“I think the last thing the writers are thinking is, ‘Let’s give him a love interest and watch him try to hold someone’s hand,’ McDermitt tells TheWrap’s Jeff Sneider
“The Walking Dead” star Josh McDermitt stopped by TheWrap Studios to talk about the upcoming second half of the AMC show’s sixth season.
McDermitt, who plays Eugene Porter on the zombie apocalypse drama, put to bed any rumors that his character may find love in a future episode.
“It’s funny because Eugene — look, he lacks survival skills. He lacks social skills with people,” McDermitt told TheWrap’s Jeff Sneider. “I think the last thing the writers are thinking is, ‘Let’s give him a love interest and watch him try to hold someone’s hand.’ That might steer us away from the gravity of what this show is.”
McDermitt also remained tight-lipped about whether or not his character has had a run-in with the new villain Negan, who will be played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
“I cannot say whether or not I’ve gotten to work with Jeffrey Dean Morgan,” he said. “What he brings to the show is so much experience and a new element that I’m really excited to see what happens in the second half of our season.”
He went on to discuss the fan furor that erupted when it looked as though Glenn (Steven Yeun) was devoured by walkers in the first half of Season 6.
“It’s fun to see this show and to see people continue to talk about it and go nuts over something like Steve’s character,” he said. “Is he dying? Is he still alive? And to watch the Internet just explode with that, it’s exciting to be a part of something like that.”
McDermitt also stars as a pot-smoking birthday clown in “Life in Color,” a charming romantic comedy that is now available on iTunes and Amazon. The character couldn’t be more different than Eugene, so if you’re curious about what else McDermitt is capable of as a performer, check out him talking about it here.