As we reported previously, Lawrence Gilliard Jr. joined the cast of The Walking Dead Season 4 in a series regular role. He's playing Bob Stookey, a name familiar to fans of the comic book series, and his first official photo has been released.

via EW: "... the TV version of Stookey is a former Army medic. But unlike the comic version, this Stookey does not hail from Woodbury. Instead, he is found by Daryl Dixon about a week before events pick up in season 4. 'His backstory is not entirely the same as in the comic and the novel,' explains new showrunner Scott M. Gimple. 'I think he’s seen things go bad over and over, and winding up in this stable place doesn’t shake him from his experience. He struggles with that.'"

We'll have more details on Bob Stookey later this week when we take part in The Walking Dead Season 4 interviews at Comic-Con. If you’re attending Comic-Con on Friday, here are more details on The Walking Dead Season 4 panel and autograph session:

“The cast and producers of AMC’s The Walking Dead will participate in an hour-long panel at this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego, CA. Moderated by Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick, The Walking Dead panelists will discuss what fans can expect in the highly anticipated fourth season, which debuts in October.

The Walking Dead panelists include Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, David Morrissey, Chad Coleman, Scott Wilson, Executive Producer and Showrunner Scott Gimple, Executive Producer Gale Anne Hurd, Executive Producer Robert Kirkman, Executive Producer David Alpert and Executive Producer and Special Effects Make-up Supervisor Greg Nicotero.

More Details

1. Autograph session on Fri., Jul. 19 11:15AM at Booth #4237
2. Panel on Fri., Jul. 19 at 1:35PM-2:30PM in Hall H
3. The Walking Dead Escape at Petco Park July 19 and 20, 5PM to 10PM.”

Get ready for an overload of content from The Walking Dead, as we bring you live Comic-Con coverage all week. Our plans include exclusive interviews, new Season 4 details, an early look at The Walking Dead collectibles, contests, and more. Catch up on our recent coverage by visiting the following links:

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