If there’s one constant on the televised version of ‘The Walking Dead,’ it’s change. (To be fair, that’s a pretty standard constant in the comic-book version too, but that’s not what this article is focused on.) Throughout each of the show’s first seven seasons, characters have died – some more heavily in screen time than others, some by zombie’s hands, and some in other fashions. But it’s the one real constant in a post-apocalyptic tale: death.
In the most recent season, four main characters didn’t survive the story lines – and interestingly, not a one was killed by zombies:
- Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) and Glenn (Steven Yeun) were victims of Negan’s rage-induced batting practice with his barbed-wire-wrapped bat, Lucille;
- Spencer (Austin Nichols) was also killed by Negan, but in a separate incident, and mostly because he was a sniveling toady who tried to throw Rick under the bus;
- and Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green), who killed herself in a ploy to reanimate and surprise-attack Negan
So who are the new additions to the full-time crew? That would be the following:
- Simon (Steven Ogg), who appears to be the #2 in charge of The Saviors behind Negan;
- Enid (Katelyn Nacon), a young survivor in Rick’s group in Alexandria; and
- Jadis (Pollyanna McIntosh), the leader of “the Heapsters,” the landfill-loving group that double-crossed Rick and company in the season finale.
These new full-timers bring the total of official “series regulars” to a whopping 19 names. They will join Andrew Lincoln (Rick), Chandler Riggs (Carl), Norman Reedus (Daryl), Melissa McBride (Carol), Lennie James (Morgan), Lauren Cohan (Maggie), Danai Gurira (Michonne), Alanna Masterson (Tara), Josh McDermitt (Eugene), Christian Serratos (Rosita), Seth Gilliam (Father Gabriel), Ross Marquand (Aaron), Austin Amelio (Dwight), Tom Payne (Jesus), Xander Berkeley (Gregory) and Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Negan).
Are you looking forward to what these new regulars will bring to the next season?
The eighth season of ‘The Walking Dead’ will air on AMC, likely sometime around Halloween 2017.
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