TWD stars take on other projects, remain on the show

Danai Gurira as Michonne - The Walking Dead _ Season 7, Episode 4 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
Danai Gurira as Michonne - The Walking Dead _ Season 7, Episode 4 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC /

It used to be that when a member of The Walking Dead Family took on another project it meant a death was coming on the show. But times are changing.

The rule of thumb was that whenever cast members landed new roles on other projects, Death was looming in The Walking Dead universe. However, it looks like that might not be the case anymore.

When Heath and Tara went on their supply run at the end of Season 6, it took them months to return to the show, even barely a few weeks passed in the show’s timeline. Tara had a baby, and Heath was cast as the lead on the new 24: Legacy reboot. Well, the actors that play them were cast in the shows. Obviously. But the characters simply went off on a run and no one was any wiser.

The latest buzz around The Walking Dead is that Sasha is in trouble now that Sonequa Martin-Green has been cast as the lead in Star Trek: Discovery. Neither Martin-Green nor Scott Gimple will confirm or deny that this spells certain doom for Sasha (which would be way too easy when you think about it), but if working on other projects is verboten for TWD cast members then we might have a problem.

At present, almost every cast member is doing something else somewhere. Some of the projects include  Danai Gurira’s role in Marvel’s Black Panther, Lennie James starring in the lead role of Gone (which he  created), and Chandler Riggs’s newest role is as a college student.

With these things in mind, there seems to be a precedent for members of the TWD Family doing other things. Surely we aren’t going to see Heath, Sasha, Morgan and Michonne leave the show. Right?

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We have to believe that having such a talented cast means that there is a way to keep them alive in the Walking Dead universe while they take part in other projects. There are plenty of supply runs to go on, and plenty of missions to undertake that will allow for time for the actors to take on other projects.