Get ready for more zombies and full-blown war — as AMC's The Walking Dead just announced their release date for Season 8!

The smash series will return to the small screen on Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, with Katelyn Nacon [who plays Enid], Steven Ogg [Simon], and Pollyanna McIntosh [Jadis] stepping in as your new series regulars.

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Production has since resumed after stuntman John Bernecker fell to his death on-set last week, which temporarily shut things down and had many fans wondering what that meant for the upcoming season premiere.

"Our production is heartbroken by the tragic loss of John Bernecker. 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," showrunner Scott M. Gimple said in a statement to E! News.

We left off last season saying with Rick [played by Andrew Lincoln] and the rest of Alexandria saying goodbye to the beloved Sasha [Sonequa Martin-Green], being betrayed by the Scavengers, and getting both Hilltop and the Kingdom to join them in their fight against Negan [Jeffrey Dean Morgan] and the Saviors.

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Negan's former helper Dwight [played by Austin Amelio] told Rick and company that he can help them win their battle.


“You can trust me. If we can work together, we can stop them,” he explained while undergoing their interrogation.

We can only hope that Season 8's premiere will be less heartbreaking than Season 7, when Negan brutally murdered Abraham [Michael Cudlitz] and fan-favorite Glenn [Steven Yeun] with a baseball bat covered in barbed wire named Lucille.

The gang will reunite at SDCC on Friday, July 21.

This is going to be good!

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