Last Sunday there was a light at the end of the tunnel for The Walking Dead. The emotionally draining episode ended with the introduction of not one, but three new characters. The latest additions from the comic are Abraham, Eugene and Rosita. The former is the leader of the group, and his plans collide with Glenn and Tara's.
Abraham is a former military man/sports coach, Rosita is his love interest, and Eugene is a high school science teacher turned traveling companion. Actor Michael Cudlitz, who plays Abraham, recently spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about his character's big entrance. He details the dynamic between him and his team.
"Eugene is the package –– he's the mission, and he has to be protected. I've trained them all to whatever ability they have to be trained to," says Cudlitz. "And Abraham is in a romantic, sexual relationship with Rosita; she's his partner -- Eugene, not so much! [laughs]"
So what's their objective? Is it just to stay alive, or are they motivated by something else? The actor explains, "They have a bigger mission that they're on. They're not locked in this day-to-day rhetorical self-examination of life and what does it all mean. You take one of Abraham's lines from the series and he says, 'You know what we're doing here: If it's dead, f---ing kill it.' They don't discuss it, talk about their feelings and what they should do or if they should take a vote. Abraham is more like, 'By the time you all have your f---ing meeting, I'll have handled it already.' They are not a Boy Scout troop."
Abraham is very focused on his goals. He plans to get his group to Washington D.C. by any means necessary. This is in direct conflict with Glenn, whose only plan is to reunite with Maggie. "In a way, there's a dilemma with Abraham, because he does need and want more people, but he can't force anyone to be with him because he's not the boss of anybody," admits Cudlitz. "It's a weird dynamic, but he does understand Glenn's loss."
Despite his tough facade, the actor stresses that Abraham is a character you'll want to care about. He's not as cold or insensitive as you might think.
The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on AMC.