We aren’t sure about you, but we were massive fans of season 7 – at least – in the way it was possible to be fans of a season that took so much away with such violence. It’s The Walking Dead though, so it was expected, we didn’t complain about the gore that came alongside Negan, it’s part of his way of life. While those episodes were hard to watch, there were some that dug deeper into individual characters and their stories. During the season finale, it was clear why that happened – we had to know all the details to fit the pieces together.
However, some fans weren’t happy about the season because it ‘moved too slowly’. In a show like TWD – you won’t ever please anyone, but Scott Gimple does have something up his sleeve for season 8 and he shared that information with EW. There won’t be the episodes that divulge so deeply into one character and their story, instead, we’ll see how their stories impact the now – and each other.
“By virtue of the fact that the narrative has turned into one of pretty intense conflict, it’s going to affect the structure in ways that make it a bit more kinetic, a bit more breakneck — shifting away from entire stories in one episode, and sort of fractured over several episodes, with little pieces of each story coming together.”
He went on to talk about how he knew this change was going to happen as they were creating season 7.
“I remember talking about that with Angela Kang early on in season 7, because we knew the way that 7 was going to be structured, and we knew we wanted to mix it up in 8, and we knew what 8 was going to be and how that would dictate a very different kind of structure anyways. So, yeah, things are going to move, and possibly not have the kind of deep dives into characters in single episodes, but rather laying out the pieces as we go on.”
We enjoy learning more about the characters and what made them who they are, but we do join the ranks in our excitement about seeing more of how those backstories, the critical moments, have influenced the way they exist now.