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Meet ‘The Walking Dead’s’ Father Gabriel Stokes: Seth Gilliam

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Another famous “The Walking Dead” comic book character is heading to the small screen: in the upcoming fifth season of the AMC hit, Seth Gilliam will play Father Gabriel Stokes.

“I actually did not realize I was reading for the role of Father Gabriel during the casting process,” Gilliam tells
Entertainment Weekly. “The sides were for a school guidance counselor named Michael who had an issue with a couple of his students.”

A week after Gilliam auditioned, he was offered the role — and producer Gale Anne Hurd revealed who the character was really supposed to be. Although Gilliam then caught up on the show, he hasn’t caught up on the comics — but that’s on purpose.

“I only read the comic book where Father Gabriel was introduced, which I think was episode 61 in the comics. I didn’t read anything before that, and I haven’t read anything after that,” he says.

He continues, “I discovered from reading about the show that often times characters’ names and journeys are kind of crisscrossed and mismatched, so I thought if I did read too much I might be giving myself a lot of information that would be useless, or just outright wrong. So I figured, like with everything, I’d just take the script and try to fill him out the best I possibly can.”

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Source – http://www.zap2it.com/blogs/the_walking_dead_season_5_father_gabriel_stokes_priest_seth_gilliam-2014-08

‘The Walking Dead’: Seth Gilliam learns that ‘TWD’ isn’t just a zombie show

Fans of “The Walking Dead” have known for some time that Seth Gilliam had been cast as new character Father Gabriel Stokes. Even when it was reported that he would be playing someone named Michael Todd, viewers speculated that it was really a cover for his true role. Now that the truth is out, the actor finally spoke about the show with Entertainment Weekly. Published on Wednesday, Gilliam discussed his audition, the comic books and how he learned that “The Walking Dead” isn’t just a zombie show.

The interview started out with Seth talking about his audition. It turns out that fans were not the only ones who were told that Gilliam would be playing Michael on “The Walking Dead” season 5. When the actor auditioned for the role, the reading involved a school guidance counselor named Michael, who had issues with some of his students. Because he had not seen the show or read “The Walking Dead” comics, he only had his assumptions based on the part he was reading. After he was made an offer, Gale Anne Hurd called him to reveal who he would really be playing, which was about a week after his audition.

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The Walking Dead Season 5 Spoiler: See Father Gabriel Stokes!

It was announced earlier this summer that Seth Gilliam (formerly of The Walking Dead’s favorite feeder show, The Wire) would be playing Father Gabriel Stokes in Season 5 of the AMC hit, and now, a little over a month ahead of the Season 5 opener on October 12, we have our first look at Seth in character as well as some fun intel from the actor himself. Read on for the scoop!

Per Entertainment Weekly, the first photo of Father Gabriel — a priest taken directly from the comics who offers our group shelter in his church as he attempts to atone for his past sins — is pretty, well, priestly. No major spoilers there.

But in his chat with EW, Seth, who hadn’t seen TWD prior to being cast, opens up about how he plans to play the well-known character, his TWD binge-watching, and what it’s like to join such an established, popular TV show.

Revealing that he only read comic book issue #61, the one in which Father Gabriel is introduced, Seth explains, “I discovered from reading about the show that often times characters’ names and journeys are kind of crisscrossed and mismatched, so I thought if I did read too much I might be giving myself a lot of information that would be useless, or just outright wrong. So I figured, like with everything, I’d just take the script and try to fill him out the best I possibly can.”

And while he made the decision not to be too immersed in Robert Kirkman’s TWD source material, Seth did say he binged-watched the show and fully caught up after he began filming. Calling the binge “intense” he says, “I thought, well it’s a zombie show. It’s a show about zombies. And then I watched and I was like, this show is not about zombies at all, really. The show’s about a whole lot more than just zombies, which I was really excited by.”

As we mentioned above, Seth already knew some TWD actors from his days on The Wire — Chad Coleman (Tyreese) and Larry Gilliard Jr. (Bob Stookey) were also on the HBO drama — but joining the show five seasons in still had its challenges. “It was pretty intimidating because it’s a well-oiled machine,” Seth recalls. “But Andrew Lincoln was the first cast member that I met. And the guy has got a heart the size of the Grinch at the end of the Dr. Seuss story where it just grows and grows and grows. So he made me feel instantly welcome, and instantly a part of it. And everyone after that, I mean, they’re the warmest people and they’ve done everything they possibly can to make me feel like I’ve been part of it from the very beginning.”

We’d expect nothing less from the TWD cast and crew! Head on over to Entertainment Weekly for a first look of Seth as Father Gabriel Stokes, and tell us what you think below!

The Walking Dead Season 5 premieres on October 12 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.

Source: Entertainment Weekly


AMC Reveals First Look at Seth Gilliam as “The Walking Dead’s” Gabriel Stokes

AMC is starting to ramp up toward “The Walking Dead’s” season five premiere in October, and Entertainment Weekly has posted the first official look at one of the new faces that will show up during the course of the season: “The Wire” alum Seth Gilliam as Father Gabriel Stokes, a character who first appeared in “The Walking Dead” #61, and has been in the title since his first interaction with Rick and the group of survivors.

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“I actually did not realize I was reading for the role of Father Gabriel during the casting process,” Gilliam told EW.com. “The sides were for a school guidance counselor named Michael, who had an issue with a couple of his students. I had not seen the show before I was cast on the show. So I just thought, Okay, I guess they’ve discovered some guy who’s holed up at a school or something like that and was carrying around this horrible exchange that he had with his students.”

In the comic, the survivors first encountered Gabriel Stokes following Dale’s disappearance at the hands of the human Hunters. He joined the group and eventually ended up at the Alexandria Safe-Zone as the person to run the local church. However, no details were disclosed about what the character’s role will be on the television series.

“The Walking Dead” returns to AMC this October.

source – http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=55128

 


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