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Larry Gilliard Jr. joins The Walking Dead

Larry Gillard Jr

Story by Jack Foley

LARRY Gilliard Jr. has joined zombie drama The Walking Dead.

The former star of The Wire will become a series regular, playing the part of Bob Stookey, a former Army medic deeply haunted by his past, both before and after the apocalypse.

Described as a loner he is also able to maintain a charming yet self-deprecating façade.

A comic favourite, Bob was a Woodbury resident and alcoholic who was responsible for saving the Governor’s life after he was tortured by Michonne.

Gilliard Jr, who played D’Angelo Barksdale in The Wire, joins newly promoted Chad Coleman (Tyreese), Sonequa Martin-Green (Sasha) and Emily Kinney (Beth) as series regulars for the fourth season, while Melissa Ponzio (Karen) has been confirmed as a recurring guest star.

David Morrissey is also slated to return as the show’s central villain, The Governor, in what marks a major deviation from Robert Kirkman’s long-running Image comic.

The newcomers will replace outgoing cast members who were killed off during the show’s bloody third season, including – most notably – Rick’s wife Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies), T-Dog (IronE Singleton), Andrea (Laurie Holden) and Daryl’s brother Merle (Michael Rooker).

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