Rick and Negan face off in the Walking Dead

We’re now just days from the season 8 finale of The Walking Dead, and we’re told we’re in for a treat. 

Rick Grimes and Negan will finally do battle for real in an extra-long final episode, after months and months of build up. This entire season has been one long battle, and things are finally gonna be thrashed out the old-fashioned way.

But according to showrunner Scott Gimple, the final battle will be about far more than just a fight to the death — it will be the rebirth of the entire franchise.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Gimple explained how Angela Kang’s arrival as showrunner for season 9 is going to shake things up considerable.

Gimple said:

“Also, 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.”

We already know that AMC’s plan is to take the show back to its roots. Executive producer Greg Nicotero recently revealed that season 9 will feel a lot like season 1. Which is probably a good thing after several years of falling ratings.

But if things are REALLY going to be shook up, we should probably expect some pretty high-profile deaths at the end of season 8. If the growing rumours are true, Rick himself could be headed to that great zombie pen in the sky.

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