Two weeks out from the return of The Walking Dead, AMC’s released a new behind-the-scenes video promoting the second half of season eight. The new video features the cast and crew discussing what’s going through Rick and his group’s minds after their plan to take down the Saviors has fallen apart.
“I think the greatest strength we have is solidarity, the three communities working as one,” explains Andrew Lincoln in the two-minute video. He also acknowledges that the fallout from loss makes people do different things.
Co-executive producer Denise Huth added, “Even though they’ve managed to keep the Saviors at bay and so many of them are still alive, there is a bit of a sense of defeat.”
Executive producer Greg Nicotero believes the moment Carl is revealed to have been bitten is a defining moment for Rick. He warns The Walking Dead fans to expect the survivors’ emotions to cloud their judgement in the upcoming episodes.
AMC’s The Walking Dead season eight part two will premiere on Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 9pm ET/PT. The cast includes Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Alanna Masteron, Josh McDermitt, Seth Gilliam, Ross Marquand, Khary Payton, Tom Payne, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Austin Amelio, and Lennie James.
The Walking Dead Season 8 Part 2 Plot: All out war has had a devastating impact on every person involved. The communities themselves are fractured. Alexandria has been destroyed, the Hilltop finds themselves pinned, and the Kingdom is shattered — half of them dead, the other half controlled by the Saviors.
At the very center — Rick, having been distracted by the conflict, has just returned home to learn that Carl (Chandler Riggs), who heroically shepherded the Alexandrians to safety during Negan’s attack, has been bitten by a walker. Once his sole motivation in this otherwise stark existence, Rick is forced to deal with this reality. Carl has always been a beacon of hope, a symbol for the remaining thread of humanity — lessons that the survivors around him would be wise to take with them as this war surges onward.
But Rick isn’t the only person who’s living in peril. Aaron (Ross Marquand) and Enid (Katelyn Nacon) are in a dire situation at Oceanside — unclear if they’re in friendly territory, or if they’ve just made new enemies. Father Gabriel (Seth Gilliam) will do his part in attempting to smuggle Dr. Carson safely back to the Hilltop and a pregnant Maggie is wrestling with the many moral gray areas that come with leadership during war. In a standoff with the Saviors, she must decide how to proceed with the dozens of POW lives she’s currently in control of, as well as new complications that come with being a leader.
In addition to the war, Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) continues to deal with struggles within his ranks as workers, traitors, and others’ thirst for power cause conflict at the Sanctuary. Having gifted the Saviors a major victory, Eugene’s loyalty is repeatedly tested as new obstacles present themselves.
As all-out-war consumes us, the line between good and evil continues to blur. People fighting for what they believe in. Everybody working together for something bigger — to feel safe and have a world worth living in.