'The Walking Dead': Exclusive first photo of Lawrence Gilliard Jr. as new character Bob Stookey

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A lot of familiar faces — Lori, T-Dog, Merle, Andrea — did not make it out of last season of The Walking Dead alive. But reinforcements are on the way. Not only have newcomers like Tyreese (Chad Coleman) and sister Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) joined the survivors at the prison for season 4, but there will be a fresh new face as well. The name attached to that face is Bob Stookey, a character from both The Walking Dead comic book and The Road to Woodbury novel. And not only can you see the exclusive first image of Bob Stookey in full right here by clicking on the “Full Size Image” button above, but you can score some fresh intel about the character from the new showrunner as well as the man who plays Stookey below.

Played by Lawrence Gilliard Jr. (The Wire), the TV version of Stookey is a former Army medic. But unlike the comic version, this Stookey does not hail from Woodbury. Instead, he is found by Daryl Dixon about a week before events pick up in season 4. “His backstory is not entirely the same as in the comic and the novel,” explains new showrunner Scott M. Gimple. “I think he’s seen things go bad over and over, and winding up in this stable place doesn’t shake him from his experience. He struggles with that.”

“You can see there’s something deeper and darker that’s going on with this character, just from the first episode,” says Gilliard. “We don’t really know what it is. We just know he’s got some issues that he’s dealing with.”

I’d have issues too if I was trying to survive in a zombie apocalypse, but it seems Stookey is indeed “haunted” by his past, according to Gimple.

What do you think? Excited to see this new addition to The Walking Dead? And what’s with that Army-looking base behind the fence? Thoughts? Theories?

For more on season 4 of The Walking Dead, check out the Entertainment Weekly cover story, hitting newsstands Friday, July 19. You can buy all three collector covers right here. Also, check out our Facebook exclusive video with star Norman Reedus.
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