We’re roughly six months away from the return of “The Walking Dead.” But, for 15 million viewers or so hooked on AMC’s zombie series, it’s never too soon to take a look ahead.
Season 7 ended with the Alexandria Safe-Zone, Hilltop Colony and the Kingdom joining forces to fight off the Saviors. Negan has now declared war on Rick and anyone aligned with him.
Showrunner Scott Gimple has already alluded to a potential time jump comic book fans may be familiar with, that could come at some point during Season 8.
“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,” Gimple toldThe Hollywood Reporter. “But I will say there are things that happen in that time jump that are 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.”
In the comic, the time jump skips over two years and comes after Rick and company have already won the war. We won’t know much until a Season 8 trailer arrives during Comic-Con International in July.
Taking a potential time jump into account, here are a few things to think about before “The Walking Dead” returns.
Maggie could have her baby
One of the big questions is whether or not Maggie will still be pregnant when “The Walking Dead” decides to jump a portion of time or even begin Season 8. The comic book skips over her actual birth. But Maggie does have a son named Hershel and is functioning as a strong, single mother.
The return of Glenn
No, the fan favorite won’t come back from the dead. But there’s a good chance Glenn could appear in a flashback or dream sequence a la Abraham during the Season 7 finale. Gimple teased such a return earlier this month. And it makes perfect sense, given just how much of a leadership role Maggie will take on. She’ll become the show’s lead female character.
Carol and Ezekiel’s romance
In the comic book, Ezekiel and Michonne hook up. Their romance hits a rough patch and Michonne bolts for the Oceanside community. However, as you know, Michonne has taken on more of an Andrea role from the comic book and is in love with Rick. That’s led to Carol carrying some of Michonne’s comic book characteristics. Ezekiel has already shown interest in Carol. The two could (and probably will) begin a romance during Season 8.
The arrival of Magna
Keep a lookout for a casting call that fits the description of Magna, a main character from the comic book arrives right after the post-war time jump. Magna is the leader of a community from Richmond. She eventually joins Rick’s group and becomes a major player in the story. We’re still probably a ways off from Magna, but she’s important, because of…
There’s been a lot of talk about The Whisperers arriving on “The Walking Dead.” But that probably won’t happen until the end of the war, when Rick and company find a new threat to take on. Once Magna arrives, expect the countdown to the Whisperers to begin. Negan doesn’t die during the war and becomes an ally to Rick (if you can believe that) in future battles.