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Spoilers: Walking Dead ‘Time Jump’ And More In Store For Season 9

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The Walking Dead returns to AMC on Oct. 7 and season 9 looks to take the show in a new direction after the Rick-versus-Negan finale. With a new showrunner taking the helm, expect to see “walkers” return as a larger threat and some familiar faces leave the show.

TWD Fast Forwards To A Simpler Time

The show fast forwards a few years into the future when Alexandria, Hilltop, The Kingdom and The Sanctuary communities are flourishing. However, we’ll also see the characters are increasingly having to make due without modern conveniences such as guns and cars—instead relying on hand-made weapons and horses—while the groups figure out how to build a future together. As we see problems start to arise and rifts start to form, we’ll have few episodes to solve them while knowing two beloved characters are likely leaving.

Maggie Stepping Out?

Lauren Cohan (Maggie), will likely appear in only a handful of Season 9 episodes as she segues to ABC’s Whiskey Cavalier. While her involvement in the second half of Season 9 remains in flux, she said in April that there is “a lot more Maggie story to tell,” which gives fans hope. But she’s not the only one whose future appears in doubt.

Rick’s Imminent Departure

Andrew Lincoln’s star character Rick Grimes will not be on the show after season 9, although the exact circumstances surrounding Grimes’ exit strategy are a mystery. It’s expected Lincoln will appear in the early part of the season, as the actor has already returned to London and shaved off Grimes’ signature beard. But as one long-time actor departs, another plans to make an appearance…

‘Frenemy’ Shane Returns?

It’s been confirmed that Jon Bernthal will return in season 9 to reprise his role as Shane Walsh. The friend-turned-enemy met his end in season 2 after Grimes stabbed him and his son Carl shot a zombified version of Walsh. With that in mind, it’s likely Walsh will return as a hallucination or in a flashback. However, another of Grimes’ enemies seems very much alive…

Negan’s Back…In Jail

Despite having his neck slit by Grimes, Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) is alive in this future, although he is still a prisoner after losing to Grimes in season 8. As Grimes tries to lead everyone toward building a civilization, zombies are once again threatening that while Negan foreshadows that everything will be torn apart. Are you excited for The Walking Dead? Check out the trailer:

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When Real-Life Plays A Part In TV Plotlines

Not every show has its plot lined out from the moment the pilot airs, and still, sometimes real-life can get in the way. Even the best laid plans can go awry, and sometimes plotlines are created entirely to accommodate an actor’s unexpected personal issue. From pregnancies to off-set injuries (and of course plenty of on-set injuries), writers are reworking scripts so that you’d never know something else was happening behind the scenes. Think you know why an actor exited a show? We’ll bet you didn’t even realize that some major show plots happened out of serendipity. Read on to find out how in some cases, the truth really is stranger than fiction.

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The Wachowskis Are Rumored To Be Shooting ‘The Matrix’ Reboot

Can you imagine if the Wachowskis actually directed The Matrix 4? While it hasn't been confirmed yet, Hollywood might just be blessed with the greatest film installment ever. Just imagine how savage Neo would be 20 years later. Take a look at why the Wachowskis are rumored to be shooting The Matrix reboot. The One A few months back, the internet collectively...

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How Keanu Reeves Overcame His Dark Past

We all know and love Keanu Reeves from The Matrix Trilogy, but how much do we really know about him? The notoriously private actor has actually had a difficult life, but he's prevailed over any obstacle with style and grace. From losing his best friend to dealing with multiple home invasions, Keanu has always persevered. Read on to find out how...

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