Four members of The Walking Dead are getting a new lease on life, or at least, a slightly longer lease. The show has promoted four of its actors to series regulars. Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Tom Payne, Austin Amelio, and Xander Berkeley have all becomes series regulars for the upcoming season.
Per THR, “The quartet boarded the drama based on Robert Kirkman’s comic series in season seven as recurring, with Morgan making his debut as famed villain Negan in the finale. All four play key characters from the comic books. Payne is hero Jesus, currently supporting Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his band of survivors. Amelio is Dwight, a badly burned member of Negan’s dastardly Saviors who has a particular bone to pick with Daryl (Norman Reedus). And Berkeley is Gregory, the shady leader of the Hilltop Colony who is poised to clash with Maggie (Lauren Cohan) — provided the pregnant Alexandria Safe Zone resident survives the finale.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, this brings the cast up to 20 series regulars, a lot of fresh meat for the zombie horde. That’s two more than last year’s season high, which makes me think that there’s a bloodbath in store, or the survivors are just getting better at surviving.
But will this make The Walking Dead a better show? I don’t watch it, but last year’s season finale was so controversial than even non-fans perked up their ears. Has The Walking Dead lost its touch, and does adding more actors make it a better show (adding four white dudes certainly doesn’t make it a more diverse show). If the finale turned you off of The Walking Dead, will these additions be enough to pull you back in? Are you surprised that any of these characters are now regulars? Sound off in the comments section.