The Walking Dead executive producer and director Greg Nicotero warns fans that the season 8 midseason premiere episode will be drama-filled and powerful.
The Walking Dead is currently on their midseason break and many fans are looking forward to when the AMC zombie survival drama series makes its return to television on Sunday, February 25, 2018.
The season 8 midseason premiere episode is built up to be a powerful one, with viewers expected to be saying farewell to one of the characters who has been around since the very first season of the show.
The episode is directed by Greg Nicotero, who has been at the helm for some of the most emotional and gripping installments of the series. He spoke with Entertainment Weekly about just how powerful season 8 episode 9 will be.
"“I think it’s one of our most powerful episodes that we’ve ever produced,” says Nicotero. “When I watched the first cut of this episode, tears were coming out of my eyes 20 minutes into it.”"
There have been some highly emotional episodes in the past, but none should match the intensity and drama of Rick Grimes losing his son Carl to a walker bite. However, Nicotero sees some similarities to a season 5 episode where the drama was at a very high level.
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"“I would compare this episode very much to the episode with Chad Coleman in terms of really having some space to breathe with these characters as they process what happened,” says the director."
The hardest part of watching season 5 episode 9 was seeing how Tyreese was bitten and there was nothing the group could do to save him. Each character had their time to say goodbye, but there was never a sense of closure for everyone and his story never truly was finished.
Losing Carl is going to hurt. Fans know it is coming and have been expressing anger, denial, and remorse, but until it plays out on our televisions, it is hard to know how we are going to react to his final moments. And if Greg Nicotero’s response is any indicator, fans should have plenty of tissues ready for the season 8 midseason premiere.
The Walking Dead will return with season 8 episode 9 on Sunday, February 25, 2018. This episode is bound to be very powerful and highly emotional, so get ready for AMC’s zombie drama to hit you right in the feels when the show returns.