The season finale has kicked off an “All Out War” on AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead‘ and fans of the comic know what the conclusion of that will bring – a huge time jump. In the comics we see nearly two years pass between issues and that is something which may or may not happen on the television series. There are plenty of tales to tell in this two-year gap, some of them were hinted at or some could be original. If the show is able to get a ratings bump again, this original storytelling could keep readers coming back for brand new stories before a time jump were to happen.
Here is what showrunner Scott M. Gimple had to say about this:
“For the people who read the comics, they’re going to be expecting this. We’re doing the book; we do all sorts of variations on it, and then we do things that are inspired by it, and then we change things up with a remix. But I will say there are things that happen in that time jump that is referred to that are super interesting. And thus we might see some of that stuff; it might not be the same sort of jump, or we’ll do that two to five years in real time.”
So, it does sound like a time jump will occur but possibly not how readers remember it. While the “All Out War” could last for the entire eighth season, the showrunners tend to enjoy splitting their seasons around the mid-season break with story arcs. This means we’ll either have a fully action-filled season coming up or right at the break we’ll get the first time jump.
Whether we’ll skip to the interesting stories in between these timeframes or jump forward and use flashbacks to tell the story, it is too early to say. My guess though, which I believe that most fans will agree with, is that the Junkyard People are going to evolve into The Whisperers. They’re already acting as if the apocalypse had occurred a few generations back and this could be a natural transformation for them.
How do you think ‘The Walking Dead’ will handle the time jump from the comics? Do you believe that the series will be able to give an infusion in action and original storytelling that isn’t filler episodes to bring its ratings back up? Share your thoughts below!
Stuart Conover is an author, blogger, and all around geek. When not busy being a father and husband he tries to spend as much time as possible immersed in comic books, science fiction, and horror! Would you like to know more? Follow him on Twitter!