New Fear The Walking Dead Images & The Walking Dead adds to the cast

Entertainment Weekly has released a slew of new images from season 4B of Fear The Walking Dead. Check them out below:

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Season 4 has been a controversial season for the spinoff series. Many of its main characters have been killed off and replaced with newcomers such as Jenna Elfman, Maggie Grace, and The Walking Dead‘s Morgan played by Lennie James. Season 4B will continue later this summer.

Speaking of The Walking Dead, Broadway actress Lauren Ridloff will be joining the cast next season. Season 9 will take a leap forward in time and will show our group of survivors creating a new world post Negan and the Saviors.

Per The Wrap:

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Ridloff is the first deaf actress to be featured on the long-standing zombie drama, and she will play Connie, a character who is also deaf and uses American Sign Language to communicate. Connie is a character who first appears in Issue 127 of the comics on which the show is based, part of a small survival group that shows up after the time jump, led by a woman named Magna — though in the comics, Connie is not deaf. Connie is still alive in the comics.

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“The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) applauds the casting decision by The Walking Dead to have Tony Award nominee Lauren Ridloff portray an important character on the show. We encourage more shows and movies to cast Deaf Talent for every kind of role,” said Howard A. Rosenblum, the CEO of the NAD.

Ridloff’s casting comes amid shakeups in the original cast. Andrew Lincoln, who plays leading man Rick Grimes, will be leaving next season— but we’re also going to be treated to a reprisal of Shane Walsh from Jon Bernthal. Michael Cudlitz (who played Abraham) will also be returning sometime next season but not as a cameo. Cudlitz will be in the director’s chair for an episode.

The Walking Dead will return for Season 9 on AMC this fall.