It’s T-minus two days until The Walking Dead Season 4 finale and gradually we’re getting additional tidbits about what’s to come for our favorite group of apocalypse survivors. Michael Cudlitz (Abraham Ford) chatted with TV Fanatic about this Sunday’s season ender and opened up about why we, as viewers, are in such a great spot as we prepare to view “A”.
”I think Scott [Gimple, executive producer] has done such a great job this year getting all those, I call them secondary characters because we didn’t know a lot about them before and now we know a lot about everybody and I think that primes the audience,” Michael reasoned. “The more you know about these characters the more you care about them so when they are put in peril or have their successes you get to celebrate those things with them and you get to suffer with them when things don’t go well. I think it’s a perfect way to not only set up the end of this season but whatever they launch into next year.”
Michael’s exactly right. We don’t know who, if anyone, will be hurt or killed in the March 30 finale, but throughout this entire season we’ve found ourselves growing attached to characters that were once peripheral at best. Take, for example, Beth Greene (Emily Kinney). This time last year we didn’t really care that much about the blonde teen (sorry, girl) but after getting to know her in “Still” and several other episodes this season we suddenly can’t wait to find out who kidnapped her and ripped her away from Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus).
Michael also talked about what we can expect from his own character, who many people were wary of at first but who has (so far) proven himself to be a potentially valuable ally.
“When anyone has to fight they become a certain type of person, [Abraham], specifically, was actually in the service and his level of fighting in wartime is different from someone else but you become the person that you have to be in that situation,” Michael notes. “It’s awesome to see people when they’re advocating for someone... you see these people rise and turn into completely different people than they operate in their day to day life when something that is of value is at stake. I think this whole world that we’re in now has turned everyone into their Alpha self, whatever level of Alpha that is. But when that fighting is gone and you have those moments to breathe, there’s a whole level that comes back of ‘who are these people, really?’”
It’s obvious we still have a lot more to learn about Abraham, and assuming he makes it to Season 5 we’ll have more time to get to know him. Still, it’s becoming clearer and clearer that he’s not a bad guy, as many first feared. “I keep saying we have to save the world but it has to be worth saving and the only reason it’s worth saving is because people are in it and people need each other. I would say that’s a theme for all the characters. Everyone is really working toward a goal that is outside themselves, which is kind of how you go through life. And then we come across these selfish douche bags and see how that works out,” Michael reasoned.
In addition to his character’s good side, Michael also warns fans against assuming that Terminus is another trap. We know what you’re thinking, but hear him out.
“All I would say is I would remind everyone…obviously we’re all going to go on the journey together and we want to experience it at home but not everything is bad,” he explains. “There’s a lot of stuff, especially looking at the comic book, there are a couple places they land that are safe. No one should lose sight of that because you might be missing something else.”
Hmm. We suppose the 49-year-old actor might have a point. We’ve been so focused on whatever danger might be lurking in Terminus that we haven’t stopped to wonder if this place really could be all it’s cracked up to be. Seeing as how Michonne (Danai Gurira), Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), and Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) Carl are all en route to Terminus, as are several others, we have a feeling we’ll find out the truth sooner rather than later.
Do you think Abraham is a good guy at heart? Is it possible that Terminus isn’t just a picturesque death trap? Tell us your thoughts below!
The Walking Dead Season 4 finale airs Sunday, March 30, at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.
Source: TV Fanatic