There he is! Your first look at 'The Walking Dead's newest character, Bob Stookey. Stookey is played by Larry Gillard, Jr., who rose to television fame and prominence during the first season of the critically-acclaimed hit 'The Wire.' The photo above is a part of Entertainment Weekly's latest cover story on the fourth season of 'The Walking Dead,' of which Gillard's character will play a significant part.
Stookey is described as a former army medic who comes to assist Rick's troup of survivors. The name Bob Stookey is familiar to fans of 'The Walking Dead' comic book series, or fans of the prequel novels, however the Stookey in the AMC series has undergone some important back-story changes. In the comic series, Stookey hailed from Woodbury and worked for The Governor. This time around, Stookey isn't a Woodbury man and he is found by Darryl Dixon (played by Norman Reedus) roughly a week prior to the events of season four's first episode.
"His backstory is not entirely the same as in the comic and the novel," explained Scott M. Gimple, the latest in a revolving door of showrunners who have helmed the hit AMC show. "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."
Robert Kirkman chimed in at Comic-Con and noted that, under Gimple, 'The Walking Dead' is going to be very character-driven rather than plot heavy, as the end of season three became. Gimple's comments regarding Stookey certainly speak to this interest in the character and his motivations:
"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."
On Friday at Comic-Con there will be an entire panel dedicated to the upcoming season of 'The Walking Dead;' stay tuned to TVRage for all of the info!