Note: The following article contains spoilers for the most recent seasons of both The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead.
Sick of time jumps yet in The Walking Dead universe? We hope not…
According to The Hollywood Reporter, new Walking Dead showrunner Angela Kang confirmed during the Kick-Ass Women of AMC panel on Wednesday (June 20) that the ninth season will move "forward" in time following the conclusion of the All Out War arc.
"We're playing with time in the season, so we get to jump forward in the story," the writer teased, adding: "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."
This creative choice does actually follow the continuity from Robert Kirkman's original comic, which moves forward two years in time once the All Out War story arc wraps up.
Kang didn't address reports that season nine will be the last for both Andrew Lincoln (aka Rick Grimes) and Lauren Cohan (aka Maggie Rhee), but did promise strong episodes for the female cast.
"We're going to see some really great stories with the women in our show, particularly," she said. "And I think for people who are really invested in Michonne [Danai Gurira], Maggie or Carol [Melissa McBride], 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."
It was reported earlier this week that Jon Bernthal will make his long-awaited return in at least one episode as the long-dead Shane Walsh, as part of Rick's departure storyline.
The Walking Dead airs on AMC in the US, and on FOX and Now TV in the UK.
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