It seems Season 6 of AMC’s The Walking Dead will herald the arrival of a psychologist — perhaps someone finally sorted out some help for Rick Grimes? Rick has suffered through several bouts of crazy behavior, including hallucinations of his wife and some pretty extreme reactions to several circumstances in The Walking Dead. Not to mention his performance in the last couple of episodes of Season 5 would certainly justify some professional help. Although, now that Pete has been dispatched, it seems like perfect timing for a new medical professional to step in and take his place.
According to a casting call reported on Wetpaint, The Walking Dead is looking for a someone to fill the role of Allison, a psychologist. The full casting call is below (but beware, spoilers follow).
“THE WALKING DEAD, Episode #602
Director: Jennifer Lynch
Writer: Seth Hoffman
602 Outside Dates: 5/15-5/27
PLEASE SUBMIT ALL ETHNICITIES UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED.
[ALLISON] Female, Late 20s to early 40s. A smart, artful, and charming psychologist who quickly turns awkward and messy when it comes to her personal life. She’d much rather stay safely inside her comfort zone, but the true test of her mettle comes when the comfort’s gone and the stakes are life and death. She’s not cynical and really cares about people…RECURRING GUEST STAR / MULTIPLE EPISODES. WILL APPEAR IN 602 (5/15-5/27), 605 (6/9-6/18), & ADDITIONAL EPISODES TBD (OUTSIDE DATES: 6/19-11/19). ACTOR MUST NOT BE CONTRACTED TO ANOTHER PILOT / SERIES. WE CANNOT CONSIDER ANYONE WHO IS IN SECOND POSITION.”
For fans of The Walking Dead comics, many are suggesting this character might be a cover name for Dr. Denise Cloyd. In the past, AMC have used fake names during their casting calls in order to keep a degree of secrecy in regard to names that may create comic book crossover spoilers. For example, in Season 5, Jessie was originally known in the casting call as “Samantha.”
While it would seem likely that Rick Grimes would need the attentions of a psychologist, it is possible this character may also offer some support for Daryl Dixon — a kindred soul, if you like, thanks to them both being awkward socially. Although, on top of these two characters, a psychologist on The Walking Dead could certainly bring some relief to most of Rick’s group, who are all suffering from PTSD in varying degrees. Now they have joined the relative safe haven of Alexandria, it would be a perfect time to address these issues.
In other Walking Dead casting news, TVLine also announced the the arrival of another new character call Delvin — another potential name cover — a “twentysomething African-American cynic [who] is left so dumbfounded by displays of stupidity that it’s nearly impossible for him to admit that he thinks, down deep, people are — or at least can be — decent. Even if they’re idiots.”
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