Season 7 of The Walking Dead has been a doozy. With All Out War against Negan and The Saviors in full effect, the first half of the season has followed The Militia’s big plan for victory against the villains. The most recent episode showed Rick once again returning to Jadis and The Scavengers, in an attempt to recruit the monosyllabic back onto the right side of apocalyptic history. In her last appearance, Jadis was shown doing some junkyard crafting in the buff, and actress Pollyanna McIntosh recently revealed why the group has no problem being nude. With society crumbled, Jadis and The Scavengers are able to make their own rules.
My feeling on it is that Jadis is a pretty open minded person, and she’s created this world for them to live in. And part of it is being the human animals that we are and feeling comfortable and being a big family and it’s not about necessarily a sexual thing, it’s just whilst the apocalypse is a terrible time, there’s also the opportunity to really live the way that you choose to live. And there’s a freedom in that, and I think that’s what that scene expresses.
While naked sculpting might not have been appropriate in the area outside of DC during the pre-apocalypse, the end of the world let Jadis and her followers create their own world. Although it likely smells real bad in their community, it allows The Scavengers to strip down whenever they feel like it.
Pollyanna McIntosh’s comments to Comic Book point out Jadis’ unique world perspective. Her open mindedness about nudity and sex was shown during the Season 7 finale, when The Scavengers arrived in Alexandria to seemingly team up against Negan. Before their eventual betrayal, Jadis looked Rick up and down, and asked Michonne if she could “lay with him” after the battle was won. And now that she’s got Rick in his underwear in captivity, one has to wonder if she’ll make her interest known again.
The actress addressed this possibility as well, and explained how playing Jadis is fun because she’s such a mysterious and original character. Pollyanna McIntosh elaborated, saying:
Speaking for Jadis, she’s always got something up her sleeve. She’s always up to something, so I think part of the fun of her is the mystery. Is she madly attracted to this man, or does she just like figuring him out through playing some games with him? You know? I think going visually and going on his spirit, I don’t see why she wouldn’t rather fancy him. I mean, we all love the show and watch the show, and Andy [Lincoln] is an attractive guy, especially in that character. Rick is a powerful and capable leader, so yeah, she could do a lot worse, couldn’t she?
Talk about an odd couple. We’ll have to wait and see exactly what Jadis is up to with Rick in captivity. Is she awaiting another character like Negan to show up? And when will the Alexandria cavalry show up to rescue their leader?
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