The Walking Dead: How Michael Cudlitz Knew He Was Being Killed Off

Fans of The Walking Dead are not strangers to seeing their favorite characters get killed off on the in hit TV show. But, for the actors, that is an entirely different story. During the recent Walker Stalker Cruise, Michael Cudlitz, also known as Abraham Ford, revealed during a Q&A session that he knows that Abe was going to get killed off when show runner Scott Gimple made an out of the ordinary request.
"I was up visiting my son at college and I got a phone call, 'Scott wants to meet with you next week when you come back. Scott hadn't met with me in two years. 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?' He said, 'Ha! Ha! Why would you? Ha! Well... maybe."
You would think Abe would have been upset with getting killed off. But, Cudlitz knew it was coming.
"I knew that we were gonna met people from other places, other worlds, that they've created. 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."
In the comic book series, Abraham was killed off in Issue 98 at the request of Negan in return for Rick killing several Saviors. However, in the tv show, Denise is the one who received Abraham's death after she gets shot through the eye with an arrow.
"At the time, he [Scott Gimple> said it would be both me and Steven [Yeun, who played Glenn] 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. 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."
Either way, since Abraham was killed off, ratings for The Walking Dead have not been the same. What do you think? Discuss this story with fellow Project Casting fans on Facebook. On Twitter, follow us at @projectcasting.

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