When last we saw Alexandrian Heath (Corey Hawkins), he had disappeared from the bridge of sand walkers, with nothing but his glasses and some tire tracks left behind to (maybe) hint at what happened to him.
And then there’s Sherry (Christine Evangelista), Dwight’s ex, now one of Negan’s wives, whom we last saw drowning her Saviors sorrows in whiskey. Or, depending on what you believe about Daryl’s escape from the Sanctuary, we might have seen the shadow of her footprints walking away from Daryl’s cell as she slipped that note — with a key and a match attached — under the door.
So, with these characters’ cliffs a-hanging at the end of Season 7A of The Walking Dead, we wondered, will we ever see Heath and Sherry again? “Listen, [TWD showrunner] Scott Gimple is a genius and master in how he’s been able to continue to craft the show,” says Hawkins, who’s starring as action hero Eric Carter in Fox’s upcoming 24: Legacy, to Yahoo TV. “We’ve been in conversations about it.”
The good news: 24: Legacy, like TWD, films in the Atlanta area, making it at least possible, logistically, that Heath could return to help his friends in their upcoming battle against Negan and the Saviors.
“We all joke about how there’s like a red [laser] dot that appears … like somehow, someone’s lurking in the closet, and as soon as you open your mouth about The Walking Dead, it’s like, ‘Uh-oh,’ you know?” Hawkins jokes. “I’ll just say that we’ve been in conversation about it, and how we could make this work. My obvious priority right now is Eric Carter.”
As for Evangelista, she also can’t confirm whether Sherry will return for the second half of Season 7 when the AMC series resumes in February, but she does suggest there’s more Sherry story to be told. “Where you left off with her, she was in the world of the Sanctuary, under Negan’s thumb, and trying to do right by Daryl. She’s in this triangle at the moment with her ex-husband, her current husband, and then there’s Daryl,” says the actress, who stars in E!’s upcoming Hollywood drama The Arrangement. “She’s trying to redeem herself, so when or how she does that, I think that’ll be interesting to see.
“I think there’s also this thing in Daryl that reminds her of who Dwight used to be, before he turned, before he became a murderer in her eyes. Before they separated. I think she looks at Daryl as this … It’s sad. I think she definitely feels guilt for what she did to [Daryl], even though he tried to help her and her family at the time, but I think she’s sort of looking at him now with this longing, like, ‘Oh, I don’t want what happened to Dwight to happen to you,’ if there’s anything that she could do. I think that’s sort of where she is.”
Evangelista also says fans shouldn’t mistake that kiss between Sherry and Negan at the Sanctuary as her having any positive feelings about the brutal Saviors leader.
“I don’t think it’s a real attraction,” she says. “I think that she is in this kind of, I don’t want to call it a position of power with the ladies, but she’s almost this mother hen to everyone. She finds herself in that situation a lot, where she’s always been a caretaker, but I think what she’s doing right now is just this self-sacrificial thing. When she and Dwight came back to the Sanctuary … he was going to be murdered, and she agreed to become [Negan’s] wife in exchange for his life. I think she’s looking at this as just this very self-sacrificial thing: ‘This is who I have to be in order for us all to survive.’ It’s almost mechanical in a way. She’s always plotting a next move. She’s very strong, she’s very determined, but she’s always a step ahead in some way.”
Like, maybe, a step ahead in plotting Daryl’s escape, and helping facilitate it with the note under his cell door?
“If there are any questions about that, I think we’ll find out soon,” she says. “We’ll find out soon enough.”
The Walking Dead Season 7 resumes Feb. 12 at 9 p.m. on AMC