First look at Seth Gilliam as Father Gabriel in season five of The Walking Dead

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Jan 25, 2016, 4:21 PM EST (Updated)

The new season of The Walking Dead aims to bring in another character from Robert Kirkman’s comic, and now we have our first look at the troubled Father Gabriel.

It was reported a while back that Seth Gilliam (The Wire) had joined AMC’s hit series, with many fans speculating he would play Father Gabriel Stokes, a character introduced in Issue 61 of the comic who has recurred off and on ever since.

Well, Entertainment Weekly has finally unveiled the first official shot of Gilliam as Father Gabriel, complete with his trademark priest’s collar. As fans of the comic can attest, Gilliam definitely has the right look for Father Gabriel — though we’re really curious to see what kind of twist they put on the character as they bring him from the page to the screen.

Gilliam also chatted a bit about his preparation for the role, as well as the insanity of actually being on a show so immensely popular. Check out some excerpts below:

“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. 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…

I did see them (fan photographers). And I spent the first week kind of creeping around from my trailer to the set, trying my best to cover myself. But then I noticed, some of those shots look like they were taken from, like, six blocks away with telescopic photo lenses. There’s really nothing you can do about covering that. I mean, I could look down the block and see that there’s nobody there and go, ‘Okay, I’m gonna step out now.’ And then see a picture of myself stepping out, and be like, ‘Where did that come from?’ There’s got to be somebody planted on a roof somewhere five blocks away. I don’t really get that, the whole spoiler thing. It’s kind of confusing to me why you’d want to give things away.”

The fifth season of The Walking Dead debuts Oct. 12 on AMC. What do you want to see from Father Gabriel?

(Via Entertainment Weekly)