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'The Walking Dead' Recruits Another 'Wire' Alum for Season 5


'The Walking Dead' Recruits Another 'Wire' Alum for Season 5


It looks like 'The Walking Dead' has decided to add another 'Wire' alum to its ranks. Seth Gilliam — who played Ellis Carver on the HBO drama for its entire five-season run — has officially signed on to the zombie series for its upcoming fifth season.

This latest addition marks the third 'Wire' alum to join the AMC series, following in the footsteps of Chad Coleman (Tyreese) and Larry Gilliard Jr. (Bob), who both count 'The Wire' among their TV credits.

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Known for keeping the plot underwraps, it isn't surprising that very little is known about Gilliam's character so far. The casting breakdown gives the actor the dummy name of Michael Todd (the real name will be kept secret), who is described as being friendly with a puckish demeanor who also has a haunted side stemming from a dark secret.

Taking all that into consideration, it's completely plausible that Gilliam's character will end up being Gabriel Stokes — a preacher who first crosses paths with Rick in the 61st issue of the Robert Kirkman comics. He eventually becomes a member of Rick's community and shares the dark lengths he went to in order to ensure his survival. Granted, this is all just fun speculation, but if we've learned anything from a show like this, it's that anything is possible.

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Gilliam isn't the only one to reach series-regular status, however. Andrew J. West (Gareth), Alanna Masterson (Tara), and Christian Serratos (Rosita) were all promoted to regulars in March after recurring in Season 4. Production on Season 5 is already well underway.

Aside from 'The Wire,' Gilliam's other TV credits include a recurring role on MTV's 'Teen Wolf' as well as stints on 'Homeland,' 'Oz,' and 'The Good Wife.'

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Written by: Kelly_Schremph
May 5th, 2014, 10:14 am

Images courtesy of Mark Von Holden/Getty Images

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