The Walking Dead Season 8B Key Art And Synopsis Teases Rick And Negan's Final Fight

Get ready for the last stand.

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There's still a month before The Walking Dead returns, but the show is preparing for the climax of the all-out-war that that was initiated when Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) introduced himself in Season 6. In new key art for the return of Season 8, The Walking Dead is promising these next episodes will be the last stand between Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Negan, as the former also comes to terms with his dying son, Carl (Chandler Riggs). Whether that will help the show's falling ratings is anybody's guess.

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As a synopsis for the second half of Season 8 promises, though, it's not just Rick that is struggling on the series. Every major character has been forced to compromise the things they believe in throughout the war with Negan--including Negan himself.

Take a look at the lengthy synopsis of Season 8B below:

All out war has had a devastating impact on every person involved. The communities themselves are fractured. Alexandria has been destroyed, the Hilltop finds themselves pinned, and the Kingdom is shattered--half of them dead, the other half controlled by the Saviors.

At the very center--Rick, having been distracted by the conflict, has just returned home to learn that Carl, who heroically shepherded the Alexandrians to safety during Negan's attack, has been bitten by a walker. Once his sole motivation in this otherwise stark existence, Rick is forced to deal with this reality. Carl has always been a beacon of hope, a symbol for the remaining thread of humanity--lessons that the survivors around him would be wise to take with them as this war surges onward.

But Rick isn't the only person who's living in peril. Aaron and Enid are in a dire situation at Oceanside--unclear if they're in friendly territory, or if they've just made new enemies. Father Gabriel will do his part in attempting to smuggle Dr. Carson safely back to the Hilltop and a pregnant Maggie is wrestling with the many moral gray areas that come with leadership during war. In a standoff with the Saviors, she must decide how to proceed with the dozens of POW lives she's currently in control of, as well as new complications that come with being a leader.

In addition to the war, Negan continues to deal with struggles within his ranks as workers, traitors, and others' thirst for power cause conflict at the Sanctuary. Having gifted the Saviors a major victory, Eugene's loyalty is repeatedly tested as new obstacles present themselves.

As all-out-war consumes us, the line between good and evil continues to blur. People fighting for what they believe in. Everybody working together for something bigger--to feel safe and have a world worth living in.

While it's already widely known that Riggs will be departing the series shortly after it returns, it's likely that more will fall by the time the war is over. Given how the series is going against comic book canon with the death of Carl, though, there's no telling who else could be killed off by the time the season is over.

Whatever the case, the carnage is only going to get crazier from here as Rick and those he trusts band together for one final assault on Negan. The Walking Dead returns Sunday, February 25, on AMC.

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If the show is derailing from the comics. I'm no longer watching the show. I always loved to see how the show would adapt the comic story arcs. I can no longer sit through all the filler episodes of nothing but long shots with no music or dialog.

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I would be surprised if Negan dies, pretty sure they'll keep him around for a while.

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@aross2004: He has been essential in the comics since his introduction, so it would be a monumental narrative shift to kill him off now.

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@lionheartssj1: Exactly. But then again, you know how they love to deviate from the comics to surprise people.

If they do kill off Negan, then fundamentally they have a pretty big problem with the show. It can't just be an endless series of find a new spot to set up home, then fight new bad guy/group to keep it.

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@aross2004: You're right about that. I think they have some rich story material to work with in Negan. They're probably going to have to speed up the progression to counteract the decline in viewer interest though. I feel like they're already starting to do that a little, considering we're already about to wrap up the all out war arc this season, but then they're going to run into the end of archive source material before too long.