Just wondering aloud here...the more I read the Dark Tower, the more I wonder how time moved on in the first place. I picked up The Stand for a re-read there the other day and now, wonder if maybe the annihilation of the human race was the basis of change for new world we read about in the DT books. There are definite similarities, with the desert scenes, quonset huts, even mentions of way stations, the Cisco tankers, Flagg and his eternally meddling nature and Farson's obsession with the leftover wartoys.
There are other things that don't quite fit - the robot/AI technology presented to us in the form of Blaine, and Andy the Messenger Robot in tDT, is way advanced in comparison to that of the pre-Superflu world of The Stand. I guess that survivors could have tinkered with what little metal and electronics were left over afterwards, but it all comes back again for me to the world getting over some disaster and moving on.
There's no way to draw a line from Roland back to Arthur Eld from Fran Goldstein's or Lucy Swann and Larry's babies, I guess I just love the idea that the new world survivors' babies went on to form the basis of royal lineage in the court of Gilead.
Anyone else got any ideas on this? It's just for fun