The Walking Dead’s All Out War with Negan will end in Season 8

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Sep 20, 2017, 2:43 PM EDT

All Out War! Good God! What is it good for? High-quality zombie-stomping entertainment, if we’re talking about The Walking Dead, and we are, oh yes, we are.

Of course, we’re not just talking about walkers nowadays, since they seem to be the least of Sheriff Rick and company’s worries as Season 8 ramps up for its debut next month, what with Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and his ruthless Saviors running things, and the Hilltop, The Kingdom, and Alexandria alliance finally pushed to the brink. As fans of the “All Out War” TWD comic arc could have predicted, war became imminent, and peace hit the fan at the end of Season 7.

Given the slow burn that TWD can be at times, you may have worried that the show would get caught in the trenches, literally. But according to showrunner Scott Gimple, the end is nigh: “The war will absolutely be resolved by the end of Season 8,” Gimple told Entertainment Weekly. “Absolutely.”

With so much to resolve in such a short time span, expect the plot to reveal itself at a far-more rapid clip (think Romero zombies versus the speedsters of WWZ), something that creator Robert Kirkman had already spoken to The Hollywood Reporter about:

"We all know it's the ‘All Out War’ storyline. Season 8, we're trying to do a more fast-paced, action-packed season really focusing on momentum. Over the first seven seasons, we've set all the characters into place, and now it's time to break them, to a certain extent.”

Who do you suppose will get broken first? We’ll all find out when The Walking Dead returns to AMC on Oct. 22.

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