During a special Talking Dead which previewed the upcoming eighth season of The Walking Dead, Chris Hardwick announced a two-hour Talking Dead episode which will follow the Season 8 premiere.
The Walking Dead's eighth season will premiere on October 22 to a brand new tone by comparison to its preceding episodes. Following the episode, fans can expect a full line-up of The Walking Dead stars to join Hardwick for the two-hour recap which will be hosted live from the Greek Theater in Los Angeles.
The Season 8 premiere is also the 100th overall episode for The Walking Dead.
According to the officiall synopsis for the upcoming episodes, the AMC will aim to put Rick Grimes and company back in charge of the show and its world.
"Last season, Rick Grimes and his group of survivors were confronted with their deadliest challenge yet," the synopsis reads. "With the comfort of Alexandria, they let their guard down, only to be reminded how brutal the world they live in can be.
"Feeling powerless under Negan's rules and demands, Rick advocated the group play along. But seeing that Negan couldn't be reasoned with, Rick began rallying together other communities affected by the Saviors. And with the support of the Hilltop and Kingdom, they finally have enough fire power to contest the Saviors.
"This season, Rick brings 'All Out War' to Negan and his forces. The Saviors are larger, better-equipped, and ruthless -- but Rick and the unified communities are fighting for the promise of a brighter future. The battle lines are drawn as they launch into a kinetic, action-packed offensive.
"Up until now, survival has been the focus of Rick and our group, but it's not enough. They have to fight to take back their freedom so that they can live. So that they can rebuild. As with any battle, there will be losses. Casualties. But with Rick leading the Alexandrian forces, Maggie leading the Hilltop, and King Ezekiel leading the Kingdom -- Negan and the Saviors' grip on this world may finally be coming to an end."
From the moment Season 8 begins, it will be clear to viewers the focus of The Walking Dead is back on Rick Grimes.
For fans hungry for more Walking Dead, they'll get a small fix in the form of a Season Eight preview special airing on AMC ahead of Fear the Walking Dead's upcoming midseason premiere.
The Walking Dead's sibling series Fear the Walking Dead returns September 10th. The Walking Dead will return for its eighth season on October 22, 2017. The Season Eight premiere will mark 100 episodes overall for the popular AMC series. For complete coverage and insider info all season long, follow @BrandonDavisBD on Twitter.