The Walking Dead fans may be anticipating “all-out war” in the upcoming eighth series, but showrunner Scott Gimple has now revealed what they can expect in “very, very different” series nine.
Scott Gimple has released a few important details about where the story will go after the end of the next series, which begins on October 22 – and has said that like series seven, the characters will soon be divided again, possibly in a more positive scenario.
By contrast, he also revealed that the huge cast of characters will be brought together and “mixed up” in the new episodes due next month.
He said: “People were about as apart as they’ve ever been on the show [in series seven], and we had all these concentrated episodes.
“A great deal of the reason we were doing that, the thing that was driving that, was that we knew this season [eight] everybody would be more mixed up, and that there would be less of that.
“We’re emphasising [the team-ups of season eight] because [season nine], especially the first half, is going to be very, very different.”
This seems to prove what fans have been hoping for – that the show will directly follow the dramatic change that comes in the comics series after the war against the diabolical villain Negan ends.
That change involves a major time jump, with the action jumping a few years ahead to when the communities from the story – Alexandra, Hilltop, The Sanctuary and The Kingdom – have rebuilt a thriving civilisation and network.
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There may well be a light at the end of the tunnel for those who’ve successfully fought off the Walkers – led by the ultimate TV bros Rick Grimes and Daryl Dixon.
And Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl, has got plenty of funny stories about his real-life banter with Rick’s alter-ego Andrew Lincoln.
This week he revealed the favourite ever prank he has played on Andrew – which happened in Japan, during a press interview.
Norman revealed that he pretended to give Andrew the Japanese phrase for “Thank you for having me in your country?”, because his pal knew he spoke the language.
The actor explained: “[Andrew] sort of repeats it a couple times. Then before he starts, [he says]: ‘Wait, I just want to say one thing…’ and he says it with such passion…
“They’re all looking at him like, ‘What the f***?’. [Andrew] goes, ‘What the f*** did I just say?’
“And I said, ‘Where’s the toilet?’ That was my favourite one. That’s kinda what kicked it all off. There was a whole room full of people!”
And they had their minds blown after bosses confirmed that The Walking Dead it shares its universe with another hit series, Breaking Bad.
But a shadow hangs over series eight as stuntman John Bernecker tragically died during filming in July after falling from a balcony on to a concrete floor.
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