With a Rick Grimes vs. Negan face-off graphic, AMC announced Wednesday that Season 8 and the 100th episode of the zombie apocalypse blockbuster will hit the air on October 22. Along with that date, the cabler released key art for both TWD and spinoff Fear The Walking Dead. Both Robert Kirkman executive produced shows have big Hall H panels on July 21.
Today’s announcement and key art unveiling comes just two days after TWD resumed production on its eighth season following the on-set death of stuntman John Bernecker on July 12.
With TWD cast flying in and out of SDCC quickly this year, the revealing of the new season premiere date is a departure for the AMC series. In past years, the new debut date has been made public along with a new trailer at the actual Hall H panel.
The Walking Dead panel will feature stars Andrew Lincoln, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Lennie James, Seth Gilliam, Alanna Masterson, Khary Payton and Chandler Riggs, and they will be joined by EPs Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero and David Alpert as well as showrunner Scott Gimple and creator Robert Kirkman.
Hurd, Alpert, Nicotero and Kirkman are all confirmed for the Fear panel. They will be joined by departing showrunner David Erickson as well as key cast Kim Dickens, Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Colman Domingo, Mercedes Mason, Sam Underwood, Daniel Sharman and Michael Greyeyes.