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The Walking Dead Season 9 Showrunner Previews Upcoming Changes

July 11, 2018 | Posted by Joseph Lee
The Walking Dead Season 9

In an interview with TVLine, The Walking Dead showrunner Angela Kang spoke about the upcoming big changes coming to the show for its ninth season. Here are highlights:

On the time jump: “It’ll be a good time jump — big enough that the world has changed around our characters. We’ll see some new looks and new feels to the show, and there will be more instances of man-made things breaking down and nature kind of taking over. [Our survivors] will also be using more hand weapons, because there’s just not enough ammo.”

On what the story will be: “It’s a new chapter for them. Now we’re more looking at how people move on and building for the future. People are thinking about what it means to be a civilization.”

On Rick’s decision not to kill Negan: “Yeah, after he made that unexpected decision, he’s gotten to a place where the goal is no longer just to survive. Now he wants to build the future that Carl envisioned. So he starts the season in a place of relative peace. But this being The Walking Dead, there’s still danger at every turn.”

On Negan’s time in jail: “That’s part of the story — [incarceration] being mind-numbingly boring, especially for someone like Negan who’s used to being in a position of leadership. What does that do to him? The community thinks of him as sort of the monster in the basement.”

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