Tomorrow night The Walking Dead returns to AMC with more characters joining Rick's group against the hostile living and the undead. One surprising revelation that has just been revealed is Southland star Michael Cudlitz has been cast as Abraham, a character who joined the comics after the prison and Woodbury story arcs. The news comes as a big surprise as most news outlets believed the character was still being cast.
"I was laying low because [Abraham has] a very iconic look," explains Cudlitz. "It would be very easy for somebody to put the pieces together if they saw me strolling around [near the show's set.] So I was staying very close to the hotel. And I didn’t hang out with any of the other cast members," said Cudlitz to TV Line.
No word yet on when Abraham will make his television debut. If the characters stay around long enough, fans could have the distinct satisfaction of seeing Abraham and Tyresee fighting side-by-side. In the comics Tyreese died before Abraham and his group was introduced, but clearly the television show is going a different route now that Woodbury merged with Rick's group.
“There’s no guarantee of how long or how short it will be, which is one of the things I actually find pretty exciting about the job after being locked into Southland for so many years,” he admits. “But [Abraham] is very important in the comic, so I imagine even if it IS short, it’ll be bright.” Said Cudlitz regarding The Walking Dead's "No one is safe" status quo. Currently, Michael Cudlitz is casts as a series regular. Be sure to check out the Walking Dead season 4 premiere tomorrow to find out what is in store for the prison.