While the franchise is still drawing incredible viewership numbers by any comparison other than its previous performance, AMC’s The Walking Dead set several dubious milestones with Season Eight’s ratings. First, the season premiere in October, 2017 earned the lowest premiere ratings for the show since Season Three. By November, the show’s regular episodes started netting the lowest ratings numbers since Season Two, and the mid-season premiere in February, 2018 drew the lowest mid-season premiere ratings in the history of the franchise. Now, the season finale ratings numbers are in, and they continue this season’s trend of falling back to earlier, smaller milestones.
In Entertainment Weekly’s exclusive interview with The Walking Dead’s Scott Gimple, the showrunner claimed that this Sunday’s finale will finally wrap up eight seasons of storytelling, and head in a new direction in season nine.
Gimple realized that “People were pretty to the limit this year emotionally.” and therefore “…this episode isn’t just like these 15 episodes coming to a conclusion, but Angela and myself and the writers had always talked about this in many ways being sort of the conclusion of the first eight seasons. This show will be very much a new show next year and with a bigger, new narrative. It was something I was really excited about getting into even before season 8. And so there was just a certain weight in the air of the kind of conclusion that we were getting closer to. It was a weird graduation for everybody.” read more
Starbreeze Studios have just released a new trailer for their upcoming video game, Overkill’s The Walking Dead, and it introduces a brand new playable character. Consisting entirely of non-playable footage, the clip focuses on the origin story of Maya, a medical professional who has a very bad day at work. Before she knows it, a typical shift in the emergency room becomes a desperate fight for survival filled with a variety of zombie attacks and uncomfortable decisions. You can watch the clip for yourself below: read more
It turns out that Jeffrey DeMunn had enough of The Walking Dead long before it was cool to have had enough of The Walking Dead! The way he tells it, he opted to be bit by zombies and violently killed off on the show in order to permanently leave the series after AMC unexpectedly fired the original showrunner, Frank Darabont, while the second season of the show was in production.
The actor, who briefly played the likable Dale Horvath, recently told Cleveland.com that he was so upset with the network’s decision to drop Darabont that he ultimately decided it would be best to ask to be put out of his misery: read more
Are you tired of watching The Walking Dead on your old television set? Do you want to see two greasy tough guys finally slug it out on a screen as big as their egos?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, I have some good news for you! Fathom Events will be bringing all the zombie action you can handle to select movie theaters across the country in the form of “Survival Sunday” at 8:30 p.m. on April 15. The special event will not only include the Season Eight finale of The Walking Dead’s never ending “All Out War” story line, but it will also premiere the first episode of Season Four of Fear the Walking Dead. read more
Earlier this week, HNN’s own Nick Banks promptly reviewed Carl’s extended farewell in The Walking Dead Season Eight mid-season premiere, but it turns out he’s part of a group of viewers that just keeps shrinking. It’s been no secret that viewership ratings for the show have been declining since Season Seven, but the series set a dubious record Sunday night for its lowest rated midseason premiere of all time.
Variety reports that Nielsen’s Live+Same Day “data shows that Sunday’s premiere drew a 3.6 rating in adults 18-49 and 8.3 million viewers.” The drop in viewership from last year’s mid-season premiere amounts to nearly 4 million fewer viewers. If it’s any consolation, 2012’s Season Two mid-season premiere earned a higher overall rating of 4.2 in the key 18-49 demographic, but it netted slightly fewer overall viewers (8.1 million as opposed to Season Seven’s 8.3 million). read more
The last time that viewers got to watch the Walking Dead, it left off on a tragic and shocking note with Carl being bitten and awaiting his fate. Unfortunately, but not unsurprisingly, what this mid-season premier turned out to be was us waiting a few months to get another drawn out, over-indulgent, and most importantly, emotionless goodbye to one of the original characters.
The Walking Dead has a long history of emotional goodbyes. The number of characters that viewers have said goodbye to is too numerous to list at this point after eight seasons, but the early departures were always handled with finesse, knowing when to cut the scene and provide the important emotional punch. That all changed with season six’s final episode that created their version of the infamous “Who Shot J.R.?” angle and the subsequent bashing of Glenn and Abraham by that “smiling jack” by the name of Negan at the start of season seven. read more
In a move that could signal the end of Maggie on the Walking Dead, Variety is reporting that Lauren Cohan has just landed the lead role in ABC’s pilot for Whiskey Cavalier.
According to the report, “Cohan does not currently have a contract in place to return for The Walking Dead’s upcoming ninth season and has been in negotiations with AMC for months over her potential return to the zombie apocalypse series. Cohan has been on the AMC show since its second season…If Whiskey Cavalier moves forward, it is possible Cohan could return to The Walking Dead on a recurring basis in Season 9 or simply leave the show entirely.” read more
This weekend, the Jacob Javits Center in New York City played host to the cultural phenomenon known as Toy Fair 2018. For four glorious days, national and international toy producers, re-sellers and developers converged on the West Side of Manhattan to display their current products and provide a glimpse of what the future holds for their catalogs as well.
Horror continues to play an integral part in the toy market, and Horror News Network was there to cover all of the excitement and wonderfully-gory products that both casual and hardcore collectors (and their kids!) can expect throughout 2018 and even into next year. Staff Journalists Larry Dwyer and Sean McLaughlin made the trek ready to report, and thanks to an assist by our friends at Action Figure Collectors (www.actionfigurecollectors.com) we were able to provide thorough coverage of all announcements and news relevant to the horror masses. read more
The Season Eight mid-season finale of The Walking Dead had more fans than usual throwing their remotes through their television screens in fits of rage. The franchise which built its legacy by toying with viewers’ emotional connections to characters may have gone too far when it abruptly killed off Chandler Riggs’ Carl… a young man who is still alive and well in the comic series upon which the show is based. In the series’ relentless quest to shock its viewers in search of those sweet, sweet ratings, this latest stunt didn’t exactly achieve the same level of interest as all of those “Negan clobberings” of yesteryear. And it turns out that fans aren’t the only ones who feel bad about this recent development! read more