We previously reported that Lawrence Gilliard, Jr. (D’Angelo on “The Wire”) has joined the cast of AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” and now we bring you a first look at the actor in character.
If there’s anything still keeping me attracted to AMC’s sloppy zombie drama, it’s the fantastic cast they’ve assembled. Having loved Gilliard on “The Wire”, I’m eager to see what he’ll do with this material.
“His backstory is not entirely the same as in the comic and the novel,” says new showrunner Scott M. Gimple. “I think he’s seen things go bad over and over, and winding up in this stable place doesn’t shake him from his experience. He struggles with that.”
“You can see there’s something deeper and darker that’s going on with this character, just from the first episode,” says Gilliard. “We don’t really know what it is. We just know he’s got some issues that he’s dealing with.”
Gilliard will play Bob Stookey, a former Army medic who is haunted by his past, both prior to the zombie apocalypse and after. The comic version of the character, Bob Stookey, is a much older man, the local town drunk of Woodbury, who was also a former Army medic.
We’ll see how Stookie fits in with Rick and co. when the show returns this October. Keep watching this space as we’ll be brining you a lot more coverage on all things “The Walking Dead.”