Scott Gimple will exit his role as showrunner following 'The Walking Dead' season 8
Outgoing showrunner Scott Gimple seems to be the man to have pulled the metaphorical trigger on Carl's time on the show, but it's a decision that the comic book creator Robert Kirkman has stood firmly alongside. It may deviate wildly from the narrative being told on the pages of the graphic novels, but it's certainly lit a fire in the bellies of those behind-the-scenes.
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The show threw a huge curveball at viewers during the season 8 midseason finale.
When Scott Gimple and those working on 'The Walking Dead' made their decision to kill off Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) on the long-running AMC zombie apocalyptic drama, a very vocal portion of the fan base let their voices be heard. They weren't happy with the huge deviation from the Robert Kirkman comic book series, in which Carl is still alive, but they're going to have to deal with it if they want to continue watching the show.
Audiences have Chandler Riggs evolve as Carl Grimes on 'The Walking Dead'
Making its return this weekend for the final eight episodes that make up season 8, fans will see Carl's zombie bite to the abdomen eventually lead to his death, but just because his physical presence won't be a part of the series in the future doesn't mean that he won't have a larger impact overall.
The creator has a regret about the past of the show.
'The Walking Dead' certainly isn't a comic book series or a television show without its controversies and shocking sequences. Though many of those that have taken place on the pages of Robert Kirkman's graphic novel series have also made their way to the small screen, one noticeable difference saw Rick Grimes, played by Andrew Lincoln, allowed to keep his hand, rather than having it lopped off in the TV show.
Robert Kirkman's 'The Walking Dead' world has made some big impressions
The villainous Governor is the man to have cut off Rick's hand in the 28th issue of the comic books, punishing him for refusing to answer questions. It was a permanent disability for the series' leading character, and obviously would have proved too much of a challenge for showrunners to deal with on the TV series, as it wasn't implemented.
The franchise creator won't reveal who'll take over as lead character when the time does come, however.
'The Walking Dead' is going through some major changes on the small screen, with one of the leading characters being killed off in upcoming episodes, marking a huge deviation from the tale being told on the pages of the original comic book series. With that in mind, viewers have now come to terms with the fact that literally anything could happen on AMC's leading series, including the death of the show's biggest character, Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln).
Andrew Lincoln has starred as Rick Grimes for eight seasons of 'The Walking Dead' to-date
Rick is someone who has in the past been confirmed to be one day meeting his maker before 'The Walking Dead' comes to an end by creator Robert Kirkman, and now the writer has resisted turning his back on that looming plot twist.
The character's future is no longer certain.
'The Walking Dead' was hit with a barrage of complaints from viewers when they revealed in the season 8 midseason finale that Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) had suffered a zombie bite to the abdomen. It looked as if there was no way out for the character and that he would succumb to the wound in the very near future, as his health depleted right in front of his father and group of survivors that he'd protected against Negan's (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) forces.
Robert Kirkman has seen huge success with his 'Walking Dead' franchise
Now though, with some recent words from creator Robert Kirkman it would seem that the future isn't as set in stone as we would have thought. Though Carl's death is something that has been defended by those working on the show, some big moves may have been made behind-the-scenes to change up the future. It would mean that Riggs has been offered a new contract on the show, following his father's outburst on Facebook that accused showrunner Scott Gimple and production company AMC of using his son unethically.
Continue reading: Robert Kirkman Says Carl "Might Not Die" In 'The Walking Dead'