Back in July, John Bernecker died after falling on set during production of the eighth season of AMC’s The Walking Dead. Bernecker was an accomplished stuntman whose contributed to many recent projects, including Marvel’s Black Panther, Rampage, The Fate of the Furious, and Logan, as well as Jordan Peele’s mystery thriller Get Out. Other credits include Olympus Has Fallen, The Hunger Games, The Last Witch Hunter, Goosebumps, and True Detective.
On Sunday, Bernecker will be honored during the Emmy Awards ceremony. Bernecker’s mother, Susan Sherlock-Bernecker received an invitation to attend the event, on behalf of her son. On having her son receive this posthumous honor, Sherlock-Bernecker was touched:
“I’ve never heard of them doing that for a stunt guy, you know. It’s usually the big actors. And she goes, ‘Oh no, we loved him.’ And I said, ‘You too?’
Bernecker’s memory will be honored during the Primetime Emmy Awards, which will be telecast live at 5 p.m. PST on CBS on Sunday September 17, 2017. Meanwhile, here is the synopsis for the upcoming season of The Walking Dead:
Last season, Rick Grimes and his group of survivors were confronted with their deadliest challenge yet. With the comfort of Alexandria, they let their guard down, only to be reminded how brutal the world they live in can be.
Feeling powerless under Negan’s rules and demands, Rick advocated the group play along. But seeing that Negan couldn’t be reasoned with, Rick began rallying together other communities affected by the Saviors. And with the support of the Hilltop and Kingdom, they finally have enough fire power to contest the Saviors.
This season, Rick brings “All Out War” to Negan and his forces. The Saviors are larger, better-equipped, and ruthless — but Rick and the unified communities are fighting for the promise of a brighter future. The battle lines are drawn as they launch into a kinetic, action-packed offensive.
Up until now, survival has been the focus of Rick and our group, but it’s not enough. They have to fight to take back their freedom so that they can live. So that they can rebuild. As with any battle, there will be losses. Casualties. But with Rick leading the Alexandrian forces, Maggie leading the Hilltop, and King Ezekiel leading the Kingdom — Negan and the Saviors’ grip on this world may finally be coming to an end.
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The Walking Dead stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Lennie James, Sonequa Martin-Green, Alanna Masterson, Christian Serratos, Josh McDermitt, Seth Gilliam, Ross Marquand, Austin Nichols, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Tom Payne, Austin Amelio, Xander Berkeley, Pollyanna McIntosh, Steven Ogg, and Katelyn Nacon.
The Walking Dead returns on October 22, 2017 only on AMC.