Walking Dead to feature its first deaf actress


The Walking Dead has a lot of work to do to win back fans who lost interest during The All-Out War storyline the past two seasons.

There is a new showrunner in Angela Kang but she will have her work cut out for her after news broke that two of the most important characters on the show — Rick and Maggie — will be gone by midseason.

Part of the work at rebuilding the fan trust will come at Comic-Con in San Diego.

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There will be a super panel from both Tge Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead and it includes Andrew Lincoln, who will likely answer a ton of questions about what happens to Rick Grimes next season.

Right before the Comic-Con appearance for The Walking Dead, AMC broke the news that the show has cast its first deaf actress for the upcoming season.

Deadline reports that the actress is Lauren Ridloff, who is a Tony-nominated performer. She will play the part of “Connie.”

Lauren Ridloff most recently appeared in Children of a Lesser God on Broadway, which is what she received her Tony nomination for. She is slated to appear in multiple episodes and AMC states that she will communicate in American Sign Language.

Connie first appeared in the comic books in issue #127 where she was one of the survivors in the Magna group in Washington D.C. In the comics, she is not deaf. She is also part of the war against The Whisperers, so hopefully, The Walking Dead TV show is ready to move on to that storyline.

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Connie is still alive in the comic books, so this could mark the introduction of a new long-running character for the show.

The Walking Dead will be at the San Digo Comic-Con on July 20 in Hall H at 12:15 p.m. PST. Yvette Nicole Brown will moderate the panel discussion.