If you need a spoiler warning at this point, you're not a fan of The Walking Dead.
Negan's debut on the AMC series saw some of the most shocking and controversial moments fulfilled when he used his barbed wire wrapped baseball bat to bash the skulls of Abraham Ford and Glenn Rhee. It was a gory show of brutality as the landscape of The Walking Dead was flipped on its head. Two actors who had been with the series for a combined eighth years were suddenly no longer a part of the cast. Season 1's Steven Yeun and Season 4's Michael Cudlitz bowed out in the same episode.
It was one of the most shocking moments for fans of The Walking Dead, humbling for Rick Grimes and company, and life changing for the actors involved. However, as an actor on a show like The Walking Dead, the expectation of having the character you portray killed off on a moment's notice is common.
For Michael Cudlitz, life has been fine after departing his job on The Walking Dead. In a recent interview with writer/creator Robert Kirkman (aka the guy really responsible for killing his character), Cudlitz opened up about life after The Walking Dead and Abraham's final moments.
"It's been good," Cudlitz said. "Had a great time on the show."
"Life after the show has been fantastic. Thank you again for the opportunity. Really did have a great time on the show. The time on the show was fun. The enthusiasm for the show and what it is, it is life changing. It's been fantastic."
Abraham's Final Thoughts
When the bat came down on Abraham's head, he calmly embraced death with no other option. His girlfriend, ex-girlfriend, and friends looked on in terror as his head was turned to mush by the show's new villain but his final communication was a peace sign to Sasha.
Some might say Abraham went out like a hero. According to Cudlitz's description of Abraham's final thoughts, Big Red would agree with those sentiments.
"He was praying that it would be him," Cudlitz said. "I think that at this point, in the end of Season 6, Abraham knows he's figured out these guys. He knows that this kind of operation to work the way it is, for all of this men to be under his control the way it is, he sees the lay of the land. He sees when Negan is describing what he has to do now, that someone has to pay for this, he knows that he wants it to be him because he wants to protect everybody else. That's just in his nature. Once he is chosen, I think he is at peace."
Then, there's the twist on the comics which saw only Glenn killed in issue #100 which Cudlitz is also proud of.
"Everybody's gonna think, 'Oh, that's horrible but at least Glenn safe!'" Cudlitz said. And, then, boom! Glenn is not okay.prevnext
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