For those wondering how long The Walking Dead season 8 would stop filming following the death of stuntman John Bernecker, here’s your answer.
As confirmed in a new report over at Deadline, production has started back on the zombie drama in the Atlanta area, four days after it was first shut down following Bernecker’s injury. He was confirmed dead in the days that followed; you can read statements from some of the cast and producers of the show over at the link here.
It was assumed that at some point the show would go on, but this news hardly means that the investigation into what happened with Bernecker is over. SAG-AFTRA has already launched their own investigation, and the same goes for OSHA. There are multiple separate parties are all looking into this, and we hope that no matter what is found, even more steps can be taken to prevent further accidents. Deaths of stuntmen working on TV are extremely rare, but losing any life is still too much, and nobody would argue with that. There’s always something more that can be done. We know that the people in Atlanta are going to be working hard and with as much care as possible in order to make sure that the environment for everyone involved is a stable and safe one. The thing to remember here is that Bernecker wasn’t just a colleague for many of these people; he was a friend, and they’re in mourning over this and will likely be for some time.
New episodes of The Walking Dead are still set to premiere this fall, and the production shutdown does not seem to have any impact on what is going on with AMC’s programming. Meanwhile, there is also no indication that the investigation or Bernecker’s death will impact the cast and producers going to San Diego Comic-Con, though it is assumed that this will be discussed there (and it should be, being that this was a horrible moment but one of great import).
Once again, our thoughts do go out to Bernecker and his family still during what has to be a very difficult time for them. Hopefully, they realize how much he was loved by the sheer number of tributes that are coming out.
For now, we advise that you just head over to the link here in the event that you do receive some further coverage when it comes to The Walking Dead. (Photo: AMC.)