When it comes to casting, the The Walking Dead universe has been very good about “keeping it in the family,” so to speak. Some may not realize this, but Kenric Green — who plays Scott (the MVP of The Walking Dead) — is the husband of Sonequa Martin-Green, who played Sasha on The Walking Dead for several years.
Meanwhile, The Walking Dead has also managed to cast three siblings in central roles. Madison Lintz, who now plays the daughter of the title character in Amazon’s Bosch, played Carol’s daughter Sophia in the first two seasons of The Walking Dead. Madison’s little brother, Macsen Lintz, also played Young Henry for two seasons of the series, while their other brother, Matt Lintz, played the older Henry in the ninth season of The Walking Dead. Their mother Kelly Collins Lintz, by the way, is yet another alum of The Mist, from which Frank Darabont pulled several cast members, including Laurie Holden, Melissa McBride, and Jeffrey DeMunn (plus, Thomas Jane was the original choice to play Rick Grimes).
It appears that The Walking Dead universe is once again hiring another family member. Cooper Dodson is a cast member in the fifth season of Fear the Walking Dead. He’ll be playing Dylan, pictured here on the left.
He might look familiar to some, as he is the brother of Major Dodson, the kid actor who played Sam Anderson, the worst character ever on The Walking Dead (at least until, ironically, Henry came along). Recall that Sam was that whiny little kid that Carol offered cookies, but who would later start crying while hiding under zombie guts in a horde of walkers, drawing attention to himself and getting himself and his mother devoured.
Now his brother will join Fear the Walking Dead and hopefully he will not continue the legacy of annoying characters (to be fair to the Dodsons and the Lintz’s, the actors themselves aren’t annoying; it’s the way their characters are written).
Fear the Walking Dead showrunners Ian Goldberg and Andrew Chambliss will be keeping it “in the family” in another respect, too, bringing over Karen David from their old show Once Upon a Time for the fifth season. She’ll be playing a character named Grace. Goldberg and Chambliss have cast several minor roles from Once Upon a Time alums, including former Buffy star Emma Caulfield.
Fear the Walking Dead, by the way, returns on June 2nd, and it may be introducing a new zombie that will affect the entire The Walking Dead universe.