Season Premiere Friday, October 13 at 9 PM ET/PT on Discovery Channel
Miners at war, new Monster machines and bold challenges peak, when Gold Rush returns for its eighth season on Friday, October 13, from 9 to 11 PM ET/PT, with a special live event featuring the mine bosses at 8 PM ET/PT on Discovery. Before the new mining season even kicks off, gold miner Todd Hoffman lays everything on the line and wagers a massive bet with 22-year-old Parker Schnabel. The ever-confident Todd believes he can pull in the most gold this season. If not, he owes Parker 100 ounces of gold worth over $100,000 dollars. This sets off a head-to-head competition for the season between these two rivals.
It’s a bold move for Todd, especially after last year’s disaster. Todd’s 5,000-ounce goal was shattered in Oregon, where he began last season, and his crew went into a meltdown. This season, Todd and his crew are in Colorado where he is joined by his father, Jack, and 18-year-old son Hunter. This year, Todd believes that he’ll be the ultimate mine boss by running three plants at the same time – a challenge no gold miner has ever pulled off in the series. Meanwhile, Hunter demands a promotion and wants to run his own operation. But will he be able to handle the pressure?
In the Klondike, young Parker Schnabel meets with his long-time, dedicated crew and fills them in on the wager with the Hoffmans. However, this isn’t the only battle for Parker. He’s going to war on two fronts – not just with Todd, but his landlord Tony Beets, aka “The Viking.” Over four years, Tony has taken $2.3 million in royalties. This season, Parker has a plan to buy his freedom with a deal on new virgin ground. Parker doesn’t underestimate anyone as he knows mining is as much about perseverance as it is about luck. But first Parker needs to get his ice-bound washplant Big Red up and running – since every day not sluicing gives Todd and Tony a head start in the race for gold.
Meanwhile, legendary Klondike miner Tony Beets is back and continues his on-going obsession with dredges. Last year, his plan to move and resurrect a 75-year-old dredge proved to be a big failure. But “The Viking” never gives up. This year, he and his family set the goal to move Dredge #2 and get it mining for gold. He has everything in place, but first needs to convince legendary mine boss Sheamus Christie to help him move it. But even for Sheamus, moving a 500-ton dredge is a first. New crew members, unexpected equipment failures and heated rivalries prove no two seasons are alike in Discovery’s hit series GOLD RUSH. Each week, the gold total will be tallied, pushing the miners to their limits to prove who is ultimately on top.