Episode 14 of The Walking Dead Season 6 was an hour of TV full of surprises. Comic book fans were on the edge of their seats, as the episode seemed to be working up to the death of Abraham Ford. However suddenly the series deviated from source material and instead gave Dr Denise Cloyd the same death that Abraham had in the comics.
It was a cool little twist on how events unfolded in the comic series. And now in a recent interview with PopSugar, the actor who plays Abraham, Michael Cudlitz, has revealed that the change was actually made because comic creator Robert Kirkman regretted how he'd initially written Abraham's death. Cudlitz explained:
Well, [Robert] Kirkman was never happy with the death Abraham had in the graphic novels. He always said it was sort of a last-minute decision and that he regretted how he took him out. I think transferring that specific death of the crossbow arrow through the eye to Denise was sort of an Easter egg for the audience who follow the graphic novels. They know what that death should have been, but there's also nothing lost on the television audience by not knowing that. It was a little gift just for them.
So basically it was a sort of do-over for Kirkman. This isn't the first regret Kirkman has had in regards to the series — comic or otherwise — with another being the CDC episode from Season 1.
Cudlitz then went on to explain the benefit of having Denise take Abraham's comic book death, saying:
Her death spurs on a whole bunch of other stuff, and then the audience knows that Abraham will continue for a while now. Now we get to see what a world with Negan and Abraham both in it will be like. That's something we don't see in the graphic novels. So a lot of cool stuff happens.
A good point, right? In the comic series Abraham never comes face-to-face with Negan, something which is a shame considering how seriously he takes his role as protector. But then he went on to add something very interesting which has had the internet a buzz with speculation:
For me, knowing that his potential death had come and gone, it was a moment to go, "Oh cool, they really aren't going to stick with what the graphic novel does." As a fan of both the novel and the show, it was cool.
"Come and gone?" Sounds a little like Cudlitz was almost trying to imply that Abraham is safe from Negan and Lucille.
Abraham is currently a massive hot pick for the character that Negan killed at the end of Season 6, with most fan theories seeming to think that either Abraham or Glenn have been killed, or possibly even both. But with this interview with Cudlitz seeming to imply that we're going to see more interaction between Abraham and Negan, perhaps we've been massively mislead this whole time?
Do you think Abraham is killed by Negan or will we see more of him in Season 7?