As The Walking Dead strikes into its ultimate season, it has one final alternative to adapt characters and storylines from Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore’s graphic novel sequence and have them work together with the already difficult lives of the survivors we’ve identified on display for nearly 12 years. For these aware of the supply materials meaning arriving to The Commonwealth. And whereas the 2021 San Diego Comic-Con panel for The Walking Dead didn’t reveal an excessive amount of about how or when The Commonwealth will issue into the AMC sequence’ ultimate season, it did give comedian readers an concept of which new characters they’ll stay up for seeing from the web page on the display.
Earlier within the yr, actor Michael James Shaw was cast as Mercer, a chief officer of The Commonwealth. “This experience has been a joy,” Shaw mentioned through the panel. “[As an] awkward kid who loved to read comic books, getting to step into the shoes of a really awesome comic book character is just a dream.”
During the transient SDCC panel, showrunner Angela Kang introduced three new actors for the ultimate season as nicely. Laila Robbins (The Boys) will probably be enjoying Pamela Milton, one other key character from the Commonwealth arc in The Walking Dead comics. She’s the Governor of the Commonwealth, actually, and one of many final antagonists within the sequence as a complete.
Ritchie Coster (The Flight Attendant) is becoming a member of in an as-yet unnamed position. His character could also be related to The Commonwealth, however he is also one of many Reapers — the antagonistic group following Maggie on the finish of season 10. Kang teased that the Reapers as killers had been “skilled before the apocalypse” and “incredibly brutal organized warriors,” which is frankly terrifying.
Particularly tantalizing is the information that Josh Hamilton (Eighth Grade) will probably be enjoying Commonwealth administrator Lance Hornsby from the comics. The unique SDCC TWD trailer gave followers a primary have a look at Hamilton in character through some vintage-looking video footage that can calls to thoughts Maxwell Lord (Pedro Pascal) in Wonder Woman 1984. Whatever this model of the character’s deal is, it’s already fascinating. However, whereas his useless and smiling disposition within the trailer makes it look like he’s poised to be The Walking Dead’s newest charismatic villain, that’s not essentially the case. If the character is something like he’s within the comics, he’s in a management place, however he’s not in cost or something worse than unlikeable. Punchable, possibly.
Kang additionally talked about that Margot Bingham (She’s Gotta Have It), whose voice we’ve heard as Stephanie speaking to Eugene over the radio for some time now, will probably be becoming a member of the sequence in a bigger capability. But Kang curiously didn’t name her Stephanie — she went out of her strategy to not say who Bingham is enjoying, actually. That could be an try and protect followers from spoilers, but it surely’s attention-grabbing. Josh McDermitt additionally talked about how Eugene’s belief in Stephanie is perhaps cracking after he took a gaggle to search for her and troopers (presumably from The Commonwealth) separated and imprisoned them on the finish of season 10. Any hope for a romance between the 2 characters gained’t be with out battle.
Those two characters aren’t the one ones in an “awkward place,” per moderator Chris Hardwick, after we decide up within the ultimate season. Carol and Daryl had a reasonably main combat, and would possibly nonetheless be working issues out. Yumiko and Princess will probably be an attention-grabbing new dynamic to look at. “Yumiko’s very organized,” says Eleanor Matsuura who performs Miko, “she leads a lot with her head. And Princess is all heart.” They discovered a sisterly bond in that stability. And after all, the stress between Maggie and Negan is “the whole season,” in line with Lauren Cohan. “If there’s a feeling to be had,” she mentioned, “we’re probably going to spend some time on that feeling.”
The Walking Dead goes for broke within the ultimate season, and meaning large feelings simply as a lot as Big Bads. Kang concluded the panel by speaking about not what’s going to occur, however how all the actors made her really feel. How a lot of them made her cry. How they’ve dazzled her, made her snicker, made her gasp, or no matter emotion it’s while you go “ohhhh sh*t” — that one was reserved for Cohan as Maggie. The proven fact that attention-grabbing new characters are being added to this wealthy, lived-in solid and fictional world is simply icing.
The ultimate season of The Walking Dead will premiere on AMC on Aug. 22 and will probably be obtainable to stream early beginning Aug. 15 on AMC Plus.