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Michael Cudlitz and Josh McDermitt join The Walking Dead

Michael Cudlitz

Story by Jack Foley

ZOMBIE drama The Walking Dead has recruited Southland‘s Michael Cudlitz and Retired at 35‘s Josh McDermitt for two pivotal roles.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, McDermitt will play series regular Dr Eugene Porter, while Cudlitz will be his traveling companion Abraham (another series regular).

The announcement was made by the show’s producers at New York Comic-Con on Saturday, October 12.

According to the comics, Dr Porter is a former high school science teacher who travels with sports coach and Army Sgt. Abraham Ford (Cudlitz) and Rosita (new recurring player Christian Serratos), before eventually crossing paths with Rick (Andrew Lincoln) as they make their way to Washington.

Unbeknown to Rick, however, Dr Porter 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. He does, however, become a key member of Rick’s group and puts his science knowledge to the test to help make ammunition.

Abraham, on the other hand, has a dark back story involving the rape and murder of his family. He eventually becomes Rick’s right-hand man.

However, fans of the comics can expect subtle changes to be made to how they appear in comic form.

Showrunner Scott Gimple told Comic-Con: “We’re going to tell a version of the Eugene, Abraham and Rosita comic stories, that’s what we do. I love those characters from the book; they are very different flavours of comic book characters than we’ve seen on the show.”

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