Title page for the next chapter! The title is "Into the Distortion," and I'm not sure we can really derive a lot of predictions from that, because we knew there was a distortion coming and that Annie and Renard were going into it (or, rather, that it engulfed them as it grew). However, one possible meaning could be that this is only the first chapter that will take place inside this distortion and that it'll set up further complications for the next chapter, which will also take place inside the distortion.
The title image has a gradient background from black at the top to dark red at the bottom; we saw that the distortion was black at the edges but had a red glow coming from its center. At the bottom of the image are what appear to be leaves, gray with a greenish tinge to the left and a reddish tinge to the right. We didn't see any leaves on the trees that the distortion was changing the buildings into, but perhaps there are dead leaves on the ground within the distortion, as they're at the bottom of this image.
Might be that the trees within the distortion are still growing leaves.
Signatures Against Common Misconceptions (SACM):
- Kat is neither blind for Etheric beings/phenomenons, nor does she see all of them in boring simplified versions. All she does is see through Etheric "smoke and mirrors". - If(!) Coyote's Great Secret is true, then you can't change anything the moment you make some people believe in it. Humans have to die for their stories and beliefs to influence the Ether.
I've been thinking about who might be around, that we haven't seen inside Zimmyland yet. Also about the fact that Zimmy's illusions seem to always include, maybe even inspire, mind games. So who might be good candidates for that?
Tony! He is normally totally caged away from his emotions, but now is likely to get sucked into Zimmy's space. That could be interesting!
Robot? Perhaps we'll see him as the angel he's previously envisioned himself to be.
Aata and Shell, together at last?
Ysengrin. Very overdue.
I know none of these possibilities are really the main plot points everyone is worried about, but it seems to me that at least part of the purpose of Zimmy's stuff may be to help people work through issues. Maybe not though - it could just expose them and even give them form. Maybe only Zimmy herself can actually take control and cause things to happen proactively, as when she combined the Annies. There are still a lot of questions though - like whether there are really independent lifeforms in there, like the spiders. And whether Zimmy creates the distortions or merely opens up access to them. I'm suspicious that her distortions may in fact be sort of a therapy tool, at least with Gamma's influence.
For some reason, what with all the power of Coyote added, and with the distortion engulfing the court, I'm thinking we may be about to see something like Oz, with our heroes blundering through and meeting with interesting events. Like people acting out of character, or maybe acting out roles based on their innermost desires.