If you ran into some guy on the street who said he knew the source of the zombie apocalypse outbreak, but couldn’t tell you ‘cause it was “classified,” would you buy it? Even if he wasn’t rockin’ a beautiful/awful/laughable/glorious mullet like Eugene Porter (Josh McDermitt) in The Walking Dead Season 4, Episode 11 — would you believe him without proof? Although, how could you even get proof?
Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz) seems to be taking Eugene’s word on faith, or maybe as a former military guy he just needs any kind of mission to keep him going. Abraham’s job is to get scientist Eugene to Washington, D.C. to connect with others in the know so they can Save The World. It’s a major mission, if it’s legit. Is it legit?
The Hollywood Reporter talked to actor Josh McDermitt after Eugene’s big reveal on “Claimed.” How much does mullet man really know about the outbreak? “Eugene is always the smartest guy in the room, but he also doesn't want a lot of people in that room because you never know who could be smarter,” Josh said. “And when people start asking questions, then maybe some of the things that Eugene has been saying start to unravel a bit. So it's going to be interesting to see how Eugene is able to keep the group on the road and away from other people so people don't start asking questions. Ultimately, people will find out the truth.”
(The truth, at least in the comic books, is that Eugene is just a science teacher with no real answers.)
Josh mentioned how Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun) asked for details on the D.C. trip and Eugene said it’s classified. “That's government speak,” Josh said. “Abraham was a soldier and he gets that there are people above him who have more knowledge than he does. Eugene steps away and says, ‘I need to discuss this with the people back in Washington,’ and he just hopes that Abraham doesn't walk over and [hear him on the satellite phone]. Eugene is trying to keep everyone at bay with the military speak. There's a definite hierarchy in the military and Eugene is definitely playing that up with Abraham.”
Eugene may be deceptive and more than a little odd, but Josh defends his character. “I think Eugene is a trustworthy guy even though it may turn out that he is lying,” he told THR. “But again, you just can't trust anyone. I don't think he trusts Glenn; and there are elements of Abraham he doesn't trust — the way he can fly off the handle and kill someone in a moment's notice. We're going to explore whole Eugene's backstory. It will be interesting to see how this comes out and how trustworthy he ends up being to the group.”
We know we can’t trust Eugene to kill walkers without also destroying a truck, but it remains to be seen what Eugene will do to earn his place with the team. Will we end up liking him, even if it turns out he’s full of poop about knowing the source of the plague? It sounds like they are following Eugene’s comic book story but it would be a nice twist if it turned out TV Eugene did have answers. Someone has to know something about what happened, and why everyone is “infected” and turns at death. A weird guy with a mullet is the last person you’d expect to know much about anything, so why not make it true?
Are you curious to learn about Eugene’s backstory and see his place with the group? Are you baffled why anyone would trust him or do you think Abraham just needs a mission — something to believe in to make it all worth it?
The Walking Dead Season 4 airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter