Fresh out of this past weekend’s New York Comic Con, we’ve got a three-minute clip from the forthcoming Season 8 premiere of “The Walking Dead,“ which should feel very familiar to longtime viewers. That’d be because it’s a near shot-for-shot recreation of a scene from the very first episode, only with Carl in the place of Rick!
In the scene, Carl is on the hunt for gas, alone, when he encounters a mysterious stranger. The episode’s director, Greg Nicotero, told the NYCC crowd that the Season 8 premiere will be loaded with little references, recreations and Easter eggs; it’s the show’s landmark 100th episode, so it’s going to be something of a celebration of the past.
The new season premieres October 22.
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.”