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AMC aired a preview edition of Talking Dead with Chris Hardwick which featured three guests as usual. Scott Gimple, showrunner of The Walking Dead being one of them was definitely the guest of most intrigue—especially considering what he had to say about Maggie's unborn child in Season 8. Here's what he had to say:
"Maggie's baby won't be born in Season... but anything's possible."
Without speculating too much, it's reasonable to assume there's a major implication to what Gimple is saying about Maggie and her child not being born. Gimple's comments may not mean Maggie's child will die like some sites have suggested, but it's one scenario that is feasible at the moment. Only a few fans have chimed in so far, but the consensus is that the baby won't survive. Here are some of the tweets on the matter:
Regardless of what's being said, we should take those claims of Maggie's child dying with a grain of salt—mainly because there's no way to verify it. There's a number of reasons why Maggie's baby won't be born, and not all of them have to do with death. Gimple's comments are so vague that anything is possible. For all we know, Gimple could simply mean the "child's birth" will be skipped over when a time jump takes place.
Will The Birth Of Maggie's Child Be Skipped Over?
The Season 8 trailer released at Comic-Con earlier this year teased a time jump taking place, with a grizzled Rick Grimes closing out the clip. Old Man Rick's appearance provides evidence to back up claims of a time jump happening, due to his comic-book counterpart sharing an identical appearance after a significant leap forward in the All Out War event. The same war being fought over in the television adaptation.
There's also the matter of several screenshots in the trailer depicting the war reaching Negan's Sanctuary, which in itself means the concluding moments are bound to be depicted in the upcoming season. With that being known, it's reasonable to assume Maggie's child will be born (off-screen) during the gap in time spoken of.
The notion of Maggie's child being born during a skipped over span of time would also tie perfectly into Gimple's comments, without refuting anything he had to say. Gimple only states that Maggie's child won't be "born" during Season 8, he never alludes to its fate, or what stage of pregnancy Maggie is in. Therefore, Gimple's comments could have just proven that a significant time jump will happen sometime in Season 8, wherein Maggie's child will be born.
All things said, we'll likely find out what happened to Maggie's baby in the premiere episode, or during the mid-season finale. If a time jump is in fact going to happen, the logical place to insert a jump forward would be in the premiere episode or the mid-season premiere. Nevertheless, that aspect of Season 8 is still to be determined.