The first post-Andrew Lincoln episode of “The Walking Dead” aired Sunday night on AMC, as fans got to see how the world has changed following a six-year time jump. Rick’s daughter Judith is now a 10-year-old ass-kicker played by Cailey Fleming, but she’s not the only character who’s evolved since we saw them last. Do you love the new Rick-less timeline set in the future, or do you wish the show had stayed put in the past? Vote in our poll below for the episode “Who Are You Now?“
Some time in the past six years King Ezekiel (Khary Payton) finally convinced a now white-haired Carol (Melissa McBride) to marry him, which essentially makes her the Queen of The Kingdom. They also adopted the young orphan boy, Henry (Matt Lintz), who calls them Dad and Mom. After a group of old troublesome Saviors returns to rob Carol, she gets her revenge by burning them alive, proving that while Carol may look different on the outside, she’s still the same ol’ killer on the inside.
Here are some of the other notable character evolutions: Michonne (Danai Gurira) is in charge of security at Alexandria and she speaks to the ghosts of Carl and Rick; Aaron (Ross Marquand) is seen wearing a metal prosthetic arm; Father Gabriel (Seth Gilliam) and Rosita (Christian Serratos) are a romantic couple; Eugene (Josh McDermitt) is a badass walker killer; Doctor Jed (Rhys Coiro) is a full-fledged member of the community; and Daryl (Norman Reedus) appears to be living alone out in the wilderness.
Fans also got a glimpse of a more smiley and likeable Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), who helps talk Judith through her homework. Has Time Jump Negan come around to Rick’s way of thinking, or is he simply playing a long con on the Alexandrians? Time will tell.
Several characters were conspicuously absent from the new timeline, including Maggie (Lauren Cohan), Tara (Alanna Masterson), Enid (Katelyn Nacon) and Jesus (Tom Payne). Since the episode ended with Michonne telling Judith’s friends that she’ll be escorting them to the Hilltop Colony, perhaps that’s where the remainder of our group has been residing?