The Walking Dead star Chandler Riggs praises the script for the premiere episode of season 8. The Walking Dead returns this fall for an eighth season, promising fans plenty of guts, gore and high drama yet again. The show remains the highest-rated series on television, despite some dips in viewership in season 7, thanks to a relentlessly gloomy tone, the separation of the core group that fans have followed since season 1, and of course, the shockingly brutal violence. While the show has never shied away from showing all the horror of a zombie apocalypse, season 7 featured some ultra-violent scenes thanks to Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and his barbed-wire-wrapped baseball bat.
Despite these issues, fans are already getting excited to see what happens in season 8 of the show, as all-out war is declared, and things get even more intense. The trailer for the upcoming season is expected to be revealed at this year's SDCC, but today a tiny hint at what's to come has been teased, thanks to one of the stars of the show.
Riggs, who plays Carl Grimes on the show, took to Twitter today after reading the script for the season 8 premiere, and the actor has only good things to say about the episode.
just finished reading 801 of twd and oooo man it's good
— chandler riggs (@chandlerriggs) April 19, 2017
Carl Grimes has been a character on the show since the first season, and a somewhat divisive one. Since the series began, he has become increasingly hardened and violent (like most of the survivors), and has started to exhibit somewhat sadistic tendencies in recent seasons. Although he has managed to survive so far, he hasn't come through the show unscathed, as he was shot and lost an eye, leaving him with a gruesome socket that he usually keeps covered.
Despite being one of the more annoying characters for many fans, Carl has developed hugely since the show began, and it will be fascinating to see how the all-out war teased for season 8 impacts this teen survivor. Increasingly violent and sadistic, this may be the season that he becomes a true killer, no longer feeling the kind of remorse that he did when forced to kill in the past.
Of course, this tweet doesn't give any details away, and only hints at a drama-heavy premiere, which is the norm for the series. The Walking Dead is known for high drama at the start and end of a season, with slower periods in the middle, so it's not surprising that one of the stars would portray the premiere as incredibly dramatic. Still, it's fantastic to see this kind of excitement, and this also means that the season should start filming soon, so that more details can be expected to follow.
The Walking Dead returns for Season 8 in fall 2017.