***Spoiler Warning: This post contains The Walking Dead discussion through Season 6, and Comic/possible Season 7 Spoilers***
Never mind who Negan killed at the end of Season 6; I’m purposefully moving on from that bs cliffhanger. Whoever it is, we’ll feel sad to varying degrees and then we’ll be on to the next thing, just as we are when anyone on this show is killed. Absolutely nobody thinks it’ll be Daryl Dixon and even if it was, we barely saw him last season — so who gives a shit?
The series has basically reduced him to group scowler and yes, it’s possible I’ve grown resentful of one of my favorite series’ tactics. That said, wild, wild zombies couldn’t drag me away from watching Season 7, so let’s talk about this new casting call for an African American actor in his 40s to play “Augustus”, who is more than likely the comic book character known as (self-proclaimed King) Ezekiel, leader of yet another group — “The Kingdom” The group’s upcoming appearance was indicated in the Season 6 finale by the appearance of those two knightly-looking fellows (Daniel Newman is credited as “The Man”) Morgan met (header photo). In fact, Ezekiel’s appearance was already guaranteed on TWD‘s Instagram,
though the language later became less definitive.
So far, the popular suggestion for an actor to play Ezekiel seems to be Morgan Freeman, who at 79 falls a little outside the casting call age range, as does my suggestion. That said, as the character is described — “eccentric, affable, somewhat flamboyant old man…charismatic and possesses an aura of wisdom” — there’s someone who perfectly fits the bill, and who’d be an excellent addition to The Walking Dead cast:
Alternately, slightly younger (54) and less eccentric, they couldn’t go wrong with Laurence Fishburne, but I cannot stop seeing Keith David (who kicks ass and broke Russell Crowe’s nose in The Nice Guys) in my brain, or for that matter imagining hearing his smooooth voice. As for Shira, I’ll leave that to the animal experts, although…