(Spoiler alert: Please do not read on if you have not watched Sunday’s episode of “The Walking Dead”)
On the heels of Sunday’s shocking episode of “The Walking Dead,” series star Josh McDermitt is hinting that another major character could die off this season.
McDermitt plays Eugene Porter on the hit AMC series, a character known for his comic awkwardness and for rocking an excellent mullet. But could the mullet be next on the chopping block?
“I love the fact that the mullet is taking this world by storm,” McDermitt told TheWrap. “I would hope that we keep it around as long as possible, but with Alexandra Breckenridge playing Jessie, who was a hair stylist before the apocalypse — I think as long as there’s some shears within the walls of Alexandria that aren’t being used to kill Wolves, there’s always a possibility the mullet could go away.”
McDermitt also said he was shocked by Glenn’s apparent death on this week’s episode of the AMC series — but no more so than any other episode.
“It was a lot like every episode that we read, in that there’s always something that we’re like ‘Are you kidding me?'” he said. “It doesn’t necessarily have to be something as momentous as last week’s episode, but there’s just always something where the cast or the crew is texting each other going ‘Did you read this week’s episode yet?'”
McDermitt also echoed comments made by showrunner Scott Gimple, who promised Glenn’s return in some form. “In some way we’ll see him, some version of him, either Glenn or parts of Glenn,” McDermitt said. “It could be in flashbacks or the current story, but there will be closure on that story.”
Eugene is responsible for many of the funny moments on the show, not an easy task considering how dark the zombie apocalypse drama can be. But McDermitt rises to the challenge because he does not look at himself as the comic relief.
“I don’t find it difficult only because I don’t look at it that way,” he said. “I try to come at it from a place of truth and honesty and reality. I think the humor comes from who Eugene is or the situations that Eugene is in. I have a comedy background, so I find humor in everything.”
Eugene has also evolved a great deal between seasons five and six, stepping up to become less cowardly and more heroic. McDermitt enjoys the evolution, as it allows his own personality to meld more with Eugene’s.
“I’m not necessarily a coward, so I’ve had to play into it more in that sense,” he said. “But now that he’s becoming more of a confident person who could be the hero in certain situations that’s fun because that’s more in line with who I am. I’m a hero is what I’m trying to say.”