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The Walking Dead Promotes Three More to Series Regulars


Get ready to see a whole lot more of Tyreese, Sasha and Beth in Season 4 of The Walking Dead.

TVLine reports actors Chad L. Coleman, Sonequa Martin-Green and Emily Kinney have all had their roles upgraded from recurring to regular as the hit AMC drama moves forward.

Considering the amount of central characters killed off in Season 3, it’s no wonder producers decided that some new people needed to come to the forefront. Meanwhile, actress Melissa Ponzio, who plays Woodbury survivor Karen, has been added in a recurring role.

One major recurring character has already been upgraded to a regular in Season 4. While we had assumed David Morrissey’s Governor would be killed off by the Season 3 finale, he’ll return better than ever as a full-time series regular next season.

There will be another big change in The Walking Dead Season 4: Scott Gimple will take over as showrunner from Glen Mazzara. It shouldn’t be that much of a change of pace, though, because as Executive Producer Gale Anne Hurd told Comic Book Resoures at The Walking Dead‘s PaleyFest red carpet, this show is Gimple’s “whole life.”

“The show is the show, we just bring it to life. It’s almost like it’s got a life of its own, and he’s channeling it. He’s very character-driven; he wrote the episode where Sofia comes out of the barn, he wrote [the Season 3 episode] ‘Clear,’] so you get his voice,” she said. “I think the characters are going to really have a lot of difficult things thrown at them that they’re going to have to deal with. But there’s going to be no shortage of action, either!”


  • Cerebro

    Who does Melissa McBride (Carol) have to sleep with to get promoted to the regular cast? Also curious that Scott Wilson (Hershel) hasn’t been upgraded. Does that mean his days are numbered? We shall see…

  • Travis

    I doubt their days are numbered. Carol has survived three seasons as a recurring character and Hershel three. Just as many regulars get killed per season as recurring. If anything, I’d be more worried about Beth, Tyrese or Sasha dying now.

  • Cathy

    Seriously! Melissa Mcbride has been with the show since season 1, but they have never upgraded her. I love her character and her acting is amazing. I’ve never thought that they have ever given “Carol” (or Melissa) the credit or recognition that she deserves. I like Hershel’s character too. Emily & Sonequa both together only had a dozen lines between them all season, yet their being upgraded to regulars!?! Makes no sense to me.

  • N.Kane

    Noooo! Not Beth! Just kill the kid! Or the old dude! Or Rick! Just kidding. I wouldn’t want any of those characters to die.