‘Walking Dead’ sets stage for war… and an elderly Rick

SAN DIEGO: Hit zombie series The Walking Dead thrilled fans Friday with a preview of the all-out war to come between Rick’s people and the malevolent Saviors in the hotly-anticipated eighth season.
US network AMC debuted a five-minute trailer at San Diego Comic-Con showing Saviours leader Negan (played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan) in full swagger before cutting to all the major characters readying their weapons and troops to take him down once and for all.
There was the usual feast of explosions, guns, hand-to-hand combat, and zombies with axes in their heads – along with a thrilling cameo by King Ezekiel’s CGI tiger.
Intriguingly, the teaser ended with an older, greyer version of Rick waking up in a hospital bed with a walking stick by his side, implying a huge leap forward in the narrative – or perhaps just a dramatic dream sequence.
There were rousing speeches from Rick (Andrew Lincoln), Maggie (Lauren Cohan), and Ezekiel (Khary Payton), perhaps presaging a brighter future for the embattled apocalypse survivors.
“With everything we’ve beat, everything we’ve endured, everything we’ve risen above, everything we’ve become – no matter what comes next – we’ve won. We’ve already won,” says Rick.
Series co-creator Robert Kirkman, the man behind the comics on which the show is based, said he’d counted six explosions in the trailer alone.
“We have all kinds of great stuff planned. Our next season will be very action-packed and very fast-paced,” he told a packed 6,500-capacity Hall H at the San Diego Convention Center.
Kirkman and his fellow executive producers were joined on stage by numerous cast members, including Melissa McBride, Lennie James, Chandler Riggs, Danai Gurira, Morgan, Cohan, and Payton.


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