Jadis (or Jaedus/Jadus) is a new character on The Walking Dead who was just introduced on Season 7, Episode 10 “New Best Friends.” She’s the leader of a strange scavenging group, and some fans think she walked straight out of Mad Max: Fury Road. Who is this new leader who is giving Rick a run for his money?
Here’s what we know so far.
Jadis is the undeniable leader of a new faction who lives in a junkyard and creates junkyard-inspired art. The group is formidable: they’re well-armed and well-trained. They can hide in plain sight. They can track people without getting caught. They’re the group who took Gabriel and forced him to steal from Alexandria. They’re definitely not a group to be taken lightly. And Jadis leads them.
At this point, we don’t know much about Jadis’ background. She told Rick that everyone in her group just “takes” things since “the change.” She mentioned that things are getting harder now and things are changing again, so “maybe we change.” If the first “change” is in reference to the zombie virus, then you have to wonder what Jadis means when she says another change is coming.
She took Rick, the leader of the group, up to the top of a large junkyard heap and then kicked him down the hill, into a pit where he fought a zombie with spikes all over his body. We later found out that the spiked zombie was “Winslow,” a former member of their group, and this wasn’t a typical right-of-passage assignment that the team does.
At this point, we don’t know much of anything about Jadis’ background. We know that she brokered a deal with Rick, agreeing to have her group join the fight against the Saviors, only if he delivers guns to her group. She also agreed that if they beat Negan, they get 1/3 of Negan’s stuff and they get to keep half of what they took from Alexandria.
We also learned that Jadis and her group were watching Wilson’s boat house for a long time, waiting for someone else to take the ammo and supplies so they could then steal the supplies from that group. They’re smart. They won’t put their own people in unnecessary danger; they’ll let other people do the hard work. Which makes you wonder why she’s readily agreeing to help Rick. Maybe she plans to betray him once he delivers the guns?
Jadis is tough, but she’s also tough to figure out. Don’t forget that Ezekiel is a self-proclaimed king who has a pet tiger, but before the zombie virus he worked in a zoo. So people aren’t always what they appear in the post-apocalyptic world.
Meanwhile, while some fans tried to figure out Jadis’ true motives, others just had fun with her first appearance on the show. Here are some comments about her and her group shared on Twitter:
Who do you think Jadis is? Can Rick trust her? Let us know in the comments below.