The Walking Dead (season 8)

Last updated on 19 November 2017

The eighth season of The Walking Dead, an American post-apocalyptic horror television series on AMC, premiered on October 22, 2017,[1] and will consist of 16 episodes.[2] Developed for television by Frank Darabont, the series is based on the eponymous series of comic books by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard. The executive producers are Kirkman, David Alpert, Scott M. Gimple, Greg Nicotero, Tom Luse, and Gale Anne Hurd, with Gimple as showrunner. This season adapts the All Out War story arc from the comics, with the survivors of the Alexandria Safe-Zone, the Hilltop Colony, and the Kingdom taking on Negan and the Saviors.[3]

The Walking Dead (season 8)
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Promotional poster
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 4
Original network AMC
Original release October 22, 2017 (2017-10-22) – present (present)
Season chronology


Main cast

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The primary characters of the eighth season include (from left to right): Rick, Carol, Morgan, Daryl, Carl, Enid, Rosita, Tara, Michonne, Gabriel, Aaron, Maggie, Jesus, Gregory, Shiva, Ezekiel, Jadis, Eugene, Simon, Dwight, and Negan

The eighth season features twenty series regulars overall. For this season, Katelyn Nacon, Khary Payton, Steven Ogg, and Pollyanna McIntosh were promoted to series regular status, after previously having recurring roles, while Seth Gilliam and Ross Marquand were added to the opening credits.


Also starring

  • Austin Amelio as Dwight, a ruthless subordinate of Negan who now works for Rick as a double agent against the Saviors.
  • Tom Payne as Paul "Jesus" Rovia, a scout for the Hilltop Colony.
  • Xander Berkeley as Gregory, the selfish and hypocritical leader of the Hilltop Colony whose influence diminished with Maggie's prominence.
  • Khary Payton as Ezekiel, the charismatic leader of the Kingdom who allies with Rick against the Saviors.
  • Steven Ogg as Simon, Negan's psychopathic right-hand man.[4]
  • Katelyn Nacon as Enid, a former member of Alexandria who moved to Hilltop to be with Maggie, and has formed a relationship with Carl.[4]
  • Pollyanna McIntosh as Jadis, the nihilist leader of the Scavengers who betrayed Rick and the group, and is affiliated with Negan.[4]

Supporting cast

Alexandria Safe-Zone

  • Jason Douglas as Tobin, the foreman of Alexandria's construction crew and member of Rick's militia.
  • Jordan Woods-Robinson as Eric Raleigh, Aaron's boyfriend and his former recruiting partner, who is now a member of Rick's militia.
  • Kenric Green as Scott, a supply runner in Alexandria and member of Rick's militia.
  • Dahlia Legault as Francine, a member of Alexandria's construction crew and member of Rick's militia.

The Hilltop Colony

  • James Chen as Kal, a guard of the Hilltop Colony.
  • Peter Zimmerman as Eduardo, a guard of the Hilltop Colony and soldier of the Hilltop's militia.
  • Karen Ceesay as Bertie, a resident of the Hilltop Colony and soldier of the Hilltop's militia.
  • Jeremy Palko as Andy, a resident of the Hilltop Colony and soldier of the Hilltop's militia.
  • Brett Gentile as Freddie, a resident of the Hilltop Colony and soldier of the Hilltop's militia.

The Saviors

  • Jayson Warner Smith as Gavin, one of Negan's top lieutenants, who leads the weapons base.
  • Traci Dinwiddie as Regina, one of Negan's top lieutenants.
  • Elizabeth Ludlow as Arat, one of Negan's top lieutenants.
  • Juan Pareja as Morales, a survivor from Rick's original Atlanta camp who joined the Saviors.
  • Joshua Mikel as Jared, Benjamin's killer, and a hostile member of the Saviors who antagonizes Morgan.
  • Callan McAuliffe as Dillon, a member of the Saviors who surrenders to Jesus at the satellite station outpost.
  • Lindsey Garrett as Mara, one of Negan's top lieutenants, who guards one of many outposts.
  • Lee Norris as Todd, a timid member of the Saviors who works at the same outpost as Mara.
  • Whitmer Thomas as Gunther, a member of the Saviors who tortures Ezekiel.
  • Charles Halford as Yago, one of Negan's top lieutenants, who manages Gavin's weapons base.

The Kingdom

  • Cooper Andrews as Jerry, Ezekiel's loyal and good-natured bodyguard.
  • Kerry Cahill as Dianne, one of Ezekiel's top soldiers and a skilled archer.
  • Daniel Newman as Daniel, one of Ezekiel's top soldiers.
  • Carlos Navarro as Alvaro, one of Ezekiel's top soldiers.
  • Macsen Lintz as Henry, a resident of the Kingdom and younger brother of the deceased Benjamin.
  • Nadine Marissa as Nabila, a resident and gardener of the Kingdom.

The Scavengers

  • Sabrina Gennarino as Tamiel, a leading member of the Scavengers.
  • Thomas Francis Murphy as Brion, a leading member of the Scavengers.


The Walking Dead was renewed by AMC for a 16-episode eighth season on October 16, 2016,[2] and that same month it was reported that Maria Bello would have a role on the show.[5] Production began on April 25, 2017, in Atlanta, Georgia.[6] On July 12, 2017, production was shut down after stuntman John Bernecker was killed, after falling more than 20 feet onto a concrete floor.[7] Production resumed on July 17.[8]

The season premiere, which also serves as the series' milestone 100th episode, was directed by executive producer Greg Nicotero.[9]


No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
100 1 "Mercy" Greg Nicotero Scott M. Gimple October 22, 2017 (2017-10-22) 11.44[10]
Rick, Maggie and Ezekiel rally their communities together to take down Negan. Gregory attempts to have the Hilltop residents side with Negan, but they all firmly stand behind Maggie. Using a large herd of walkers to their advantage, the group attacks the Sanctuary, taking down the fences and flooding the compound with walkers. With the Sanctuary defaced, Rick, Maggie, and Ezekiel's groups leave the compound while Gabriel reluctantly saves Gregory; Gabriel is left behind after Gregory abandons him. Surrounded by walkers, Gabriel hides in a trailer, where he is trapped inside with Negan.
101 2 "The Damned" Rosemary Rodriguez Matthew Negrete & Channing Powell October 29, 2017 (2017-10-29) 8.92[11]
Rick's forces split into separate parties to attack several of the Saviors' outposts, during which many members of the group are killed, including Andy, Freddie and Francine; Eric is critically injured and rushed away by Aaron. Jesus stops Tara and Morgan from executing a group of surrendered Saviors, which includes Jared. While searching a Savior outpost for M2 Browning machine guns with Daryl, Rick is confronted and held at gunpoint by Morales, a survivor he met long ago in the initial Atlanta camp who is now with the Saviors.
102 3 "Monsters" Greg Nicotero Matthew Negrete & Channing Powell November 5, 2017 (2017-11-05) 8.52[12]
Daryl finds Morales threatening Rick and shoots him dead; the duo then pursue a group of Saviors who are transporting the machine guns to another outpost. Gregory returns to Hilltop, and after a heated argument, Maggie ultimately allows him back in the community. Eric dies from his injuries, leaving Aaron distraught. Despite Morgan's objections, Tara and Jesus lead the group of captured Saviors to Hilltop, where Jesus convinces Maggie to hold them prisoner. Ezekiel's group attacks another Savior compound, during which several Kingdommers are shot while protecting Ezekiel.
103 4 "Some Guy" Dan Liu David Leslie Johnson November 12, 2017 (2017-11-12) 8.69[13]
Ezekiel's group is ambushed by Saviors wielding the M2 Browning machine guns; every soldier in the group is killed except for Ezekiel himself and Jerry. Carol clears the inside of the compound, but two Saviors escape with the guns; their getaway is ultimately foiled by Rick and Daryl. As Ezekiel, Jerry, and Carol head back to the Kingdom, they are surrounded by walkers; Shiva appears and sacrifices herself to save her master. The trio return to the Kingdom, where Ezekiel's confidence in himself as a leader has diminished.
104 5 "The Big Scary U"[14] TBA TBA November 19, 2017 (2017-11-19) TBD
105 6 "The King, the Widow, and Rick"[15] TBA TBA November 26, 2017 (2017-11-26) TBD
106 7 "Time for After"[16] TBA TBA December 3, 2017 (2017-12-03) TBD
107 8 "How It's Gotta Be"[17] TBA TBA December 10, 2017 (2017-12-10) TBD


The first trailer for the season was released on July 21, 2017, at San Diego Comic-Con.[18]



No. Title Air date Rating/share
DVR viewers
Total viewers
1 "Mercy" October 22, 2017 5.0 11.44[10] 2.2 4.28 7.2 15.74[19]
2 "The Damned" October 29, 2017 4.0 8.92[11] 2.0 4.16 6.0 13.10[20]
3 "Monsters" November 5, 2017 3.8 8.52[12] 2.2 4.47 6.0 13.01[21]
4 "Some Guy" November 12, 2017 3.9 8.69[13] TBD TBD TBD TBD
5 "The Big Scary U" November 19, 2017 TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
6 "The King, the Widow, and Rick" November 26, 2017 TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
7 "Time for After" December 3, 2017 TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
8 "How It's Gotta Be" December 10, 2017 TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD


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