Spoilers beneath for The Strolling Lifeless Season eight premiere. Do not learn forward if you have not but watched!
The Strolling Lifeless has lastly returned to the airwaves for the eighth season, and the premiere gave us a better have a look at one of the crucial weird sequences from the large Season 8 trailer. In that early trailer footage, we noticed the zombie apocalypse/all-out warfare motion come to a cease as what regarded like a much older version of Rick awakened and grabbed a cane. Followers have been speculating because the trailer was launched in July. The one idea we have been capable of definitively rule out was the concept that Outdated Rick was truly Rick waking up from a coma, and all the pieces had been a coma dream all alongside. Now that we have seen just a few seeming flash-forwards within the premiere, we now have to contemplate: are they really actual?
Within the flash-forwards (which have been unfold all through the episode), we noticed Rick with the white hair and beard get up in a mattress to seize a cane and hobble out of a bed room to a bigger dwelling space, trying about 20+ years older than he does within the current. He is apparently dwelling with Michonne and Carl in zombie apocalypse bliss, and child Judith has grown into an cute 6-year-old woman.
On the one hand, it is solely attainable that The Strolling Lifeless is enjoying the flash-forwards solely straight and we’re all so jaded by the seasons of death and heartbreak that we mechanically determine that nothing good ever occurs. If we assume that Rick and Co. are profitable in defeating Negan in Season eight, they might conceivably attain a spot of their lives after they have the security and safety to plan festivals only for the enjoyable of it. The present may very well be enjoying the flash-forwards solely straight, and the subsequent couple of seasons will see the present filling within the blanks.
That stated, there are some things that simply do not make quite a lot of sense within the flash-forwards, they usually may level towards the whole situation occurring solely in Rick’s thoughts. For one factor, Outdated Rick appears to have aged a few many years. Within the trailer, it appeared just like the flash-forward have to be to Rick many, a few years sooner or later. Within the premiere, nevertheless, Rick is the one one to have aged so drastically. Michonne did not appear to have aged a day, and Carl was nonetheless an adolescent with the identical haircut. Judith was a number of years older, however not almost as outdated as she ought to have been if sufficient time had handed for Rick to have aged a lot. Outdated Rick seems to be extra like her grandfather than her father.
In fact, Rick hasn’t precisely been dwelling a straightforward life because the zombie apocalypse started, and it stands to cause that he would get outdated earlier than his time. Nonetheless, seeing Michonne and Carl look the identical whereas Rick hobbles round with white hair is so jarring that the whole situation feels off. Then there’s the truth that Bizarre Al’s “One other One Rides the Bus” is enjoying over the scene, and there is no signal of a stereo or tape deck and even document participant which may have been scrounged from a pre-zombie apocalypse Bizarre Al fan.
Does not it stand to cause that what look like flash-forwards are literally all in Rick’s creativeness? Some components of the flash-forwards undoubtedly look like they might have been lifted instantly from his unconscious. The owl may very well be a callback to the owl being in-built Alexandria again when Jessie and Sam have been nonetheless round, and maybe “One other One Rides the Bus” as an alternative of “One other One Bites the Mud” displays Rick’s reminiscence of the bus used within the assault on the Sanctuary. Rick would possibly consider himself as outdated past his years, which may clarify why he seems to be so outdated and Michonne and Carl look wonderful. He imagines himself as outdated, bent, and damaged; he imagines the folks he loves trying wonderful and completely happy.
Personally, I’ve my doubts that The Strolling Lifeless would go as far as to ensure the survival and security of 4 distinguished characters up to now forward of time. If the flash-forward is actual, then there is no suspense about Rick, Michonne, Carl, and even younger Judith probably biting the mud, and that would decrease the stakes of the sequence in an enormous means. Whereas I will not rule out a reveal that the flash-forwards are actual, I would not put a lot cash on it. Sadly, it could be a while earlier than we all know for positive.
For brand new episodes of The Walking Dead Season eight, tune in to AMC on Sundays at 9 p.m. ET. Make sure you vote within the ballot about whether or not you assume Rick’s flash-forwards are actual or not!