“We’re playing with time, so we get to jump forward in the story,” new “The Walking Dead” showrunner Angela Kang recently confirmed, leading us to wonder just how much time has passed between the events of Season 8 and this year’s Season 9. Now we know.
During AMC’s preview special last night, star Tom “Jesus” Payne spilled the beans that Season 9 takes place a year and a half after Season 8. He noted, “Everyone has to go back to basics. Farmers are really useful, and Hilltop, that was their whole deal. They were growing stuff and tending the farm animals, and so that community is maybe doing better than other communities.”
“We’re really looking at the start of a new chapter of the show,” Kang recently detailed, speaking about the time jump. “We’ll explore what happened as man made objects and structures break down. Infrastructure like roads and bridges are changing and crumbling. And we’ll also explore what happens as resources are getting low.”
She continued, “There’s a fun Western vibe that has emerged. We are going into a period where a lot of the things that we’ve seen in previous seasons have broken down, so they’ve got these horses and carriages that are being drawn around instead of cars. Things are lit with oil lamps. People are using different kinds of weaponry. There’s a real grittiness to it that I think will be fun and fresh for the viewers.”
“The Walking Dead” will return on October 7.