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A New Black Male Character Will Join ‘The Walking Dead’ Cast Next Season

A New Black Male Character Will Join 'The Walking Dead' Cast Next Season

Well, we lost a number of brothas last season, much to the chagrin of black people everywhere: SPOILERS (although, at this point, you really should already know, even if you weren’t keeping up with the series, thanks to social media and the press) – Lawrence Gilliard, Jr. as Bob Stookey (Tyreese stabbed him in the head after he was bitten, to prevent his zombification); Tyreese (played by Chad L. Coleman) lost a lot of blood after two walker bites and died; and Noah (Tyler James Williams) was killed after Nicholas couldn’t stick to Glenn’s plan.

But we still watched, right? In protest, but we continued to watch.

All (somewhat) kidding aside…

Corey Hawkins (who plays Dr Dre in the upcoming “Straight Outta Compton” N.W.A. biopic) has just been announced as a new “Walking Dead” cast member. Hawkins will bring the character known as Heath to life, when new episodes of the hit AMC series returns to a TV screen near you this Fall.

Who’s Heath, you ask?

In the comics, Heath debuted in issue # 69. For context, issue #142 will be released on June 10th. In brief, Heath is the supply runner guy for the Safe-Zone, which is still on the road to Alexandria, while they’re in the Washington, D.C. area. He’s someone the posse meets along the way, with his best friend and fellow supply runner, Scott, who has been injured. He is also said to be one of the most competent Alexandrians from the comic series, for whatever that’s worth, and apparently, Heath is still alive in the current timeline of the comics (the producers of the TV series haven’t exactly been sticking closely to the story-line in the comics, so anything is possible).

Fans and followers of the comic series can chime in with more on the character…

Of course, we know that Lennie James as Morgan, has returned, and will feature more prominently next season, as the producers of the show have said previously. 

Meanwhile, Corey Hawkins will first make a splash as Dr. Dre in “Straight Outta Compton,” which arrives in theaters on August 14th.

The Hollywood Reporter was first to report the news of Hawkins’ casting.

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