With so much buzz behind it, The Walking Dead attracts a veritable army of fans who pore over every production clue, casting choice, and behind-the-scenes tidbit they can in hopes of finding any morsel of spoiler which might relieve some of their pre-season anticipation. This week, fans and journalists are pointing out that the timing of spin-off series Fear the Walking Dead seems to be a bit different from previous seasons and might indicate that the eighth season of The Walking Dead (TWD) could come later than usual this year.
Fear the Walking Dead will return to conclude its third season this year on Sunday, September 10th with eight episodes, two of which will be double episodes. That means the season will take six weeks to air. AMC typically uses Fear the Walking Dead as a lead-up to the new season of The Walking Dead; given the date for its spin-off series, it seems TWD might not premiere until Sunday, October 29 (last year, the seventh season premiered on October 23rd).
Even though all of this is currently just speculation, TWD fans are already taking to the blogosphere with frustration over having to possibly wait another week or two to get their Walking Dead fix. An official release date will likely be announced later this month at the San Diego Comic-Con, where the Walking Dead panel is expected to attract thousands of convention goers hoping for some insider information or sneak peaks.
AMC’s The Walking Dead has become a popular culture phenomenon the likes of which hasn’t been seen in recent years. The gore-filled zombie horror series has become the most talked-about television show on social media and has spawned a media empire. Previous season premieres of the series have shattered several ratings records, and last year’s eagerly-anticipated seventh season premiere drew in over 17 million total viewers. Given that season seven ended in a massive cliffhanger (as usual), expect the season eight premiere to be just as big.