This October, AMC will premiere the sixth season of the wildly popular zombie drama, The Walking Dead. Based on the comic of the same name by Robert Kirkman, who serves as executive producer on the show, Walking Dead has made creative choices to separate itself from the source material for a while. In the past season, the shows has started to fall more in line with the story from the comics, and it seems season six will be continuing in this vein. The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that actor Corey Hawkins, who will be Dr. Dre in docu-drama Straight Outta Compton, will be joining the cast of The Walking Dead as Heath. They have also provided the first image of Hawkins in character on set for the show.
Fans of the comic will know that Heath was one of the original members of the Alexandria Safe-Zone that the main group meets when they first arrive there. Heath was one of the main supply runners for the safe-zone and eventually builds a friendship with Glenn as they work together on runs. This role, however, was filled by Aiden in season 5 as being the hot-shot supply runner who ends up getting himself killed. It seems with the limited amout of trust the group has earned from Deanna at the end of the season, Heath will most likely step into the role of supply runner as back up to Glenn now that Aiden is dead and Nicholas has proven untrustworthy. Of course the show will not follow the comics 100% due to the changes they’ve been making along the way, but it is nice to see more characters getting a closer 1-for-1 transfer into the show.
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