Robert Kirkman Talks New Characters & Casting In THE WALKING DEAD


Michael Cudlitz Walking Dead Embed.jpgWe’re just a few days away from the return of one of the best series on television, The Walking Dead. The last time we saw Rick, Carl, Daryl, Michonne and company, The Governor, who went the way of the buffalo, had gathered a new group of followers and laid down an impressive assault on the prison. The end result was a blood bath the sent Rick’s group in all directions and left viewers asking a lot of questions. One thing we do know is that several new characters will be joining the series in the final eight episodes of the season, namely Abraham, Rosita and Eugene. Fans of the comic have been waiting for these introductions, particularly Abraham, being played by Michael Cudlitz. A quick summary on this guy: he makes Daryl look like a girl scout.

While chatting with Entertainment Weekly, Robert Kirkman, creator of the comic and producer of the television series, gives a bit of information about the new characters that we will be seeing. Of course, Kirkman being Kirkman, he doesn’t go into too much detail, but it gives us an idea of what we can expect from them and when they will be making their first appearance.

 These characters are going to be extremely similar to who they were in the comics and I’m really excited about that. The visuals and costuming for them has been absolutely amazing. These people really do look like they were torn out of the comic page, it’s pretty startling. But I will say people excited for the introduction of these characters won’t have to wait very long. I don’t want to reveal exactly when they’ll be introduced, but it won’t be too terribly late in the season so get your hopes up. They really are going to add a very interesting and very compelling dynamic to the show. I think they’re going to bring in elements to the show that we’ve never really explored before and I think that’s exciting and something that’s going to change the game to a certain extent. I’m always very excited at how much this show evolves over time and changes season to season and these three characters are agent that very much changes the story and very much changes the direction of the show to a certain extent.

Certainly something to look forward to in the coming weeks as we inch closer to the end of the fourth season. One thing that is always a topic of debate among fans is how the characters’ looks are translated from the pages of a comic book to the big screen; or in this case, the small screen. Some are purists, others are more open to the idea of finding the right person to portray the traits of that character, then work on the look from there. Robert Kirkman is a part of the latter group and expands on that idea after he was asked how they decide a character will be delivered in regards to looks.

 All we ever do is we have the role, we know what we want to do with the character and then we cast them. If we can cast an actor that looks like the characters in the comics, great. But that’s not something we ever try to do. It’s just not possible to find the best actor for the role and somehow match them with the drawing that was done almost a decade ago. We always look for the best actor for the role, period. It would be an unrealistic endeavor to try to match the comic visually at all times.

I tend to agree here. I’d rather have an actor cast who can deliver the role the way it was written than someone who looks like the character and can’t act. So far, they’ve done a great job at that. The chaos returns this Sunday night on AMC, so be sure to tune in. To get an idea of what we can expect from the back-end of season 4, check out the trailer below.

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Source : Entertainment Weekly