Let’s face it, the rumors and fan theories surrounding “The Walking Dead” Season 6 are already some of the best in the show’s history. One of the biggest points of contention amongst fans has to do with the show’s newest character, Enid (Katelyn Nacon), and her potential relationship with the Wolves and Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs).
Nacon spoke with International Business Times about her role as Enid and the cavalcade of speculation pouring out from the rumor mill that suggest her character has a dark mystery that will come to light in Season 6. For those that are unfamiliar, outlets such as Forbes have speculated that Enid is not the quiet troubled young girl she appears to be. There’s significant evidence to support the idea that her character is actually a spy for the "Wolves" and was instrumental in helping them get over the walls to attack the Alexandrians. Unfortunately, the 16-year-old actress could neither confirm nor deny these theories, but says that her inability to speculate with fans has been driving her crazy as of late.
“I know a lot of people think I’m a Wolf. It’s really difficult, it’s really tough. Especially with me because I know so much about who Enid is as a person from talks with [showrunner] Scott Gimple. It’s tough for me not to explain it to everyone and say if they’re right or wrong. Because I just want to shout all the answers from the rooftop,” she told IBTimes in a phone interview. “I mean, it is hard, but I kind of like that I can’t say anything because it would kind of ruins the whole TV show. I don’t know how people handle spoilers. I can’t. I like to be able to watch it and be surprised in the moment while watching.”
It seems the actress laments her inability to join in the discussion with the rest of the fans, but understands the necessity of it. While Nacon finds herself the subject of speculation in some of the most intense “The Walking Dead” fan circles, she confessed that it took a while for her to start liking the series at first.
“When I was about 11, I was going through Netflix because I wanted to look for a TV show to binge on. So, I saw ‘The Walking Dead’ and thought, ‘Oh yeah, I’ve heard a lot about this.’ Then I watched the first episode and saw a horse get ripped apart. I guess, at 11, I was like, ‘Maybe I shouldn’t watch this.’ So I ended up binging all of ‘Glee’ instead,” Nacon confessed. “Which I admit is kind of a big difference.”
Luckily, when she finally landed the role as Enid in Season 5, she was 15 years old and able to handle the drama and gore of the AMC series. She said she quickly fell in love with the show and her character’s utter complexity.
“I really love complex characters. I don’t know why, but I find something so interesting about creating this whole soul and being of a character. Like, I can create this whole different person and it’s especially fun when you get complex characters like Enid, because there’s so many twists and turns with it,” she said. “I also like how messed up she is. She’s been through a lot. It’s always interesting to see how a person gets to this kind of place of pure survival, especially in ‘The Walking Dead.’”
Although she’s a relatively new character, episode 2 of Season 6 gave audiences a glimpse into Enid’s backstory, showing the moment her parents died and what she had to do to survive in the days before she got to Alexandria. This included eating an uncooked turtle, which the actress revealed was just chicken wings mixed with some fake minty blood. When it was all over, she made her way to the community and eventually met Carl Grimes. Since that time, the two have shared an on-again, off-again flirtation that sees Enid routinely being cold to him. When asked about the complicated relationship, the actress, and Atlanta native, offered a reason for the tension.
“The actor who plays Carl, Chandler [Riggs] goes to my rival high school,” she joked. “So, if you ever see us really p----- off at each other, that’s what it is. It’s our rivalry poking out.”
Episode 4 of "The Walking Dead" Season 6 airs Sunday, Nov. 1 at 9 p.m. EDT.