'Walking Dead' exec producer Robert Kirkman talks about new cast member Michael Cudlitz

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The big news out of the The Walking Dead panel at this weekend’s New York Comic-Con was the announcement of three new cast members: Josh McDermitt, Christian Serratos, and Southland actor Michael Cudlitz, who will play Sgt. Abraham Ford. The latter character is a favorite among fans of the Walking Dead comic, which is written by Robert Kirkman, one of the TV show’s executive producers. So why did he and his fellow zombie overlords think Cudlitz was right for the role of the hyper-capable military man?

“Because he is amazing and very much fits the character,” says Kirkman. “Abraham is a larger than life character that comes in and bowls over the characters. He’s just a take charge kind of guy and we need somebody that has that presence, that can stand up to characters like Daryl Dixon and Rick Grimes and really hold his own. This is a guy that can stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Tyreese and be imposing and that’s something that we needed and that’s something that Mr. Cudlitz delivers quite well.”

What do you think of the casting of Michael Cudlitz as Abraham?

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