After the gut-wrenching events of The Walking Dead mid-season 5 finale, it looks like Rick Grimes and company will be on the move once again when the series returns in February. Hitting the road means the group will run across waves of walkers and scattered survivors, opening the door for new people to enter the show, such as actor Ross Marquand, who has joined the cast of The Walking Dead as a Season 5 regular.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ross Marquand (Amira & Sam, I <3 Vampires, Woodshop, voice of Han Solo in the "Star Wars" episode of Phineas and Ferb) will play an unknown character who will be introduced sometime in the upcoming second half of Season 5. Though his character's name hasn't yet been revealed, the fact that Marquand has been slated as a regular means the role should be a fairly prominent one. Some are even speculating that Marquand will play Aaron, a key character from Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead comic book series, though no official character details have been announced.

Back in October it was revealed that Alexandra Breckenridge (American Horror Story, Save Me, True Blood) will play Samantha, “an attractive, strong, smart, charming and articulate woman with a vulnerable side... a mother with a bohemian spirit, and a talented artist.” Samantha is likely a false name, but Breckenridge's role is a recurring one that supposedly comes with an option to stick around as a regular in Season 6 should she survive Season 5, so fans can expect to see at least a couple new, important human characters in this season's remaining eight episodes. We'll keep Daily Dead readers updated on The Walking Dead as more details surface.

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Source: THR
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