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All. The. Tears. The Walking Dead gutted fans with an emotional death in Sunday night’s midseason finale, and now we know it’s going to be a looooong wait to find out what happens next!
AMC has just released an exact return date for the megahit action-horror series: Feb 9.
So…what else is in store? Here are five things to know about what lies ahead for the final eight episodes, which have already wrapped production in Georgia:
1. CUDLITZ! In October, it was announced that Michael Cudlitz (Southland) had signed on to a role from The Walking Dead comics, Abraham. Sources tell E! News exclusively that Cudlitz’s role is a “massively important one,” and one that will deal directly with the leading characters. According to our sources, AMC fought hard to secure Cudlitz for the role, and it was not an easy get, due to budget and timing. We are told that many other actors were up for the role, including a well-known actor from Once Upon a Time who very much wanted the part, but Cudlitz was “perfect” and “will not disappoint.” Praise. Be.
2. Abraham: In the books, Abraham (Cudlitz’s character) is traveling with his girlfriend Rosita (who will be played by Twilight alum Christian Serratos) and a man named Eugene (who will be played by Josh McDermitt). Abraham and Rosita are with Eugene because he says he is a scientist who has important information about how the zombie outbreak all started. (Can it be stopped?) We are told the role of Abraham will “closely resemble but not mirror the books.”