Warning: Full spoilers for The Walking Dead episode “Who Are You Now?” follow…
Hey, new things! We like new things, right? For the most part?
Acting a bit more like the smaller time jump from the middle of Season 6 (which kicked off in “The New World” and featured Rick and Michonne’s conscious coupling) and less like the big year and a half we just skipped over coming into Season 9, “Who Are You Now? featured a remix of Alexandria – with some of the changes landing better than others.
It’s been six years. Arguably, given that amount of time, which was mostly used to age up Judith and Henry (who’s still hella annoying, just much bigger), a lot more should have happened. Honestly, aside from the kids growing up, this could have easily been a two or three year jump given the gravitas of the changes. They weren’t all that big, all things considered. The most surprising element here was that Alexandria and The Kingdom were still standing and that these folks were all still in it. When have we ever known anyone in this universe to last in a place this long? These characters all got a pass because if the cameras had kept rolling, just for the sake of drama, everything would have gone to s***. The jump allowed them a reprieve, of sorts.