The Walking Dead is approaching its 100th episode with the season 8 premiere this fall. To put that in perspective, Chandler Riggs was 10 years old when he first played Carl Grimes in season 1. He’s now 18. As Norman Reedus puts it, “100 frickin’ episodes is magnificent.”
To commemorate the milestone, the cast of the AMC zombie drama — including Andrew Lincoln, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride and Jeffrey Dean Morgan — sent a big thank you to the fans in a video compilation. Alanna Masterson notes she was only supposed to have a three-episode role before Tara became a main player, and McBride thought she’d be one of the first to get killed off.
“My knees hurt. I’ve gone gray,” Lincoln jokes, recalling how he never thought he’d be on the set of season 8 when Rick first woke up from his hospital bed. “It’s an incredible ride and I want to thank you all for being a part of it,” he adds.
The video kicks off with a message recorded by Reedus and McBride that will surely tickle Caryl shippers. According to them, more behind-the-scenes videos will be posted to the show’s Facebook page in the days ahead. “We’ll keep trying to make a cool show for you guys out here in the heat — and it is crazy hot,” Reedus says.
The Walking Dead‘s 100th episode will air Oct. 22 on AMC with the season 8 premiere. “It’s massively heavy on the action,” showrunner Scott M. Gimple told Entertainment Weekly. “I really wanted to push into different ways than we’ve done things in a long time, just by virtue of we’re a show going into its eighth year and I really don’t want to do what we’ve done before, even if we’ve done it really well.”