Star Trek: Discovery star Sonequa Martin-Green confirms she didn’t join the CBS series until after her exit from The Walking Dead was final. Earlier this month it was revealed that the upcoming series would star Sonequa Martin-Green as First Officer Michael Burnham. She’ll be second in command to Jason Isaacs’ Captain Lorca, and will be one of the main characters in the series. This news came after the shocking death of Martin-Green’s character on The Walking Dead, when she sacrificed herself to save her friends in the season 7 finale.
It is not surprising that her TWD character would exit the series before she would take on such a main role in Star Trek: Discovery, as the two shows would potentially mean some scheduling conflicts if she were to continue with both. However, the news has also prompted speculation about whether Martin-Green asked to be written off The Walking Dead in order to join the new Star Trek series, but the actress has now confirmed that this is not the case.
In an interview with EW, Martin-Green addressed the speculation, describing herself as “so grateful” that such an incredible opportunity came along just when she was written off The Walking Dead.
It couldn’t have worked out more perfectly, because what was happening on Walking Dead was already underway. It was the path. It was definitely in place. And then as we were going into the very end of the season, the very end of our shoot for the season — that’s when the opportunity for Star Trek came. And so I know some people might think that I left Walking Dead to do Star Trek, but it did not happen that way. It was after Walking Dead was already ending that the opportunity for Star Trek came.
I didn’t know what I was going to be doing next. And when Star Trek came I thought, ‘Oh my goodness! This is…unspeakable! Like, what??’ It’s going from such a goliath that reaches so many people in such a profound way, to a legacy. So basically going from legacy to legacy. Because Star Trek has definitely been printed in the hearts of so many people and has been since the ‘60s, obviously. To go from such a favorite show, to arguably the most favorite show of all time, is [laughs] I still think I’m catching my breath.
This statement should put any rumors to rest that Martin-Green actively chose Star Trek over The Walking Dead, and the fact that Sasha’s comic book counterpart also doesn’t survive just backs this up. In addition, while Star Trek is certainly one of the biggest franchises of all time, there is no guarantee that Star Trek: Discovery will be as successful as The Walking Dead is currently. However, we are looking forward to discovering the newest space-age adventure later this year, and seeing what Martin-Green brings to her newest role.
Star Trek: Discovery premieres later this year on CBS All Access.