I’ve been a fan of The Walking Dead since the very beginning, and we have certainly seen the seasons have their ups and downs, the slower seasons and the seasons that just flew on by. Last year, when The Walking Dead Season 7 began production, the cast filmed one of the most horrifying and brutal season premiere’s to date. After losing two friends in an extremely brutal beating by the diabolical Negan, the stage was set.
The Walking Dead Executive Producer Denise Huth shared her excitement for the Season 8 premiere in an interview with EW.
“Oh, gosh, it’s like night and day compared to how we had to start last year. They all came back so super excited and it’s a big year. These episodes are coming in huge. It’s a lot of work. It’s just as hard as it’s ever been, if not harder. There’s just a sense of excitement because the characters aren’t in that dark, down place. It was really hard last year. It was hard for the cast, it was hard for the crew, it was hard for all of us. It was a really essential part of the story, and I think we needed to go through that pain to have what we’re doing now be so satisfying. If everything we are doing now had happened in the third or fourth episode last year, it would still be cool, but it wouldn’t have the impact now because we’ve all had to trudge through the mud to get here. So it’s great.”
“The energy is just incredible with the cast being together, and for a lot of these actors, it’s the first time or one of the first times they’re having the opportunity to work together because they were so split up last year. So it is exciting for us to integrate a lot of the newer characters with the OGs and see them all come together and take on this one challenge that they share. It makes it a really, really exciting way to begin a season.”
The Walking Dead will return in the fall.