The Walking Dead Season 8 Trailer Reveals Rick's Fate, Declares War Won

In case you were worried, Rick doesn’t die. The action-packed Season 8 trailer that The Walking Dead dropped Friday at San Diego Comic-Con included a flash-forward showing Carl’s dad as a bearded old-timer.

The clip also made it clear that the Alexandria/everybody vs. the Saviors/Scavengers war would be well underway in the coming episodes. “Whatever comes next,” declared Ezekiel, “we’ve already won!” It wasn’t going to be easy, though. Or pretty. (Did anyone expect it to be?)

In cuing up the trailer, Scott M. Gimple paid tribute to stuntman John Bernecker, who recently died from injuries sustained on the job.

“John passed away this week after he was injured doing something he loved, helping tell stories that excite, entertain, that give people escape,” said the EP. “He helped make movies and shows for people like everybody in this room. John was somebody beloved in the stunt community, someone who trained other people and helped them break into the business. He was living his dream, and he helped other people do the same thing. We didn’t really know if we should do this panel today. But we wanted to be here for you. And we wanted to tell you about John. And we wanted to show you what we’ve all been working on.”

As previously reported, TWD returns Sunday, Oct. 22, with three actors having been bumped up to series-regular status: Pollyanna McIntosh (as the Scavengers’ formidable leader, Jadis), Steven Ogg (Negan’s right-hand man, Simon) and Katelyn Nacon (Carl’s girlfriend, Enid).

Press PLAY on the video above to check out the preview, then hit the comments. What are you most looking forward to in Season 8? Rick taking down Negan? Michonne pummeling Jadis? An answer to the question, “Old Rick?! WTF?!” Or something else?

Comments are monitored, so don’t go off topic, don’t frakkin’ curse and don’t bore us with how much your coworker’s sister-in-law makes per hour. Talk smart about TV!

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  1. Terrier says:

    As long as this Negan clown is around – pass..

  2. Natalie says:

    I can’t wait. But Negan needs to go.. And Jardis. That’s all I ask.

  3. Walkie says:

    Weird trailer. All over the place.

    And JDM has to figure out how to play Negan with a little more nuance. He’s become so boring.

  4. Gina says:

    The last couple of seconds has me shook! (Did I use that right, kids?)

    I mean of course I was excited before but this is just making the wait worse. My guess is war will wrap up around mid-season. At least, I hope so.

  5. Grey says:

    No commentary about the last few seconds? Old Rick?

  6. Wrstlgirl says:

    I am stoked.

  7. The Rookie says:

    Negan is a loser. Whatever made him awesome in the comics is not translating to TV. They need to change the character from a boring clown to a complex/interesting bad guy that we can love to hate. He is bringing the show down and is the least interesting villain in the history of the show.

  8. Joey Padron says:

    Good trailer, I was surprised about the time jump at the end of it. I can’t wait to see the new season in October!

  9. Jax&Juice's Girl says:

    OH Sh*****t!!!!!! Can’t wait for the show to come back……..So that A-hole Negan has Father Gabriel?!!!! Plus that ending Rick looking all ”silver fox” LOL.

  10. Molly says:

    So, this was all a coma dream?

  11. CSM says:

    End is near and this was all a dream…..

  12. Jermey says:

    I seriously can’t stand Negan. He’s got to be the worst character ever been on the show.