Whether they watched it happen live or found out about it later from friends/internet spoilers, the loss of Abraham and Glenn in The Walking Dead season premiere back in October hit many fans hard. Still, however you may have found out about that shocking turn of events, it probably can’t top the way Michael Cudlitz caught wind of it.
Cudlitz, who played Abraham right up until the moment the character’s skull was bashed in by Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), recently opened up about the moment he discovered he would have to look for work during a Q&A on the Walker Stalker Cruise (yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like) over the weekend. According to Cudlitz, he knew he was in trouble when showrunner Scott Gimple requested a one-on-one meeting.
“I was up visiting my son at college and I got a phone call, ‘Scott [Gimple] wants to meet with you next week when you come back. Scott hadn’t met with me in two years,” Cudlitz revealed. “I was like, alright, I’m dead. Let’s call Scott and confirm this.
“So I called Scott and said, ‘Hey, uh, we’re supposed to have this meeting next Tuesday. Are you killing me?” Cuditz said. “he said, ‘Ha ha! Why woud you? Ha! Well … maybe.”
Despite receiving the call out of the blue, Cudlitz admits that he wasn’t surprised by the news. “I knew that we were gonna met people from other places, other worlds, that they’ve created,” Cudlitz said. “I knew a lot of other characters had to come in and I knew we had to lose some people and they were sticking closer and closer to the graphic novel so it’s a good chance it’s gonna be me.”
Although the plan was always to kill off two core characters, Cutlitz admits that it took time to figure out when to carry it all out.
“At the time, he said it would be both me and Steven [Yeun] but he wasn’t sure if it would be at the end of Season 6 or the beginning of Season 7 mostly because he didn’t know if they would be able to keep it a secret that long and the only way that would’ve worked was if they really went for it,” Cudlitz said. “They decided that we would go for it and it sort of worked. I was kind of expecting it, because Abraham’s story had already been told so far as the graphic novel.”
In the end, Cutlitz admits that he “was cool with it,” and says he is thankful for having been part of the series as long as he was, having been a fan of the show long before he was originally cast.
The Walking Dead returns for the second half of Season 7 this Sunday.