In the latest Sonequa Martin-Green news, we learn that things might actually work out for Sasha (or not) because Scott Gimple respects Star Trek.
In a lot of ways, following the news about Sonequa Martin-Green’s casting as the lead in Star Trek: Discovery has been enlightening. It shows us that things aren’t as cut and dry as we thought they were.
Upon learning that Martin-Green will be leading the cast of the newest Star Trek television franchise, some fans suspected that being cast as the lead on another show spelled certain doom for Sasha. Some reports claimed that The Walking Dead doesn’t allow cast members to take on roles while appearing on the show, which would then suggest that since Martin-Green cannot appear on two shows, Sasha’s time is up. It makes perfect sense and given past precedent, the thought process is justified. We’ve discussed this before.
However, when you look at other members of the cast, there is actually a plethora of actors involved in other projects, so many that it’s highly unlikely that they could all be killed off. (Note: Of course they could be killed off, but for the sake of this discussion we’ll assume that Sasha, Morgan, Michonne, Heath, Carl, and a few others won’t be leaving en masse)
In a recent interview, Martin-Green skirted the issue when asked about Sasha’s fate: “Well, I can’t say anything. 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.” While she isn’t saying Sasha is safe, she’s also not saying Sasha is leaving, which makes perfect sense because she can’t say anything anyway.
Then there’s showrunner Scott Gimple. He sings Martin-Green’s praises and says that Star Trek isn’t a barrier to Sasha’s survival. “Sonequa Martin-Green can do anything. I’ve seen her battle a horde of walkers this year while simultaneously battling a stomach flu that would have had most people crying in the dirt. She can fulfill the duties of a Lieutenant Commander on a Constitution-class starship while battling walkers, Saviors, and whatever gets in Sasha’s way. We’ve had to juggle before. I will certainly juggle for Star Trek any day of the week. Okay, maybe not on Sunday.”
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We won’t find any answers anywhere which means we won’t know Sasha’s fate until we see it. That’s the beauty of The Walking Dead. However, what we keep getting is little pieces of information that tell us that we don’t know anything, and that anything can happen. That, too, is the beauty of The Walking Dead.