The future seasons of ‘TWD’ will focus on Eugene’s shorts joked show runner Scott M. Gimple.
The cast and crew kicked opening night of PaleyFest off with a bang. The cast and creatives minds gathered at the Dolby Theater Hollywood to answer questions about the show and season 7. Scott Gimple, Greg Nicotero, Robert Kirkman were joined by most of the cast minus Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Norman Reedus.
It’s must be a nightmare to talk about the show but not give up any clues or details that are spoilers. On hand for the panel were stars Andrew Lincoln, Melissa McBride, Josh McDermitt, Lauren Cohan, Sonequa Martin-Green, Alanna Masterson, Christian Serratos, Seth Gilliam, Ross Marquand, Austin Amelio and Tom Payne.
With the end of season 7 almost here the producers were asked about the future direction of the show.
“[The future of the series] focuses on Eugene’s shorts,” the showrunner joked. “No, the end of this season is very much the end of a chapter. It’s very much a conclusion that promises this gigantic, epic tale to come.” Gimple noted that the first episode of Season 8 will also mark the 100th episode of The Walking Dead, a revelation that drew big applause from the crowd.
“The first episode [of Season 8] is, I think, less about [the fact] that we reached 100 episodes; it’s more about setting up the next 100 episodes,” he said.
While not included in PaleyFest’s initial cast announcement for the panel, Martin-Green was also on hand to discuss her journey with the series. In December, she was cast as Lt. Cmdr Rainsford in CBS All Access’ series Star Trek: Discovery, leading to speculation about her future on The Walking Dead and the potential for her character to be among those next meeting their maker. Featured prominently in an extended sneak peek at upcoming episodes, her comments left fans no reason not to speculate.
“What is it, if not a miracle, just to be a part of this experience, this world, this story, this family, this extended family?” she said. “It’s been truly phenomenal to dig deeper and deeper into the story as I’ve been on the show. For me as Sasha, I feel that all roads have led here.”
Check out the sneak peek of Sunday’s night episode