Okay, I admit it -- I'm probably going to watch 'The Walking Dead' season 4. As you have most likely forgotten, I was a little bit less than pleased with the anticlimax that was the show's third season finale. But there's something about 'The Walking Dead' that keeps me coming back. I haven't quite figured out what it is, but when I do, I'll let you know...
Certainly, good casting doesn't hurt. It seems like lots of TV actors want a gig on cable's most-watched drama, and who can blame them? The show has already nabbed two alumni of HBO's brilliant 'The Wire' (counting Chad Coleman, who was introduced in season 3), as well as a whole bunch of other recurring players who will join the cast in season 4. But just when you thought the cast was stuffed full of zombie fodder, even more are on the way. Two new 'Walking Dead' cast members were announced at today's New York Comic-Con -- and one of them should be familiar to avid television fans.
Michael Cudlitz (pictured) -- best known for his starring role on TNT's great 'Southland' -- has been cast in the role of Abraham, a badass from the comic series who will be popping up (presumably) midway through season 4.
Another major player from the comics, Eugene, has been cast as well. Josh McDermitt ('Retired at 35') will play the very dishonest Eugene, it was announced. While he's not as big a name as Cudlitz, it's still exciting to see the show maintaining some of the comics' more memorable characters.
Of course, all this new casting has me a little uncomfortable, because each addition places a little less value on the lives of the main cast. While 'The Walking Dead' is a show that, by nature, kills off its main characters like flies, it almost seems like the show is setting up a revolving door of characters who just exist to be killed and make room for newer characters. And then, outside of the constant gore, where will be the reason to tune in from week to week?
But, hey, 'The Walking Dead' has a grip on me. I'll probably tune in from week to week even if tomorrow night's season 4 premiere starts off with the brutal murder of every single main character. At least they've got backups.
'The Walking Dead' kicks off its fourth season Sunday night with "30 Days Without an Accident" at 9/8c on AMC.