It’s fair for fans of The Walking Dead to describe Jadis’ way of speaking as odd, to say the least. It’s also, as actor Pollyanna McIntosh explains, a very deliberate decision on the character’s part to speak the way she does. In short, it’s all part of her plan to maintain the upper hand when facing potential opponents.
“It’s a bit unnerving, you know, which seems to be very much her game,” McIntosh recently told ComicBook.com. “Her manipulation is strong and that’s always a really solid place to start as an actor, you know. Not how it’s delivered but what is being delivered and what you want from the other person.”
But while McIntosh brings Jadis and her odd cadence to life on the hit AMC series, she wasn’t the one who came up with the character’s strategy. That, she revealed, was in the very first script she received. “As soon as I got the script for the audition, I was surprised by how natural it felt to me to speak that way. Because she is so minimalist with everything, and her people are, and you know nothing is wasted. So it made sense to me already, and she’s very precise about what she wants your response to be.”
The Walking Dead returns to AMC for its eighth season on Oct. 22, and stars Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes, Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon, Melissa McBride as Carol Peleteir, Lauren Cohan as Maggie Green and Danai Gurira as Michonne.
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