The Walking Dead Season 6: Forgetting time


I give you the mausoleum of all hope and desire…I give it to you not that you may remember time, but that you might forget it now and then for a moment and not spend all of your breath trying to conquer it. 

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Dale talked about time in season 1, around the fire at the fish fry, when asked about his watch. Why keep track of time? The world has come to an end as Jacqui pointed out.

The words from that Faulkner quote were used as episode titles in season 5. Quite a bit of time had passed since that fish fry and losing Amy.

Faulkner and Dale wished for us to forget time, not to try to conquer it. We have walkers and enemies to conquer, the Shakespearean faults in our stars and in ourselves, let’s not add time to the list of things to conquer.

Producers have decided to forget time again in The Walking Dead Season 6. This time, according to Gimple and Nicotero, in their interview with Entertainment Weekly, they will forget time in unusual ways. Of course, they will; they are The Walking Dead!

Vintage Franz Zajizek Astronomical Clock machinery
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I usually tease about how the actors, and especially the show runners, are masters of vaguery and misdirection; this time they’ve really upped their game. My fantasy School of Vaguery must be offering graduate courses!  This vaguery actually offers some substantive, juicy information while still not revealing anything concrete.

According to executive producer Greg Nicotero,

"“We do play with time a little bit, and not in a traditional sense. We open right in the middle of this heightened action sequence, and we then jump around in that time frame to allow the audience to put together in their own minds what it is that we actually just saw.”"

Lennie James, an advanced student in directness with his vaguery, let us know something about Morgan that we already know in a way that makes it sound like breaking news and confirms more forgetting of time!  “He has gone through a transformation that viewers will find out about,”

And master cryptician (yes, that word had a red line under it), Scott Gimple gave away more than usual in the sneakiest of ways about Alexandria flashbacks. 

"“It’s earlier in Alexandria, but not the beginning of Alexandria. It’s more character-based rather than the background of the place. There are some stories filled in regards to the comic that we haven’t even gotten to yet—sort of prequeling some comic stories that are coming up, which I’m very excited about.”"

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So time may be forgotten a bit this season, but we forget all about time when we watch The Walking Dead, don’t we? And the show focuses on the moment they are in, whether in a flashback or in the present, it’s about the emotion, the characters, the theme–the now.

To end with another Faulkner quote: Clocks slay time… time is dead as long as it is being clicked off by little wheels; only when the clock stops does time come to life. 

And, boy, does it come to life for us on The Walking Dead!

Next: The School of Vaguery

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