TWD’s Seth Gilliam on Father Gabriel’s Full-Circle Ending (Exclusive)

Warning: This story contains spoilers for The Walking Dead series finale. “People remember the last thing you do,” Father Gabriel (Seth Gilliam) preached in the latest episodes of The living Dead. “The ending of every story is very important. How do you want yours to end?” For Father Gabriel Stokes, the answer brought the priest’s story around in Sunday’s “Rest in Peace” series finale. The living Dead. “It was really exciting, humbling and also a little bit terrifying,” says the actor who plays Gabriel since the season 5 episode “Strangers” in 2014.

Governor Pamela Milton (Laila Robins) left thousands of Commonwealth citizens to die, shutting the living out of her gated community as an invading herd of walkers invaded the city’s lower wards. Despite warnings that Governor Milton’s army would shoot anyone who opened the gate, Father Gabriel stepped into the line of fire and told the troopers, “We’ll open the gate and let these people in. I’ll kill anyone who tries to stop me. . ”

It was an eighty for the once cowardly priest who expelled parishioners from his church and sentenced his congregation to death so that he could live.

“There were so many of them and they were trying to pry the shutters and bang on the sidings, yelling at me,” a tearful Gabriel confessed in “Four Walls and a Roof.” “And so the dead came before them. Women, children. Entire families cried my name as they were torn apart, begged me for mercy… They damned me to hell.”

In the end, Gabriel did not hesitate to save the crowd of Commonwealth citizens who begged for mercy at the gate when the dead came for them. For Gilliam, who long outlived his comic book counterpart, it was a payoff six seasons in the making.

“It was really exciting, and humbling, and also kind of terrifying. You want to have important moments in everything you do that people will remember, that are forever part of the story that can’t be left out,” Gilliam shared Comicfrom Brandon Davis. “But then when you get them, you think, ‘Well, am I ready? I’ve been fishing for this for a while. Am I ready?'”

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In going from sinner to savior, Gilliam has only one regret: that Gabriel’s redemptive arc went from wicked priest to badass priest did not happen before.

“I think it’s his extreme embarrassment to shut out his parishioners,” Gilliam said of the storyline he was going to give a second chance. “I would have gotten through that a little faster and got to the real badass Gabriel a little sooner.”

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