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AMC Reveal 'The Walking Dead' Return Date And Promotional Poster

Mark McGowan

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AMC Reveal 'The Walking Dead' Return Date And Promotional Poster

We're getting to that time of year when the best television series return and our weeks begin to get better.

Game of Thrones finally made its comeback for its seventh season earlier in the week, and bar a strange cameo from Ed Sheeran it went down a treat with fans. Cillian Murphy has also claimed that the upcoming season of Peaky Blinders is the best yet and that there's some surprises coming, which is enough to get us salivating.

And now, to complete that trifecta of viewing goodness, The Walking Dead has a return date.

Back for its eighth installment, AMC have revealed that the zombie thriller will be back on screens on October 22, which is probably enough time to watch all of the first seven seasons again to whet our whistles.

E! News reports that the announcement came alongside the season's special Comic-Con key art, which sees Rick Grimes staring down Negan.

Credit: AMC

Sadly the show will be without a mainstay upon its return, following the passing of stuntman John Bernecker.

Bernecker was hospitalised after a 30 foot fall last week, Deadline reports, and later died from his injuries.

The stuntman hit his head on concrete and had to be airlifted to Atlanta Medical Center where he was put in ICU, according to reports.

His partner, Jennifer Cocker, took to Facebook to post a status about his condition. She wrote: "John deserves to be seen by every neorusurgeon and doctor there is until one of them sees the life we all know he has in him and bring him back to us... THIS ISNT FAIR."

"Our production is heartbroken by the tragic loss of John Bernecker," showrunner Scott M. Gimple said in a statement. "John's work on The Walking Dead and dozens of other movies and shows will continue to entertain and excite audiences for generations. We are grateful for his contributions, and all of us send our condolences, love, and prayers to John's family and friends.

Credit: Facebook

The show had another tragedy recently when Randy Schell, who voiced the instantly recognisable "previously, on Walking Dead" line passed away.

Schell, who voiced adverts for Nike, 20th Century Fox, Coca-Cola and McDonald's, passed away after his parachute got tangled during a group jump near Houston, Texas, Daily Mail reports.

Dad-of-three Randy fell to the ground after he collided with an experienced jumper, who is reported to have injured his leg, at Skydive Spaceland.

It was Randy's second jump of the day, having successfully completed another earlier.

Fans of Walking Dead will know the voiceover artist for the tagline "previously" at the beginning of episodes.

A spokesman for Skydive Spaceland said: "Both jumpers had made at least one successful skydive earlier that day, had hundreds or thousands of skydives each, and were jumping their own parachute systems."

Credit: Facebook

Jenny Josby, his agent, spoke to KHou about the devastating news.

"He had a golden voice, he knew what to do with it," she said. "He was a constant professional. Everyone loved working with him. He was also a brilliant producer and engineer.

"He was a great friend, a great man and a great client."

Featured Image Credit: AMC/The Walking Dead

Topics: The Walking Dead

Mark McGowan
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