The Walking Dead season 8 episode 12 'The Key': Who is Georgie? Mysterious new character explained

Jacob Stolworthy

The latest episode of The Walking Dead introduced a brand new character who could shake things up in a major way.

After doing a search around the perimeter of the Hilltop, Maggie, Michonne, Enid and Rosita come across a van parked on the open road - in it is a lady named Georgie who fans are convinced is based on a particular character from the comic book series.

Played by Jayne Atkinson (24, House of Cards), Georgie - suited and well-kept - tells Maggie she wants to trade knowledge and suggests she comes from a community comprised of decent people who want to build a future in the apocalypse.

Many - including Atkinson - believe the character's inspiration could be Pamela Milton, a rather new addition to Robert Kirkman's comics.

“You know, they keep everything very close to the chest. Scott [Gimple] keeps everything close to the chest,” Atkinson told “And so basically when I spoke with him, he gave me a quiet overview of the kind of person she was, but no backstory, no front story. But he gave me enough to create, I think, a very dynamic and interesting person. And of course, the way it was written.”

Pamela Milton in Robert Kirkman's 'Walking Dead' comic book series

For those wondering, Pamela has only just been introduced to the show's source material making Georgie's introduction a surprise. She is essentially a Governor (no relation) of a settlement known as The Commonwealth and is poised to become a major player in a new storyline arc named The New World Order.

Based in Ohio, the Commonwealth is home to over 50,000 people - a full-sized community with jobs, theatre and military force. The series may be about to get even bigger than you imagined.

In Georgie's own words to Maggie: “I’ll be back. Maybe not for a while, but I will. And by then I expect great things.”

The Walking Dead season 8 continues on AMC every Sunday with the UK premiere arriving the next evening on FOX as well as being available to stream on NOW TV.

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