There’s a whole load of speculating going on.
The return of The Walking Dead is almost in sight, with season eight premiere ‘Mercy’ (which also happens to be the show’s 100th episode) heading our way in less than a month.
But with 100 episodes soon to be behind them, Entertainment Weekly asked the cast to consider what they want for their characters in the next 100, which got Carl Grimes actor Chandler Riggs thinking about what comes after All Out War in the comics.
So, yes, there will be spoilers for The Walking Dead comics ahead – stop reading now if you’d rather not know.
Carl Grimes in The Walking Dead
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“After All Out War in the comics, there’s a time jump and Carl and Negan have this really cool relationship, and if we ever get to that point in the show, that would be a lot of fun to explore,” Chandler told EW.
“And the whole dynamic with the Whisperers, that’d be really cool. And in the more recent comics, Carl faced a lot of the people from the Hilltop, from it burning down, which is really, really cool.
“So I think literally, everything that Carl does in the comics, I am really excited for it.”
We already know that the TV portrayal of All Out War between Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) is going to be resolved by the end of season eight, which means that anything Chandler is talking about here would kick off in season nine at the earliest, especially as it all takes place after the time jump.
The Walking Dead season 8 key art
In the comics, the story suddenly jumps a few years ahead and we see that all of the communities – Alexandria, Hilltop, The Kingdom and The Sanctuary – have rebuilt civilisation and are flourishing together as part of a network until the Whisperers are introduced.
So far, everything we’ve heard or seen (hi, Old Man Rick) strongly suggests that the TV series is planning on sticking to the events of the comics after war with Negan is over, which means it’s likely we will get the time jump and Chandler may be able to explore that ‘cool’ relationship between Negan and Carl after all.
Of course, showrunner Scott Gimple has also hinted that the TV series is going to deviate from the comics in some ways, so nothing’s set in stone and we guess we’ll all just have to keep watching to find out if Chandler gets his wish.
The Walking Dead launches its eighth season on October 22 on AMC in the US. It will air on FOX in the UK.