After Season 7 cleared out some slots on the roster, The Walking Dead is looking to beef up its full-time cast for next year.
The network has upgrade co-stars Steven Ogg, Katelyn Nacon and Pollyanna McIntosh with expanded roles in Season 8. If you need a refresher: Ogg plays Negan’s No. 2 Simon, Nacon plays the Alexandrian teen Enid, and McInthosh plays Jadis, the leader of the junkyard scavengers who played a pivotal role in the first main battle during the season finale. It’s not much of a surprise to hear Ogg and Nacon get the upgrade — their characters have been trending up for a while — but McIntosh is an interesting one.
The bizarre junkyard group was a strange addition to the narrative last season, and don’t seem to be based on any existing group from the comics. But, no matter what you thought of their stilted speech and moral relativism, they’ll apparently be playing an even bigger role the next year. Led by McIntosh’s Jadis. These expanded roles look to help fill the void left behind by Sonequa Martin-Green (Sasha), Michael Cudlitz (Abraham) and Steven Yeun (Glenn) — who all left the series last season.
Showrunner Scott Gimple has teased Season 8 will get deeper into the politics of how these communities interact with war in the air, and the fight for a free civilization itself.
The Walking Dead returns later this year, with a premiere likely around October on AMC.