Spoilers below for anyone who hasn't yet watched The Walking Dead's latest episode, 'The Key.'
Every once in a while, The Walking Dead pulls off some left-field introductions that alter the narrative's path in delightfully intriguing ways. For the high-intensity episode "The Key," that miracle took the form of surprise guest star Jayne Atkinson (of House of Cards fame), who arrived on the scene as the benevolently mysterious Georgie. (Whose surname I half-seriously assume is Ex-Machina.) With chummy enforcers Hilda and Midge in tow, Georgie appeared with a big offer and some very promising wares.
The perfectly splendid Jayne Atkinson spoke with CinemaBlend ahead of the episode, and we obviously talked a lot about her Delphic new character. We hope you guys are as suspiciously enchanted with Georgie as we were, because here's everything we know about her.
1. Georgie's Backstory
As far as we know, Georgie's approach to contacting communities starts with inciting a bartering scenario, in which food and musical phonographs are traded for a civilization-building manifesto of sorts -- absolutely no spoken word records, though. Georgie was dressed well enough, and in clean clothes, and five seconds into her introduction, it was clear she is unlike almost every other late-stage survivor we've met over the years. So where did she come from? Here's what Jayne Atkinson told me about how Georgie's background was approached.
Indeed, Georgie comes across very much like someone used to standing in front of large groups of people and convincing them that what she's saying needs to be heard. And if her own profession was within education, then perhaps her hobbies included engineering and construction, or maybe one or both of her parents were involved in city planning and infrastructure. Not that windmills and watermills are super-modern ways of assisting society, but knowing someone within her then-local government would possibly allow her access to those kinds of plans and schematics. Whatever Georgie's past actually is, Atkinson formed her own further assumptions about the character's history in order to bring her to life.
Georgie, Hilda and Midge are a lot more calm than most people would be in this kind of a situation. They were the ones who initiated communication, so they're obviously confident about their tactics' combined success rate. There's always the chance that Georgie is just full of shit, of course, and is attempting to trick Maggie in some way. But she's a little too trusting and pragmatic for us to automatically suspect ulterior motives.