When Will 'Walking Dead' Introduce Michael Cudlitz's Sgt. Abraham Ford?
Michael Cudlitz as Abraham and Sgt Abraham Ford of the comics (Credit: AMC, Skybound/Image)
There are just seven episodes remaining in Season 4 of "The Walking Dead" (including this week's "Inmates"). And with so many questions still unanswered about the characters we already know and love — Is Judith really dead? Who was feeding rats to the walkers? Where's Carol? Who were those voices on the car radio? — when are viewers going to be introduced to Abraham Ford, the comic book favorite who will be played by "Southland" alum Michael Cudlitz? And his friends, Eugene and Rosita?
The answer: soon. And the answer comes courtesy of two authorities on the matter: "TWD" creator Robert Kirkman, and Cudlitz himself.
"People excited for the introduction of these characters won't have to wait very long," Kirkman told Entertainment Weekly. "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."
And earlier this week, Cudlitz tweeted, "Stick to the mission … #AbrahamsArmy … En'route."
Stick to the mission ........ #AbrahamsArmy ...... En'route.— Michael Cudlitz (@Cudlitz) February 12, 2014
The "Army" reference, for "TWD" TV series fans who haven't delved into the comics, is about Abraham's pre-apocalypse life, when he was a sergeant in the U.S. Army. In the walker-filled world, Abraham lost his ex-wife and two children to zombies, and showed himself to be capable of some truly brutal acts of violence. He isn't totally at peace with some of the things he's done to survive, but he is, as Daryl would say, one tough summnab---h.
Josh McDermitt as Eugene and Dr. Eugene Porter of the comics (Credit: Getty Images, Skybound/Image)
After losing his family, Abraham met up with Dr. Eugene Porter (played by "Retired at 35" star Josh McDermitt) and Rosita Espinosa (played by Christian Serratos of the "Twilight" franchise), who became his companions.
Eugene, in the comics, insists he knows the reason for the zombie outbreak, and Rosita and Abraham become a couple. Also in the comic series, Abraham and his friends meet Rick Grimes and his friends at Hershel's farm, so we know that will be a major difference on the show.