The filming for The Walking Dead season 8 has officially begun in Georgia, where the major part of the show's production takes place. Khary Payton, who plays the mighty king Ezekiel in the show, shared an on-set image on Twitter, officially confirming the production update.
Though the seventh season did not end on a cliffhanger note, it appears as if the crew is barred from sharing pictures from the set. Hence, Payton shared just the shadow of the Kingdom's chief. "We start once more for the fallen," he captioned the image.
Meanwhile, dedicated Facebook fan page, the Spoiling Dead Fans have shared a few more on-set images of Carl, who was looking a lot like his father Rick Grimes from season one, before the zombie outbreak.
"A scene was witnessed where Carl got out of the "bird van" (aka Rick & Michonne's mobile love nest) and then starts walking around with a gas canister," the fan page captioned the image album. A fan theory suggests that Carl will take his father's place as leader in the future of the series as Rick continues to lose focus as chief of the survival team Alexandria.
The first episode of the eighth season will also be the 100th episode of the AMC zombie thriller and show creators and executive producers have already teased an epic premiere.
"By virtue of the fact that the narrative has turned into one of pretty intense conflict. It's'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," writer and producer Scott Gimple told Entertainment Weekly in April.
The plot of the upcoming season is still under wraps, but the war between the surviving communities is expected to dominate season 8. Negan and the junkyard groups are set to avenge their humiliating defeat at the hands of Rick and his team along with help from the Kingdom and the Hilltop.
The Walking Dead season 8 returns this Fall of 2017 on AMC.