In addition to a brand new promo hyping up tomorrow night’s premiere, we’ve got two major casting breaks for AMC’s Season 4 of “The Walking Dead.”
“Retired at 35” alum Josh McDermitt, pictured above, has joined the zombie drama in the series regular role of “Dr. Eugene Porter,” writes THR. He’ll be joined by “Southland” alum Michael Cudlitz, pictured below, as his traveling companion (and series regular role) “Abraham,” producers announced Saturday at New York Comic-Con, where the actor was a surprise addition, appearing in character from the audience.
[Warning: Spoilers from the comics series follow.]
Explains the site, in the Image/Skybound comics, 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.
“The Walking Dead” returns for its fourth season Sunday at 9 p.m. on AMC.
Check out Cudlitz in action as Abraham from season four, below.