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Which Four Characters Are Being Upped to Series Regulars on The Walking Dead? And Do You Care?

Following The Walking Dead‘s less-than-excellent season finale, quite a few people are on the fence about watching season four. I get it. Season three was pretty bad. But if you are planning to tune back in, you’re going to be seeing a lot more of certain secondary characters who have been given series regular status.

Unmarked spoilers lie beyond the cut for those who haven’t seen the finale.

Three of the characters in question are Chad Coleman (Tyrese), Sonequa Martin-Green (Sasha), and Emily Kinney (Beth). Tyrese’s promotion isn’t exactly surprising news, as he’s a pretty big character in the comics. He and Sasha showed promise in season three, so I look forward to seeing more of them in four. (If I decide not to leave TWD by the wayside, that is.) As for Beth, she’s… OK? I don’t much care either way there. What I want most is for Melissa McBride (Carol) to get added to the opening credits, honestly.

The fourth is Karen, the Woodbury resident who got adopted by the prison crew in the finale. This one holds more interest for me, since Karen is played by Melissa Ponzio, who is also the main character’s mom on Teen Wolf. (I’m addicted. I’ll admit that.) The Walking Dead and Teen Wolf both have pretty big casts; Ponzio isn’t in all the Teen Wolf episodes, and she probably won’t be in all the Walking Dead episodes, either. Plus The Walking Dead airs in the fall and Teen Wolf in the summer, so their shooting schedules probably don’t overlap that much. Don’t mind me, I’m just trying to talk myself out of panicking that something might happen to Scott’s mom because of Ponzio’s new gig. I would never forgive you, The Walking Dead. Never.

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  • Jon C.

    Their refusal to bump Melissa McBride to main cast continues to baffle me without fail.

    Carol, especially this season, got more focus than many of the main cast, let alone Beth (not that I have a problem with Emily Kinney’s promotion).

  • Renee I.

    So I am not saying that I loved everything about season 3 or the finale but I’ll be honest there are a lot of things that I like the way they handled much better in the show than the comic (I’ve been watching / reading in parallel). I’m confused by this constant assertion that some characters are so much more flushed out in the comics, I just haven’t found that to be true. But definitely agree we need to see more of Carol. :)

  • Michelle Barnett Garcia

    Yes because it would totally be Walking Dead’s fault if an actress chooses to work on that show over Teen Wolf … :side eye: followed by :eye roll: followed by :head shake:

    I’m hoping adding Carol to the regular cast follows suit. I thought her character won the most improved this season.

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    I’m baffled by this. What did they handle better?

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    I don’t pay any attention into the opening credits and didn’t even know that Carol was missing from them. Is Daryl in them? Maggie? Glen?

  • Rebecca Pahle

    Hey, I take my Teen Wolf cast very seriously. I’m not saying it’s rational!

  • Rebecca Pahle

    Yep. They are all, but not Carol. It’s bogus.

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    That’s…she’s been in the story since season 1. She’s a main frigging character. Michonne is, maybe, the only prison character that hasn’t built up that much seniority.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    It makes no damn sense. Could they not have taken Sarah Wayne Callies’ name out of the credits when Lori died and added Melissa in there?

  • Adam R. Charpentier


    I want to go back to before when I didn’t know this. That’s insane.

  • Chaka ♥

    Is Sarah Wayne Callies actually playing those half second glimpses of Lori we keep getting? That is HARDLY worth top billing over Carol.

  • Anonymous

    I swear I’ve said I wouldn’t be watching the next season of TWD for the last two seasons… It doesn’t seem to work.

  • Eli Keel

    wow. you are a huge teen wolf dork. I have to admit, that makes me want to give it a chance.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    DO IT. It has great characters, and it’s smarter and darker than one might think given it’s on MTV.

    I’ve tried to get everyone I know to watch it, and no one’s bitten yet. I’ll have my success eventually.

  • Anonymous

    Nah, I don’t care too much. Only to keep reading the reviews of it (and poking fun at it) on Shakesville; I will miss that. Also discussions here on The Mary Sue. But actually watching/enjoying the show? Nope.

  • Renee I.

    What Tosufai said but if you want a list sure. :) (and uh.. SPOILERS if you don’t want to know what happens in the comics)

    So the attack on the prison for starters.. they had a TANK plus 15 other vehicles and were trying to get them to open the gate? HUH? Hit the gas and go… oh wait that’s what they did in the show. :)

    Carol’s character was terribly sexist and pathetic (her growth on the show was much more admirable). No woman leaves her daughter like that (in real life if she had gone that crazy she would have also killed Sophia) and her reasons for wanting death were weak and very random.

    Maggie and Glenn’s characters are much better in the show as well in terms of leadership and sense of community (I want to have a baby… REALLY!?) Get through the threat, make
    your environment stable -THEN start having that conversation. No instead I’m going to turn tail and run off in an RV as soon as I have to fight for something.

    Carl at this point in the comic is still treated like a little kid. His transformation and fast growing up happens later. Though I admit season 2 Carl (is anyone watching that kid?) was terribly annoying. How they handled his transformation worse, getting there faster better.

    This is not to say that there aren’t characters I like in the comics better namely Tyreese and Andrea (seriously woman FOCUS). I am pretty sure I see nuances in Michonne’s character on the show that others disagree with so I can really go either way
    on her (comic vs. show).

    The farm was far more concise in the comics (maybe too concise) and the very extended in the show. I’d have preferred that they split the difference.

    There are also plenty of irritating bad editing things in the tv show.

    My point is neither is perfect. And my flushed out comment is really that from some people’s points in various threads you would think that there is tons of back story given in the comics on particular characters adding to their depth and that just isn’t true (Shane & Lori’s relationship was one whole page).

  • Anonymous

    So far I have the TV show down as:
    Lori = Worse
    Andrea = Worse
    Maggie = Better
    Carol = Better
    Michonne = Equally awesome.

    It’s not really an improvement it’s just an exchange. But then later issues of TWD comic have not really been that great in terms of adding new interesting characters. It’s increasingly reliant on the ever dwindling pool of old characters. Maybe the TV show can avoid that problem.

  • Anonymous

    Completely agreed. I would love more consistency of quality from the TV show AND the comics; mixed bag doesn’t quite cover it. Oh and please bring back Tony Moore for the comics. : (

  • Renee I.

    Haha.. that was a much better (and far more concise) answer! Totally agree.

  • Anonymous

    I am still waiting for them to make Michonne a main character.

    I have fucking given up on this show, although given up is almost the wrong phrase. This show has NEVER grabbed or made any sort of positive impression on me. I aint going back for more, and I hope everyone else does too, because if we keep tuning into this shit in droves, they will keep making it. If we stop they will either make it better, or stop making it.