This week’s Mid-Season Premiere introduced us to major comic character Lydia, played by Cassady McClincy. Known for her roles on Castle Rock and Ozark, McClincy had to wait a while to find out if she got cast on the show she grew up watching. “I got a taped audition (for The Walking Dead) and I didn’t hear anything for a couple months,” McClincy told Entertainment Weekly. “And then out of the blue I got another tape with different sides. And then I found out I booked it about a week later. And I had to be on set the next morning.”
Lydia’s capture in the comics planted the seeds for an eventual war between The Whisperers and our heroes at Hilltop. Since the show tends to remix comic storylines, Executive Producer Greg Nicotero encouraged McClincy to only use the source material as a guide. “I had a meeting with (Nicotero) and he gave me this huge compendium filled with all the Lydia comics,” McClincy told EW. “But he wanted me to use it as a blueprint, not gospel. Those were his exact words. So I just tried to do Lydia justice. But, obviously, there’s differences from the comic and the TV show, so I tried to change what makes sense for the change in characteristics.”
Catch the rest of the interview over at Entertainment Weekly and make sure to follow Cassady McClincy on Instagram and Twitter! The Walking Dead airs new episodes on AMC Sundays at 9PM.