Walking Dead Actor Sonequa Martin-Green will be ditching shotguns for phasers with her upcoming lead role on Star Trek: Discovery, which is set to be released sometime this year. However, her new role has some Walking Dead fans concerned that death might be on the cards for her character, Sasha.
Martin-Green was fairly secretive when asked if she'd be able to continue to do both Star Trek and #TheWalkingDead in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, laughing off the question and commenting only on the integrity of the narrative:
"I can say that the story is as impactful and powerful and dynamic as it always has been, and there’s nothing to worry about where that’s concerned."
No Laughing Matter
Martin-Green may be laughing, but the rest of us are kind of worried. Sasha's only just begun to regain her strength and independence since the loss of Abraham, and there's a promising opportunity for her to help Maggie in taking over leadership at Hilltop. But let's not forget that a war against Negan is coming, and there's bound to be a few casualties. Could Sasha be one of them?
While Sasha doesn't appear in The Walking Dead comics, her character is said to parallel Holly, who was also romantically involved with Abraham before his death. Holly meets her demise at the hands of Negan during the battle against the Saviors.
There's Still Hope!
If anyone knows what's in store for our beloved Sasha, it's Scott Gimple. As the show's writer, every character's fate is basically in his hands. Is Sasha next on his kill list?
His response to the question was a little cryptic, but it still provided more than a sliver of hope for Sasha's survival. He praised Martin-Green to no end, insisting that she "can do anything", which could indicate the ability to perfectly handle her two TV roles:
"I’ve seen her battle a horde of walkers this year while simultaneously battling a stomach flu that would have had most people crying in the dirt. She can fulfil the duties of a Lieutenant Commander on a Constitution-class starship whilst battling walkers, Saviors, and whatever gets in Sasha’s way. We’ve had to juggle before. I will certainly juggle for Star Trek any day of the week. Okay, maybe not on Sunday."
One Busy Cast
Sure, there's been a few Walking Dead actors who've landed other acting jobs shortly before their characters were killed off. But that doesn't necessarily mean that every actor on the show has to stay loyal to the zombie drama. If that was the case, then we'd be bidding goodbye to quite a large chunk of the cast. Let's cross our fingers and hope these other survivors keep on surviving past their upcoming roles:
7. Norman Reedus (Daryl)
The enigmatic Norman Reedus is going to be the star of Hideo Kojima's upcoming video game Death Stranding. An exact release date isn't know, though the game is said to be out sometime before 2019— a multiplayer, open-world creation like this is going to take a while to complete. Hopefully it won't occupy too much of Reedus' time, and we can continue to watch him kick ass in the zombie apocalypse.
6. Lennie James (Morgan)
Lennie James will be starring in the Blade Runner sequel alongside Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford. I wonder if Morgan's pacifist oath is going to carry through to his new role?
5. Corey Hawkins (Heath)
Where the hell did Heath bugger off to? Well, actor Corey Hawkins actually has a pretty full schedule. Not only is he going to appear in Kong: Skull Island, but he's also secured the lead role in the new series 24: Legacy. This is one schedule that may just conflict with his role on The Walking Dead— not to mention the fact that his character has been AWOL for a while now.
4. Lauren Cohan (Maggie)
The other half of the Maggie and Sasha dream team has also set her sights on something else, playing Tupac's manager in All Eyez On Me. Don't worry though— she'll be in good company...
3. Danai Gurira (Michonne)
If zombies do happen to make an appearance in the Tupac Shakur biopic, we know the rapper will be in good hands. Danai Gurira will feature in All Eyez On Me with Walking Dead co-star Lauren Cohan, and is set to play Tupac's mother.
2. Khary Payton (King Ezekiel)
Khary Payton will have a small role as someone's dad in Little Bitches, a movie about a group of high school girls applying for college. Will he be able to make the transition from tiger-taming LARP king to suburban dad?
1. Steven Ogg (Simon)
Okay, so Simon is a relatively minor character on The Walking Dead. However, it's common knowledge that Steven Ogg improves everything with his presence. If there's one demand I'd like to make for The Walking Dead Season 7B, it's more Steven Ogg. But with six upcoming projects, including movies Solis and On The Run, his schedule might be a little tight.
Do you think Sasha will survive the uprising against Negan on The Walking Dead?
(Source: Entertainment Weekly)