ByBrooke Geller, writer at
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Brooke Geller

After weeks of waiting, a mysterious new location has finally been revealed on The Walking Dead, along with a new community the likes of which we've never seen before.

The Walking Dead [Credit: AMC]
The Walking Dead [Credit: AMC]

But perhaps even more intriguing than these black-clad junkyard survivors is their peculiar leader, Jadis. With her two-toned hair, unconventional mannerisms and unique approach to survival, there's plenty of mystery surrounding Rick's new ally. Who is she really? What is her agenda? And more importantly, what role will she play in the fight against Negan?

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Who Is Jadis?

The Walking Dead [Credit: AMC]
The Walking Dead [Credit: AMC]

Jadis is the head honcho amongst her fellow Junkyard survivors. Unlike most of the other groups Rick's encountered on , this community have been together since day one of the outbreak. Despite its chaotic appearance, their literal dump of a base is actually carefully constructed, proving dangerous to anyone unfamiliar to this trashed terrain.

It's still unclear wether Jadis has been leading the group from the very beginning, but her commanding, authoritative presence suggests she's been doing this for quite some time. Her group respects her enough to completely follow her orders, and the entire community effectively works as a team. She's no Negan, but there's no doubt that Jadis is one intimidating individual.

Who Plays Jadis?

Jadis is played by Pollyanna McIntosh, a Scottish-born writer, actor and director. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, McIntosh revealed that she scored the role of Jadis in one day— a clear sign that she was the perfect candidate for the part.

In fact, the part of Jadis was originally referred to as "Brion", and was a gender-flexible role. Given the somewhat gender-neutral name of her fellow survivor, Tamiel, it's possible that the entire Junkyard casting may have been open gender. Nevertheless, Jadis' position as leader signals a rise to power for the women of The Walking Dead, especially considering Maggie's newfound power at Hilltop.

McIntosh also revealed that she felt right at home amongst the chaotic squalor of the junkyard set— a literal dream come true:

"It’s incredibly impressive and so beautiful to me. And oddly, when I was a kid I used to look at junkyards and I wanted to have one of my own. It’s really weird, but it’s true and here I am, in my junkyard home."

What's Her Backstory?

The Walking Dead [Credit: AMC]
The Walking Dead [Credit: AMC]

The Junkyard group isn't included in the original Walking Dead comics, which means there's a distinct lack of backstory on both this intriguing new community and their leader, Jadis. However, McIntosh was given a fairly in-depth briefing on Jadis' past by showrunner Scott Gimple:

"He told me some stuff about where she’s been and he told me how he saw her, but it was a very trusting and collaborative way of working. There were certain things that I knew, but there was a lot that I didn’t know and there’s a lot still that I don’t know, to be honest. She’s full of mystery, this one."

She couldn't say much, but she did hint that the junkyard has been left undisturbed by other groups until now, as "it doesn’t appear that those walls have been breached yet". Let's hope we find out more as Season 7 progresses.

What's Up With Her Style?

The Walking Dead [Credit: AMC]
The Walking Dead [Credit: AMC]

Considering every other group of survivors on The Walking Dead looks like they've thoroughly raided Walmart thanks to their uniform of plaid shirt over t-shirt and jeans, the Junkyard community are certainly making their mark with their own unique post-apocalyptic fashion. Jadis in particular looks like she's better suited to a Berlin techno club than a rural Virginian trash heap.

According to McIntosh, her "urban-fashionista" wardrobe is less about making a statement and more about practicality:

"Like the gloves got the little battle circles on it, a little bit of protection, and it’s also another kind of leader sign — not getting her hands dirty, and she’s got those big old boots on. She looks a little bit intimidating, but she’s also quite sleek and minimalist, the same as the language."

The Walking Dead [Credit: AMC]
The Walking Dead [Credit: AMC]

Unfortunately, not everyone's a fan of her minimalist look. Jadis' hairstyle has already been the subject of disparaging criticism from fans online, who McIntosh says have labelled her bangs "terrible". But despite their harsh judgement, McIntosh thinks her hairstyle — which she'd actually had prior to signing on to the show — was perfectly suited to the character:

"It was a hairdo that I’d done for a different film beforehand, and like the character, I wanted to be kind of a little edgy and a little outsider looking. It just happened to work for Jadis, which is wonderful."

What Role Will Jadis Have In Season 7?

The Walking Dead [Credit: AMC]
The Walking Dead [Credit: AMC]

Now that Rick's proven his worth against the walking tetanus risk formerly known as Winslow, Jadis is more than willing to lend her group to the war against the Saviors. And considering Rick hasn't managed to sway Ezekiel and the Kingdom, he's going to need all the help he can get.

The Junkyard community may have the numbers, but do they have what it takes to fight? Jadis has already revealed their effective but passive method of survival, which basically boils down to letting more capable people do all the hard work before stealing the loot for themselves. Their motto of "we take, we don't bother" might work well for scavenging, but taking out the Saviors is definitely going to involve a fair amount of "bother".

It's likely that Jadis' excitement over the prospect of "guns; a lot— a lot" has made her overconfident about her group's ability to really fight. Will Jadis and the rest of the Garbage Pail Kids be worthy adversaries for Negan and the Saviors, or is there going to be a junkyard slaughter?

Do you think Jadis and the Junkyard community will be able to take on the Saviors?

(Source: Entertainment Weekly)


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