The first trailer for season 8 of AMC's The Walking Dead has arrived online. The popular zombie series has presented its characters with all sorts of horrors over the years, the least of which was surviving the zombie apocalypse itself. It turns out, after years of fighting and defending themselves and their homes, Rick Grimes' (Andrew Lincoln) group of survivors finally found their match: Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). After spending the entirety of last season under his thumb, the group managed to ally themselves with like-minded survivors and stood up against Negan and his reign of terror.
The culmination of the events that transpired throughout the back-half of season 7 finally came to a head in the seventh season finale, "The First Day of the Rest of Your Life", in which the townspeople of Alexandria fought alongside the Kingdom and the Hilltop against Negan and his Saviors, who had aligned themselves with the Scavengers. Needless to say, all bets were off at that point, and the upcoming action-packed Walking Dead season 8 will see how those events affect the group going forward.
Fans of the series are anxiously awaiting to find out how the events of last season's finale unfold throughout the next season, which some cast members have heralded as their best season yet, and today, those fans have been given a glimpse as to what to expect. AMC debuted the first trailer for The Walking Dead season 8 during their Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2017 this afternoon, which featured several members of the main cast as well as the series' showrunner and executive producers. You can watch the trailer in the section above.
The trailer, as well as the cast and crew's appearance at SDCC, comes just over one week after tragedy struck the show's set. Last week, one of the show's stuntmen, John Bernecker, had died following an on-set accident in which he suffered head injuries. The accident prompted the network to temporarily shut down production, though production on The Walking Dead season 8 has since resumed.
The upcoming season 8 premiere of the network's flagship post-apocalyptic drama marks the show's 100th episode, seven years after its series premiere in October 2010. Despite its ratings having tumbled of late, the TV series has remained one of the most popular shows on television, and it's currently the dominating series when it comes to social media engagement. However, there's no denying that it's questionable choices and divisive plot points have generated uproar among certain audiences over the years, and that's something that may or may not continue going forward. We'll just have to wait and see.
The Walking Dead returns for season 8 on Sunday, October 22.