When Does ‘The Walking Dead’ Return for Season 8?

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When does The Walking Dead return for Season 8? (AMC)

Tonight is the Season 7 finale of The Walking Dead. Fans were terrified about how the season would end and whether they would be left with a cliffhanger like last season’s finale. Considering the death count that this show tends to have, fans were really worried about whether any of their favorites would die. And fans that have really enjoyed seeing Negan were concerned that he might die too. But another concern at the top of everyone’s mind is this: just how long do we have to wait for the show to return? When does Season 8 of The Walking Dead premiere?

Here’s what we know so far.

The Walking Dead has been renewed for another season. In mid-October, AMC announced that The Walking Dead had been renewed for Season 8.

We’re not sure exactly when Season 8 will begin, but current rumors place The Walking Dead season 8 premiere date as being in mid-to-late October. The first eight episodes will likely air through late November/early December 2017, with the last eight picking back up around February 2018 through late March. (Note: A previous version of this article incorrectly said 2016 & 2017 instead of 2017 & 2018.) This would match up with previous season’s premiere dates. Here are the premiere dates for all the seasons of The Walking Dead: 

  • October 31, 2010 for Season 1
  • October 16 for Season 2
  • October 14 for Season 3
  • October 13 for Season 4
  • October 12 for Season 5
  • October 11 for Season 6
  • October 23 for Season 7

So it’s a pretty safe bet that we’ll see Season 8 back in mid-October, possibly late October like this season.

As for what will happen in Season 8, we can be assured that at least one of the fan’s favorite characters will likely die. This tends to be the way of life for The Walking Dead. It’s a post-apocalyptic world, and no one is safe.

If you need something to tie you over in the meantime, Fear the Walking Dead is coming back much sooner and we’ll be covering it here on Heavy. Fear the Walking Dead returns this June 2017.

Here’s a preview for the new season: