Entertainment Weekly recently sat down with The Walking Dead series showrunner Scott M. Gimple to discuss a few new characters that will be joining the cast in the community of Alexandria. See his comments and photos below.
Merritt Wever (Emmy winner for Nurse Jackie) will be playing Dr. Denise Cloyd in the town of Alexandria. Her character becomes important now after the execution of Pete and (spoiler) ” in the comic her skills as a surgeon prove pivotal, especially after a ghastly injury incurred by one of the main characters—an injury which may or may not happen on the TV version.”
Another new character discussed will be played by Ethan Embry (from Netflix’s Grace and Frankie) who is playing the role of Carter. According to Gimple:
“Ethan plays a combo of a few characters that we actually haven’t hit yet or weren’t able to hit in other characters,” says Gimple. “He is an Alexandrian, and has been there the whole time, just quite busy.”
From the looks of it in the trailer, it appears as though Embry is siding against Rick and his group due to the violence they’ve brought to the community. Facing off against Rick hasn’t gone too well for other characters on the show in the past so we’ll see what happens to him in the fall.
The last new character presented in the Entertainment Weekly article is named Heath and will be played by Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton). Heath is present in the source material and acts as one of the supply-runners (so maybe he’ll work with Glen after his previous pairing went sour). Gimple states the following about the addition:
“He’s terrific and I’m so excited to see him bring Heath to life. It’s been fun and he dove in with both feet. He’s tough and skeptical when the cameras are rolling, and then when they’re off he’s just like a goofy fan. He’s really, really excited to be there.”
Season 6 of AMC’s The Walking Dead will premier Sunday October 11, a 90 minute episode that is said to feature a series record 650 walkers. The companion series, Fear the Walking Dead, will come out earlier on August 23.