‘Walking Dead’ Season 6: See Dr. Denise Cloyd and Carter in Action
It was announced at Comic-Con last month that actors Merritt Wever and Ethan Embry had joined the cast of The Walking Dead Season 6. At the time, we speculated Merritt was playing Dr. Denise Cloyd from the comics and it turns out we were totally on the money. Ethan’s character, however, is a bit more complicated.
Per Entertainment Weekly, Merritt’s Denise “becomes critical in the community of Alexandria after the death of Pete, and in the comic her skills as a surgeon prove pivotal, especially after a ghastly injury incurred by one of the main characters — an injury which may or may not happen on the TV version.”
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For those of you who don’t mind being spoiled, we can tell you Denise comes to help Morgan Jones’ (Lennie James) after he’s bitten. Unfortunately, Morgan later succumbs to his injuries and dies. She also helps (and ultimately saves) a seriously injured Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs).
In the comics, Denise is also Heath’s girlfriend and she even sacrifices herself so he can live. In EW’s photo we see Merritt wearing Denise’s trademark black-rimmed glasses.
Ethan, on the other hand, will play Carter, who is a composite of several comic book characters. “Ethan plays a combo of a few characters that we actually haven’t hit yet or weren’t able to hit in other characters,” showrunner Scott Gimple revealed. “He is an Alexandrian, and has been there the whole time, just quite busy.”
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If you remember back to the TWD Comic Con trailer, Carter is seen challenging Rick. We’re guessing one of the characters Carter is modeled after is Comic Book Nicholas, who goes up against Rick in that medium. Whether or not Carter survives Season 6 remains to be seen.
In EW’s exclusive photo, Carter is standing by Rick’s side, but something tells us the camaraderie won’t last for very long.
The Walking Dead Season 6 premieres with a 90-minute episode on October 11 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.