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The Walking Dead showrunner says that season 8 will move at a faster pace

04.27.2017

Although its ratings are still quite impressive, viewership for AMC's The Walking Dead dropped significantly throughout its seventh season. One of the common criticisms lobbed at the season as a whole was its poor pacing, but that's something which Walking Dead showrunner Scott Gimple says will be remedied in the eighth season. Gimple spoke with Entertainment Weekly and said the pace will be much faster due to the subject matter of the upcoming season, but that there may be less of the self-contained episodes which focus on one particular community.

By virtue of the fact that the narrative has turned into one of pretty intense conflict, it’s going to affect the structure in ways that make it a bit more kinetic, a bit more breakneck — shifting away from entire stories in one episode, and sort of fractured over several episodes, with little pieces of each story coming together.

The seventh season finale marked the beginning of the "all-out war" arc, and Scott Gimple knew that there would be less time to explore the complexities of certain characters once the war began.

I remember talking about that with [co-executive producer] Angela Kang early on in season 7, because we knew the way that 7 was going to be structured, and we knew we wanted to mix it up in 8, and we knew what 8 was going to be and how that would dictate a very different kind of structure anyways. So, yeah, things are going to move, and possibly not have the kind of deep dives into characters in single episodes, but rather laying out the pieces as we go on.

Production on the eighth season of The Walking Dead is set to get underway in a few days and the series will likely return in October, although the looming writers strike could throw a wrench into those plans.

Will a faster pace help The Walking Dead? What else would you do to improve the series?

Source: EW

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4:02PM on 04/29/2017
This season ended up being decent, but I certainly agree that there was some filler this year, as there was last year. I think you're always going to get at least one filler episode per season, and not even Game of Thrones is exempt from that rule, but there is a way to make things better. If you don't need 16 episodes to tell a season's story arc, then don't do 16 episodes. Tighten it up and do 12 to 13 well-paced episodes if need be. They're just writing and structuring each season to fill a
This season ended up being decent, but I certainly agree that there was some filler this year, as there was last year. I think you're always going to get at least one filler episode per season, and not even Game of Thrones is exempt from that rule, but there is a way to make things better. If you don't need 16 episodes to tell a season's story arc, then don't do 16 episodes. Tighten it up and do 12 to 13 well-paced episodes if need be. They're just writing and structuring each season to fill a 16 episode quota whether it's necessary or not. And for the love of God, cancel Fear The Walking Dead because it sucks and it's leading to zombie burn out by the time the main show returns.
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7:39PM on 04/28/2017
So instead of 9 boring episodes in between each good episode next season, they'll only have 8 1/2 boring episodes. They'll have a 2 hour long special episode devoted entirely to the backstory of why Eugene has a mullet, perhaps a 4 episode arc on why Rosita is Hispanic and the history of Hispanic Americans.
So instead of 9 boring episodes in between each good episode next season, they'll only have 8 1/2 boring episodes. They'll have a 2 hour long special episode devoted entirely to the backstory of why Eugene has a mullet, perhaps a 4 episode arc on why Rosita is Hispanic and the history of Hispanic Americans.
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7:16PM on 04/28/2017

Faster pace.

LOL. yeah okaaay. Every season the producers ramble on and on how the coming season will be amazing fast pace, intense, and so on. We all get pumped and the season comes and its just stupid ass nonsense, lame character developments that go nowhere, waste ep's on stupid shit nobody cares about. Like do we care about Michonne and Rick looking for guns and reflecting on their so called love life. Not one fucking bit. Amp up the tension, kill off more main characters too, also if you have an
LOL. yeah okaaay. Every season the producers ramble on and on how the coming season will be amazing fast pace, intense, and so on. We all get pumped and the season comes and its just stupid ass nonsense, lame character developments that go nowhere, waste ep's on stupid shit nobody cares about. Like do we care about Michonne and Rick looking for guns and reflecting on their so called love life. Not one fucking bit. Amp up the tension, kill off more main characters too, also if you have an amazing opener keep that pace don't go slower and slower. And for the love of god make negan a better badass then a pussyface. I'm giving this show one more try I been with it for 8 fucking years but I swear this show is losing its steam. Either they need to get rid of half the cast or figure something out. I hope eugene bites the dust this season too.
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2:13PM on 04/28/2017
They could have appropriately done the March to war and all out war storylines in season 7. Then we could have picked up season 8 after the time jump in, like in the comics, and season 8 could have been the whisperers war. But since this is what we have season 8a should be all out war. 8b should introduce the whispered season 9a the whispered war. Then end it all in season 10. I haven't made it very far past the whispered war so I'm not sure where the comics go.
They could have appropriately done the March to war and all out war storylines in season 7. Then we could have picked up season 8 after the time jump in, like in the comics, and season 8 could have been the whisperers war. But since this is what we have season 8a should be all out war. 8b should introduce the whispered season 9a the whispered war. Then end it all in season 10. I haven't made it very far past the whispered war so I'm not sure where the comics go.
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12:15PM on 04/28/2017

Excuses!

That's all this sounds it sounds like. I have no desire for the series to end anytime soon but I do have a desire for AMC to fire Gimple and his team of writers or at last half of them. It needs to be freshened up a bit. There was potential this season with Negan and some of the other characters but he pissed it away but dragging it out a little too much. Actually, if he didn't even want to change a thing on story lines then he could have just put a bunch of characters story lines in each
That's all this sounds it sounds like. I have no desire for the series to end anytime soon but I do have a desire for AMC to fire Gimple and his team of writers or at last half of them. It needs to be freshened up a bit. There was potential this season with Negan and some of the other characters but he pissed it away but dragging it out a little too much. Actually, if he didn't even want to change a thing on story lines then he could have just put a bunch of characters story lines in each episode and spread one episode through a chunk of the season. The biggest issue is everyone was just waiting for their favorite characters too. I love Carol and I am sorry for me to watch endless episodes without her when she is alive was bull. Samething with other ones. You get an episode and then have to wait 4 weeks or sometimes even after a break to find out what is next. It's lets the air out of the ballon. We serisouly didn't need that Oceanside episode into a full episode or that Rick and Michoone love fake deer episode into a full episode
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10:37AM on 04/28/2017

I love this show...

but it's more of an obligation now. I watch because I feel I have to, I should, I can't just leave now. I hate saying this, but I think it's time. Let's all take a break end the show. Make people wonder a bit, make them intrigued, make them fill in the blanks when things have end. Who knows, in a few years, make a damn movie and have it done. We need to just let it go now.
but it's more of an obligation now. I watch because I feel I have to, I should, I can't just leave now. I hate saying this, but I think it's time. Let's all take a break end the show. Make people wonder a bit, make them intrigued, make them fill in the blanks when things have end. Who knows, in a few years, make a damn movie and have it done. We need to just let it go now.
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10:21AM on 04/28/2017

Fool me once...

I've been fooled more than once by this show. This season was just complete crap. The first half was pretty much like watching emotional torture porn and get ridiculous. The second half we were promised more action and a come-back by the good guys and what do we get? Dragging on episodes, fillers, and a crap season finale where NONE of the main bad characters died and a stupid betrayal that wasn't even needed. This was my last season. Far as I'm concerned, The Walking Dead is now the The
I've been fooled more than once by this show. This season was just complete crap. The first half was pretty much like watching emotional torture porn and get ridiculous. The second half we were promised more action and a come-back by the good guys and what do we get? Dragging on episodes, fillers, and a crap season finale where NONE of the main bad characters died and a stupid betrayal that wasn't even needed. This was my last season. Far as I'm concerned, The Walking Dead is now the The Stopping Dead.
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7:05AM on 04/28/2017
This show has been slow as shit before this season. Try telling me the second half was amy thing but worthless, same with season 2 part 1. This show needs a shorter episode order, say 12 or 13 and they can tighten the pave and stop with the fucking filler episodes for 6 episodes
This show has been slow as shit before this season. Try telling me the second half was amy thing but worthless, same with season 2 part 1. This show needs a shorter episode order, say 12 or 13 and they can tighten the pave and stop with the fucking filler episodes for 6 episodes
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2:25AM on 04/28/2017
this is where the comic starts to suck....i mean we have all watched rick and maggie grow and go through so much ....do you really believe the rick and maggie we know would let negan live after bashing glenns brains in? ...the rick and maggie i know would kill him first chance they get....but in the comics they dont... negan still lives in the comics....garbage writing...it will be interesting to see if the show follows suit...one thing is for sure people are tired of the coronation street
this is where the comic starts to suck....i mean we have all watched rick and maggie grow and go through so much ....do you really believe the rick and maggie we know would let negan live after bashing glenns brains in? ...the rick and maggie i know would kill him first chance they get....but in the comics they dont... negan still lives in the comics....garbage writing...it will be interesting to see if the show follows suit...one thing is for sure people are tired of the coronation street drama...millions of viewers lost who will probably never return.
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2:10AM on 04/28/2017
Don't they do this every few seasons? People complain the show's too slow, the producers promise to fix it, the show goes over budget, the showrunner is replaced, repeat.
Don't they do this every few seasons? People complain the show's too slow, the producers promise to fix it, the show goes over budget, the showrunner is replaced, repeat.
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2:26AM on 04/28/2017
yes and people are catching on like you .
yes and people are catching on like you .
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9:38PM on 04/27/2017
TWD needs exactly this. Faster pace, fewer wasted episodes, and less dragged out storylines. Throw in more characters per episode, more happening each episode, and fans will feel less strung along.
TWD needs exactly this. Faster pace, fewer wasted episodes, and less dragged out storylines. Throw in more characters per episode, more happening each episode, and fans will feel less strung along.
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11:34PM on 04/27/2017
No, what the show needs is a new showrunner. Gimple is too close to the show, has been for seasons, and he's become too attached to his story arcs and characters/actors. There are all ready far too many characters simply because Gimple refuses to kill any "major characters" off, instead minor characters that were introduced less than a season or two ago get the chopping block (i.e. Gordon, Benjamin, Olivia, Denise, etc). Glenn and Abraham were the first time since season 4 a substantial
No, what the show needs is a new showrunner. Gimple is too close to the show, has been for seasons, and he's become too attached to his story arcs and characters/actors. There are all ready far too many characters simply because Gimple refuses to kill any "major characters" off, instead minor characters that were introduced less than a season or two ago get the chopping block (i.e. Gordon, Benjamin, Olivia, Denise, etc). Glenn and Abraham were the first time since season 4 a substantial character was taken off the roster. Since season 7 ended it's already been announced two new major characters are being added, as well as two other characters becoming full time members of the cast. In a show that already has nearly 20 "main characters" we're supposed to care about, adding even more is just jamming up the works even further. If you want to make people care there needs to be a real sense of danger, where every episode has the potential for someone important to die. That's been missing since season 4, and even before then if I'm being truly honest.
5:56AM on 04/28/2017
Paying attention to characters and story arcs is too taxing. Nobody watches TV for any of that anyway. If I can't get deaths of important characters, what am I watching for? I could be poundin' beers, guys. Walking Dead writers: cater specifically to my desires plz.
Love, Awaiting a Much Improved and Deadly Season 8 in Seattle.
Paying attention to characters and story arcs is too taxing. Nobody watches TV for any of that anyway. If I can't get deaths of important characters, what am I watching for? I could be poundin' beers, guys. Walking Dead writers: cater specifically to my desires plz.
Love, Awaiting a Much Improved and Deadly Season 8 in Seattle.
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