Skip to comments.'Walking Dead' Adds 'Wire' Vet to Play Pivotal Comic Character for Season 4 [SPOILERS]
Posted on 04/26/2013 5:09:57 PM PDT by ConjunctionJunction
The article contains spoilers for season 3 (if you haven't watched it yet) and the upcoming season 4. Don't read any further if you don't want to see spoilers.
Larry Gilliard Jr. has booked the series regular role of Bob, a former Army medic who winds up becoming a key character for the Governor in the Robert Kirkman comics on which the series is based.
AMC's The Walking Dead is expanding its ranks.
Following the show's bloody third season that claimed the lives of multiple series regulars, The Wire's Larry Gilliard Jr. has been tapped to join the ranks of the zombie drama, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Gilliard will play the series regular part of Bob Stookey, a former Army medic who is deeply haunted by his past -- both before and after the apocalypse. He's a loner, though he maintains a charming yet self-deprecating façade. In the Walking Dead comics, Bob Stookey was a Woodbury resident (and alcoholic) responsible for saving the Governor's life after he was tortured by Michonne.
The 42-year-old actor's credits include HBO's The Wire, where he played D'Angelo Barksdale and co-starred alongside Walking Dead's Chad Coleman (Tyreese).
The casting comes just weeks after Walking Dead promoted Coleman, Sonequa Martin-Green (Sasha) and Emily Kinney (Beth) to series regulars and upped Melissa Ponzio (Karen) to recurring guest star for its fourth season. Coleman joined the series in November in a recurring role as fan favorite Tyreese, who first appeared in the seventh issue of Robert Kirkman's long-running Image comic. David Morrissey is also slated to return as the show's central villain, The Governor, after what was initially perceived to be a one-season stint.
During its record-breaking third season, Walking Dead lost a long roster of characters. In addition to Laurie Holden (Andrea) -- who had been with the series since its 2010 premiere -- Rick's wife Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) shockingly was killed off along with regular T-Dog (IronE Singleton), among other recurring players including Daryl's (Norman Reedus) brother Merle (Michael Rooker).
Gilliard, whose credits also include The Machinist, Gangs of New York, Army Wives and Southland is repped by Innovative Artists and Thruline Entertainment. International Digital Times first reported Gilliard was in talks for the role.
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In the Walking Dead comics, Bob Stookey was a Woodbury resident (and alcoholic) responsible for saving the Governor’s life after he was tortured by Michonne.
I like that.
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I guess I’m the only one but I’m sick of the Governor. Get rid of him already!
Mah man! (Daryl, that is).
Not being a reader of the comics, I’ll be interested to see what they do with this new character.
When you see the list of old-timers who have been killed off, it’s really kind of sad.
Crap. I was hoping for Lance Reddick.
i am too. storyline is rather stagnant. some thought they spent too much time on the farm season two. this is beginning to be the same thing.
Gotta include a pic of Daryl! It’s da rules! ;-)
Bob was a drunk/former Army Medic in the comic/Road to Woodbury books. It will be interesting to see how Larry fills the role and how the role is relevant given the total departure from the comic.
It’s the only thing that’ll get me through the summer!
I like him.
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“Bob Stookey was a Woodbury resident (and alcoholic) responsible for saving the Governor’s life after he was tortured by Michonne.”
Ok Ok the governor lifesaver? ok any friend or lifesaver to the governor is NOT a friend of mine hehehe.
o thank you thank you for my Darryl fix =)
Darryl is my man =)
I know I’m on the ping list. Add me again anyways.
I’m hoping for an eventual merger of my two favorite shows, to be called The Viking Dead.
The show is more interesting to me when the group is on the move. I hope they don’t spend more than 1/2 of next season in the prison. I suppose that the Governor is going to make another run at them again, this time it will be with a more hardened crew.
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