The Walking Dead: Season 8 (2017 - 2018)


Season 8
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Critics Consensus

The Walking Dead's eighth season energizes its characters with some much-needed angst and action, though it's still occasionally choppy and lacking forward-moving plot progression.



Critic Ratings: 16


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User Ratings: 1479
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Air date: Oct 22, 2017
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Air date: Feb 25, 2018
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Season 8 of this drama series brings an all-out war. Rick (Andrew Lincoln), Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and Ezekiel (Khary Payton) all rally their respective groups to fight against Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and his forces, in order to live a better life. But Negan's squad, The Saviors, are better-equipped and more experienced, so the battle for freedom will be paved with casualties and tragedy.

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Critic Reviews for The Walking Dead Season 8

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (7)

Rick, and his band of survivors... aren't passive victims anymore; they're active and fighting back. It's the way longtime fans are used to seeing them, and it feels good.

Oct 23, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

This new season of The Walking Dead should be more fun to watch almost by default.

Oct 23, 2017 | Full Review…

The AMC blockbuster has given viewers a welcome respite from getting kicked in the teeth, and that's made it much more enjoyable.

Oct 22, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Well-done, but then TWD is always well-done. What's missing is the thrill of surprise, or the shock of surprise. "Mercy" at least offers a hint that one may be coming.

Oct 19, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The ninth season next fall is inescapable, but these zombies do not have more to give. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 2, 2018 | Full Review…

On the whole, season eight was a major disappointment, mainly because they opted to go off on their own and deliver an All-Out War that was lacking just about everything that had made the arc such an exciting read in the first place.

May 21, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Now, [most of] the characters are becoming as brain-dead as the zombies around them.

May 16, 2018 | Full Review…

Honestly, as a villain, how are people going to take you seriously when you talk literal nonsense? Consider it food for thought.

Oct 26, 2017 | Full Review…

Let's be frank: The series is clearly in decline.

Apr 17, 2018 | Full Review…

If the first episode is anything to go by, it looks like Walking Dead finally has its mojo back.

Oct 25, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Walking Dead: Season 8

  • Jul 16, 2019
    probably one of the worst seasons, in my opinion the arc for maggie dropped the ball a while back, we have a high-risk pregnant lady who in a couple of minutes took over a well-established settlement with no effort at all even if the people had never expressed any resentment against its leader, despite her high-risk pregnancy she's able to fight, punch people, jump, etc., even after the doctor told her that due her condition she's unable to move back to Alexandria, the script is really poor for her arc although the rest of the characters developed well.
  • Jun 21, 2019
    Small steps from what the series just experienced from the seventh season, and had lots of action and fighting that was not seen previously. The war between the saviors and Ricks group is the best thing about the season. The worst part is the death of a character that NOBODY ever saw coming. This would set the tone in the next season which divided the survivors on what they wanted.
  • Jun 09, 2019
    Season 8, no doubt, improved over last season with its action and pacing, though the action sequences felt lackluster and our gang just shooting at NPCS the entire time. Also the pointless flash forwards and flashbacks that they should've left out. It just mixed up the story and gave away stuff early on in the season. The HUGE downfall of this season was Carl's death. His death could've easily been replaced and make Morgan die. His death just killed the fanbase and should've never killed him off - which probably led to Andrew's departure in the upcoming season, Daryl's redundant actions, and unrealistic fights like Rick and Negan's. As for the positives, it definitely energized our characters, gave us action that we wanted to see, a beautifully crafted second half, showing that both sides are not all good, the finale was good, much better pacing, gave more development over Negan, but AOW was a let-down and I wish it was better.
  • May 08, 2019
    Ship is sinking. Even tho Negan is the best tv villan ever dude
  • Apr 28, 2019
    An ok season with good episodes but nothing new
  • Apr 25, 2019
    This is the worst season, so far. The flashbacks make little sense and neither does anything else. It seems cobbled together.
  • Apr 19, 2019
    Terrible..It used to be really good. Now it's just SJW nonsense.
  • Apr 05, 2019
    Generous I would give it 0 stars but lucky it got half a star. I liked the first few seasons but slowly it just started going downhill. Now the show is just poorly WRITTEN AND ACTED. It is almost too hard to watch.
  • Apr 04, 2019
    Truly appalling. I am a long time fan of TWD but this was repetitive nonsense resulting in the same outcome of Negan telling Rick what a total loser he is. Just as he did in the previous season. This is one of these shows that should have ended. It is a shame as it was great. It is now dull, boring and pointless. Don't waste your time watching it and AMC, either step it up or cut the show.
  • Apr 03, 2019
    It's a bad sign when you tried to stop at season 4 and somehow ended up here, in season 8, due to devotion to a particular character. (In my case, it was Maggie.) That said, Maggie's acting had much to be desired this season. It's a bad sign when you are actually rooting for the bad guy because he's more likeable. It seems like the scriptwriters took a break from common sense in this particular season as Rick, who was previously a perfect shot, couldn't seem to hit Negan when he most needed to hit him. And suddenly having your throat slashed open doesn't kill a person? And all the contaminated blood people have been getting in their mouths and eyes in various scenes over the last few years without detriment magically impacts them when put on a knife blade. I, for one, am tired of having my intelligence insulted with this TV series. And that isn't even bringing into discussion the topic of someone having their throat slashed *and living through it.* Say Whah?!? End result: Addictive, but run if you want to preserve your brain cells.

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