Last December, we first got word that Walking Dead fan-favorite and series regular Sonequa Martin-Green has been cast as the lead in Star Trek: Discovery. While it was great to hear that Martin-Green would be leading her own series as the first African American to front a Star Trek spinoff, Walking Dead Fans began to wonder if career success for the actress spells doom for Sasha. Turns out, we weren’t the only ones concerned.
Yesterday, EW pressed Martin-Green on what her new role means for Sasha:
Considering she is the lead on Star Trek, it seems unlikely that Martin-Green would have time to stay on as a TWD regular due to the Trek shooting schedule (which begins filming this week), and she was predictably cagey when we asked her what her new job means for her current one. “Well, I can’t say anything,” laughs Martin Green. “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.”
EW points out other cases of TWD cast members being written out after landing roles on other shows:
Jon Bernthal landed a part on original Walking Dead showrunner Frank Darabont’s Mob City (then called L.A. Noir) in 2012 while season 2 of TWD was airing, and sure enough, his character of Shane was soon stabbed and shot by Rick and Carl Grimes. In 2014, AMC announced that David Morrissey would be starring in a pilot called Line of Sight (which the network ultimately passed on), and then his character of the Governor was soon disposed of on AMC’s The Walking Dead. Of course, both of them landed those jobs after their characters had been killed off (even if the episodes had not aired yet).
So what do you think Horror Freaks? Is Sasha doomed? Sound off in the Comments section!
The Walking Dead Season 7 returns to AMC on February 12th following a midseason hiatus.