‘The Walking Dead’ Season 8: ‘All Out War’ Takes A Detour, EP Says

The Walking Dead Season 8 will feature the “All Out War” arc that fans have been waiting for, but there is one little catch. In recent years on epic television shows, which includes Game of Thrones, Outlander, The Strain and The Walking Dead, there has been source material for the shows in written form that had not concluded their content yet.

What the problem is here is that shows like The Walking Dead have to contend with that source material in order for their own content to maintain a steady flow of continuity. In the case of Game of Thrones, the TV show ended up disseminating content before George R.R. Martin could get one of his books out, which could have hurt his own book sales.

The same thing happened with the Harry Potter movies when they started rolling out at the beginning of the millennium, but that series did not end up suffering from the same problem with the books concluding long before the film franchise did. But in the case of The Walking Dead, there is a real threat of the AMC show catching up with, and possibly passing, the comic books by Robert Kirkman.

Now at this time, that threat is minimal and not in any way anticipated. But that does not mean that they won’t take measures to make sure it doesn’t happen. So in other words, the producers of The Walking Dead on AMC have had to make a few stretches, or detours, to allow for a larger time gap between the show and the comics.

When The Walking Dead executive producer Denise Huth sat down and spoke with Entertainment Weekly, she made a few comments about that specifically and spoke about what they do to ensure they do not make the same mistake that Game of Thrones made.

“I don’t think we will really, totally catch-up,” Denise Huth told EW about The Walking Dead on AMC. “I think [comic creator Robert Kirkman] will always stay ahead of us, and Scott likes to take a lot of detours. So we always have that roadmap to follow and we know generally where we going to get to, but he introduces a lot of things that don’t exist in the comics, like the Scavengers and Heaps, and finds a way to integrate those elements into Robert’s existing story.”

But the good news is that even though they do plan detours along the way for The Walking Dead, “All Out War” will essentially still be playing out with a ton of action right at the very beginning of Season 8. The only real detail here to take away from it is that it might last a lot longer than most Walking Dead fans would have anticipated, or there will be parallel story arcs that will pull the story away from the war for a specific amount of episodes.

Rest assured though that Episode 1 of Season 8 of The Walking Dead will be the war that everyone has been waiting for, without a doubt.

“It’s a ton of action. It’s super exciting,” Denise Huth said about Episode 1 of Season 8 of The Walking Dead. “I think it will be really, really satisfying. As a fan of the show — and I am a fan of the show — when I read it, it was like ‘Awww, I can’t wait! It’s going to be great!’ It’s worth the worth the wait to get to this moment.”

As most fans of The Walking Dead already know, the entire band is back together with the exception of Eugene. But most see Eugene as a traitor at this point anyway, so the main group has essentially regrouped.

Season 8 of The Walking Dead will likely premiere this fall in the middle of October, but no announcement has been made yet.

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