New Walking Dead star reveals how they'll play that HUGE twist from the comics

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Feb 24, 2014, 9:38 AM EST

We got our first look at The Walking Dead’s mulleted genius Eugene in action this week, and new co-star Josh McDermitt has dropped some major info that comic fans will be very interested to know.

Spoilers ahead for The Walking Dead comic, plus potential spoilers for the series!

Still here? Fantastic! We’ll get right to it. As comic readers already know, alleged scientist Eugene is a big ol' fraud. In the comics, he created the Washington D.C. story as a way to guarantee his protection, and he pretended to use a walkie-talkie with no batteries to contact remnants of the U.S. government.

We’ve already seen the early threads of that arc introduced, but will they follow the big reveal from the comics, with Rick finding the battery-less walkie-talkie and exposing the “mission” as a total lie? According to McDermitt, it sounds pretty likely, so don’t expect any mythical government waiting in the wings of Washington D.C.

Here’s an excerpt of what he told The Hollywood Reporter about his character’s future:

“We're introduced to these characters as they're in the middle of their mission. They've been driving halfway across the country to get Eugene to D.C. and I don't think they're going to stop. It's going to take a lot for them to not make their way to D.C. Eugene is always the smartest guy in the room, but he also doesn't want a lot of people in that room because you never know who could be smarter. And when people start asking questions, then maybe some of the things that Eugene has been saying start to unravel a bit. So it's going to be interesting to see how Eugene is able to keep the group on the road and away from other people so people don't start asking questions. Ultimately, people will find out the truth…

Eugene is constantly scheming; and he is always a few moves ahead. It's like he's planning a chess match. He could have swung the gun the other way and killed the walkers but instead he swung it at the truck. Whether he did it on purpose -- and I like to think he did -- but even if he didn't he's able to use that and think, ‘How can I use this to my advantage? How can I continue to stall this trip to D.C.?’ As much as he doesn't want to be in the room with a lot of people who might ask a bunch of questions, he likes to keep that group small and manipulate them.”

It sounds like McDermitt is definitely familiar with his comic arc, and from the way he’s talking, this version of Eugene is also equally smart and totally full of crap. The Walking Dead is in a very interesting phase at the moment, transitioning from the prison back to the world at large, and we can’t wait to see all the parts come back together.

What do you think of the small-screen versions of Abraham, Eugene and Rosita?

(Via The Hollywood Reporter)