We have lost a number of beloved characters on ‘The Walking Dead’ over the years, but sometimes those losses correlated with a particular actor or actress landing another role on television. Both Jon Bernthal and David Morrissey’s character were killed off shortly after they announced exciting new gigs. Although, that isn’t always the case. ‘Straight Outta Compton’ star Corey Hawkins has a role on the acclaimed AMC post-apocalyptic drama, but whenever he’s called away for other parts like ’24: Legacy’ or ‘Kong: Skull Island’, his character Heath just goes on a supply run for a while. So what will happen to Sasha Williams when Sonequa Martin-Green starts filming ‘Star Trek: Discovery’, a show in which she has a major leading role? Some key players recently commented on that matter.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Martin-Green was asked about the fate of her character on her current job once her latest job begins this week. Naturally, the actress was tight-lipped with the details:
“Well, I can’t say anything. I can say that the story is as impactful and powerful and dynamic as it always has been, and there’s nothing to worry about where that’s concerned.”
An answer like that should be suspected, but luckily someone else stepped up to address Sasha’s fate. EW also reached out to showrunner Scott M. Gimple about Martin-Green’s run on ‘The Walking Dead’ coming to an end once she steps aboard a starship and he seems to think that it’s possible for the actress to do both:
“Sonequa Martin-Green can do anything. I’ve seen her battle a horde of walkers this year while simultaneously battling a stomach flu that would have had most people crying in the dirt. She can fulfill the duties of a Lieutenant Commander on a Constitution-class starship whilst battling walkers, Saviors, and whatever gets in Sasha’s way. We’ve had to juggle before. I will certainly juggle for ‘Star Trek’ any day of the week. Okay, maybe not on Sunday.”
Despite the positive reaction from Gimple, the question now is how long he, the network, and the rest of the creative staff on the show are willing to juggle. Could this all be a rouse to cover up some epic send-off later this season? After all, Starfleet duties could prove to be more time-consuming than initially anticipated. Regardless of whether the showrunner’s comments are on the up and up or not, we’ll see how things play out after ‘The Walking Dead’ returns next month while ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ is well into production.