The Walking Dead’s mid-season 8 premiere airs Sunday night, and here’s how to watch it. While AMC’s apocalyptic drama isn’t quite as massively popular as it once was, The Walking Dead remains one of those shows that it’s almost essential to experience live. Whether revealed accidentally or purposefully by a troll, Walking Dead spoilers seem to make their way online almost immediately after each new episode airs, threatening to ruin big happenings for anyone unfortunate enough to tune in late.
Despite this status as a perennial conduit for social media discussion, it would be disingenuous to talk about TWD without mentioning its ongoing ratings woes. The last few seasons have seen Walking Dead’s numbers enter a downward spiral, and it’s long past the point where that trend could be dismissed as an aberration. The question now is whether The Walking Dead can turn things around, and begin to build its fanbase back up. After all, AMC has expressed a desire to keep the TWD franchise on its roster for years to come. Season 8’s mid-premiere airs Sunday, February 23 at 9/8c, and represents an opportunity for the once-dominant series to try and right the ship. For those looking to tune in live, there are a variety of ways available to do so.
In the United States: The most obvious way to watch The Walking Dead in the US is to watch the show live on AMC, or on-demand later on the AMC app. Cord-cutters can still watch, though, as there are several other ways to access AMC online. DirectTV Now, PlayStation Vue, and Youtube TV all offer AMC as part of their standard internet-based TV packages, which range from $30-40 per month. Sling TV also offers AMC as part of both its $20 Sling Orange and $25 Sling Blue tiers. Notably, Hulu Live does not offer AMC. Those not wanting to subscribe to a service can buy ongoing next-day access to Season 8 episodes on either Amazon or iTunes for a one-time fee of $42.99.
In Canada: The Walking Dead airs live on AMC in Canada as well. Regrettably, there are fewer online viewing options for The Walking Dead compared to the US, but iTunes does offer Canadian users the same one-time purchase option for the entirety of Season 8. On the postive side, the price for the iTunes pass in Canada is actually slightly less than the US price at $39.99.
In the United Kingdom: The Walking Dead airs live on FOX across the pond, but the catch is that it’s a day later than in the US, meaning the return premiere’s on Monday, February 26. The iTunes Season 8 pass option also applies to the UK as well, priced at £29.99. Those without a TV subscription can also watch TWD Season 8 live using the Now TV online service, which includes FOX in its 11-channel Entertainment Pass for a monthly fee of £7.99.
After a half season full of gory deaths, unfortunate casualties, and desperate battles for survival, the all-out war between Rick’s makeshift army and Negan’s Saviors kicks back into high gear on Sunday. Can Carl be saved? No, probably not. But that doesn’t mean he has to die in vain. Watch yourself Negan, because a grieving Rick is a dangerous Rick.
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