As previously reported, The Walking Dead has been bringing in staggering low ratings throughout Season 8. ComicBook.com notes that Sunday’s episode viewership was at 7.47 million people watching live; numbers they haven’t seen that low since March of 2012. Even with the declining viewers, it is still one of the highest rated programs on Sunday night.
TWD episode 7 entitled “Time for After” saw Rick finding his harda$$ side again (finally) while Eugene came to terms with the fact that he’s only out for himself. Much of Season 8 has involved character “come to Jesus” moments putting aside the more gruesome Negan-based events of last year.
Actress Pollyanna McIntosh, who portrays Queen of the Dump Jadis, addressed the severity of what occurred in season 7 possibly affecting how viewers interpret the showing moving forward. “I think season seven knocked a lot of people sideways with the gore, you know? And we took that into account, but it also set up… the truth of it, this is a show from a comic book, you know?” She goes on to note, “And people will be dying in hideous ways. I mean, that’s part of the personality of the comic book. And as long as we keep the great character development and the great threads of morality and the human condition within there, I think we have some room to have a bit of fun with that blood and gore.”
Teasers at the end of episode 7 promised scenes we’ll all be talking about in the mid-season finale. What are your expectations for S8.E8 “How It’s Gotta Be” on Sunday? Share your comments with us below and tune into AMC on December 10 at 9 p.m. to see if TWD can dig up some better ratings.