The 'Concern the Strolling Useless' showrunners clarify why the ultimate season jumps forward 7 years

  • “Concern the Strolling Useless” jumps forward seven years on the premiere of its last season.
  • Showrunners Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg instructed Insider it was their concept.
  • Chambliss confirmed the leap brings “Concern TWD” into the timeline of the ultimate season of “TWD.”

The eighth and last season of “Concern the Strolling Useless” kicked off Sunday night time with an surprising seven-year time leap.

The abrupt time skip was a little bit of a shock since Madison (Kim Dickens) and Morgan (Lennie James) simply arrived on the mysterious P.A.D.R.E. group on final 12 months’s finale as they looked for Morgan’s toddler daughter, Mo.

When requested if the time leap was a deliberate selection or an order from another person to attempt to align “Concern” with both the flagship sequence, which led to November, or different spin-offs because the present wraps up, showrunners Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg stated it was their concept.

“It got here from us once we have been planning out the season,” Goldberg instructed Insider over Zoom in April. “We have been teasing P.A.D.R.E. as a spot and what they’re about all by way of season seven. We obtained a peek backstage by way of Madison on the finish of season seven and form of actually understood from her perspective what this place believed in: Separating youngsters from their dad and mom, severing connections between individuals.”

“The driving factor was we wished to see what it was like to really be a child that grows up within P.A.D.R.E. and what the product of that’s if you’ve grown up there,” Goldberg continued. “We thought the right lens to do this by way of was child Mo, not a lot a child once we meet her once more. It simply felt like the easiest way to dramatize what it is wish to develop up like as a child below this P.A.D.R.E. philosophy.”

Mo aged up on FearTWD season 8

Mo begins to wrestle with how she ought to reside her life after discovering out it has been a lie.

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On the season eight premiere, an aged-up Mo (Zoey Service provider), now referred to as Wren, is a loyal citizen of P.A.D.R.E. She by no means wound up again with Morgan. Believing she’s an orphan, Wren spends her days mastering how one can kill the undead.

When she has a run-in with Morgan and discovers she’s his adopted daughter, she begins to query her lifestyle by the premiere’s finish.

Chambliss stated the selection to skip forward exactly seven years, a selected and seemingly random quantity, was a byproduct of Mo.

“The quantity seven actually was chosen based mostly on Zoey Product owner’s age and the way previous child Mo was on the finish of season seven and type of extrapolating from there,” Chambliss stated.

Goldberg added one more reason for the time skip: “Because the season goes on, we additionally see how the remainder of the characters have fallen into their roles inside P.A.D.R.E. The time leap actually gave us plenty of alternatives to point out how individuals assumed sure roles inside the construction at P.A.D.R.E.”

When requested the place this last season takes place within the ever-expanding “Strolling Useless” universe (there are at present three extra spin-offs on the way in which) and whether or not or not it is near the timeline of the upcoming untitled Rick and Michonne sequence, Chambliss stated they’re at all times attempting to maintain monitor of when every part’s going down.

“It is actually laborious to nail down the precise dates of every part,” Chambliss stated with amusing, definitively including, “However, it is protected to say that with this time leap, it actually brings the entire ‘Concern’ characters very a lot into line with the timeline of the ultimate season of ‘The Strolling Useless’ and the concurrent ‘Strolling Useless’ universe.” 

The seven-year time leap shockingly wasn’t intentionally accomplished to align the 2 exhibits. It is extra of a cheerful coincidence.

“Lining up with ‘The Strolling Useless’ timeline really was type of a — it’s what it’s, however that was not the rationale we did it,” Goldberg stated.

Nonetheless, since last season teasers have proven Morgan again in his hometown of King County Georgia, the place “TWD” started, there’s hope the present might attempt to hook up with the flagship sequence by its finish.

The ultimate season of “Concern TWD” airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on AMC. New episodes will launch early on AMC+ every Thursday.