C. Molly Smith
October 23, 2017 11:39 am

In the Season 8 premiere of The Walking Dead — and warning, because some spoilers follow! — Rick appeared in what seemed to be three different time periods.

There’s present-day Rick, going to war with Negan. Then there’s future Rick, who appears *much* older with a cane and a significantly grayer beard and hair. And lastly, there’s Rick with bloodshot eyes, but it’s not exactly clear where he fits into the timeline.

So the time periods in The Walking Dead‘s “Mercy” were, needless to say, a little confusing.

But also, are these even “time periods,” or could these be dream or fantasy sequences, or hallucinations? Could some of this be real, and other parts be imagined? These questions are just the tip of the iceberg.

Naturally, Twitter lit up and expressed its confusion about the “time jump” — and tried to process what the hell was going on.

Not to mention, it had QUESTIONS.

Most devastatingly, could Rick be turning???

And, of course, its own observations and theories!

Some crazier than others.

Since this is just the start of the season, we have *plenty* of time to work through these different time periods, fantasies, or whatever else they could be. And of course, there are the comics to help us through this difficult and confusing time.

The Walking Dead airs on Sundays on AMC.

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