Season 7 of AMC’s The Walking Dead may have just come to an end, but news about season 8, which isn’t slated to premiere until October, has already begun rolling in. In the wake of the departure of three fan favorites - Glenn and Abraham at the hands of Negan as well as Sasha - three actors from the record-breaking TV show have been promoted to series regulars.
TVLine first reported Monday that Pollyanna McIntosh, Steven Ogg, and Katelyn Nacon will be bumped up to series regulars, meaning that fans can expect to see a lot more of them on their screens.
McIntosh portrays Jadis, the leader of a ragtag group of survivors that call themselves Scavengers, quite fitting considering that they live in a junkyard. Rick had found allies in the group, but Jadis ultimately turned against him at the offer of a better deal with Negan. Playing Negan’s right-hand man Simon, Steven Ogg portrays a character that fans love to hate. Katelynn Nacon rounds up the group with her portrayal of Enid, a teen survivor who has found herself in a budding romance with Carl.
Season 7 saw the introduction of a new and tougher evil, a villain unlike the beloved band of survivors had ever faced. It also saw the introduction of many new groups, including The Kingdom. While many complained that The Walking Dead was moving too slowly, unlike it has in previous years, the events eventually culminated in the season finale, which mark the set up for the plot going into season 8: all-out war.
“It’s been a lot of placing the chess pieces and positioning and introducing key players in this landscape,” Andrew Lincoln told Entertainment Weekly in a recent interview. “And I think now we get to start really playing the game. The game is afoot, as they say.”
The Walking Dead returns fall 2018 on AMC.