Season 9 has been a renaissance season for The Walking Dead.
After the bloated cast-size and sluggish pace of seasons 7 and 8, the show has returned (at least in form) to its prior glory.
While the ratings may not have bounced back up yet, and the loss of leading actors is still a problem, the show is enjoying a greater level of interest from fans just like it did in the old days. There are only a few Walking Dead episodes left in season 9 – and fans have been promised the answer to one big, very important question.
What happened during the time jump that caused the communities to decentralize?
During the battle against Negan and the Saviors, the show’s communities aligned their forces. Alexandria, Hilltop, the Kingdom, and Oceanside all joined up together, finally amassing enough numbers to take out the regional regime that has terrorized them all separately.
Yet, this unity didn’t last. Following the time jump at the middle of season 9, the groups remain allied but independent. Many speculate that following the departure of Rick Grimes (who is assumed dead by the characters), things went downhill quickly. It’s hard to imagine exactly what could’ve devastated the communities so much they would break apart – but fans may find out soon.
The issue has been hinted at multiple times. In addition to a segment on The Talking Dead after show where a showrunner promised fans would find out what happened, there have been other clues. Daryl became defensive when Henry claimed he knew what Daryl did to protect the communities. Daryl simply replied – “No you don’t. No really.”
He and Michonne also have scars on their backs which have yet to be explained. But what is the title of episode 14? Scars.
Even the premiere teases fans will finally get their answer. The synopsis says: “An outsider’s arrival forces Alexandria to rehash devastating old wounds; eye-opening secrets from the past are revealed.”
What exactly could this mean? There are theories. The first half of the season centered around civil war, with many of the recent Saviors failing to assimilate to the new system of rules in the area. With the Oceanside women taking revenge on several of Negan’s former soldiers for their crimes, it may have spurred a wave of vigilante justice on both sides.
Interestingly enough, the Oceanside women haven’t been seen in the second half of this season. Neither have many of the Saviors who were suspicious about the new rules after the war. Perhaps Michonne, Daryl, and the others were forced to take drastic measures to stop retaliation between the two factions.
There’s also a chance new visitors arrived at the community during the time jump. Given they were still reeling from the war, another incident could’ve been enough to drive them apart.
Fans have been waiting a long time to see what happened – hopefully Scars provides the insight viewers need.