When The Walking Dead returns this fall for its eighth season it will also mark the AMC series’ 100th episode. To helm the episode, the series looks to perhaps its most trusted and influential director.
ComicBook.com has revealed that executive producer, frequent episode director and special effects mastermind Greg Nicotero will direct the Season 8 Premiere. To date, Nicotero has directed an astonishing 20 episodes, in addition to overseeing the walker special effects make-up and other visual effects (like Shiva the tiger) since the very beginning.
Nicotero directed 5 of the 16 episodes in Season 7, including the season premiere “The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be,” which saw Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) murdering Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) and Glenn (Steven Yeun), and most recently, the season finale, “The First Day Of The Rest Of Your Life.” At this point, he is kind of their go-to guy for all of the big episodes, so it doesn’t really come as a shock that he would helm the monumental 100th episode, which will seemingly kick off the “All Out War” storyline of the Robert Kirkman comic series.
One person who is really excited for the Season 8 Premiere is Rick Grimes himself, series star Andrew Lincoln, who recently stated:
“This is not hyperbole. This is not a cynical act to try and amp up enthusiasm for the hundredth episode in season 8, but I am genuinely more excited about this next episode and the following 15 than I’ve ever been in my life. I can’t wait to get back.”
The Walking Dead showrunner Scott M. Gimple has made some big promises for the return, recently stated the following in teasing the show’s upcoming eighth season:
“It’s going to be bigger, more intense… this year, same thing. The first four episodes will melt people’s minds and break their televisions.”
The Walking Dead will return for its eighth season this fall on AMC.
10 Independent Comics Perfect For TV
I really don’t understand why so many great, independent comics are being ignored by Hollywood executives.
Marvel and DC dominated television in 2016 with the Arrowverse bringing the Legends of Tomorrow into the mix and Netflix adding both Jessica Jones and Luke Cage to their expanding list of original titles. Comic book films also did well in the box office last year, even if the critics weren’t always too happy, so it seems from an investment perspective comic book properties are still a good bet. Independent comics are full of characters and concepts that have the potential to become the next big thing. Fortunately, with Valiant’s recent announcement of an online Ninjak series and FX finally naming a show runner for their Y:The Last Man adaptation, it seems comic fans have a lot to look forward to in the years ahead.
Here’s a list of 10 more comics ripe for the silver screen. Click Next to start!