The Walking Dead star Seth Gilliam has shared his thoughts on the brutal “executive decision” carried out by his character Father Gabriel.
The actor spoke to Entertainment Weekly about recent episode ‘One More’, in which Gabriel and Aaron play Russian Roulette with a scarred person named Mays.
At the end of the game, Mays decides to let the pair go free, but Gabriel responds by bashing Mays over the head with Aaron’s spiked club.
“I think he sized him up from the very beginning as more of a threat than someone that could be trusted in a community behind walls where children are running free and things are shared,” Gilliam said about the shocking twist.
“I think Gabriel made a decision pretty early on. I don’t think he foresaw having to play Russian Roulette, but I think that just kind of capped it for him, that someone would do that to other people, put other people in that position, is beyond hope. So, Gabriel made an executive decision.”
When asked whether he thought his character had made the right decision, Gilliam continued: “I think for Gabriel it was. I don’t think he had any hesitation about it. I think yeah, it’s the right call.
“The guy’s a danger, the guy’s a threat, the guy’s unstable, the guy’s too damaged. He’s been wounded far beyond repair.”
Gilliam also recently commented on the “surreal” death threats he has been receiving while playing Father Gilliam on The Walking Dead.
“What’s been surreal to me is sometimes people not being able to see fiction from reality, and assuming I was Father Gabriel and not Seth Gilliam,” the actor said.
“When they question the choices the character made on the show, and started to send me death threats and stuff. That was surreal.”