Last year, Rick Grimes had to share main character status with Negan. Not anymore. "The Walking Dead" Season 8 will make it clear right away that The Ricktator is reclaiming the spotlight.

Greg Nicotero tends to direct TWD premieres and he helmed Season 8, Episode 1, which is also the show's 100th episode. Here's a little tease on that, from Nicotero to TV Guide:

"We start Episode 801 on a close-up of Rick Grimes, and we really get a sense that he's driving our story, not Negan."

Robert Kirkman already told EW the Season 8 premiere would tell us what the old Rick image of the trailer meant, so it's possible the entire season will open with that close-up shot and reveal more about it later. (Comic book fans already think they have an idea about Old Man Rick, but we'll see.)

Nicotero also told TV Guide the 100th episode will include some Easter Eggs to reward longtime fans:

"In multiple viewings you'll definitely pick up a few things that we put in there that harken back to earlier episodes."

Rewatch the big Comic-Con trailer and see if you can pick up some early clues: "The Walking Dead" Season 8 begins All Out War on Sunday, Oct. 22 at 9 p.m. on AMC.

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The Walking Dead
AMCTVMAOctober 31, 2010
Based on 22 critics

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