The Walking Dead Season 8 finale will conclude all past seasons. Showrunner Scott M. Gimple revealed in a recent interview that Sunday's episode will end the long journey from the past eight seasons and usher a new phase in Season 9.
Gimple talked about his exit as series creator of The Walking Dead and in doing so, brought up some of the expectations for the Season 8 finale. The showrunner said that the upcoming episode will conclude everything that has happened in the past seasons. It will tie all loose ends and wrap up all narrative thread from the past episodes.
"This episode isn't just like these 15 episodes coming to a conclusion, but Angela [Kang] and myself and the writers had always talked about this in many ways being sort of the conclusion of the first eight seasons," Gimple told Entertainment Weekly.
The Walking Dead Season 8 finale will wrap up the storyline created from the first seasons. Gimple said that this plan has been a long time coming. He has been wanting to do it even before Season 8. This brings the series to open with a bigger and new narrative in Season 9. It will be very much a new show.
"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," Gimple added.
The Walking Dead Season 8 finale, titled "Wrath," will be massive and will involve a fight between Negan and Rick's people. Aside from the practical effects, the fight will also bring into focus the changes that are happening with the people involved in the battle. Previewing episode 16, Gimple said there will be a lot of emotional heft as the finale concludes the narrative of the characters in the series.
"There's just a lot going on, and a lot of perspectives that we're shifting between and some very, very big emotional and philosophical movement between just some unbelievably insane things happening," Gimple previewed the finale.
The Walking Dead Season 8 finale will be Gimple's last episode as a showrunner. He has turned over the show to Angela Kang, who will take over in Season 9. Gimple will take on the role of Chief Content Officer for all Walking Dead franchise.
The Walking Dead Season 8 finale airs on AMC on April 15.