With The Walking Dead‘s fourth season due to air tonight on AMC, we’ve got some major casting news for you. According to THR, Josh McDermitt (Retired at 35) will be appearing in the zombie series in the regular role of “Dr Eugene Porter”, and will be joined by Michael Cudlitz (Southland) as his travelling companion “Abraham”, who will also be a regular role. Check out an image of Cudlitz in action below.
The announcement came on Saturday at the New York Comic-Con.
[WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD)
THR gave a little background to the two characters: “Eugene is a former high school science teacher who first appears in the 53rd issue of the series. He travels with sports coach/Army Sgt. Abraham Ford (Cudlitz) and Rosita (new recurring player Christian Serratos).
The trio eventually crosses paths with Rick as they make their way to Washington. However, unbeknown to Rick as well as eventual couple Abraham and Rosita, Eugene is lying when he claims to know what caused the zombie outbreak and instead is using the physically superior former sports coach to protect him.
The character remains alive in the comics and proves to be a key part of Rick’s group, using his science know-how to manufacture ammunition.
Eugene for his part, disguises the fact that he’s a smart guy by altering his appearance in order to further protect himself.
The arrival of the characters also opens the door for the series to explore different locations than the prison.
Abraham, meanwhile, is a married father of two who following the outbreak returned from a hunt for supplies to find his wife and young daughter had both been raped and his young son force to watch. He ultimately kills the culprits and loses his family, who flee him in fear and are latter found, turned. He eventually becomes Rick’s right-hand man after his group loses a key member in battle.”
Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, The Walking Dead tells the story of a group of survivors who travel in search of a safe and secure home in the months and years following a zombie apocalypse. The series stars Andrew Lincoln, David Morrissey, Steven Yeun, Norman Reedus, Danai Gurira, Chandler Riggs, Lauren Cohan, Scott Wilson, Melissa McBride, Chad Coleman, Sonequa Martin-Green, and Emily Kinney.
The Walking Dead returns to AMC 13th October, and if you would like more info on the series, then check out the official Facebook page.