‘The Walking Dead’ Showrunner Delivers Potentially Heartbreaking News

Production on The Walking Dead has been temporarily put on hold due to Hurricane Irma, but when it returns, it will no doubt continue filming episodes involving the All Out War between Rick and Negan. In the meantime, showrunner Scott Gimple has made some potential news.

Some context first: We have talked ad nauseam about the time jump this season on The Walking Dead. We’ve seen future Rick in the season eight trailer, and we know, thanks to Robert Kirkman, that the time jump will take place in the season premiere. My guess based on statements we’ve heard from Kirkman and what we know from the source material, is that the time jump will frame season eight. The season premiere will begin with Future Rick, and then it will flash back to all of the events leading up to the eventual time jump.

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That time jump presumably will also include other characters on the series, and fans of the series may have a particular interest in one character: Baby Glenn. Recall that Maggie is pregnant on The Walking Dead, so any time-jump longer than a few months (and this one looks like a few years) would necessarily answer the question: Will Maggie have her and Glenn’s baby?

To that question, Scott Gimple told a fan at a The Walking Dead season eight preview, “Maggie’s baby will not be born in season eight.”

If we are years into the future, and Maggie’s baby is not born, does that mean that Maggie will not have the baby? Possibly. After all, there’s already one baby on the show, Judith, although a time jump would make Lil Ass Kicker a toddler. It’s possible, however, that Gimple is just toying with fans. Maybe the season begins and ends with the time jump, and we don’t see any of the characters beyond Rick before the end of season eight. Next season would then potentially open several years in the future, when we finally meet Baby Glenn.

Or maybe Maggie and/or her child do not survive the All Out War. We may have to wait until the ninth season to find out for sure. In the meantime, Fear the Walking Dead is killing time before The Walking Dead returns on October 22nd, and Gimple promises ” lots of explosions, lots of killing, a lot more Negan.”