“The Walking Dead” is going back to the future.
Admittedly, the last time we saw a glimpse of some distant point in Rick Grimes’ timeline, it turned out to all be a dream. Because of course it did. Lazy storytelling is lazy.
Apparently, season nine of “The Walking Dead” will move the story a long way forward. According to the new showrunner, Angela Kang, the plan is to drop the audience in an unfamiliar environment, and make them figure out that’s going on and what’s transpired since we last saw our heroes.
“We’re playing with time in the season, so we get to jump forward in the story. We’re working on a season that has a really fresh look and feel. We come in on some pretty fun stuff. I’m really focusing a lot on the core character relationships in the show that have kind of been long-lasting, as well as all of our wonderful series regulars.”
The time jump makes sense. There’s a similar leap forward in the comics after the analogous Negan vs Rick war, so this matches the TV show up with its source material.
Not a Terrible Idea
Despite being generally very tired of “The Walking Dead” and all its exhausting attention activities, I’m actually on board for this.
“The Walking Dead” has been stale for a while. The storylines have ended up stuck in familiar patterns, and characters aren’t always given due time to shine.
I’m hopeful that a jump into the future will give the writers a jolt of fresh ideas. Perhaps, if we’re lucky, things will stop going round in circles, and a detachment from the past will allow for some new paradigms to emerge.
We’re moving towards a noteworthy event in the form of Rick Grimes’ departure from the show. something big is going to go down in order to make this happen, and the time jump should help to make this more unpredictable.
I look forward to seeing what happens next. Perhaps under the guidance of Angela Kang, this show might actually be worth watching again.