The Walking Dead lost three regular cast members last season (Steven Yeun’s Glenn, Michael Cudlitz’s Abraham, and Sonequa Martin-Green’s Sasha), so it’s only natural that the series would elevate three recurring cast members to series regulars. Like SNL, new cast members are often treated as “featured” players for a season or two on The Walking Dead before being elevated to repertory cast members, or series regulars.
This year, those promotions go to Steven Ogg, Katelyn Nacon, and, surprisingly, Pollyanna McIntosh, according to Variety.
Having survived the seventh season finale, it’s not too surprising to see Steven Ogg — who plays Simon — promoted. Among the Saviors, the charismatic Simon has quickly become a fan favorite on the series, and on some weeks, the actor — famous for providing his voice to Grand Theft Auto — is the MVP of The Walking Dead. His elevation also suggests that Simon’s partnership with Gregory (played by Xander Berkeley, who was elevated to series regular last season) may play a large role in the upcoming season.
Meanwhile, several wondered why Katelyn Nacon — who plays Enid on the show — wasn’t elevated to series regular last season. Nacon will likely help fill the hole left by Sasha’s death at The Hilltop, especially now that Gregory is gone. In fact, at this point, The Hilltop is being led by Maggie, Jesus, and Enid and a sea of red shirts.