(Spoilers ahead for the Nov. 18 episode of “The Walking Dead” on AMC)
Ever since she first popped up out of nowhere in Season 8, “The Walking Dead” fans have been speculating non-stop about what Georgie’s (Jayne Atkinson) role will be in the future. Even though she has not appeared again since, Georgie’s impact has been felt — especially when we discovered that Maggie (Lauren Cohan) has made her exit from the show by joining up with Georgie’s quest to bring civilization back to the world.
We still don’t actually know that much about Georgie. She first appeared, as you recall, shortly before the Saviors attacked the Hilltop last season, offering food and knowledge — a book detailing primitive technology like aqueducts and so forth — in exchange for music. Georgie claimed to be roaming around, sort of trying to rekindle civilization wherever she encountered a community worth fostering.
Georgie had with her a pair of sisters, twins, named Midge and Hilda, who appeared to sort of act as her muscle. Interestingly, on the rare occasion when we have gotten an update on Georgie, it was always mentioned that the twins dropped off a letter, with no indication that Georgie herself had actually been back.
Earlier this season, before the time jump, there was a notable scene between Maggie and Jesus in which they discussed a proposition from Georgie — she had been trying to get Maggie or the Hilltop to “join” her for something. It sounded at the time that this was referring to the Hilltop joining some kind of coalition, but maybe it really just meant she wanted to bring Maggie along for whatever she was doing elsewhere.
We got another one of these updates from the twins recently — Jesus (Tom Payne) mentions to Tara (Alanna Masterson) that the twins dropped off a letter from Maggie.
The letter said that Maggie was happy, for what that’s worth. She also, according to Siddiq, was “somewhere far” away with Georgie, though that’s a vague enough descriptor to be unclear. If anybody who is still on “The Walking Dead” knows exactly where Maggie is right now, it would be Jesus and anyone else who reads her letters.
We also know that Georgie’s relationship with the Hilltop has been ongoing ever since she first appeared. The twins bring stuff over and they do some kind of trade. Apparently Georgie has been sending back some of her own music, as well.
There has been no indication, meanwhile, that Georgie has a similar relationship with any of the other settlements we spend time with on “The Walking Dead” — Alexandria, the Kingdom or Oceanside. This is, as far as we know, exclusively a deal for the Hilltop for now.
But that could change if Georgie is who we think she is. And what fans have suspected since the day she showed up is that Georgie is from the Commonwealth, a city of 50,000 people in Ohio that is the subject of the current story arc in the comics. The Commonwealth is noted also for being far more advanced than any of the settlements we’re currently familiar with, so Georgie having that sort of knowledge to share would make sense if she actually is from there.
But the main reason everyone thinks that is because Georgie looks exactly like Pamela Milton, the leader of that city.
That resemblance cannot possibly be a coincidence. But it could be misdirection. But since we have a whole other major storyline — the Whisperer War, which is about to get started — between us and the Commonwealth, it’s likely we won’t get any answers for a while.
Our first big clues, however, might not come on “The Walking Dead” itself, but rather the Rick Grimes-focused movies that are probably coming next year. Fans also generally expect that the helicopter that took Rick (Andrew Lincoln) away two episodes ago is also from the Commonwealth, because we don’t know of anybody else who might have a helicopter. But with the first of those movies aiming for a spring start on production, it’s going to be a while before we get to that as well.
But if the Whisperer conflict lasts through Season 10, then we’ll probably get at least one of those Rick Grimes movies before the show gets to the Commonwealth.
Either way, we certainly should not expect any imminent developments with Georgie in this week’s mid-season finale. But with the way the show has diverged from the comics the last couple years, anything is possible.