According to The Hollywood Reporter, the zombie drama on AMC is shutting down its production on the current batch of episodes temporarily while Irma, now technically a tropical storm, comes through the state and causes whatever damage that it’s going to inflict. This is a storm that has already torn through Florida and much of the Caribbean (including hitting Antigua and Barbuda where some of our family lives), leaving unspeakable damage in its wake. There is no immediate timetable for when filming will resume, but this is the second time this season that there has been a work stoppage on the show. The first came following the death of stuntman John Bernecker earlier this year. Everyone remaining in Georgia here will have a chance to weather this storm, and then find their way back to work. For the record, two of the other big productions in Georgia, Marvel’s The Avengers: Infinity War and Ant-Man & the Wasp, have also taken a break in filming so that everyone can be safe. As much as we love television (and if you are a long time reader of CarterMatt, you know how much we do), we are glad that everyone is taking precautions and keeping safe. Things can be replaced, but not people.
In the end, this is one of those times where you do really need to remember that The Walking Dead, scary and creepy and entertaining as it can be sometimes, is ultimately just a television show. There are obviously more important things that are out there in the world and incidents like Hurricane Irma help to put that into perspective. Hopefully you have a chance to find a way to give back to the cause somehow, and recognize that there are many people hurting across America. Hopefully, those affected by the storm will have a chance to move forward and rebuild. Strange as it may seem, television (including a show as ridiculous as The Walking Dead) can still be very beneficial in assisting with the healing process. In general, this has been a scary, dangerous summer/early fall for everyone in hurricane country, and we wish we could say that it’s completely over.
The Walking Dead season 8 will premiere in October, and we do not anticipate this delay having any impact whatsoever on the show’s airing schedule. We have to think that when AMC plots out their schedule for most of the shows, they do so well aware that more than likely not everything is going to go according to plan. There are always a few unexpected events that happen, but in this case they’ve been more tragic and of greater enormity than usual.
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