There’s still a lot of mystery to Bob Stookey (Larry Gilliard Jr.), but a couple of layers of his personal onion were just peeled back on The Walking Dead Season 4, Episode 13: “Alone.”
Bob looked like the walking dead himself right before Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) and Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun) found him on the road, which we saw in a flashback to about a week before the events of Season 4 began. He said he’d killed one person before that point, because “she asked me to.” We don’t know what that’s about yet, but we know Bob doesn’t like to be alone (that’s when he tends to hit the sauce) but he does really like Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green).
TheWalkingDead.com asked comic book writer Robert Kirkman about Bob’s greatly changed and expanded role from the character with the same name in the comics.
“Once we got Lawrence Gilliard Jr. for the role — That’s one of the best things about television versus a comic is that once you see what an actor can do they, just their presence, almost demands more, and watching the character of Bob evolve over the course of the season is a pretty fun aspect of this process,” RK said. “[Showrunner] Scott [Gimple] and I and everybody in the writers’ room have always had big plans for Bob. We definitely wanted to change his character up a little bit. I think a lot of that is due to lines and knowing what [Larry] can handle and really just trying to do something new that hasn’t been done before with a character; showing somebody that can be as weirdly optimistic as Bob is at times — for those strange reasons that he is — adds something new to the mix.”
TWD has been pairing up optimists and pessimists, with Bob clearly playing Mr. Sunshine to Sasha’s Debbie Downer. Robert Kirkman said he definitely sees a potential for a relationship there, so maybe that’s something we’ll see either later in the season or, more likely if they are still alive, in Season 5. Gleggie doesn’t have to be the only couple on this show, and fans already came up with the great name for Sasha and Bob: Sashkabob!
Are you curious to learn more about Bob’s past, including details on his past groups and the woman who wanted him to kill her? Do you hope Sashkabob becomes a serious thing?
The Walking Dead Season 4 airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.