Dr. Denise Cloyd
In the finale, Denise decided to do Morgan a solid and patch up his pet Wolf project, but this plan turns pear-shaped when the good doctor ends up a hostage thanks to Carol and Morgan’s spat. Whoops.
Denise is an important character in the comics. As the only doctor in the Alexandria Safe-Zone, she basically becomes a battleground surgeon during the many fights to come. Dr. Denise even saves Carl’s life, so she gets to add the elusive Undying Loyalty of Rick Grimes badge to her Girl Scouts sash. However, in the comics Denise dies thanks to a walker sneak attack courtesy of Negan (in case you’re living under a rock, Negan’s coming!)
We can see Denise sticking around for a while. Why else cast Emmy winning actress Merritt Weaver on the show if you’re not going to give her something juicy to do? We already saw Dr. Denise go from medical zero to hero (well, not quite but she’s getting there). Watching Denise’s confidence grow as a surgeon is a compelling story arc, and it makes her a valuable character in the coming season. As a psychiatrist we’d love to see Denise flex her head-shrinking muscles with her Wolf captor, but maybe give Rick, Morgan and some other characters some much needed therapy sessions too. Plus, Denise and Tara are pretty cute, and there are not enough “awwwws” in the world of TWD.
We can’t wait to see what the new season has in store for our favorite women on the show, so tell your significant other that you need to be done with your Valentine’s Day dinner early, because Negan is coming and you don’t want to miss it.