Garret Dillahunt is joining the WALKING DEAD universe after all, being cast in a series regular role on Season 4 of spinoff series FEAR THE WALKING DEAD.
The actor previously famously campaigned to be cast in the role of the villainous Negan, but ultimately that part went to Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
“If not #Negan then something else someday!” the actor said at the time, and it looks like someday is here.
There are no details on Dillahunt’s role, though a major question will be whether he could end up on the flagship series as part of his new job.
Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman announced at New York Comic Con this year that the two shows will finally officially be crossing over next season.
“There is one character that is going to go from one show, that I will not name, to another show, that I will not name,” Kirkman said on stage. “Now, what does that mean? Because these timelines, like, how does that work? Are we going to see an interesting backstory of a Walking Dead character in Fear the Walking Dead? Or are we going to see a Fear the Walking Dead character show up in The Walking Dead and show a future version of the character?”
Fans are surely hoping the character to cross over will be someone we already know and love from either show (and there’s already speculation it could be Michael Cudlitz’s Abraham, who was living in Houston as of FTWD’s timeline), but it’s not out of the question that a newcomer could show up and affect storylines in a significant way on both shows.
Season 4 of FTWD will see new showrunners Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg take over for departing showrunner Dave Erickson, who co-created the show with Kirkman and ran it for its first three seasons.
The prolific Dillahunt’s recent credits include appearances on The Gifted, The Mindy Project, TBS’ The Guest Book and Amazon’s Hand of God. He is repped by UTA and D2 Management.
Linda Ge | TV Editor