The Walking Dead‘s new showrunner, Angela Kang, dropped hints about what to expect in the upcoming season during panel discussions at an AMC Network summit held on Wednesday in New York City.
“We’re playing with time in this season, said Kang. “So we get to kind of jump forward in the story.”
Last season gave glimpses of what appeared to be flash forwards to an optimistic future years after the defeat of the Saviors that even included Negan living among the Alexandrians in peace, but that turned out to be only a vision of the future Carl hoped to see and not the real deal.
Kang also discussed where she saw the direction of the show going in Season 9. “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 servicing all of our wonderful series’ regulars.”
During a panel titled “The Kick-Ass Women of AMC,” Kang highlighted her view of the women in the new season. “We’re going to see some really, really great stories with the women on our show particularly. And I think, for people who are really invested in, say, Michonne, Maggie, Carol, there’s such great material for them as well as, of course, Rick and Daryl, and those other characters that we love, but for people who are looking for that specifically they will really see some incredible work from our women.”
She also promised exciting upcoming stories involving Enid and Jadis.
Kang did not address the most recent reports concerning possible departures of season regulars Andrew Lincoln and Lauren Cohan, nor rumors of former castmember Jon Bernthal (The Punisher) visiting the set.
Another topic that went completely unmentioned by Kang, series Chief Content Officer Scott M. Gimple during another panel, or anyone else at the AMC Summit — the elephant in the room — was last week’s bombshell allegations against Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick, with whom AMC has cut ties.
“The Walking Dead” returns to AMC this fall.