Warning: Spoilers for “The Walking Dead” comic books by Robert Kirkman are contained in this article. They could serve as potential spoilers for the AMC TV series, so read on at your own risk.
“The Walking Dead”
crossed a pretty important threshold for the characters of Abraham Ford and Eugene Porter in the episode “Self Help.”
Eugene revealed he had been lying about knowing the cure for the zombie apocalypse, which had been the reason Abraham acted as his protector. This is arguably the biggest plot point involving both characters in the comic books, and with it out of the way, it’s unclear how much longer both Abraham and Eugene have on the show.
Josh McDermitt, who plays Eugene, admits to Zap2it
he feels like the “clock’s ticking” on him now that the cure lie is out of the way. He had hoped the writers would hold off on the reveal until next season and was “surprised” that it happened so soon. Though Eugene is still alive in the comics, his biggest function is making bullets for the other survivors, and “The Walking Dead” TV show has a habit of killing off characters still alive on page.
“The show is its own thing,” McDermitt says. “I don’t think anyone can ever look at the comics and go, ‘Well this is how my character’s arc is going to go,’ but it is nice to know that he’s still alive. Robert Kirkman probably has a reason to keep him around at this point, but again, the show is its own thing and I can only take it episode by episode.”
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But just like “The Walking Dead” sometimes kills off characters in its storylines sooner than they die in parallel comics ones, there are instances where the characters survive longer than expected. That is what Michael Cudlitz hopes happens for Abraham, who dies at a later point in the comics.
The character of Negan
— the brutish leader of The Saviors — will be introduced at some point in “The Walking Dead’s” future, and Cudlitz says if Abraham does have to die, he hopes he gets to come to blows with Negan before getting axed — something that doesn’t happen in the comics.
“I would love to be involved with Negan. If they decide I’m going to go during that time, I would love to have some badass, hand-to-hand deal with Negan,” he says, although he admits that the best thing about Negan, is the anticipation.
“Personally, I think he’s more frightening before we meet him, because we see the reach of what he does in the comics and stuff,” Cudlitz says. “I’m hopeful we hear about him quite a bit, see the effects he has. I can hold off on meeting him for a while, partially because I don’t know how they’re going to create that character to be able to exist in the world of television because of the stream of profanities that he speaks with.”