When “The Walking Dead” returns to AMC on Sunday, Oct. 12, our survivors must face the immediate obstacle of escaping the train car they were trapped in by the residents of Terminus at the end of last season — but is their new prison preferable to what awaits them outside?
Variety sat down with “Walking Dead” star Michael Cudlitz, who plays fan-favorite character Abraham Ford in the monster hit, to delve into Abraham’s overarching mission to transport scientist Eugene Porter (Josh McDermitt) to Washington, D.C., in the hope of curing the outbreak; his relationship with the rest of the group; and the importance of keeping hope alive in the midst of a zombie apocalypse.
Abraham is an ex-military man and seemingly a natural born leader, which could feasibly put him at odds with fellow survivor Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) in season five, now that the pair are in close quarters. In addition to discussing Abraham and Rick’s relationship with Cudlitz in our video interview above, Variety asked executive producer Gale Anne Hurd to weigh in on the duo’s dynamic at the show’s recent premiere party. She previewed, “You’ve got two alpha males. When they have the same vision and share the same goal, it’s all fantastic, and when they don’t, neither one wants to give an inch.”
We also talked to McDermitt about Eugene and Abraham’s bond. “We’re definitely going to not just get into Eugene’s backstory, but also Abraham’s,” he teased. “We’re going to see how they’ve come together, what makes them tick. They’ve been travelling together for a while so there’s a lot of history there and it’s going to be great for the fans to see.”