Rick Grimes is going to have some new help leading the group this season. On Saturday, October 12 Wetpaint Entertainment broke the news that actor Michael Cudlitz has been cast as Sergeant Abraham Ford on the upcoming fourth season of "The Walking Dead," which will premiere this week. Ford is a major character in the comic book series and the latest new character to be cast on the AMC show.
The announcement came during part of the panel at New York Comic-Con, and Cudlitz has been in Atlanta filming for the past several weeks. The casting was not previously released because the actor was careful not to be seen near the set and hasn't interacted with the cast except for filming.
Ford becomes Rick's right hand man in the comics, who was an Army veteran and sports coach before the outbreak happened. The character of Daryl Dixon, played by Norman Reedus, is has been the second in command since season two, but that will change in season four. Ford is believed to appear around the midseason break in December, before the final eight episodes of the season air beginning in February.
Cudlitz described the character as being "on a mission" and isn't sure how long he will survive. Despite being a long term character in the comics, the television show does not follow the comics very closely and has changed directions many times throughout the seasons.
Cudlitz most recently appeared on the cop drama "Southland" which was just canceled. The actor also had recurring roles on television shows like "24," "Lost," and "Prison Break" among others. The first episode of season four, "30 Days Without an Accident," will air Sunday, October 13 at 9 p.m. on AMC.
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