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One way or another, he's going to use me to hurt my friends. Our friends. And there is nothing I can do about it except make sure I'm not alive to give him the chance. If he has me, he will hurt them. I have to die. It's the only way. I know you won't do anything to stop them, I know that. But please, Eugene... Don't let them use me to hurt our people.
~ Sasha to Eugene Porter

Sasha Williams is a main character in the AMC television series The Walking Dead.

Sasha was a survivor of the post-apocalyptic world who traveled with her brother, Tyreese Williams. She and her brother eventually found the prison and later were directed to Woodbury by Andrea, where they became watchmen for the walled town.

Sasha is quick and very skilled with military weapons, as if she has had experience in her past.

She later falls in love with Bob Stookey, and then Abraham Ford. Sasha eventually becomes Maggie Greene‘s closest aid during their time in hiding at Hilltop.

Sasha Williams is portrayed by Sonequa Martin-Green.

Biography

Background

Season 3

After nearly escaping a herd of walkers, Sasha and her group find a open hole leading into the prision’s catacombs, where they are then saved by Carl Grimes. He then leads them into a room and locks them in until Rick returns. Initially, Sasha freaks, but her brother, Tyreese, assures her by saying that the prison is the best place they’ve had in years.

When Rick returns, Sasha explains to him that they will not make it out there, stating that they’ve already lost Donna. Rick then decides they can stay, but after he starts seeing Lori dressed in white, he starts yelling, causing Sasha and the remaining members of her group to leave.

Later, when Donna dies from the infection, Sasha can be seen burying her body.

On their way to Woodbury, Andrea assists them and points in the directing in which her and Milton came. Milton then decides to help Sasha and the rest get to the community, leaving Andrea behind.

At Woodbury, the Governor welcomes them into the community, while Tyreese helps the Governor by providing a lay out of the prison.

Sasha and Tyreese are later seen guarding one of the walls, and Sasha makes fun of how poor a shot Tyreese is when Andrea comes and tries to lure them away to another part of the wall. When they refuse, Andrea confesses that she's leaving Woodbury and they should too. She warns them about The Governor before fleeing.

Sasha and Tyreese later confront the Governor and state that Andrea was unstable before jumping the wall, and stated that she said Woodbury isn’t safe. The Governor then lies to them and states that Andrea is kind of crazy, as she had spent all winter out there, alone.

Sasha is later seen at the walker pit and witnesses the fight between Allen and Tyreese. She tries intervening to save Allen when Tyreese holds him over the pit.

Sasha is seen with Tyreese and the rest of the Woodbury residents, as they prepare to move out to attack the prison, when her brother announces to the Governor that he and Sasha are not going with them, because they "don't kill people, just walkers", saying they are staying to protect the children and the older residents, and if he wants to, they leave when he returns. The Governor then gives Tyreese a smaller rifle and thanks them, leaving Sasha scared with his reaction.

When Rick, DarylMichonne and Karen reach Woodbury, Sasha and Tyreese are told by Karen that the Governor went mad and killed all Woodbury soldiers who wanted to retreat.

Later, Sasha and Tyreese are taken, along with the remaining Woodbury survivors, to the prison, where they join the group and reside with them.

Season 4

Season 5

Season 6

Season 7

Season 8

Sasha briefly appears in one of Eugene’s flashbacks after coming across the coffin Sasha laid in, and the iPod she had listen to while inside.

Season 9

Sasha briefly appears in Rick‘s hallucination after he briefly looks at all the dead bodies of familiar faces surrounding him. Sasha then appears and tells Rick that he did their part, and the ones he lived in the past made them who they are today, and how they were destined to do what they did. After speaking with Rick, she then tells him to wake up, where he snaps out of his hallucination.

Season 10

Sasha breifly appears in one of Michonne's hallucinations in What We Become.

Personality

Sasha commands authority and likes to be in charge. This is shown after Carl leads the group out of the prison's boiler room. While Tyreese was shown to be grateful for finding a secure residence, she panics about being locked out and yells at Carl and Hershel to allow them into the cell-block after Carl locked the cell-block door due to not knowing if their group was dangerous or not.  She is the co-leader of one of the runs the group goes on, along with Daryl. Bob asks for her permission to come along and she is shown to be giving everyone else orders.  Tyreese jokingly asks "Was there ever a time you weren't the boss of me?".  On the road with Maggie and Bob, she insists they follow her lead and find a place to live by themselves, and strongly suspects their destination to be false hope.

Sasha appears to see things from a realist approach, stating: "I don't believe in magic or luck. I do the math and I don't gamble."

Appearances

Sasha appears in a total of 47 episodes of The Walking Dead.

Sasha appears in all of the following episodes between seasons 3 and 10.

TV Series

Season 3

  • 3x08: "Made to Suffer"
  • 3x09: "The Suicide King"
  • 3x11: "I Ain't a Judas"
  • 3x14: "Prey"
  • 3x16: "Welcome to the Tombs"

Season 4

  • 4x01: "30 Days Without an Accident"
  • 4x02: "Infected"
  • 4x03: "Isolation"
  • 4x05: "Internment"
  • 4x08: "Too Far Gone"
  • 4x10: "Inmates"
  • 4x13: "Alone"
  • 4x15: "Us"
  • 4x16: "A" (No Lines)

Season 5

  • 5x01: "No Sanctuary"
  • 5x02: "Strangers"
  • 5x03: "Four Walls and a Roof"
  • 5x07: "Crossed"
  • 5x08: "Coda"
  • 5x09: "What Happened and What's Going On" (No Lines)
  • 5x10: "Them"
  • 5x11: "The Distance"
  • 5x12: "Remember" (No Lines)
  • 5x13: "Forget"
  • 5x15: "Try"
  • 5x16: "Conquer"

Season 6

  • 6x01: "First Time Again"
  • 6x03: "Thank You"
  • 6x06: "Always Accountable"
  • 6x08: "Start to Finish"
  • 6x09: "No Way Out"
  • 6x11: "Knots Untie"
  • 6x12: "Not Tomorrow Yet"
  • 6x14: "Twice as Far"
  • 6x15: "East"
  • 6x16: "Last Day on Earth"

Season 7

  • 7x01: "The Day Will Come When You Won't Be"
  • 7x05: "Go Getters"
  • 7x08: "Hearts Still Beating"
  • 7x09: "Rock in the Road"
  • 7x12: "Say Yes"
  • 7x14: "The Other Side"
  • 7x15: "Something They Need"
  • 7x16: "The First Day of the Rest of Your Life" (Alive, Zombified)

Season 8

  • 8x07: "Time for After" (Flashback, Zombified)

Season 9

  • 9x05 “What Comes After” (Hallucination)

Season 10

  • 10x13 “What We Become” (Hallucination)

Central Episodes

Central character is defined as the main protagonist/antagonist of a specific episode, movie, book, chapter, video game, or show. Central characters do not have to be main characters, however.

Here is a list of every episode focused around Sasha during her time on The Walking Dead. Each episode on this list is mainly focused on Sasha, even if it might central around other characters.

Season 4

  • 4x05 “Internment”
  • 4x13 “Alone”

Season 5

  • 5x07 “Crossed”
  • 5x10 “Them”
  • 5x13 “Forget”
  • 5x15 “Try”

Season 6

  • 6x01 “First Time Again”
  • 6x06 “Always Accountable”

Season 7

  • 7x05 “Go Getters”
  • 7x14 “Other Side”
  • 7x15 “Something They Need”
  • 7x16 “The First Day of Thrones Rest of Your Life”

Critic Reception

Most of Sasha’s reception was quite remarkable, and most critics loved the new character addition, especially when she started to grow in season 5. However, for the fans, some believed her story arc was a direct copy of Maggie and Rosita’s.

In season 3, her addition to the show was well received, and her reception was quite positive by fans and critics. Zack Handlen, writing for the members of The A.V. Club felt that “it made sense for Sasha and Tyreese to start questioning the Governor's motivations in the episode "Prey" because ’they're still good people at heart, far more in tune with what Rick and his group are aiming for than the Governor's burgeoning fascism’”.

Sasha's character arc and Martin-Green's performance in the episode "Try" were praised by The Independent's Alex Straker. He said: "As a character that has encountered repeated losses in recent episodes, Sasha's downward spiral is wholly authentic, driven by Sonequa Martin-Green's powerful performance." He further stated that is was quite an "interesting turn" in events for the character, regarding her troubled mental state. Andy Greenwald for Grantland complimented Martin-Green as "excellent" and "fiery", for her portrayal as Sasha as she "throws herself into battle with bloodthirsty gusto".

Sonequa Martin-Green's performance was “brilliant” in the episode "Something They Need". Josh Jackson stated unlike Masterson, "Sonequa Martin-Green, on the other hand, did a great job. I love the way she responded when Negan's asked if Rick had put her up to the assassination attempt: "Rick? Your bitch? No."" Adding on to the same episode, Noel Murray for The Rolling Stone said, "The often-underutilized and soon-to-be-Trekkie-fan-favorite Sonequa Martin-Green has been taking full advantage of her increased screen-time over the past two weeks; she does some of her best TWD work to date when Sasha – who didn't die in her suicide raid – sits locked in a Sanctuary cell, pondering her next move." He continued on the Sasha storyline sating, "What's so remarkable about these interactions are the layers of emotions and motivations that Sasha cycles through, from fear and despair to a sense of hope when she realizes she can manipulate the mulleted gent into slipping her a weapon to "kill herself" – which she hopes to use on the big man in charge." Blair Marnell for CraveOnline felt that while it was possible it would be her final appearances on the show, they "have also been a gift to Martin-Green, as she's never been more important to the series than she is now. In last week's episode, Sasha had the really terrific bonding scene with Rosita. This week, Martin-Green carried most of her scenes with Negan and Eugene. She brought the life and fire to this episode, and the series will be poorer for her absence… whenever it eventually comes.”

After final episode of season 7, Blair Marnell of CraveOnline felt the episode "gave Sasha a memorable send off…and then it just kept on giving it to her. The intercutting between Sasha's dream reunion with Abe, her time with Negan and Eugene, and her final moments in the coffin was an interesting way to chronicle the last hours of her life. But it went on for far too long."

Trivia

  • Sasha is one of the characters that were in the TV Series, but not the Comic Series.
  • The shirt she is wearing in "Made to Suffer" has the logo of a local band out of Atlanta, Georgia, named "Southern Gothic Revival".
  • Sasha was never originally planned for the TV show. After the actress Sonequa Martin-Green auditioned for the role of Michonne, Glen Mazzara liked her audition so much they created Sasha specifically for Sonequa.
  • On Talking Dead, Sonequa Martin-Green confirmed that Sasha's job before the apocalypse was a firefighter.
  • Sonequa Martin-Green was pregnant during the filming of the fifth season. As the season progresses, Sasha noticeably wears baggier clothing, wearing Bob's oversized military jacket, a large black t-shirt, Tyreese's holster and carries a large AR-15. Her clothing remains the same from "Four Walls and a Roof" (season 5, episode 3) to "First Time Again" (season 6, episode 1). Within the context of the show, Sasha carrying the items worn by the people she loved and lost was symbolic of her refusing to let go of them, according to Sonequa Martin-Green. As season 6 commences, Sasha has began a recovery process and volunteers for the quarry run. Noticeably she changes her outfit for the first time since Bob's death, symbolic of her moving on from her losses.
  • So far, out of all of the deceased main characters, Sasha has the third longest lifespan with a total of 73 episodes, while Glenn Rhee has the second longest lifespan with a total of 84 episodes and Carl Grimes has the longest with a total of 108 episodes.
  • Sasha was the final member of Tyreese's group and her family to die.
  • As of Sasha's death, all of the Williams Family is now deceased.
  • As of Sasha's death, all the main characters introduced in Season 3 are now deceased.
    • Also, following Sasha's death in "The First Day of the Rest of Your Life", Judith Grimes, Rick's (biological or adopted) infant daughter, is the only remaining character introduced in Season 3 (who is not a main character).
  • As of Sasha's death, all the survivors of the prison flu in Season 4 are now deceased.
  • Sasha is the third main character to be killed in a season finale, the second being Abraham Ford and the first being Andrea.
  • Sasha is the third member of Negan's lineup to die. Unlike Glenn and Abraham, Sasha was the only one to not be killed by Negan himself.
  • Sasha was the only walker in Season 7 to kill a person.
  • Sasha is the second female main character to become a walker, the first being Deanna Monroe.
  • Sasha is the second main character to commit suicide, the first being Andrea.
    • However, unlike Andrea, Sasha still had the option of staying alive. Andrea committed suicide to prevent reanimation after being bitten, while Sasha killed herself to reanimate as a walker.
  • Sasha is the third member of the Negan lineup to die, the first being Abraham Ford, the second being Glenn Rhee, and the fourth being Carl Grimes.
    • She is also the first female member of the Negan lineup to die.
  • Her character shares strong similarities to Andrea from the comic series.
    • Both are expert marksmen.
    • Both set out to search for their missing boyfriend, and both end up finding them kidnapped, infected, and partially eaten by cannibals (also, both of them wear a piece of clothing from their dead boyfriends to remember them by (Dale's hat and Bob's jacket).
    • Both suffer PTSD after the deaths of their boyfriends.
    • Both wear the same post-apocalyptic fashion attire.
    • Both become one of the groups key defenders.
    • Both are realists.
    • Both are deceased, and both reanimated into zombies and were put down by someone very close to them (Sasha's closest friend, Maggie, and Andrea's boyfriend, Rick).
      • Coincidentally, Sasha was killed in the 16th episode of Season 7, while Andrea was killed in the 167th issue. Also, both their deaths occurred in the out-of-universe year, 2017.

External links/References

Sasha Williams at the Walking Dead wiki.

Sasha Williams at the Wikipedia website.

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