The Walking Dead may have been criticised for the slow burn last season, but season eight looks like it will be the complete opposite.
Tom Payne – who plays Hilltop badass Jesus on the zombie drama – has talked up the new episodes by claiming that each one has a genuine “oh my god” moment as Rick’s gang “fight back” against Negan and his Saviors.
Oh my god.
Jesus and Maggie in ‘The Walking Dead’ s07e14
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“It’s been just crazy action, and really exciting to film and to read and to be involved in,” Payne told IGN. “Scott Gimple’s spoken a lot about the 100th episode being a jump-off for the next 100 episodes.
“Season eight certainly starts with a big bang and then continues to ramp up, which is really exciting.
“I know the audience will be really happy with certainly how it starts, because they’re taking the fight back, and then every single episode in the first half there’s a moment which makes you go, ‘Wow, oh my god, I can’t believe that’.”
The actor added: “There’s just an insane amount of action, and different dilemmas.
“There are characters who are involved in war, so what is the right thing to do during war? Is it just kill everyone? In every war, there are casualties who maybe shouldn’t have been.
“There are dilemmas that I hope the audience is involved in as well in watching it, and there are choices to be made of how to move forward at certain stages.”
The Walking Dead launches its eighth season on October 22 on AMC in the US. It will air on FOX in the UK.