There are few shows as massively popular as AMC's The Walking Dead. The apocalyptic drama has garnered millions of fans, and has a loyal fanbase despite being in the midst of its whopping eighth season on the network. With their impressive numbers, it's clear that the series is here to stay. It seems like just about everyone is watching Rick's current war against The Saviors, but it turns out that one former cast member has dropped off. Alexandria Breckenridge, who played Jessie-- Rick's first love interest from Alexandria. She recently explained the reason for this choice, saying:
I guess she really took Ron and Sam's deaths hard. We can't say we blame her though, her character and entire family got killed off pretty brutally a few seasons ago.
This news is sure to disappoint all the hardcore Walking Dead fans out there, especially because her character was pretty well liked during her tenure on the series. Despite being unprepared to live within the zombie apocalypse, Jessie was able to bring Rick back into the world of the living back in Season 5. And when it became clear that the Alexandrians needed to step up their survival skills to defend their home from outsiders, she stepped up and dropped a Wolf during their invasion. But her achilles heel were her sons, and she died alongside them both.
It should come to no surprise that Alexandra Breckenridge's comments Hollywood Life included a This is Us name drop. She's currently starring as Sophie on the series, Kevin's past and present girlfriend. Breckenridge has always been involved in exciting TV projects, but this is a particularly big jump, as This is Us is one of the more acclaimed new shows on television. She's also been seen in two seasons of American Horror Story: Murder House and Coven.
Alexandria Breckenridge isn't the only Walking Dead alum who has taken less of an interest in the series after being killed off. Emily Kinney (aka Beth Greene) also expressed how strange it was to go from cast member to viewer. Although Kinney had a far longer tenure on TWD, getting involved early in Season 2. She also had to find a new home, after spending much of the past few years in Atlanta, where the series shoots.
A fair amount of Walking Dead viewers have also fallen off of the series as well. Numbers began to dip last season, after a slew of capsule episodes brought the overall pacing to a screeching halt. Although the current All Out War plot line has been quite the opposite, as shootouts and action dominate the entirety of its first few episodes.
The Walking Dead airs Sundays on AMC. In the meantime, check out our midseason premiere list to see when your favorite show is returning from hiatus. Plus, double check our cancellation list to see if your favorite show got the chop.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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