THE WALKING DEAD Season 8 Could be Delayed by Writers Strike
Last October, AMC renewed The Walking Dead for an eighth season — even before season 7 started. Season 7 concluded earlier this month, with Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and the Alexandria, Hilltop, and Kingdom communities making their first strike against Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and the Saviors. The Walking Dead traditionally returns and launches its new season each October, but a pending writers strike could have a significant impact on the upcoming eighth season.
You may remember the Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike that happened in 2007 – 2008, which resulted in a lot of shitty movies and television. The WGA, which is comprised of more than 12,000 members, has a contract with the Alliance of Motion Pictures and Television Producers (AMPTP), a trade group that represents studios, production companies, and networks. That contract is set to run out on May 1st.
A three-year contract was in the works as of March 24th, but talks went about as well as talks between Rick and Negan, and, well, we all saw how well that went. In the immortal words of Abraham Ford: “mother dick.” If a new strike kicks off on May 2nd, a lot of movies and TV shows on the slate could be in big trouble. WGA members voted for strike authorization with 96% support Monday night.
One of the shows that would be affected by a strike would be AMC’s zombie hit The Walking Dead, which remains one of the biggest shows on television despite some slipping ratings this past season. Season 8 is set to begin production on May 1st and, as noted by EW, would be delayed should a strike occur (WGA members are prohibited from writing so much as a single word during a strike).
Shows like Marvel’s The Inhumans, American Horror Story, the upcoming Star Trek: Discovery, sophomore seasons of Jessica Jones and Luke Cage, Saturday Night Live, and even your favorite late night talk shows — Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Conan, and more — would be impacted.
Buckle down, grip your Gremblygunk, and hope for a quick solution, or that wait for All Out War becomes a hell of a lot longer.