Meet 'The Walking Dead's' Father Gabriel Stokes: Seth Gilliam

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seth-gilliam-the-walking-dead-father-gabriel-stokes.jpgAnother famous "The Walking Dead" comic book character is heading to the small screen: in the upcoming fifth season of the AMC hit, Seth Gilliam will play Father Gabriel Stokes.

"I actually did not realize I was reading for the role of Father Gabriel during the casting process," Gilliam tells Entertainment Weekly. "The sides were for a school guidance counselor named Michael who had an issue with a couple of his students."

A week after Gilliam auditioned, he was offered the role -- and producer Gale Anne Hurd revealed who the character was really supposed to be. Although Gilliam then caught up on the show, he hasn't caught up on the comics -- but that's on purpose.

"I only read the comic book where Father Gabriel was introduced, which I think was episode 61 in the comics. I didn't read anything before that, and I haven't read anything after that," he says.

He continues, "I discovered from reading about the show that often times characters' names and journeys are kind of crisscrossed and mismatched, so I thought if I did read too much I might be giving myself a lot of information that would be useless, or just outright wrong. So I figured, like with everything, I'd just take the script and try to fill him out the best I possibly can."

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