Several recurring characters were killed off in The Walking Dead season 7, but three actors are slated to take their place(s). Pollyanna McIntosh, Katelyn Nacon, and Steven Ogg have been promoted to series regulars for season 8, according to Variety.
Unfortunately for Rick and the gang, most of these new regulars are definitely not friends. McIntosh plays Jadis, leader of The Scavengers - you might remember her as the woman that pushed Rick into a pit so he could do battle with a zombie covered in spikes. Nacon plays Enid, a teenage girl who first appeared in season 5 and has since developed a burgeoning relationship with Caaarruhhrl. Lastly, Ogg plays Simon, Negan's right-hand man. You might also recognize him as Trevor from GTA 5.
Wherever TWD season 8 takes these characters is anyone's guess, but Andrew Lincoln has said the show will "come out swinging." And if you're wondering whether The Walking Dead will make a time jump like in the comics, well, we're wondering too.