Bob Stookey (Larry Gilliard Jr.) was just so happy to not be by himself in The Walking Dead Season 4, Episode 13: “Alone”, that we nearly forgot this dude is battling some serious demons, namely a crippling alcohol addiction.
Larry chatted with AccessHollywoood.com about Bob’s addiction and his blossoming relationship with Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green). When asked if he thinks Daryl Dixon’s (Norman Reedus) threat to Bob back on the run to the veterinary school about not drinking before they got medicine to people whipped his character into shape, Lawrence said, “Absolutely. Whenever someone calls you on your addiction or on something you’re about to do because of your addiction — and especially when you’re trying to help people and help others and you’re under the influence of any kind of addiction — it makes you think.”
Perhaps because of his addiction, fans are convinced Bob is hiding something, but Lawrence prefers to think the former army medic is just misunderstood. “I like to think that Bob ultimately has a good heart. It’s crazy because you hear people — people still don’t believe in Bob. They believe that something’s up with him,” he revealed with a laugh.
One of the most memorable moments in Episode 13 was when Bob and Sasha kissed, but does Larry want to see the budding relationship go any further? “Well, you know, I don’t know. People are telling me once two people hook up, then that’s certain disaster — outside of Maggie and Glenn, when people hook up, then something’s gonna happen. So… I don’t know,” he confessed.
Still, Larry does note that giving Bob a meaningful relationship really opens up his character “I think it’s very clever of Scott Gimple to write this character who has suffered. He’s suffered, but he’s… learning how to get beyond it and then he’s finding love on the other end of it. I think that speaks to a lot of people and I think that’s important and I applaud [Scott] for taking a chance on that storyline — that there is hope, that you can overcome things that hold you back, get you down, your addictions. You can overcome your addictions and find love on the other end. And a lot of it has to do with not only finding someone else to love, but loving yourself. That’s the big part of overcoming addiction is learning to love yourself.”
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The Walking Dead Season 4 airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.