‘The Walking Dead’ Season 8 Finale Is Going to Be Insane

The Walking Dead’s eighth season hasn’t exactly been a joy ride. But it has offered some amazing twists and huge battles between Rick and Negan. On April 13, the season finale will air. And according to the cast and crew, fans can expect an explosive end cap to a season that’s already been mind-blowing.

Here’s everything we know about the insane Walking Dead Season 8 finale.

1. The All Out War will come to an end

Rick and Negan on The Walking Dead

Rick and Negan will come to blows. | AMC

It seems like Rick and Negan’s fight has been going on for years (well, technically, it has). So it might come as a relief to fans that we will finally see a resolution to the seasons-long carnage in the Season 8 finale.

According to former showrunner Scott Gimple, “We will see a resolution of the war. It might not be what people are expecting. It might not be what some of the characters even want. But it is a conclusion, and they have to deal with its aftermath.”

But before the dust settles, it seems, we’re going to have to endure a bit more tragedy.

Next: Fans who want to know more shouldn’t look to the comics.

2. The All Out War’s conclusion will play out differently than in the comics

The All Out War in The Walking Dead comics

The TV series often strays from the comics, and this will be no exception. | Image Comics

In the past, fans have frequently turned to The Walking Dead comics when they want some insight about how things will play out on TV. But as far as the final confrontation between Negan and Rick is concerned, we’ll all be in the dark.

Gimple spoke to Entertainment Weekly about what fans can expect. And he said the comic and TV versions of the end of the All Out War will play out “very differently.”

He explained that the changes have a lot to do with how the series has evolved away from the comics over the years.

Gimple said:

“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.”

Next: Will TWD fans have to live with another big cliffhanger?

3. Twists and turns will abound

Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier on The Walking Dead

McBride (as Carol) gave fans a little tease. | AMC

Even if you’re not a Walking Dead comic reader, you can expect a few surprises in the finale. In an interview with ComicBook.com, Melissa McBride, who plays Carol, hinted that even she was shocked with how the finale pans out.

She said, “It’s a little unexpected… when I read it I was like, ‘Well, that’s a turn, that’s a twist.’” McBride also hinted that fans might be left with some unanswered questions when the credits roll on Season 8.

In other words, they’re doing everything they can to make sure we tune in for Season 9.

Next: Get ready to say goodbye to more characters.

4. More characters are probably gonna die

The Walking Dead

A significant amount of death is in the allies’ future. | AMC

It wouldn’t be a Walking Dead finale without some bloodshed. And since the characters are in the midst of a brutal battle, it only makes sense that a few more will perish before it’s all said and done.

According to Gimple, these losses might be especially painful. When TVLine asked if fans that long for vengeance for Glenn and Abraham will be happy with the end of the war, he didn’t mince words. He said, “I pray to God that they are satisfied. I really hope they are.”

But he also had this ominous warning about what’s still to come. “It is a war. There are casualties along the way, and it is incredibly tough business. But it only shows just how deeply connected these characters are and how their fates are tied together, even if some of them don’t want them to be.”

Next: There will be more than one big event to watch for in the finale.

5. There’s going to be a lot going on all at once

Zombies on The Walking Dead

Get ready for zombies and a lot more. | AMC

Sure, some of the cast and crew have made it sound like the Season 8 finale could pack an emotional wallop. But Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl, swears that it will all be satisfying.

He also thinks fans will be shocked by just how much they manage to pack into the finale. He told Entertainment Weekly, “There are four things that happen that could be the finale, and they all go off at once at the same time. They head in different directions, and they’re all individually as good as the next.”

Next: We got a bone-chilling clue about the fate of Rick’s allies from a surprising source.

6. One character’s departure has offered an ominous clue about the finale

Morgan Jones

Morgan will be leaving on a violent note. | AMC

The Season 8 finale won’t just mark the end of a volatile year for The Walking Dead. It also signals the end of Morgan’s tenure on the series, as he jumps into a starring role on the spinoff, Fear the Walking Dead.

Fans got their first glimpse of Morgan in his new role when FTWD dropped a Season 4 trailer. And we also learned why he may have parted ways with Rick’s crew. In the trailer, we hear Morgan in a voiceover. And he says, “Back east, there was a fight — a big fight. I didn’t know how to make it stop. Good people died. I lose people, and then I lose myself.”

Morgan’s description isn’t definitively about the All Out War. But if it is, his description what could be the final battle should strike a sense of foreboding for fans. From the sounds of it, regardless of who wins, it won’t be pretty.

Next: Fans will have a unique opportunity to see The Walking Dead in an entirely new way.

7. The finale is going to be huge — in more ways than one

Rick, looking sweaty and disheveled, looks directly into the camera

Just how big will it be? | AMC

When the cast or crew of The Walking Dead talk about the finale, the word “big” tends to creep into the conversation. Gimple says, in fact, that in terms of what they’re trying to accomplish, the last Season 8 episode might be “too big.”

But if that’s the case, they’re doing everything they can to match the story’s scope. First off, the Season 8 finale will lead into the Fear the Walking Dead premiere, which marks the first official crossover between the two series. If that super-sized dose of Walking Dead drama isn’t enough, fans will get a chance to see it all play out in the biggest way imaginable. That’s because AMC will be screening the finale and premiere at 750 movie theaters across the United States.

The “Survival Sunday” double feature gives fans the chance to enjoy The Walking Dead in a supersized format, plus 30 minutes of bonus content  And if nothing else, they’ll also have the opportunity to collectively throw their popcorn if it ends with a tragic character death or another agonizing cliffhanger.

The Walking Dead Season 8 finale airs Sun., April 15, 2018, at 9 p.m.

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