The Walking Dead season 8 finale: extended runtime confirmed

In a not particularly surprising piece of news, we’ve learned that The Walking Dead season 8 finale will be a super-long extended episode. It has become the norm for network AMC to allow showrunner Scott Gimple a little bit of extra time for his most important episodes, and the closer of season 8 is no exception to that tradition.

Although we don’t know how much of it will be adverts and how much of it will be zombie-fighting, AMC has confirmed that The Walking Dead season 8 episode 16 will air for American audiences from 9pm until 10:10pm on April 15th. There’s clearly a bit of extra content there, as a normal episode would fit neatly into an hour-long slot.

The Walking Dead season 8 finale has been given a title, also: it’s been dubbed Wrath, which has plentiful connotations, not least concerning the revenge rampage from Andrew Lincoln’s Rick Grimes against Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s Negan.

Daryl Dixon actor Norman Reedus has dubbed this extended finale “very, very satisfying”. Of course, only time will tell whether the majority of fans agree with him.

For American viewers, the finale of The Walking Dead season 8 will be immediately followed on AMC by an extended premiere episode for Fear The Walking Dead season 4.

We’ll bring you more news on both shows as and when we hear it.