‘The Walking Dead’ Season 8 Resumes Filming After Stuntman Death, Cast Reacts
The Walking Dead cast is ready to return to work after a brief hiatus following stuntman John Bernecker’s sad death.
The set was shut down temporarily after a stunt went tragically wrong.
See how the cast and crew reacted to the unfortunate incident and find out when filming resumes inside.
John died of a head injury sustained when a high fall stunt went wrong on the Season 8 set last week.
Thoughts with John Bernecker's family tonight. Who will continue to be a part of our family and have all the love and support we can give.Tom Payne (@justanactor) July 14, 2017
His family decided to donate his organs so his legacy would live on.
The death took place during a fight scene with Dwight actor Austin Amelio.
I have no words. My heart is absolutely broken for John Bernecker. Please send prayers to his family and friends.Austin Amelio (@austin_amelio) July 14, 2017
Reports say John missed his padded target by inches, while others say the stuntman tripped and lost his footing.
Investigations are being launched to determine the full details of the incident.
This tragic event is now considered historic.
This is the first onset death in America since 2014, and the first-stunt related death in the past 15 years, Forbes reports.
Showrunner Scott Gimple issued a statement expressing gratitude for John’s time with the show along with condolences for John’s loved ones.
We are deeply saddened by the loss of John Bernecker. He will always be part of the TWD family. Our hearts go out to his family and friends.The Walking Dead AMC (@WalkingDead_AMC) July 15, 2017
"Our production is heartbroken by the tragic loss of John Bernecker. John's work on The Walking Dead and dozens of other movies and shows will continue to entertain and excite audiences for generations. We are grateful for his contributions, and all of us send our condolences, love, and prayers to John's family and friends," per ABC News.
The heartbreaking news of John’s death drew responses from cast members past and present.
Former Governor actor David Morrissey — who hasn’t appeared on the show since Season 3 — took the time to share his condolences.
Terrible news from the set of The Walking Dead. Deepest condolences to John Bernecker's family. My thoughts are with everyone down there.David Morrissey (@davemorrissey64) July 14, 2017
But the Tara actress revived her dormant Twitter after more than a month to share her grief.
And the world seems a little dimmer since you left, but I hope you bring the sunshine from above. We will miss you John. We love you.Alanna Masterson (@AlannaMasterson) July 14, 2017
Filming for Season 8 was put on hold after the terrifying accident, but the crew is set to resume today.
The Walking Dead returns to AMC this October.