Wanted: A strong leader to find and wrangle our favorite Team Prison characters into one cohesive storyline in the second half of The Walking Dead Season 4.
Could it be Sgt. Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz)? He has a “mission” that will change the direction of the show, but it may be too optimistic to think that mission could act as a magnet for our scattered group.
No one in Rick Grimes’s (Andrew Lincoln) Atlanta/farm/prison/road group ever really wants to lead, including the former Ricktator himself who changes his mind on his own role every half a season. Abraham, on the other hand, is a no-nonsense guy. He, Eugene, and Rosita — who just showed up at the end of Episode 10 — aren’t just surviving day-to-day, they are moving with purpose. Their mission is to get to Washington, D.C. and there will be no long talks in churches or group meetings along the way.
As Michael Cudlitz told The Hollywood Reporter, “They're not locked in this day-to-day rhetorical self-examination of life and what does it all mean. You take one of Abraham's lines from the series and he says, ‘You know what we're doing here, if it's dead, f---ing kill it.’ They don't discuss it, talk about their feelings and what they should do or if they should take a vote. Abraham is more like, ‘By the time you all have your f—ing meeting, I'll have handled it already.’ They are not a Boy Scout Troop.”
Abraham is a “very typical sergeant” — more of an execution guy than a planner. “He's not necessarily someone who is going to be the king — or someone you'd even want to be the king — he's the guy you'd want as your first, the guy leading a section of a larger plan,” Michael continued. “Ultimately, he's good for [Rick's] group because there are a lot of reluctant leaders and people doing what they have to do. Abraham is a leader by nature; he's not reluctant about it. There's no question in his ability or willingness to do what he has to do. Because of what happened to him prior to his arrival, he has nothing else left. He's balls in everything he does!”
In the comics, Abraham lost his family in a particularly dark way, and the trio lost members of their own group along the journey to D.C. They’ve become hardened, but Abraham’s let’s just do this style may be what our group needs at this point. Rick is a natural leader too, but he’s injured and may second-guess himself after everything at the prison. It may even be a relief if he comes across Abraham and sees that someone else wants to take charge. Or maybe we’d see an alpha male clash.
Whether it’s this mission or not, our group could really use a common purpose to bring them together and keep them moving forward, plus a leader to motivate and guide them. Rick? Abraham? Other?
Do you agree with Michael that Abraham could be good for the group, since they could use a man with a plan and some steady, non-reluctant leadership?
The Walking Dead Season 4 airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter