"The Walking Dead" Season 6 is entering serious comic book territory. The supersized premiere airs October 11, but the second half of the 16-episode season is currently filming in Georgia. Previously, there were clues to filming at Hilltop Colony --an ally community for Alexandria and a major location in the comic -- and a casting notice for someone that sounded like Paul "Jesus" Monroe, a badass Hilltop resident and future Rick Grimes buddy. The Spoiling Dead Fans has fresh updates on Jesus, who appears to now be filming with the group (no name for the actor yet, though).
And now there's a new casting notice for Episode 11 and beyond that has fans kinda split. Is it for Gregory, the tool who runs Hilltop, or Negan, the much-anticipated next major villain?
First, here's TVLine's tease, on Team Negan:
Now I'm really worried that a certain Walking Dead vet's days may be numbered. The show is quietly casting a Season 6 role that sounds a lot like Negan, the comic book character who ends up killing [Spoiler]. The breakdown describes "Rich" as a fiftysomething narcissist who has an angry streak, a "Senator-like charm" and the charisma of a car salesman. Totally Negan, right?
Wrong, if you ask Spoil the Dead. They have the full breakdown for the character of "Rich" (not the real name) and they believe it's for Gregory, with Negan still to come later in the season, or Season 7.
Here's the full casting notice:
THE WALKING DEAD, Episode #611
Executive Producers: Scott M. Gimple, Gale Anne Hurd, Dave Alpert, Robert Kirkman, Greg Nicotero, Tom Luse
Director: Michael E. Satrazemis
Writers: Channing Powell & Matt Negrete
From the graphic novel by: Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard
Casting Directors: Sharon Bialy, Sherry Thomas, Gohar Gazazyan
Location: Atlanta Area
[RICH] 50s - early 60s. Please submit all ethnicities. Narcissistic, egotistical, quick to braggadocio and anger, his own skin is his principal concern. He feeds off the superiority of being in control, but he plays it off with Senator-like charm. He's vibrant, and has the charisma of a car salesman...GUEST STAR, MAY RECUR THIS SEASON, WILL HAVE SERIES OPTION FOR SUBSEQUENT SEASONS (7/16)."
Gonna have to go with Team Gregory on this one. The age, the description, the timing -- they fit more with the Hilltop leader than Negan. Gregory is not someone we're looking forward to meeting, mostly because he's annoying, but it's good to see more comic book characters enter the fold.
Honestly, Jesus' arrival is the best news, but the Negan casting is going to send the fandom into a frenzy. And, for the record, we still think he's going to take out Glenn, not Daryl, despite some fans thinking they'll go for a TV twist.
Do you agree that this casting call sounds more like Gregory than Negan?
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