In the times since Rick Grimes’ (Andrew Lincoln) final episode, there’s been an excellent disturbance within the Force.
Most “Walking Dead” followers know properly that earlier than taking over the function of older Judith Grimes on the present, actress Cailey Fleming performed younger Rey in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” But some attentive sequence watchers have prompt there was another “Star Wars” cameo on the present this month ― a secret one we had been by no means meant to know.
If the rumors are true, it was the cameo you’ve been searching for: We’re speaking Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill.
Look, at this level, nothing is confirmed. HuffPost reached out to Hamill and AMC and we’ve but to obtain a reply. But with so many unrequited tweeters questioning did he or didn’t he, we determined to voluntarily fall, not in contrast to Rey in “The Last Jedi,” down a darkish rabbit gap of reality. And what we discovered must be shared with the world ― nay, the galaxy right here and much, far-off.
Break out your lightsabers and put in your tinfoil hats.
Was Mark Hamill secretly in “The Walking Dead”?
It went down like this: On the Nov. four episode of “Walking Dead,” Jadis (Pollyanna McIntosh) organized for an injured Rick Grimes to be transported away by helicopter, a transfer that’s possible meant to arrange AMC’s Rick Grimes film universe. Jadis communicates with somebody on the helicopter through walkie talkie. Following the episode, a bunch of followers identified on-line that the particular person she’s speaking to sounds an terrible lot like Mark Hamill.
And it does sound like him.
Why dive any deeper? It’s clearly Mark Hamill, proper?
The “Star Wars” actor does plenty of voice over work, frequently taking his skills to films and TV, notably giving us the enduring voice of the animated Joker. Beyond his cartoonish voices, although, his day-to-day talking voice may be very distinctive, which is why so many followers are satisfied the particular person talking within the clip above is Hamill himself.
The helicopter voice sounds so much like Hamill’s that folks guessed the actor made an look weeks in the past, again when the present first featured the voice on the walkie-talkie (within the third episode of Season 9), after Jadis known as the chopper up from the junkyard to ensure its occupants weren’t killing Saviors.
But why would Hamill visitor star on the present?
The “Walking Dead” producers loooove “Star Wars.”
I imply this with the utmost of respect: The folks behind “The Walking Dead” are a bunch of “Star Wars” nerds.
In an interview final week, showrunner Angela Kang advised HuffPost concerning the casting of “Star Wars” actress Fleming, explaining — like we stated — that the producers sincerely worship George Lucas’ area opera.
“I’m an enormous ‘Star Wars’ universe fan, as is [creative content officer Scott Gimple], as are lots of people on our present. So that was very thrilling for us to have little Rey on our present,” she stated.
And hey, it is sensible to contain Hamill within the present now, probably establishing him as a part of the upcoming expanded universe of flicks, for the reason that helicopter group will clearly be concerned.
May the Like be with you.
Maybe Hamill simply innocently preferred this random tweet from a fan about Fleming’s function in “Walking Dead.” Maybe. He is tagged within the tweet, so he may simply be displaying help for his franchise colleague.
But let’s take a second. Fleming’s function in “Force Awakens” occurred in a flashback; it was even briefer than Hamill’s personal famously wordless look. If I had been to guess whether or not they had been BFFs or they hardly know one another, I’d wager the latter. Would it make extra sense that he preferred this tweet as a result of he knew Fleming could be taking over this function upfront… as a result of he’s within the episode too?
Cameo conspiracies apart, “The Walking Dead” got here out swinging within the first episode of the post-Rick period, introducing us to the speaking zombies, aka the Whisperers, a bunch of residing individuals who put on the pores and skin of the undead.
Plus, we realized Carol (Melissa McBride), who’s gone all Katniss Everdeen, coated a bunch of rogue Saviors in gasoline and lit them on fireplace. Oh, and it seems the theories had been proper about Michonne (Danai Gurira) being pregnant with little Richonne: she now has somewhat boy named RJ. (Uh, Rick Jr.? Wait. Richonne Jr.?)
There was additionally plenty of Fleming, who’s rising nearer to Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), filling in a storyline from the comics that the present appeared to desert after the loss of life of Carl (Chandler Riggs).
“Walking Dead” is off to a stable begin with out Rick. So if it’s not the Force working for it, one thing is.