With tomorrow marking the return of AMC's The Walking Dead (for AMC+ subscribers, February 28 for everyone else) for the first of six episodes set to bridge Seasons 10 and 11 as well as fill in some gaps from the post-Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) time jump, today seems as good a day as any to look back on the show's history- courtesy of TWD alum and director Michael Cudlitz (Abraham Ford). From his fourth season debut to his meeting the business end of Saviors leader Negan's (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) "Lucille," Abraham was one of the show's most popular and beloved characters- making his death all that more painful (and the reason why so many fans want to see Cudlitz return in the upcoming anthology series, Tales of the Walking Dead).
In the seventh season-opener "The Day Will Come When You Won't Be," both Abraham and Glenn (Steven Yeun) tasted the wrath of Negan's blunt retaliation for Rick and the gang's failed attempt to wipe them out (and don't get us started on how Norman Reedus' Daryl caused Glenn's death). Earlier this week, the Clarice star spoke with Michael Rosenbaum as a guest on his Inside Of You with Michael Rosenbaum podcast- and while a wide variety of topics were covered, the conversation naturally turned to his time on (and departure from) the long-running series. In the following clip, Cudlitz goes into an interesting deep-dive into a comparison between the comics and television series before detailing how he first found out that Abraham was being killed off. One highlight that stood out to us because we agree with him 110%? We would've loved to have seen more scenes between Abraham and Sasha Williams (Sonequa Martin-Green)- and watching them work together during "All-Out War" would've been 'Carol-outside-the-prison" amazing.
Here's Your Look at The Walking Dead Season 10C
Some of the new faces joining the cast of The Walking Dead include Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Perry Mason, Scorpion) as Mays, Hilarie Burton Morgan (One Tree Hill, White Collar, Friday Night In with the Morgans) as Lucille, Okea Eme-Akwari (Greenland, Cobra Kai), and C. Thomas Howell (The Outsiders, The Hitcher) reprising his role as a Season 9 Hilltop resident. The six new episodes will debut Sunday, February 28, at 9 pm ET/8 pm CT, followed by a new episode of Talking Dead each week.
Last time on The Walking Dead, we witnessed the fall of Alpha (Samantha Morton) and the end of the Whisperers War. The Kingdom had fallen, Hilltop was virtually destroyed and Alexandria abandoned to prepare for final battle. Our survivors were trapped and separated from one another. Yet, when faced with almost certain death, they rallied together to fight, killing Beta (Ryan Hurst) and eliminating the threat of the horde.
In these six new episodes, we find our survivors trying to pick themselves up by their bootstraps following the destruction the Whisperers left in their wake. The years of struggle weigh upon them as past traumas surface, exposing their more vulnerable sides. As they question the state of humanity, the state of their collective community, and the states of their minds, will they find the inner strength to persevere with their lives, friendships, and group intact?
EPISODE 1017 – "Home Sweet Home": Maggie (Lauren Cohan) has returned with a story she is not ready to share, even when her past catches up to her. Negan's (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) safety is at stake again. Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Maggie fight an unseen and unknown threat. Director: David Boyd / Writers: Kevin Deiboldt & Corey Reed.
EPISODE 1018 – "Find Me": An adventure for Daryl and Carol (Melissa McBride) turns sideways when they come across an old cabin. It takes Daryl back to the years when he left the group after Rick disappeared as he relives a time that only the apocalypse could manifest. Director: David Boyd / Writer: Nicole Mirante-Matthews.
EPISODE 1019 – "One More": Gabriel (Seth Gilliam) and Aaron (Ross Marquand) search for food and supplies to bring back to Alexandria. Small tragedies lead to bigger tragedies as faith is broken and optimism is fragmented when they are put to the ultimate test. Director: Laura Belsey / Writers: Erik Mountain & Jim Barnes.
EPISODE 1020 – "Splinter": Eugene (Josh McDermitt), Ezekiel (Khary Payton), Yumiko (Eleanor Matsuura), and Princess (Paola Lázaro) are captured and separated. Princess struggles with memories of her traumatic past and tries to escape one way or another with the help of Ezekiel. Director: Laura Belsey / Writers: Julia Ruchman & Vivian Tse.
EPISODE 1021 – "Diverged": Daryl and Carol come to a fork in the road and head their separate ways. Each going into their own type of survival mode, the easiest of challenges become much harder. Will their individual journeys be the tipping point needed to mend their friendship or is the distance between them permanent? Director: David Boyd / Writer: Heather Bellson.
EPISODE 1022 – "Here's Negan": Carol takes Negan on a journey, hoping to minimize the increasing tension. Negan reflects on the events that led him to this point and comes to a conclusion about his future. Director: Laura Belsey / Writer: David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick.