Several days ago, as you may remember, we ran a speculation article revealing that The Wire's
Lawrence Gilliard Jr. was in talks to join the cast of The Walking Dead as a character named "Roy Stark." Today, it was revealed that Gilliard has indeed been cast, however just as we speculated the name of the character was just a ploy. Read on for more.
As per THR, Gilliard (pictured above) will play the series regular part of "Bob Stookey," a former Army medic who is deeply haunted by his past -- both before and after the apocalypse. He's a loner, though he maintains a charming yet self-deprecating façade. In the Walking Dead comics, Bob Stookey was a Woodbury redent (and alcoholic) responble for saving the Governor's life after he was tortured by Michonne.
Pictured: Bob Stookey as he appeared in The Walking Dead comic
The casting comes just weeks after Walking Dead promoted Chad Coleman, Sonequa Martin-Green (Sasha) and Emily Kinney (Beth) to series regulars and upped Melissa Ponzio (Karen) to recurring guest star for its fourth season. Coleman joined the series in November in a recurring role as fan favorite Tyreese, who first appeared in the seventh issue of Robert Kirkman's long-running Image comic. David Morrissey is also slated to return as the show's central villain, The Governor, after what was initially perceived to be a one-season stint.
Gilliard's other credits include The Machinist, Gangs of New York, Army Wives, The Waterboy and Southland.