The Walking Dead (season 8)

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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] split into two eight-episode parts, with the second part debuting on February 25, 2018.[3]

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 for the fifth consecutive season. The eighth season has received mostly positive reviews.

This season adapts the "All Out War" story arc from the comics, with the survivors of the Alexandria Safe-Zone, the Hilltop, the Kingdom, and later the Scavengers taking on Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and the Saviors.[4]

The Walking Dead (season 8)
Walking Dead S8 Poster
Promotional poster
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 8
Original network AMC
Original release October 22, 2017 – present
Season chronology


Main cast

Walking Dead Season 8 SDCC
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 former 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.
  • Xander Berkeley as Gregory, the selfish and hypocritical leader of the Hilltop whose influence diminished with Maggie's prominence.
  • Khary Payton as King Ezekiel, the charismatic leader of the Kingdom who allies with Rick against the Saviors.
  • Steven Ogg as Simon, a former mortgage broker and Negan's ruthless second-in-command.[5]
  • Katelyn Nacon as Enid, a former member of Alexandria who moved to Hilltop to be with Maggie, and has formed a relationship with Carl.[5]
  • Pollyanna McIntosh as Jadis, the deceptive leader of the Scavengers who betrayed Rick's group, and maintains a neutral stance in the war.[5]

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.
  • Mandi Christine Kerr as Barbara, resident of Alexandria.
  • Ted Huckabee as Bruce, resident and member of Alexandria's construction.

The Hilltop

  • James Chen as Kal, a guard of the Hilltop.
  • Peter Zimmerman as Eduardo, a guard of the Hilltop and soldier of the Hilltop's militia.
  • Karen Ceesay as Bertie, a resident of the Hilltop and soldier of the Hilltop's militia.
  • Jeremy Palko as Andy, a resident of the Hilltop and soldier of the Hilltop's militia.
  • Brett Gentile as Freddie, a resident of the Hilltop and soldier of the Hilltop's militia.
  • R. Keith Harris as Harlan Carson, is the doctor of the Hilltop, who was captured by Simon in the previous season.

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.
  • Mike Seal as Gary, one of Negan's top lieutenants.
  • Lindsley Register as Laura, 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 Alden, a member of the Saviors who surrenders to Jesus at the satellite station outpost.
  • Lindsey Garrett as Mara, a Savior 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, a Savior who manages Gavin's weapons base.
  • Ciera L. Payton as Zia, a Savior whom Rosita and Michonne encounter at a supply warehouse.
  • Adam Cronan as Leo, a Savior whom Rosita and Michonne encounter at a supply warehouse.
  • Chloe Aktas as Tanya, one of Negan's wives.
  • Adam Fristoe as Dean, a savior who tried to kill Jesus.

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.
  • Jason Burkey as Kevin, a resident of the Kingdom.
  • 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.


  • Avi Nash as Siddiq, a mysterious vagabond survivor who befriends Carl.


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.[6] Production began on April 25, 2017, in Atlanta, Georgia.[7] On July 12, 2017, production was shut down after stuntman John Bernecker was killed, after falling more than 20 feet onto a concrete floor.[8] Production resumed on July 17.[9]

The season premiere, which also serves as the series' milestone 100th episode, was directed by executive producer Greg Nicotero.[10]

In November 2017, it was announced that Lennie James who portrays Morgan Jones, would be leaving The Walking Dead after the conclusion of this season, and he will join the cast of the spin-off series Fear the Walking Dead.[11]


No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
100 1 "Mercy" Greg Nicotero Scott M. Gimple October 22, 2017 11.44[12]
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. The group attacks the Sanctuary, taking down its fences and flooding the compound with walkers. With the Sanctuary defaced, everyone leaves except Gabriel, who reluctantly stays to save Gregory, but is left behind when 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 8.92[13]
Rick's forces split into separate parties to attack several of the Saviors' outposts, during which many members of the group are killed; Eric is critically injured and rushed away by Aaron. Jesus stops Tara and Morgan from executing a group of surrendered Saviors. While clearing an outpost with Daryl, Rick is confronted and held at gunpoint by Morales, a survivor he met in the initial Atlanta camp, who is now with the Saviors.
102 3 "Monsters" Greg Nicotero Matthew Negrete & Channing Powell November 5, 2017 8.52[14]
Daryl finds Morales threatening Rick and kills him; the duo then pursue a group of Saviors who are transporting weapons 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 Tara and Morgan's objections, Jesus leads the group of surrendered Saviors to Hilltop. 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 8.69[15]
Ezekiel's group is overwhelmed by the Saviors, who kill all of them except for Ezekiel himself and Jerry. Carol clears the inside of the compound, killing all but two Saviors, who almost escape, but are eventually caught by Rick and Daryl. En route to the Kingdom, Ezekiel, Jerry, and Carol are surrounded by walkers, but Shiva sacrifices herself to save them. The trio returns to the Kingdom, where Ezekiel's confidence in himself as a leader has diminished.
104 5 "The Big Scary U" Michael E. Satrazemis Story by : Scott M. Gimple & David Leslie Johnson & Angela Kang
Teleplay by : David Leslie Johnson & Angela Kang
November 19, 2017 7.85[16]
After confessing their sins to each other, Gabriel and Negan manage to escape from the trailer. Simon and the other lieutenants grow suspicious of each other, knowing that Rick’s forces must have inside information. The workers in the Sanctuary become increasingly frustrated with their living conditions; a riot nearly ensues, until Negan returns and restores order. Gabriel is locked in a cell, where Eugene discovers him sick and suffering. Meanwhile, Rick and Daryl argue over how to take out the Saviors, leading Daryl to abandon Rick.
105 6 "The King, the Widow, and Rick" John Polson Angela Kang & Corey Reed November 26, 2017 8.28[17]
Rick visits Jadis in hopes of convincing her to turn against Negan; Jadis refuses and locks Rick in a shipping container. Carl encounters Siddiq in the woods and recruits him to Alexandria. Daryl and Tara plot to deviate from Rick’s plans by destroying the Sanctuary. Ezekiel isolates himself at the Kingdom, where Carol tries to encourage him to be the leader his people need. Maggie has the group of captured Saviors placed in a holding area and forces Gregory to join them as punishment for betraying Hilltop.
106 7 "Time for After" Larry Teng Matthew Negrete & Corey Reed December 3, 2017 7.47[18]
After learning of Dwight's association with Rick's group, Eugene affirms his loyalty to Negan and outlines a plan to get rid of the walkers surrounding the Sanctuary. With help from Morgan and Tara, Daryl drives a truck through the Sanctuary’s walls, flooding its interior with walkers, killing many Saviors. Rick finally convinces Jadis and the Scavengers to align with him, and they plan to have the Saviors surrender. However, when they arrive at the Sanctuary, Rick is horrified to see the breached walls and no sign of the walker herd.
107 8 "How It's Gotta Be" Michael E. Satrazemis David Leslie Johnson & Angela Kang December 10, 2017 7.89[19]
Eugene's plan allows the Saviors to escape, and separately, the Saviors waylay the Alexandria, Hilltop, and Kingdom forces. The Scavengers abandon Rick, leading him to return to Alexandria. Ezekiel ensures that the Kingdom residents are able to escape before locking himself in the community with the Saviors. Negan attacks Alexandria, but Carl devises a plan to allow the Alexandria residents escape into the sewers, which ends up exposing Dwight as a traitor to the Saviors. Carl appears to have been bitten while escorting Siddiq to Alexandria.


The first trailer for the season was released on July 21, 2017, at San Diego Comic-Con.[20]


Critical response

The eighth season of The Walking Dead has received mostly positive reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the season holds a score of 69% with an average rating of 6.86 out of 10, based on 14 reviews, and an average episode score of 67%. The site's critical consensus reads: "The Walking Dead's eighth season energizes its characters with some much-needed angst and action, though it's still occasionally choppy and lacking forward-moving plot progression."[21]

The Walking Dead (season 8): Critical reception by episode
  • Season 8 (2017–18): Percentage of positive reviews tracked by the website Rotten Tomatoes[21]


No. Title Air date Rating/share
DVR viewers
Total viewers
1 "Mercy" October 22, 2017 5.0 11.44[12] 2.2 4.28 7.2 15.74[22]
2 "The Damned" October 29, 2017 4.0 8.92[13] 2.0 4.16 6.0 13.10[23]
3 "Monsters" November 5, 2017 3.8 8.52[14] 2.2 4.47 6.0 13.01[24]
4 "Some Guy" November 12, 2017 3.9 8.69[15] 1.8 3.66 5.7 12.36[25]1
5 "The Big Scary U" November 19, 2017 3.4 7.85[16] N/A N/A N/A N/A
6 "The King, the Widow, and Rick" November 26, 2017 3.6 8.28[17] 2.1 4.44 5.7 12.73[26]
7 "Time for After" December 3, 2017 3.3 7.47[18] 1.9 4.15 5.2 11.63[27]
8 "How It's Gotta Be" December 10, 2017 3.4 7.89[19] 2.0 4.23 5.4 12.13[28]

^1 Live +7 ratings were not available, so Live +3 ratings have been used instead.


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