TV Insider – So the All Out War is officially underway, fans of The Walking Dead.
We now know that Rick and the gang made themselves a pretty fine and explosive plan that stretched all the way from Alexandria to the Sanctuary (we’re not sure how far that actually is, but oh well).
We know that Negan is in a pickle, trapped in a trailer with Father Gabriel and surrounded by a herd of walkers the likes of which we haven’t seen since Atlanta was still a thing. And with the Sanctuary swiss-cheesed by the “Piss Patrol” assault, his numbers might be endangered, too.
With so many questions unanswered—Where’s Jadis? What happened to the lady village Tara found a while back? Who’s in those graves? Who’s gas station man? Why’s Rick limping? Why Weird Al? What happens next?—here’s our off-the-cuff wish list as the new season unfolds.
EW – All 20 The Walking Dead cast members and executive producers took the stage at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles for a two-hour live Talking Dead that followed the season 8 premiere of The Walking Dead, which also happened to be the 100th episode of the AMC zombie drama. But they weren’t the only ones on the stage.
Host Chris Hardwick also brought out several former cast members who characters were killed off along the way. Sonequa Martin-Green (who played Sasha), Emily Kinney (Beth), Scott Wilson (Hershel), Iron-E Singleton (T-Dog), and Michael Rooker (Merle) were surprise guests at the soiree, while Steven Yeun (Glenn) and Sarah Wayne Callies (Lori) sent in video messages.
We have this exclusive photo of the whole gang together on stage from the event, along with some nifty episode 100 balloons. Enjoy the group shot and then make sure to check out our episode Q&As with star Andrew Lincoln, showrunner Scott M. Gimple, and director Greg Nicotero.
VARIETY – The worlds of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and “Fear the Walking Dead” will collide at some point next year.
A character from one show will crossover to the other series — that’s what “Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman told fans Saturday night at the “Walking Dead” panel held at the Theater at Madison Square Garden as part of New York Comic-Con.
“Fear” launched in 2015 as a prequel to “Walking Dead.” The “Fear” storyline follows two families at the outset of the zombie apocalypse. “Walking Dead,” which bowed in 2010, follows the struggles of survivors trying not to become “walkers” long after the country has been overrun by the undead.
Kirkman would not offer any other details other to say that one character will hop shows next year.
“More news coming in the following months,” Kirkman said after teasing the plan for the “one character that I will not name.”
“Walking Dead” is set to begin its eighth season on Oct. 22. “Fear the Walking Dead” will wrap its third season on Oct. 15. The buzz about the convergence of worlds could help boost fan interest in Season 4 of “Fear,” which has seen a big drop in viewership since its first season.
EW – “This is the weirdest Walking Dead panel I’ve ever been a part of,” Jeffrey Dean Morgan remarked to the crowd gathered at New York Comic Con on Saturday.
He was responding specifically to all the fans referencing his old character on Grey’s Anatomy, but the Theater at Madison Square also heard talk of shipping Jesus (Tom Payne) and Daryl (Norman Reedus), another fan interrupting Austin Amelio to shout his disdain for Dwight, talk of a crossover with Fear the Walking Dead, and host Chris Hardwick turning #SexyA—hole into his new hashtag, thanks to a brutally misquoted audience shoutout. But, as evidenced by the cheers drowning out some of the chatter on stage and footage shown on screen, the fans are ready for season 8 and the cast thinks they have something worthwhile.
The Walking Dead took a turn for the worse in terms of Rick’s reality on the show, in terms of critical reception, and in terms of ratings. But heading into the season 8 premiere, which marks the AMC drama’s 100th episode, Andrew Lincoln feels the show is more like what it was in the beginning.
“Season 7 sucked for Rick Grimes, but season 8, he’s definitely getting his strut back,” the actor told the roaring crowd. “We’ve got the gang back together, I’m working with a few of my special buddies,” he teased before adding, “It’s reminiscent of seasons 1-4.” Then he offered another oddball moment of the night by doing his best Napoleon Dynamite dance for the crowd.
Menlo Park mobile gaming and Tops Games US, Inc. have released a two-minute commercial trailer in order to re-launch the mobile game “Evony: The King’s Return.”
The two-minute commercial titled The Battle of Evony features historic leaders such as George Washington (played by Aaron Eckhart), King Arthur (played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Empress Wu Zetain (played by Fan BingBing). The game brings these leaders from different historical times and geographic locations together in one giant battlefield.
The YouTube video tagline says:
“George Washington. King Arthur. Empress Wu. 14 centuries. On one battlefield. Watch as these heroes rise to power on their respective continents and form an alliance, before launching their attack on the throne.”
While the extended version of the commercial (shown below) depicts a impending battle of epic proportions, it will be accompanied by a shorter, 30-second commercial during Sunday’s Super Bowl Game. Watch it: