When “Fear the Walking Dead” returns this Sunday night for its fourth season, we’ve been told to expect a fresh new show that won’t even require you to have seen the previous three seasons. Similarly, it looks like main series “The Walking Dead” is hitting the reboot button for its next season, meaning that this Sunday’s finale is going BIG.
Beginning with Season 9, current “Walking Dead” showrunner Scott M. Gimple has been promoted into the new position of “chief content officer” for the entire franchise, with longtime writer and executive producer Angela Kang taking over from Gimple as the new showrunner of the main series. And new blood means new storylines.
Speaking with EW, Gimple teased Season 8’s finale being the end of many things.
“This episode isn’t just like these 15 episodes coming to a conclusion, but Angela and myself and the writers had always talked about this in many ways being sort of the conclusion of the first eight seasons,” Gimple explained. “This show will be very much a new show next year and with a bigger, new narrative. It was something I was really excited about getting into even before season 8. And so there was just a certain weight in the air of the kind of conclusion that we were getting closer to.”
He stressed, “It was a weird graduation for everybody.”
As the declining ratings have suggested, “The Walking Dead” is in dire need of, at the very least, feeling fresh again, so this all sounds absolutely wonderful to us. Here’s hoping this Sunday night’s Season 8 finale is satisfying and conclusive. More importantly, here’s hoping the show makes good on Gimple’s promise of new storylines going forward.
On “Wrath,” airing Sunday night, April 15…
The communities join forces in the last stand against the Saviors as all-out war unfolds.
Preview Season 8’s final hour below.