When “The Walking Dead” returns to AMC next month for the back half of its eighth season, you can expect to be reduced to a blubbering mess. I say this, of course, because Carl Grimes will very likely lose his fight with a zombie bite during the mid-season premiere, the character expected to make his final appearance before his own father has to bury him.
The episode’s director, Greg Nicotero, promises it will ruin you.
“I think it’s one of our most powerful episodes that we’ve ever produced,” he told EW. “When I watched the first cut of this episode, tears were coming out of my eyes 20 minutes into it.”
Nicotero added, “I would compare this episode very much to the episode with [Tyreese’s death] in terms of really having some space to breathe with these characters as they process what happened. It’s a beautiful episode and the people that clearly are upset about losing Carl and questioning where the show goes without Carl — I really do believe that a lot of people will put those feelings aside when they watch this episode because they’re really going to get an opportunity to make some peace with it.”
Season 8 returns on Sunday, February 25 at 9/8c.