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Rick Grimes’ Spinoff Can Finally Redeem A Walking Dead Villain You Thought Was Too Far Gone

The much-anticipated Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live promises to address Rick Grimes’ time at the CRM. In doing so, one villain can be redeemed.

Rick Grimes Looking Up In The Walking Dead

Summary

  • The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live can redeem a previously irredeemable villain with a new story arc.
  • Characters from other spinoffs will likely appear in Rick’s spinoff, providing the opportunity to further develop them.
  • Jadis may be able to be redeemed and help Rick and Michonne escape the CRM, especially if reminded of her past relationship with Gabriel.

The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live has already garnered much anticipation because of the long-awaited return of Rick Grimes and Michonne, but it may even be able to redeem a villain in the franchise that seemed too far gone. The Walking Dead crossovers are nothing new to the franchise and usually invite interesting narrative beats. For instance, Dwight and Sherry’s move from the main show to Fear The Walking Dead helped them eventually gain closure about their trauma from Negan’s reign. Additionally, the Civic Republic Military has featured in numerous spinoffs, further emphasizing the organization’s power and reach.

The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live airs after the main show, Fear The Walking Dead, and World Beyond have concluded, allowing room for characters to appear in Rick’s spinoff without detracting from other major storylines. For example, Morgan could appear in The Ones Who Live since he left Fear The Walking Dead proclaiming to search for Rick in Alexandria. Moreover, one complicated The Walking Dead villain expected in Rick and Michonne’s spinoff may be able to redeem themselves with a new story arc.

Michonne holding Rick's face next to a CRM Helicopter in The Walking Dead
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Jadis Became Fully Loyal To The CRM In The Walking Dead: World Beyond

Pollyanna McIntosh as Jadis in Walking Dead World Beyond

Jadis first appeared in season 7 of the main show as the leader of the Scavengers, a group that resided in a junkyard. Once her group was killed by Saviors, she temporarily joined Rick’s group. She then left with an injured Rick and headed for the CRM in a helicopter in season 9. Interestingly, after losing the Scavengers, Jadis seemed to struggle with her identity and reclaimed her birth name Anne. In addition, her manner of speaking changed to full sentences, signifying her knack for putting on personas, presumably as a survival tactic.

However, after Jadis joined the CRM, she exhibited extreme loyalty to the organization’s overall plan of rebuilding civilization. Not only did she force Huck to kill a CRM scientist using one of their walker experiments, but she also justified mass murder as a necessity in The Walking Dead: World Beyond. Her hardened worldview and dedication to the CRM’s mission at any cost was also clear in her power-obsessed actions, like using Colonel Kublek as a scapegoat, then taking her position. Therefore, it’s believable that she would halt any escape plans Rick might try, especially if they threaten the CRM’s goals.

Walking dead rick grimes CRM
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How The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live Can Redeem Jadis

Despite Jadis’ skewed views, she hinted at residual emotional hangups from her time as Anne. For example, she told Huck about how devastating it was for her to lose her community that she formed. Plus, by reclaiming the name “Jadis” after joining the CRM, she confirmed that one of her biggest struggles was being directionless. She attributed the name Jadis to helping her survive. Additionally, she was unaware of Huck’s double agent status and Silas’ plan to expose the organization from the inside. This indicated her weak spot for those she’s fond of.

With Rick, Jadis admittedly used him to gain access to the CRM, but she acknowledged that she owed him a lot. Therefore, Jadis’ protecting Rick so he wouldn’t become a CRM test subject indicates she isn’t entirely irredeemable. If Rick could leverage the good qualities she’s exhibited before, he could convince her to help him escape the CRM. Major General Beale was teased as the main villain of The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live, so Jadis may reach her limit of what she’s willing to do if pushed too far by Beale’s agenda. This could lead to her helping Rick and Michonne from the inside, ultimately redeeming her.

Jadis’ Redemption Needs 1 Other Walking Dead Character To Work

Jadis holding Gabriel's hand in the junkyard on The Walking Dead

If Rick’s unable to persuade Jadis, one other aspect of her self-claimed name hints at one The Walking Dead character who might be able to. Her new last name “Stokes” is a reference to Gabriel. This is important because Jadis and Gabriel had a brief romantic relationship when she was in Alexandria and going by the name Anne. Despite trying to feed him to a walker and letting him go, her use of Gabriel’s last name could be a way for her to keep his memory close to her, indicating how much he means to her.

Moreover, since Gabriel represented the good she could do since she didn’t go through with killing him, claiming his last name could also indicate Jadis’ CRM persona is changeable. Therefore, if Gabriel were to make an appearance or Jadis was reminded of him through an interaction with Rick, she might question her purpose yet again and be able to acknowledge the cruelty of the CRM’s methods. Ultimately, The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live has the opportunity to stretch Jadis’ struggle with purpose and morality into a redeeming choice to help Rick and Michonne take down the CRM.

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