When the Season 8 finale of The Walking Dead airs Sunday night on AMC, it won’t just mark the end of the season, but rather, the end of this portion of the series itself, according to current showrunner Scott Gimple, who after the finale, will shift to the role of Chief Content Officer over the Dead ‘universe.’ Season 4 of Fear the Walking Dead will premiere immediately after The Walking Dead Season 8 finale.

“If I said it mirrored (the comics) super closely, that would provide a lot of answers,” Gimple recently told The Hollywood Reporter. “It closes down every character’s story pretty much in some tragic ways and in some sad ways, and even some hopeful ways to a degree.

Melissa McBride as Carol. (photo credit AMC)

Sunday’s season finale will bring an end to the brutal conflict between main character Rick Grimes’ Alexandrians and Negan’s Saviors.

One of the most surprising elements of the finale will be the re-appearance (via flashback) of a pre-zombie apocalypse Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs), Rick’s son, who, in a shock to many longtime show fans, met his demise earlier this season.

Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes (Photo credit: AMC)

“What can I say about the finale?” actress Melissa McBride (who plays Carol) told ComicBook.com. “It’s a little unexpected. I’m really anxious for Season Nine.”

Gimple does reveal that the finale does not address Maggie’s character. Lauren Cohan, who plays Maggie, currently is starring in an ABC pilot Whiskey Cavalier, amidst contract disputes with AMC.

Lauren Cohan as Maggie Greene  Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

The finale, however, definitely marks the end for Morgan Jones, the character introduced in the series premiere. Lennie James will be taking his character Morgan to Fear the Walking Dead.


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