Are you excited for Season 5 of "The Walking Dead" yet?! We are because AMC is treating fans to a bunch of goodies including a new teaser video and a first look at Father Gabriel Stokes. Entertainment Weekly had the honor of releasing the first official photo of Seth Gilliam as troubled priest Father Gabriel. Check out the photo here.
Executive producers Scott Gimple and Robert Kirkman told the magazine that the priest wouldn't be the only new character introduced this season. Supposedly Season 5 will include more characters from the comic books and some newly created characters.
One of those newbies seems like it might be Tyler Williams ("Everybody Hates Chris"). He was pictured on set filming scenes with Michonne (Danai Gurira) and Daryl Dixon (Norma Reedus). He also made a brief cameo in the Season 5 trailer at the hospital with Beth Greene (Emily Kinney).
Entertainment Weekly caught up with Gilliam who dished about auditioning for the role, joining the tight-knit cast in Atlanta and binge-watching the show in only one week.
"I actually did not realize I was reading for the role of Father Gabriel during the casting process," Gilliam told EW about the audition. "The sides were for a school guidance counselor named Michael, who had an issue with a couple of his students. I had not seen the show before I was cast on the show. So I just thought, 'Okay, I guess they've discovered some guy who's holed up at a school or something like that and was carrying around this horrible exchange that he had with his students.'"
Once he found out he would be playing Father Gabriel, Gilliam said he read the comic books but only from where his character was introduced. Anything before that and after that, he shied away from.
"I discovered from reading about the show that often times characters' names and journeys are kind of crisscrossed and mismatched, so I thought if I did read too much I might be giving myself a lot of information that would be useless, or just outright wrong," the actor said. "So I figured, like with everything, I'd just take the script and try to fill him out the best I possibly can."
Gilliam also told EW that he binge-watched the first three seasons in just one week and finished the fourth season after he started filming. To check out more of his interview click here.
AMC also released a teaser trailer that features Tyreese trapped in a house surrounded by walkers. As he's peering out the window trying to figure out what to do, someone runs through another room behind him.
The network also released treated fans to another video that shows some of the different locations used in Season 5.
"The Walking Dead" returns Oct. 12 on AMC.