The Walking Dead returned on Sunday for its eighth season premiere — and one heck of a strange song choice. In the "future" scenes, the song "Another One Rides the Bus" by Weird Al Yankovic is playing, as opposed to "Another One Bites the Dust" by Queen.
According to showrunner Scott Gimple, "Storywise, it had to be a song that I wanted Judith to be into, but I didn’t want her to be into something necessarily typical. I wanted to have it be distinctive. I will say there is a toddler in my life sort of obsessed with that song, so that might have played into it a little bit."
Gimple can't give away anything about where the rest of the season is going, but with "All Out War" emblazoned on all the advertising for this season (plus the title of the corresponding arc in the comic book series), one can imagine it's not going to be pretty. "Three unbelievably intense, unrelenting episodes [are next] that pushed the actors and the crew, and the producers, everybody," is the only hint Gimple will give.
"These next three episodes were just one thing after the other after the other. It is very, very intense. It moves very, very quickly," he said. "When I was with the mixers, we definitely were hurting our ears quite a bit just with the pounding music, and the intensity, and the walkers, and the gunfire, and the yelling. The next three episodes might be the most intense string of episodes we’ve had."
The Walking Dead airs Sunday nights on AMC.