“The Walking Dead” is the biggest hit that cable TV has ever seen, so any casting developments are big news for the zombie drama’s millions of loyal fans. AMC has officially announced that Seth Gilliam will be battling bloodthirsty walkers when season five premieres later this year in October. The actor is a veteran of cable dramas, most notably playing Ellis Carver on the HBO series “The Wire” for all five seasons the show was on the air. Gilliam is now the third former cast member of “The Wire” to appear on AMC’s juggernaut based on the comic book series created by Robert Kirkman. Larry Gilliard Jr. (Bob) and Chad Coleman (Tyreese) are the other two actors to appear on both shows. Robert Kirkman, who still writes the comic book and executive produces the TV series, has gone on record about being a huge fan of “The Wire.” Gilliam was most recently seen in the recurring role of Dr. Deaton on the MTV series “Teen Wolf.”
Fans who want to find out who Gilliam will play will just have to keep on waiting. AMC has kept that information under wraps. The dummy name of Michael was used in the casting breakdown, which described the character as being friendly. However, the character also has a haunted side. Many characters are changed from the way they are described in their casting breakdown, so there is a good chance these details will not be accurate. Fans hoping the printed version of “The Walking Dead” would shed some light on Gilliam’s character have not been successful finding any definitive answers. There is currently no character named Michael in the comic book series.
However, considering where the show is creatively at this point and the casting description, the general consensus among many fans is that Gilliam will be playing a preacher named Gabriel Stokes. Scott M. Gimple, “The Walking Dead” showrunner, has already stated that season five will have a heavy focus on humanity, making the addition of a preacher to the cast easy to believe. In March, it was announced that Christian Serratos (Rosita), Alanna Masterson (Tara) and Andrew J. West have all been promoted to series regulars.