The Walking Dead is one of the most action-packed tv shows, as characters are forced to fight everything from zombies to the parts to each other. Sadly, an accident behind-the-scenes at The Walking Dead has put a stop to production on Season 8. A stuntman suffered a big fall on set, and shooting has stopped for the time being.
As we know, John Bernecker was working on The Walking Dead when he fell 30 feet to a cement floor below. And also, he has a serious head injury. After the fall, Bernecker was transferred to Atlanta Medical Center via Medevac. ALso, he was being negotiated in the intensive care unit.
It has not yet been announced how long the tv show production will be suspended. The length of the suspension may depend on the investigation by the SAG-AFTRA union, which represents stuntmen and stuntwomen. The employees said in an announcement that the investigation is focused on the safety and security of the stunt professionals working on The Walking Dead.
There are several reasons for TV and movie projects to reduce the production. ABC’s Bachelor In Paradise temporarily suspended shooting recently when news surfaced of possible sexual misconduct on set. Although production continued after investigators came to the result that there had been no wrongdoing.
TNT’s The Last Ship suspended production when the actor Eric Dane needed some time to deal with personal issues. And Jeremy Renner’s Knightfall was held last year after a fire broke out during the shooting in Prague. The Walking Dead even faced possible delay earlier this year when a potential writers’ strike was threatening. John Bernecker’s fall in surely a terribly tragic reason for a tv show to halt production.
Whatever the reason that John Bernecker’s injury happened. We have to hope that measures will be taken to guarantee that something so serious and deadly never happens again. There are natural dangers in work as a stuntman or stuntwoman. But falling 30 feet onto concrete shouldn’t happen for the sake of a TV show or movie. We don’t often hear of such incidents, and it’s always surprising to learn that they can still happen nowadays.