5 Actresses Who Should Answer The Walking Dead‘s New Casting Call for a Gender-Bending Season 7 Role

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***Spoilers: This post contains mild spoilers for The Walking Dead comic and, possibly, the series’ 7th Season. Spoilers***

Hey, remember about a week ago when we were talking about those odd -ooking walkers that snuck into TWD‘s latest trailer? They look a bit different from our regular zombie friends — because they are different. In fact, they’re not walkers at all; they’re another straight-from-the-comic group called The Whisperers.

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The Whisperers are actually living people who pose as walkers, and while that sounds like a smart tactic (Rick & Co. have hidden themselves in guts to walk among the dead a time or two), The Whisperers are yet another nefarious gang who aren’t only interested in protecting themselves. They also — like Alexandria — have a female leader and, from this poorly disguised casting call notice, I think we can safely assume that Robert Kirkman and Scott Gimple are preparing to introduce Alpha:

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toward the end of Season 7. Via The Spoiling Dead Fans, here’s the casting call notice for “Brion:”

30s-early 40s, Male or Female, any ethnicity. Think Tilda Swinton, David Bowie, Annie Lennox. Brion is an educated, pokerfaced leader who has a superior air and does not let his/her motives be known. Brion uses as few words as possible and keeps his/her emotions in check — we do see amusement, annoyance, displeasure — Brion just doesn’t wear their emotions on their sleeve; he/she is confident, quiet, and chiefly concerned with how anything may benefit him/her and those he/she knows … RECURRING GUEST STAR – EPISODES 710 (8/26-9/7), 712 (9/20-9/29), possibly 715 (10/26-11/4), and 716 (11/7-11/17)

Now, while it would obviously be super cool for Annie Lennox to pull a Henry Rollins (Sons of Anarchy) — who, BTW, would have been the ultimate Negan — the odds on actually getting her or The SWINTON are pretty slim. But there are a few great actresses who could perfectly pull off the Alpha role.

Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones, Elementary, The Tudors)

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Maggie Q (Nikita, Stalker, Designated Survivor)

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Anna Torv (Fringe, Secret City, Mind Hunter)

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Rutina Wesley (Hannibal, True Blood, Arrow, Queen Sugar)

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Michelle Rodriguez (Fast & Furious, Lost)

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Of these five, Rodriguez’s schedule is the clearest, but, since the current call is for only a handful of appearances, there’s no reason any one of them couldn’t squeeze in a guest-starring role. Personally, I’d love to see Maggie Q messing with people’s minds, but I have a soft spot for all these ladies and any one of them would be an excellent addition to The Walking Dead cast.

T-minus 9-ish weeks until the seventh season premieres on AMC, October 23rd.

Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis has been writing about the entertainment industry for ​over seven years, and is the ​Editor-in-Chief at Oohlo, where she muses over television, movies, and pop culture. Previous Senior News Editor at Pajiba, and published at BUST.

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  • JenVegas

    Wow. I forgot about Rutina Wesley after True Blood ended.

    • She was exceptionally good in Hannibal!

    • it’s better than way. Because her character was the WORST.

  • I think this means I should take time out of my day to cast this role right? Cause ya Michelle Rodriguez would be BA , we need a back up choice? It’s settled distraction from work it is!

  • trevor13ca

    Dream casting for Whisperer roles: Alpha = Tilda Swinton, Beta = Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane

    • trevor13ca

      Come to think of it, why are there not more professional athletes to survive the zombie apocalypse? They have the money and resources to survive initially and then they have the physical strength, speed, agility to survive long term, and many of them because of their celebrity status would be easier to get a survivor group to let them in or allow them to live in a conflict if they didn’t take sides. Its just funny when you look at the dynamics of the survivors and some of them aren’t in the best shape.