The most recent episode of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” saw the introduction of three new characters from Robert Kirkman’s comics. The most notable is Abraham Ford (played by Michael Cudlitz), a former army sergeant and sports coach along with his lover Rosita and their science expert friend Eugene.
Talking with THR, former “Southland” star Cudlitz says that fans of the comic will be happy with how his character has been adapted for the screen as it has stayed fairly loyal to the original work:
“A lot of things happen in the comic that affect how he operates and how he moves through this world and the decisions he makes.
A lot of that is ripped directly from the comics, as well as the whole chunk of time where the comic left off and where we meet them now. There are some elements that they’ve introduced that will make Abraham’s back story that much more tragic.
All three of those characters are going to seem extremely familiar to those who know the comics. They’re almost exact up to the point where we meet them. Where they go from here, we’ll all learn that together.”
The trio also have a goal, get to Washington D.C. where they think the key to ending the zombie apocalypse lies.
“You know they’re headed for Washington but the audience will learn all that in the next episode as to where they’re going, why they think they’re going there, what information Eugene has and that Abraham and Rosita believe him.
There is no subtlety in it. It’s this wonderful expositional moment that’s literally ripped out of the comics where you meet these people, learn who they are as individuals and what they need from anyone else – and you better f-ing be on board, because you don’t have a choice!”
Cudlitz also says the new characters won’t be as glum as some of the other main cast, as they are “not locked in this day-to-day rhetorical self-examination of life”. His character in particular is a no nonsense, get things done type.