Posted: 9:05 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, 2014
By Samantha Leffler
If you thought Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz) was the head cheese of The Walking Dead’s new trio, then actor Josh McDermitt, who plays Dr. Eugene Porter, has some news for you: Think again! The threesome also includes Rosita Espinosa (Christian Serratos), and while Abraham’s army background and physical appearance may make him an easy pick for leader of the pack, there’s more to this group's dynamic than meets the eye.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Josh gives some intel on how this new crew operates. “The Abraham, Rosita and Eugene dynamic is a lot like a couple of brothers and a sister on a long road trip. When you're cooped up with someone for a long time you're going to fight, argue, and bicker with each other, but at the end of the day you're like family and you're going to have each other's backs. On the surface, some of the other characters might look at Abraham and Eugene and say, Abraham's running the show. But I really think Eugene is running the show, especially after he shoots up their truck and everyone takes off,” he reasons.
We still have plenty to learn about Abraham, Eugene, and Rosita (including if Eugene really knows the cause of the zombie outbreak) but one moment from Episode 11: “Claimed”, was particularly telling about what the future may hold for these guys. Here’s how Josh sees it: “Glenn (Steven Yeun) heads up the road and Tara follows him. And then Rosita follows and Eugene steps up next to Abraham and says, ‘This way's clear, who knows what's that way. Trust me, I'm smarter than you,’ and he just starts walking. That tells you the dynamic between these guys. You might think Abraham calls the shots — being the ex-military guy and as much of a badass as he is killing walkers all the time — but Eugene is the brains, and he's the one really running the show.”
Those of you who read the comics know that, at least in that medium, Eugene was just a science teacher who didn’t know the first thing about a cure. We don’t know if Scott Gimple and Co. also plan to make TV Eugene full of you-know-what, but if he is lying, you can guess that Abraham won’t be too happy about it.
How would Abe react to the news that he’s been played, if indeed that is the case? “We saw him just destroy some walkers in the beginning of this episode and he enjoyed it,” Josh pointed out. I don't know that he would enjoy beating up Eugene; there would be a lot more anger there. Eugene shoots up their truck and Abraham doesn't kick his ass. That right there says that Abraham has a level of respect for Eugene that other people might not have. Abraham looks at it as just another roadblock. As Cudlitz likes to say, ‘Eugene is the package.’ Once that falls away, there's no telling what Abraham would do. He could kill Eugene.”
Yikes! We hate to say it, but Josh’s analysis of the situation seems pretty spot-on. Abraham is a loose cannon, and he’s nothing without his mission. For TV Eugene’s sake, let’s hope there’s some grain of truth to what he’s selling!
Should Eugene be worried for his life if he’s really lying, or is Abraham all bark and no bite? Tell us what you think below!
The Walking Dead Season 4 airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.Source: The Hollywood Reporter