AMC has just unveiled the first The Walking Dead season 8 synopsis, and they are really leading off with the “All Out War” storyline! This comes via the comics, so it makes some sense for them to want to make sure casual fans as well as fans of the source material both know it’s coming.
Without further ado, let’s go ahead and share the official Walking Dead season 8 synopsis with all of you reading here at CarterMatt:
“This season, Rick brings “All Out War” to Negan and his forces. The Saviors are larger, better-equipped, and ruthless — but Rick and the unified communities are fighting for the promise of a brighter future. The battle lines are drawn as they launch into a kinetic, action-packed offensive.
“Up until now, survival has been the focus of Rick and our group, but it’s not enough. They have to fight to take back their freedom so that they can live. So that they can rebuild. As with any battle, there will be losses. Casualties. But with Rick leading the Alexandrian forces, Maggie leading the Hilltop, and King Ezekiel leading the Kingdom — Negan and the Saviors’ grip on this world may finally be coming to an end.”
Are there any real surprises in this synopsis? We wouldn’t say that much, but we do like the show is specifically designating Maggie as the leader of the Hilltop after seeing both her story and her character evolve so much over the course of the seventh season. Another surprise? Seeing that the Saviors are somehow even larger, given that we don’t exactly know where Negan is able to go to grow his new members. Even if he considers the Scavengers a part of their army now, he Negan would be a real idiot to trust them. As soon as someone offers Jadis and her crew a bigger, better deal, she’ll run towards that horizon as fast as humanly possible.
The main implication from this synopsis
The show won’t wait all that long to throw us into the next battle. The thing that has made us the most nervous about season 8 is the notion that The Walking Dead will do what they often do: Give you one episode where a lot of cool and super-crazy stuff happens, and then make you sift through a bunch of largely-uneventful episodes while waiting to get to that next big milestone for our group. We do like the slower, softer installments if there is some real moment of resonance, but there were two or three clear misses last season that could’ve just been combined into other stories. “The Grove” still remains our #1 example of an isolated episode done right, and it’s somewhat sad how few surviving characters there are from it at this point.
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