The Walking Dead may have enjoyed the best of episodes in years, but the episode 8 of season 9 was the lowest-rated midseason final in the show's history.
"Evolution", which saw the demise of Jesus and the unveiling of the Whisperers, managed a total of 5.1 million viewers.
By comparison, season 8's midseason final (where Carl Grimes revealed to his father Rick that he had been asked) took 7.89 million.
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The good news is that Season 9 Episode 8 has risen from the previous week's (4.79 million), and let's be honest, the ratings are still extremely strong for a cable show that is in its ninth year and has to deal with the loss of its lead character.
Showrunner Angela Kang explained the decision to kill Jesus, saying they wanted "something epic" to mark the Whisperers' arrival.
"[Jesus is] a character whose life really matters to everyone in this group and the people who are left behind. It's going to have a big impact on them. It has a big impact on the story, "she said.
Jesus actor Tom Payne also admits that he was happy to leave the show after growing frustrated by the way his TV character was written in the previous two seasons.
AMC has released the trailer for the second half of the second half, showing more whisperers action, a flashback hint, and a potential glimpse at Whisperers leader Alpha.
The Walking Dead will return on Sunday, February 10 on AMC in the US and Most likely on Monday, February 11 on FOX in the UK. You can also catch the show through NOW TV.
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