'The Walking Dead' Season 5 promotes three actors to series regular

the-walking-dead-season-5-christian-serratos-alanna-masterson-andrew-j-west-amc.jpgExpect to see a lot more of Gareth in "The Walking Dead" Season 5: Andrew J. West has been promoted to series regular for the next season of the AMC hit.

This news comes less than a day after his character was first introduced on "The Walking Dead." Gareth seems to be the ringleader of the maybe-cannibals at Terminus, who are the most deadly threat the main characters have had to face since the Governor.

The Hollywood Reporter has the news about West's promotion, and also reveals that Alanna Masterson (Tara) and Christian Serratos (Rosita) have been upgraded to series regulars as well. Michael Cudlitz and Josh McDermitt, who play Rosita's companions Abraham and Eugene, joined as regulars during Season 4 and will remain so next season.

Many fans are comparing Gareth to the character of Chris from "The Walking Dead" comics, but executive producer Scott Gimple won't confirm that they are one and the same. "Gareth certainly isn't Chris from the comics unless Chris was lying to us about his past, which he may have. Chris unloaded what happened in his past in some detail, but I can't confirm or deny," he tells THR. For what it's worth, Gareth was originally said to be a combination of two characters from the comics.

Gimple and "Walking Dead" author Robert Kirkman say many of the mysteries about Terminus will be resolved in the Season 5 premiere. "The people of Terminus have a great many secrets that will be revealed. They've proven themselves to be fairly dangerous," Kirkman says. "Whether or not they are actually cannibals remains to be seen. Seeing Gareth and Rick and the people of Terminus and our survivors go head to head is going to be interesting. There is a very deep, dark and storied history to Terminus and how these people came to be that will be revealed in Season 5."

"The Walking Dead" is expected to return to AMC in October 2014.
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