The breakout star of The Walking Dead 7B has been Jerry, but Winslow seems to be a close second. At Walker Stalker London Greg Nicotero reveals Winslow’s identity.
The Scavengers may live in a junkyard and they might have a strange system of language, but they have a complex society. And apparently they have a way of handling people who challenge their leader’s power.
During a panel at Walker Stalker London, The Walking Dead showrunner Greg Nicotero revealed Winslow’s back story. As it turns out, he wasn’t just a random Walker, nor was he a stranger to the group.
"I think Winslow’s been [at the junkyard] for awhile. From what I understand, part of his backstory was he was somebody that challenged Jadis… He was around but 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 Thunderdrome."
We already know that the actress who plays Jadis, Pollyanna McIntosh, had learned Winslow’s backstory while preparing for her role in “New Best Friends” suggesting that Winslow’s history among the Scavengers is important. It certainly supports the idea that you don’t mess with power among the Scavengers, and you certainly don’t mess with Jadis.
Winslow was a huge topic at water coolers across the country after his appearance in a teaser for “New Best Friends” thrilled viewers. Who was this armored Walker? What was he doing? Who did he belong to? Once we met the Scavengers it didn’t take long to learn that Winslow was used as a rite of passage for Rick to prove that he was worthy. Rick passed the test, but Winslow left quite an impression.
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Ironically, while Rick and company were meeting Winslow Eugene was overseeing the creation of the molten lead Walkers, whom I’m going to call Lead Heads. After all this time, it’s a wonder that we haven’t seen armored Walkers. Will we see more of them? Only time will tell.
The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9pm on AMC.