The Walking Dead: Lauren Ridloff On A Connie/Kelly Prequel

The Walking Dead’s Lauren Ridloff has expressed her desire for a prequel series featuring Connie and her sister Kelly (played by Angel Theory). In an interview with EW (courtesy of a report from Comic Book), the 44-year-old actress said she “would love to see a prequel” for the on-screen sisters. 

Since her debut in Season 9 following Andrew Lincoln’s exit, Ridloff has appeared intermittently throughout the following seasons, recently taking a break from The Walking Dead to feature as Makkari in Marvel’s Eternals. Ridloff said she felt the “relationship between the two of them is definitely interesting — being sisters and Kelly’s journey with her hearing loss and their age difference.”

Ridloff isn’t the only cast member from the long-running horror drama to support a prequel featuring Connie and Kelly, as Josh McDermitt, who has played Eugene Porter since Season 4, backed the concept. He admitted he was “kind of cool” with leaving Eugene’s character alone. “I’m not going to say it should be Eugene, but I think about characters like Connie and Kelly. I would love to see a show with them.” 

Ridloff is fully deaf, while Theory is progressively losing her hearing. The actress was previously emailed by the writers and asked if she’d be willing to share her story through her character, to which she agreed. In the show, Connie and Kelly communicate in ASL, the first representation of the deaf and hard of hearing in the horror drama.

For more The Walking Dead content, including Khary Payton’s disappointment with Ezekiel’s story, check out FlickLuster’s review of “Outpost 22.”

Matt Bailey

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