The Walking Dead: Seth Gilliam talks Gabriel’s fate, suffering for his art

Walking Dead star Seth Gilliam admits he’s always worried when showrunner Scott Gimple calls, and hopes to avoid becoming the latest cast member to be killed off.

Speaking during an episode of After the Dead, he said: “You know, every time my phone rings and it’s Scott Gimple’s number, I get nervous. It doesn’t really matter what the content of the call is, it’s like, uh oh, here’s a call from Gimple, let’s just push that to voicemail and see if he calls right back.

“But you’ve got to figure that they come up with really creative ways to kill people off on this show, so when it is your time to go, it’s going to be something you’re going to have fun doing, I think.”

Despite sticking around to fight another day, Gabriel’s blindness hasn’t been a comfortable experience for either character or actor.

“The contacts did kind of throw me off a bit,” he continued. They’re handmade, and they’re hand-painted, and they take up the entire pupil. Not just the pupil, I’m talking about the actual entire eyeball. So it takes a while to get used to, and they have to be moisturized every 20 minutes.

“Somebody’s got to come and put some things in, or else they stick to the eyeball. So they can be a little uncomfortable to work with. But the effect is fantastic, so you suffer for your art, I guess.”