Audiences of AMC’s Walking Dead were left feeling somewhat cold with the last batch of episodes. Critique rained down high from audiences who felt that the show had doubled down too hard on the wrong aspects. Seems the show’s directors heard these complaints – as showrunner Scott Gimple has said that the upcoming season will mix things up.
The Walking Dead’s showrunner Scott Gimple stated that season 8 will have a lot more characters per episode, throwing together characters that haven’t had much screen time previously.
Talking with TVLine, Gimple explained;
“Because of the narrative that we’re following … the story this season is really spread out among all of the characters. And the story shifts quite a bit in single episodes between lots of different characters on a consistent basis, which is a little more unusual for the show.”
“We’ll see characters affect one another that we haven’t seen affect one another before, or even just thrown together that we haven’t seen thrown together, It’s been really satisfying.”
I think it’s fair to say that audiences were left feeling underwhelmed by the season 7 offerings. After the hot ending to season 6, the expectation was lots of action and intrigue. Sadly the show seemed to get trapped in a lot of bizarre side stories that didn’t serve the whole. Instead, they only seemed to exist as padding to the next major set piece.
The Walking Dead remains one of the most popular shows on television, pulling in well over 10 million viewers per episode. That being said, audience numbers did dip through Season 7 – indicating that some may have gotten tired of the format.
Whatever the plan, the teases for Season 8 seem to suggest that the show will be listening to feedback and looking to right the ship.
Will you be checking in on Rick and his band of survivors?