Time jumps on beloved TV series are often contentious, especially if they’re poorly executed. However, the news that The Walking Dead will jump ahead two years in season nine is welcome news, particularly for fans of the original graphic novel series. TVLine reports that showrunner Angela Kang confirmed the jump at a Kick-Ass Women of AMC panel on Wednesday, and we are so here for it.
Kang is taking over the duties over showrunner from former TWD showrunner Scott Gimple next season, so a time jump feels like a fresh start for the series.
“We’re playing with time in the season,” Kang said. “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.”
Kang added that fans of the female characters will get to see some great stories for their faves as well: “For people who are really invested in Michonne, Maggie or Carol, there’s such great material for them. For people who are looking for that specifically, they will see some really incredible work from our women.”
TV Line reports that Kang did not address the previously announced departure of Rick Grimes himself, actor Andrew Lincoln, nor the potential scheduling conflicts that may arise from Lauren Cohan (who plays Maggie) signing onto a mid-season dramedy on ABC titled Whiskey Cavalier.
We’ll have to wait and see how these casting changes affect season nine, especially since TVLine confirmed earlier this week that Jon Bernthal, who played Shane Walsh for the first two seasons, will return for at least one episode. How will things shake out in the future? We’re eager to find out.