The Walking Dead Cast Confirms This Season Will Have "Big Deaths"

Photo: Gene Page/AMC.
Season 8 of The Walking Dead will be even more explosive than before, and that's not an exaggeration — the cast all agree that this season is going to be about the action.
Father Gabriel, played by Seth Gilliam, tells Entertainment Weekly, "[this season is] like a Schwarzenegger versus Stallone action thing from the ’80s. I think there are, like, 10 explosions an episode. Every time you turn around, somebody’s shooting something or blowing something up. There’s some serious action that I don’t think we’ve seen on television since The A-Team went off the air."
When we last left the scrappy band of survivors, the powder keg of Rick and Negan's communities are finally lit, and the two factions explode into all-out war. And with these two loose cannons leading the charge, it can only mean that someone is going to die.
Advertisement
Indeed, showrunner Scott Gimple, who is returning for season 8, confirms that there will be deaths, even if the body count isn't necessarily at massacre level. "There are some big deaths this season, but I think they’ll possibly catch people by surprise." The Walking Dead is notoriously tight-lipped and fiercely protective of the set from spoilers, so we won't even try to speculate — but things are not looking good for Rick.
Despite the deaths that will probably ruin us for days, the cast offers assurances that the action will be worth it. "We’ve been knocked clear off our feet," says Danai Gurira, who plays Michonne, Rick's girlfriend. Austin Amelio, who plays Dwight, says "It’s a f —ing in-your-face action-packed IV of adrenaline. Season 7 was the ramp-up and now this is the blastoff. The stuff that’s happening is insane!" It sounds like the cast is just as excited for season 8 as the rest of us.
The Walking Dead returns to AMC on October 22.
Advertisement

More from TV

Watch

R29 Original Series

Watch Now
Documentary
Five love stories behind diverse, multicultural marriages.
Watch Now
Lifestyle
Life experiments, 5 days at a time.
Watch Now
Fashion
The style of subculture.
Watch Now
Beauty
Viral trends, tried and tested.
Watch Now
Documentary
From vibrators to lipstick, learn how your favorite products are made.
Watch Now
Documentary
Extraordinary, one-of-a-kind individuals
Watch Now
Documentary
The latest stories to watch.
Watch Now
Lifestyle
Inside the homes of millennial women — & what they paid for them
Watch Now
Comedy
Let's talk about sex, baby.
Watch Now
Documentary
Female artisans around the world
Watch Now
Politics
Made by and for smart, opinionated women.
Watch Now
Film
We helped 12 female directors claim their power.