‘Walking Dead’ Star Danai Gurira Says Season Premiere Won’t Be Like Negan’s Execution

Actress promises something “deeply different” for Michonne and the rest of the survivors

The brutal execution of Glenn and Abraham during last season’s premiere of “The Walking Dead” left the show’s fans bitterly divided. But Danai Gurira, who plays the hardened Michonne, promises that this season’s premiere will be “deeply different” from Negan’s murderfest.

“We don’t tend to tread the same ground twice,” Gurira told Entertainment Weekly. “It is a deeply different season premiere — deeply, deeply different and unpredictable and very, very rich in the story that’s being told and powerfully acted and all of that.”

Last season was a brutal one for Michonne, as she, Rick and the rest of their team struggled to survive against Negan and The Saviors. The season ended with Rick thinking that a Savior threw Michonne off a balcony to her death, only to discover that the opposite had occurred. Michonne, however, was beaten to within an inch of her life.

Now Gurira says that fans should be prepared for anything.

“We’ve all been knocked clear off our feet, and there’s just so many ways everybody’s story is expanded and deepened and sharpened,” she said. “And the clashes that we’re in take turns no one’s going to expect. And at the same time, it remains palpably human, you know?”

The Season 8 premiere of “The Walking Dead” — and the series’ 100th episode — will premiere on AMC on Oct. 22.