Another famous “The Walking Dead” comic book character is heading to the small screen: in the upcoming fifth season of the AMC hit, Seth Gilliam will play Father Gabriel Stokes.
“I actually did not realize I was reading for the role of Father Gabriel during the casting process,” Gilliam tells Entertainment Weekly. “The sides were for a school guidance counselor named Michael who had an issue with a couple of his students.”
A week after Gilliam auditioned, he was offered the role — and producer Gale Anne Hurd revealed who the character was really supposed to be. Although Gilliam then caught up on the show, he hasn’t caught up on the comics — but that’s on purpose.
“I only read the comic book where Father Gabriel was introduced, which I think was episode 61 in the comics. I didn’t read anything before that, and I haven’t read anything after that,” he says.
He continues, “I discovered from reading about the show that often times characters’ names and journeys are kind of crisscrossed and mismatched, so I thought if I did read too much I might be giving myself a lot of information that would be useless, or just outright wrong. So I figured, like with everything, I’d just take the script and try to fill him out the best I possibly can.”