SPOILER ALERT: Read on only after you have already watched the beginning of The Walking Dead season 7 premiere, “The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be.”
The good news is the TV version of Sgt. Abraham Ford outlived his comic counterpart, but not by much. Denise on TV may have taken the arrow through the eye that killed Abraham in the comic, but Abraham then took the first swing of Lucille that belonged to Glenn in the comic — and the swings that followed, sending everyone’s favorite wisecracking ginger to the afterlife.
But Negan — and the show producers — had another trick in store. After battering Abraham to a pulp, the leader of the Saviors then turned his barbed wire on Glenn after Daryl punched him for tormenting Rosita.
Michael Cudlitz, who played Abraham, joined The Walking Dead halfway through season 4 and immediately became a fan favorite due to his character’s unique facial hair and tension-breaking one-liners. The actor spoke on Talking Dead immediately after the season premiere about his time — and end — on the show.
Cudlitz noted that he felt like Abraham might not be long for The Walking Dead world. “Look, for anyone who follows the graphic novel, he’s on borrowed time,” said Cudlitz. “Denise took his death graciously two episodes prior… so I think at that point I had gone beyond where he was in the graphic novel. I know [comic creator Robert Kirkman] always said he was not happy with how he took Abraham out in the graphic novel so I was curious to see where we go from there. And yeah, I think in the group, he made it very clear to Negan that if he was going to take somebody, take me if it’s going to help protect the rest of the group.”
When asked by Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick whether he found Abraham’s final line of “suck my nuts” satisfying, the actor joked, “That’s always satisfying, right?” before noting the Abraham-esque nature of the verbal comeback to Negan. “To actually insert something in there, I thought it was awesome. And I think it’s very, very appropriate for him to go out that way.”
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