Gather ‘round Beth Greene (Emily Kinney) and Daryl Dixon’s (Norman Reedus) sad campfire, kids, and hear Sgt. Abraham Ford’s horror story.
Abraham is a badass new character on The Walking Dead Season 4, arriving straight from the comics. TV Fanatic asked actor Michael Cudlitz what we’ll see from Abraham and learn about his past on Episode 11. “There was a family incident when the apocalypse...mine was a little more extreme and dealt more with humans than walkers,” Michael said. “I’m not going to tell you the specifics of it but if you want to go back you can very easily go back to the comics.” Let’s do that.
Comic book spoilers begin.
Before teaming up with his new group — which used to be bigger but now just includes Rosita Espinosa (Christian Serratos) and Eugene Porter (Josh McDermitt) on their “mission” to get to Washington, D.C. — Abraham was hiding in a grocery store with his ex-wife and their two kids, an 8-year-old boy and a 6-year-old girl. One day, Abraham returned from a supply run and found his wife and daughter had been raped by community members while his son was held down to watch. (Side note: There’s a lot of rape or attempted rape in TWD’s zombie apocalypse; it’s a sad take on humanity but do you think it’s exactly how people would behave if they felt they could get away with it? Sick.) In a rage, Abraham killed the perps with his bare hands, while his family watched. It got pretty brutal and Abraham’s family left in fear. They didn’t last long since he found their bodies the next day and he had to put down his own daughter.
No one said the end of the world would be fun!
Comic book spoilers end.
Michael said the TV version of Abraham’s story will include some new elements. “What [showrunner] Scott Gimple is telling me we’re doing here is we’re also adding in a whole other segment of time from the time that that incident happened and the time now that he is meeting with the group,” he told TV Fanatic . “Some other stuff had gone down that wasn’t necessarily talked about in the comics but certainly could’ve happened even in the comic world but they’d never talked about it. The implication is that I was part of a larger group…over time we’re going to learn more about them.”
He said we’ll definitely learn about Abraham’s past, but he couldn’t say if there would be flashbacks or not. But it’s interesting to hear that Abraham was part of a larger group in a new element not mentioned in the comics. Do you think his past group is connected to groups we’ve heard about on the show, or will it be entirely separate?
If they decide to tie in past groups … there was Randall’s old group of tough guys from Season 2, whatever groups Bob Stookey (Larry Gilliard Jr.) was with (although he said he was the only survivor), the “Decatur group” David was part of before he got sick, Martinez’s new group, and whoever Sam and Ana were with when they found Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride). Maybe Abraham is even connected to the signs we saw hanging on dead people, from The Governor episodes?
Are you curious to hear more about Abraham’s past and how it may or may not connect to stuff we’ve already seen this season?
The Walking Dead Season 4 airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.
Source: TV Fanatic