Eugene Porter (Josh McDermitt) may not have much luck with the ladies, but he has a sweet mullet and the power to control the direction of The Walking Dead into Season 5.
Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz) is the Washington, D.C. mission leader, with Rosita Espinosa (Christian Serratos) as his girlfriend/lieutenant, but Eugene is the guy in charge. If anyone else told Abraham "Trust me, I'm smarter than you," Abe would probably call them a sonofadick and beat them silly. But Eugene is the mission for Abraham, and sadly that mission decided to detour to Terminus at the end of Season 4.
We know Season 5 (which premieres in October) is meant to cover multiple locations, and now that 90 percent of Team Prison has befriended Abraham's group, it only makes sense that we'll hit the road for D.C. next season— after exterminating the Termites, of course.
Eugene has already won a few people over, without having to say much. On Episode 15, Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) was in awe to hear Eugene had answers to the outbreak. Glenn confirmed that he did, although Eugene wouldn't go into detail. It sounds like he has believers, beyond Abraham and Rosita, which gives him a lot of power going forward.
Actor Josh McDermitt talked to Channel Guide Magazine about the brains-versus-brawn dynamic between Eugene and Abraham, as showcased in "Claimed." "You definitely think Abraham is just bulldozing everyone, but he doesn’t do anything to Eugene when he shoots the truck,” Josh said. “He gets pissed off at him, sure. And he could’ve beaten the snot out of him. But then that would have destroyed the mission. So he just asks him a question and then shakes his head like, 'I don’t even know what to do.' Eugene is the one pulling the strings. And that is just a fun, fun moment to play. And I think you’ll see more of that as the series progresses."
Josh talked to CGM just before Episode 15 aired, so he could've been previewing Eugene's veto power over Abraham, who wanted to continue directly to D.C. after Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun) reunited with Maggie Greene (Lauren Cohan). Eugene said they should hit Terminus first, to potentially pick up supplies (not a great call there, buddy!). But he'll probably continue to exert his quiet power in Season 5. Maybe we'll even see Mullet Man try to play the alpha males against each other — Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) vs. Abraham. That seems like the kind of thing he would do, like this is all one big game of Survivor.
Are you curious to see how Eugene's story plays out going forward? Do you think they'll stick pretty closely to his comic book storyline, or surprise us with a 180 turn? Tell us your thoughts and theories below!
The Walking Dead Season 5 premieres in October 2014 on AMC.
Source: Channel Guide Magazine