As The Walking Dead continues to grow in popularity, so does its scope and landscape. This past season introduced a series of new characters. With the introduction of the Hilltop community and our new antagonists, The Saviors gave us a few new people to keep up with. In the Hilltop community, we were introduced to Paul “Jesus” Rovia played by actor Tom Payne, who seems like he will fit in perfectly with Rick and the gang. Also from the Hilltop community, we got to meet Gregory, who was played to perfection by Xander Berkeley in complete Xander Berkeley fashion. On the other side of the isle, we were introduced to our new antagonists, The Saviors. The two standouts from them were Gregory played by Austin Amelio and the big bad, Negan played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan who had quite an introduction in the season finale.
All four of these characters were standouts in their roles, so it’s almost no surprise that AMC is promoting all four actors to series regular for the upcoming 7th season of the show. All four characters are based on their counterparts from the comic books, and as we enter a storyline from the comic where they are all integral to the plotline, we can expect to see much more of them. We can expect Jesus to further develop into the hero we know from the comic, Gregory to sleaze his way even further, and for us to further hate Dwight and Negan as they do battle with Rick and members of Alexandria and Hilltop (and possibly the Kingdom?).
This means that there will be a total of 20 series regulars for the show. The full rosters for the show includes: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Danai Gurira , Melissa McBride, Michael Cudlitz, Lennie James, Sonequa Martin-Green, Alanna Masterson, Christian Serratos, Josh McDermitt, Seth Gilliam, Ross Marquand, Austin Nichols, and the new additions. But a show like Walking Dead, not everyone will last forever. We already know that someone we hold near and dear will fall victim to Lucille in the season premiere.
The Walking Dead returns this fall to AMC
Source: The Hollywood Reporter