Ross Marquand as Aaron, Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, Christian Serratos as Rosita Espinosa, Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan - The Walking Dead _ Season 7, Episode 8 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC"The Walking Dead" Season 7 finale brought together several disparate groups and now, it's full-speed forward. Showrunner Scott M. Gimple promised a faster pace for Season 8, which is slated to premiere on AMC this the fall.

"By virtue of the fact that the narrative has turned into one of pretty intense conflict," Gimple told Entertainment Weekly, "it's going to affect the structure in ways that make it a bit more kinetic, a bit more breakneck — shifting away from entire stories in one episode, and sort of fractured over several episodes, with little pieces of each story coming together."

So, it seems there will be fewer interludes at Alexandria, Hill-Top, and Kingdom, and more scenes of all the groups working together to fight Negan and the Saviours (and their allies, the Garbage Pail Kids).

Season 7 featured episodes focusing on Morgan, Sasha, and Eugene. But with war upon everyone, "Things are going to move, and possibly not have the kind of deep dives into characters in single episodes, but rather laying out the pieces as we go on."