‘The Walking Dead’ Grabs a Star from ‘The Wire’ for Season 4

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You know the old saying: you’ve got to keep the zombies way down in the hole.

If you’re haunted by images of a flesh-hungry corpse whistling “The Cheese Stands Alone” as he strolls through the dark alleys of Georgia, it’s probably an omen for the upcoming season of The Walking Dead, which is bringing on yet another member of the HBO modern classic The Wire to join the cast. Season 4 of AMC’s zombie series will enlist the likes of Larry Gillard, Jr., known to Baltimore residents as D’Anglo Barksdale, a central player on David Simon’s critically revered program.

Gillard will take the role of Bob Stookey, a military medic and Woodbury resident plagued by alcohol abuse and armed with a self-deprecating sense of humor. Gillard joins fellow Wire vet Chad L. Coleman (The Walking Dead‘s Tyreese), who played reformed criminal Cutty Wise back in his Maryland days.

There’s little chance that the troupe will be moving up the Atlantic Coast toward the crab cake capital, but at least some of that Monument City charm might diffuse into the prison come Season 4. Who knows, this could be the onset of a pattern. How would Stringer Bell handle himself in a zombie apocalypse?

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Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.