There was a time jump of about seven or eight months between Seasons 3 and 4 of The Walking Dead, but for the sake our survivors who were left trapped in a train car at the end of Season 4, we hope that any jump between Seasons 4 and 5 will be incredibly small, if there even is one at all. Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun), Tara Chambler (Alanna Masterson), Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz), Dr. Eugene Porter (Josh McDermitt), Rosita Espinosa (Christian Serratos), Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus), Michonne (Danai Gurira), Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs), Bob Stookey (Larry Gilliard Jr.), Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green),
and Maggie Greene (Lauren Cohan) were all stuffed in that dark container, and we doubt they’re very comfortable.
If we had to guess, we’d say that Gareth (Andrew J. West) decides if and when everyone will be released, which could just be when the people of Terminus get a little hungry… Entertainment Weekly asked showrunner Scott Gimple about the duration of any possible time jump between seasons, and he was uncharacteristically definitive in his response. “I have to say — though I would never want to say anything definitely — if I were a viewer I think it would be a hard thing to skip over whatever happened. I think it would be hard to skip over what the hell is going to happen and how the hell are they going to get out of that?” he began. As viewers, we’d tend to agree. The Season 4 finale ended with a cliffhanger, and we’d definitely be missing out on something if the tension of everyone escaping from this train car is just glossed over. In our opinion, the Season 5 premiere should start right where “A” left off.
Still, Scott could help but have some fun with his answer as well, continuing, “Maybe we start two years later and we’re doing Lost style flashbacks every episode. And what’s weird is, everything is cool! The zombie apocalypse has been cleaned up. Everybody is just leading their regular lives. And nobody wants to talk about how they cured the zombie apocalypse and that’s the show. They don’t want to talk about what happened.”
We see the humor in that, but again, we’d prefer to begin Season 5 shortly after where the fourth season left off.
Comic book creator and executive producer Robert Kirkman agreed with Scott that a time jump this time may not be as beneficial as it has been in the past, but he wasn’t as staunchly opposed to the idea. When asked if there will be a time jump Robert told The Hollywood Reporter, “That remains to be seen. A time jump would be a bit jarring, but maybe that's an interesting way to do things. They'll either be in that train car or there will be a time jump. I guess there could possibly be other options, but I'm not going to nail anything down.” Classic Kirkman, never wanting to commit to anything!
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The Walking Dead Season 5 premieres in October 2014 on AMC.
Sources: Entertainment Weekly, The Hollywood Reporter