It's been a while since we last saw Rick and the gang when The Walking Dead Season 7 came to an end, but thankfully our wait is now over. The eighth season of the AMC veteran drama hit screens on Sunday night and fans were delighted to have their favorite post-apocalyptic survivors back on their screen. The season premiere, which also happened to be the show's 100th episode, delivered on all accounts and set up an all out war between Rick and Negan.
While you were all probably busy paying attention to all of the action and the drama going on in #TheWalkingDead's Season 8 premiere, you may have missed that there are several new title cards in the #AMC drama's iconic opening credits. Much like last season when Jeffrey Dean Morgan was added to the intro, several other #TWD cast members now have title cards of their own, and there were also a few other updates made to the credits too. Don't worry if you missed them as we're taking a closer look at them below.
Note: This post contains minor spoilers from The Walking Dead Season 8 Premiere.
Although Danai Gurira has featured in the iconic Walking Dead opening credits for many seasons now, the title card on which her name is displayed has been changed for Season 8. Previously, the actresses name would appear over a shot of a derelict building, but now we see an up-close shot of what is presumably Michonne's signature sword.
Much like Gurira, Alanna Masterson has featured in the opening credits before Season 8, but her title card has also been altered for this season. Previously, the actresses name appeared on a card that featured a small boat, but now her name pops up on a shot of the Saviors' satellite outpost. This location was later featured in the episode when Daryl and Rick decided that it would be the next target on their hit-list.
While it's entirely possible that the satellite outpost is just one of many locations that will prominently feature throughout Season 8 of The Walking Dead, it's use for Masterson's title card does seem a little odd considering she isn't a savior. As we've seen with Negan's title card, the imagery usually relates to the actor in some way, so could this shot of the satellite outpost have some relevance for Tara later down the line?
Although actor Seth Gilliam has been a huge part of The Walking Dead for many a year, the actor has never featured in the opening titles until now. As of the Season 8 premiere, Gilliam not only features, but he has his own title card. Gilliam's name appears on a shot of a wrecked wall and a tank with water seeping through the bottom. Whether this has any relevance has yet to be seen, but we're pleased that Father Gabriel himself is now finally in the credits.
Gilliam isn't the only regular Walking Dead actor to snag a place in the signature opening credits, Ross Marquand who plays Aaron on the show has also received a slot. The actor's name appears as the credits move to an old, lonely house and broke down car.
Again, we're not sure if this serves any relevance just yet, but it's pretty cool to see Marquand in the credits. Aaron is without a doubt one of The Walking Dead's most underused characters so hopefully Marquand earning a place in the credits is a sign that we're going to be seeing more of Aaron this season.
The opening credits of The Walking Dead have went through some drastic changes for Season 8 but will these new title cards serve any relevance in the future? Perhaps they will come into play later on, or perhaps the creators simply wanted to give the intro a facelift considering the show has reached its 100th episode. I guess we'll just have to keep watching to find out.
The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9/8c on AMC.
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