Yet another character will soon be joining “The Walking Dead.” The AMC series has cast Josh McDermitt (“Retired at 35”) in the role of Dr. Eugene Porter, a former high school science teacher who crosses paths with Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and the group, THR reports.
In the comics, Eugene travels with Rosita, the recently cast Christian Serratos, and Abraham, a sports coach and former Army sergeant who has yet to be cast. Eugene claims to know the source of the zombie outbreak, but is found out to be lying.
Still, he plays an important role in Rick’s group as his background in science is valuable to have around. New showrunner Scott Gimple tells THR, “We’re going to tell a version of the Eugene, Abraham and Rosita comic stories,” adding, “I love those characters from the book, they are very different flavors of comic book characters than we’ve seen on the show.”
As for how Eugene will look on the show, Gimple says the character disguises himself to protect the fact that he’s intelligent. “Josh looks breathtaking in a mullet, he was born to wear one,” Scott reveals.
He also says the show will begin focusing on other locations, besides the prison. While the first two episodes are set there, things will broaden a bit starting with the third. “The Walking Dead” Season 4 premieres Sunday, October 13, at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.