Walking Dead Avoids Writer’s Strike As Season 8 Production Gears Up
WGA Makes Studio Deal For Three More Years
In somewhat of a cliffhanger ending, the Writers Guide of America made a deal with the studios to make sure the scripts continued to come in on time so Hollywood (and Georgia) can continue to work.
The last strike was nearly a decade ago and it terribly injured shows like Breaking Bad and movies like Star Trek, Wolverine, and Quantum of Solace. Essentially, directors were forced to use what they had without adjustments.
Both parties issue a new three-year agreement.
Writer Strike Can Kill Shows And Films
“A crippling writers’ strike in 2007 brought scripted production to a screeching halt and dealt a significant blow to California’s economy; still, the latest talks between the studios, represented by the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, and the WGA came down to the wire.”
“For consumers, the immediate effects of a strike would have been visible first in late-night television, sidelining programs hosted by Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert, Samantha Bee, and Jimmy Kimmel, among others.”
Soon, this would have altered The Walking Dead as well.
Walking Dead Lives On
Despite having already written the Season 8 premiere, this strike could have slowed production on the remainder of the AMC series. The Walking Dead remains one of the top television shows in 2016, especially for AMC.
Filming for Season 8 started about a week ago. It’s unlikely that scripts were on stockpile, but it is likely that the writers have already outlined the entirety of Season 8 so now they just need to write.
For many network shows, the writers gather to come up with a story bible and then they pair off or work individually to write the individual episodes. They likely compare and contrast or edit each other’s episodes to a point as well.
Luckily, thanks to both parties involved, the show should move along as planned.
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