ByAllanah Faherty, writer at Creators.co
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By now we're all pretty familiar with Winslow, the kick ass walker whose ass Rick kicked in Episode 10, "New Best Friends." At first he just looked like the ultimate battle walker, but afterwards it was revealed that Jadis and her group were actually somewhat fond of Winslow.

Winslow comin'  [Credit: AMC]
Winslow comin' [Credit: AMC]

In fact it was even hinted we might hear more about Winslow's backstory when actress Pollyanna McIntosh (Jadis) said she had been told who Winslow had been prior to his life in the junkyard battleground.

There were a ton of theories about Winslow — was he Jadis's former lover? Or perhaps the original owner of the junkyard? Or maybe he just a random armored walker that the group nicknamed. And while it seemed like we might be left theorizing for a long time coming, fortunately Walking Dead director Greg Nicotero has put us out of our misery.

Rick battles Winslow [Credit: AMC]
Rick battles Winslow [Credit: AMC]

Speaking during a panel at Walker Stalker Con London, Nicotero told fans who Winslow really was, revealing he was a member of Jadis's crew who challenged the leader and lost, bad.

"I think Winslow's been [at the junkyard] for awhile," Nicotero says. "From what I understand, part of his backstory was he was somebody that challenged Jadis... He was around but I think he challenged her for leadership, and they had a fight and he didn't make it, and so they used him as sort of their Thunderdome."

Greg Nictoero assists Winslow behind the scenes [Credit: Gene Page/AMC]
Greg Nictoero assists Winslow behind the scenes [Credit: Gene Page/AMC]

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And although she took him down, it seemed like perhaps Jadis had other challengers after Winslow, judging by the state of his "arena," Nicotero said.

"There's a bunch of bones on the ground, so there were other people who went in there, because you see the shot of Rick's feet walking and there's bones. I think Scott [Gimple, showrunner] and I talked about it like that's the Rancor scene from Return of the Jedi."

With Jadis having shown off so many threats, it does beg the question of whether or not Rick made the smartest decision in making an agreement with her. And with Rick going on the hunt for guns in Episode 12, "Say Yes" we can only hope that he did indeed make a deal with his "new best friend" and not the devil.

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