Scott Gimple, showrunner on AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” says that this year’s eighth season finale of the zombie drama will be almost “too big” for viewers to handle.
With the ‘All-Out War’ coming to a head, he tells EW that this will be very much the end of one key chapter in the saga and the starting point for a whole new one:
“It’s very big. Probably currently a little too big. It was pretty amazing the scope of some of the things that we got to do. And yet the emotional intensity was insane. And it very much sets up the start of the next story.”
The series has previously played things fairly loose with the source material, including changing up who survives and who dies, to the inclusion of characters not in the comics such as fan-favourite Daryl. That will be doubled down on in this ‘big’ finale with even bigger changes from the comics in store:
“I think emotionally we’re aspiring to evoke the same feeling that [creator Robert Kirkman] achieved in the book. But from the butterfly effect and different characters around that weren’t and vice versa, and even just the thrust of the story, how things play out are quite different in a lot of ways. There are some big changes that change the very outcome of certain aspects of the story – still trying to be true to the emotions of the story, but changing some big parts of it. It plays out very differently.”
The episodes serve as Gimple’s farewell with new “Walking Dead” showrunner Angela Kang set to take over for the show’s ninth season. The back half of the eighth season returns tonight with the finale to screen on April 15th.