The Walking Dead Season 8 new key art teases All Out War

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Sep 19, 2017, 3:14 PM EDT

All Out War is coming to The Walking Dead, something fans of the comic have been anticipating since the day Jeffrey Dean Morgan was cast as Negan, the leader of the ruthless Saviors. A new key art banner was released by AMC on Tuesday, showing the assembled forces of the Hilltop, The Kingdom, and Alexandria side-by-side and ready for the fight of their lives.


"All Out War" was a seminal arc in The Walking Dead comic book that changed the series significantly with major character deaths, allegiance changes, and a status quo at the end that is completely different from where the story starts. How far they go down that road remains to be seen, but fans should be in for one crazy, violent season.

An updated official synopsis was released as well, detailing exactly why Rick, Ezekiel, and the others are at such a breaking point. As the banner says, The Walking Dead returns to AMC Oct. 22, 2017 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Last year, Rick Grimes and his group of survivors were confronted with their deadliest challenge yet. With the comfort of Alexandria, they let their guard down, only to be reminded how brutal the world they live in can be. The introduction of Negan and the Saviors broke our group.

Feeling powerless under Negan's rules and demands, Rick advocated the group play along. But seeing that Negan couldn't be reasoned with, Rick began rallying together other communities affected by the Saviors. And with the support of the Hilltop and Kingdom, they finally have enough fire power to contest the Saviors.

This year, Rick brings "All Out War" to Negan and his forces. The Saviors are larger, better-equipped, and ruthless -- but Rick and the unified communities are fighting for the promise of a brighter future.  The battle lines are drawn as they launch into a kinetic, action-packed offensive.

Up until now, survival has been the focus of Rick and our group, but it's not enough. They have to fight to take back their freedom so that they can live. So that they can rebuild. As with any battle, there will be losses. Casualties. But with Rick leading the Alexandrian forces, Maggie leading the Hilltop, and King Ezekiel leading the Kingdom -- Negan and the Saviors' grip on this world may finally be coming to an end.

In addition, AMC released new single-character shots from the Season 8 premiere, the 100th episode of the series on IGN and EW.