AceShowbiz - "The Walking Dead" will soon wrap up its current eighth season, and more details of the finale are here. Showrunner Scott M. Gimple, who is set to be moving to a franchise oversight role following this season, previews the upcoming episode in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.
Fans of the zombie apocalypse series seemingly can expect something bigger in the episode, which is titled "Wrath". When asked about the vibe on set for the finale, Gimple reveals that "it was an intense" one. "It was a very hard season. And kind of everybody is in this episode. It was just intense. People were pretty to the limit this year emotionally," he explains.
The showrunner further says, "Also, this episode isn't just like these 15 episodes coming to a conclusion, but Angela [Kang] and myself and the writers had always talked about this in many ways being sort of the conclusion of the first eight seasons."
According to Gimple, "The Walking Dead" will be very much "a new show" with "a bigger, new narrative" when season 9 returns next year. "It was something I was really excited about getting into even before season 8," he shares. "And so there was just a certain weight in the air of the kind of conclusion that we were getting closer to. It was a weird graduation for everybody."
He also teases that the battle in the season finale won't only be a one big battle since "there are some really unusual aspects to that too, that the action isn’t just a large battle, but there are things going sort of around the battle." He adds, "I don't even know if I would classify it as a battle. And yet, at the same time, the scope is massive."
The final episode of season 8 will also see "so many characters reaching the conclusion of the story that we've been laying out for them over the past few years in some regards." Gimple continues, "There's just a lot going on, and a lot of perspectives that we’re shifting between and some very, very big emotional and philosophical movement between just some unbelievably insane things happening."