[SPOILERS for The Walking Dead ahead.]
Sonequa Martin-Green’s lead role on the upcoming Star Trek: Discovery series meant bad news for her character on The Walking Dead. During the season 7 finale of the long-running zombie show, Martin-Green’s Sasha sacrificed herself to save her friends from Negan and the Saviors, adding her name to the already-impressive tally of the dead in that universe. Sasha will certainly be missed by fans of the series, and her co-star Andrew Lincoln has now said that he would love to join her on-screen again in her new sci-fi project.
As many fans know, Star Trek is returning to the small screen this year, when Discovery brings the franchise back to television for the first time in over a decade. The last Star Trek TV series, Star Trek: Enterprise, wrapped up in 2005 after a less-than-stellar run, but there are high hopes for the new series. The show promises a ‘grittier’ take on the futuristic universe, and will star Martin-Green as First Officer Michael Burnham opposite Jason Isaacs as Captain Lorca.
Speaking to Variety, Lincoln praised Martin-Green highly, and said that he would love to become a guest on Star Trek: Discovery in order to work with her again:
“She’s an incredible personality with incredible grace and strength and tenacity. She’s a very impressive woman. She will be leading that starship with the same class and fortitude. That is going to be one happy spaceship. I’d love to beam myself up at some point in some kind of Greg Nicotero special effects makeup.”
Martin-Green has been a regular character on The Walking Dead since season 3, and her death was a major one, continuing the show’s streak of ending seasons with big kills. Her role in Star Trek: Discovery is set to be a long-running one, if the series does as well as some of its predecessors, and will be the first time that a Star Trek series has had a second-in-command as the primary lead.
It would be fantastic to see Lincoln appear on the show, as an alien or in any other capacity, although his work on The Walking Dead means that even if he gets his wish, he would only be able to appear in a cameo role. There will certainly be plenty of guest alien roles available, assuming that Discovery follows the usual Star Trek format, with the crew meeting new aliens on a regular basis. Of course, this is all speculation at the moment, and Lincoln’s professed desire to appear on the show doesn’t mean that he actually will — it may simply be a part of a lovely goodbye to his Walking Dead co-star.
Star Trek: Discovery premieres later this year on CBS All Access.