The Walking Dead season 8 premiere granted extended running time and new character portraits revealed
AMC’s The Walking Dead returns in just over a month, and according to comicbook the season 8 premiere has been granted an extended running time. Directed by Greg Nicotero, the episode marks the 100th for the series which is set to have a 67 minute run time (including commercials). It’s to be followed by a massive two hour live installment of Talking Dead. Guests confirmed to be joining host Chris Hardwick are Melissa McBride, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Lennie James.
The Walking Dead is scheduled to appear New York Comic Con on October 7th with appearances from the cast and crew. With any luck the panel will bring new details for the upcoming season as well as a new sneak peek. In the meantime, you can check out a slew of brand new images at EW and IGN, as well as new key art and and handful of character portraits below.
The official season 8 synopsis reads as follows:
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.
Season 8 of The Walking Dead premieres on AMC October 22nd, and the following day on FOX internationally.
Image credits: AMC
H/T: EW, IGN, Comicbook