CLEVELAND, Ohio – The schedule for this year’s Comic-Con is rolling out, which is a big deal for fans of ‘The Walking Dead.”
Both “TWD” and its spinoff series “Fear the Walking Dead” will fill halls during the convention on Friday, July 21.
That may not mean much unless you’re heading to San Diego in July. However, it does mean we will get our first look at Season 8 of AMC’s hit series.
Without fail, “The Walking Dead” debuts its trailer for the upcoming season at Comic Con each year. So fans anticipating what the all-out war between Rick’s crew and Negan’s Saviors will look like can expect the first trailer for Season 8 to arrive online just after 4 p.m. EST.
Will Negan be absent for a large part of season 8?
The Walking Dead’s next season could reportedly see a significant Negan-sized absence in the first half, potentially indicating what’s to come elsewhere.
While rumours are swirling over whether Michonne’s Danai Gurira could swap her character for commitments to Marvel’s cinematic universe, it seems Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s villainous Negan might be taking a backseat in the next season too.
According to DigitalSpy, Jeffrey Dean Morgan hasn’t been spotted on set since filming episode one, with the show currently shooting its fifth episode.
There’s also speculation filming for Dwayne Johnson’s upcoming movie Rampage could be clashing with shooting on The Walking Dead, with Morgan having a role in the flick of unknown size.
If true, it indicates the show might take a similar approach to season seven – where Negan becomes a lingering presence on the periphery with the occasional dedicated episode.
It’s potentially worrying however considering the next season is expected to follow the All-Out-War arc, which sees Rick go head-to-head with the Saviors leader.
Within that arc however Negan becomes trapped inside the Sanctuary following an epic confrontation, so could it simply mean Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s scenes take place within a confined set which don’t require set visits in Georgia?
Either way, we need Negan. We’re all Negan.
The Walking Dead season eight is expected to air later this year.