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‘The Walking Dead’: Josh McDermitt Teases A Change In The Ricktatorship

Sun, October 12, 2014 12:46pm EDT by Lauren Cox 1 Comment

Are you ready for the return of ‘The Walking Dead’? In our EXCLUSIVE interview with Josh McDermitt, the star reveals Rick’s leadership may be in danger. Who could be taking over?

Josh McDermitt, 36, who plays Eugene on The Walking Dead, had a lot to say recently about season 5 when HollywoodLife.com caught up with him in New York City.  While discussing all of the “Type A” personalities that we last saw trapped in a train car –namely  Rick (Andrew Lincoln), Abraham (Michael Cuditz), and Daryl (Norman Reedus) — it was revealed that a new sheriff may be coming to town to lead the group of survivors.

‘The Walking Dead’s Josh McDermitt Teases Season 5 Spoilers

Have we seen the last of the Ricktatorship?

In the previous 4 seasons of The Walking Dead, we’ve witnessed Rick’s leadership over his gang or survivors waiver from time-to-time. However, the man behind the man with the cure, Josh McDermitt, spoke to HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY about who is going to take over when season 5 premieres on Sunday, Oct. 12.

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“I think there’s a lot of A-type personalities in that train car. And its kind of interesting to see who emerges to be the leader. If Rick continues to be the leader, if he struggles with that, or if Abraham who is also an alpha male kind of takes over,” Josh explained.

Hmm. So, does that mean season 5 will revolve a lot around watching Rick and Abraham circle each other like sharks?

“I think there’s always going to be butting heads, especially in this world,” Josh teased.

In that case, Abraham better watch his back. The last time we witnessed Rick and another alpha-male really go at it over leadership rights was with Shane (Jon Bernthal) — and he’s long gone.

Josh: ‘Trust Issues’ Could Cause A Lot Of Conflict Among The Group

Now that almost everyone has been reunited by being forced into an abandoned train car inside Terminus, there are a lot of new faces for Rick and his partner in crime, Darly, to get accustomed to.

That being said, Abraham, Eugene, and their lady friend, Rosita (Christian Serratos), also face the challenge of welcoming new people into their lives. So, how are they all going to learn to trust each other and escape safely?

“Everyone has trust issues in this world. If you didn’t have trust issues before you got thrown into the train car, you got them now! And all they’ve done is doubled down on that,” Josh explained.

“Also, Eugene has a pretty decent relationship with Glenn at this point because they’ve been traveling together. And they probably talked about things and he helped find Maggie for them. He’s probably heard about Rick and the group, and now they get to see Rick. And I think instantly Eugene spots that and… trusts this guy. So it wouldn’t surprise me if Rick is feeling the same way back. Like, who are these other people?”

Wow. Josh really brings up a good point. Fans have been worried about how everyone is going to escape Terminus safely, but the fact that they may not trust each other is an issue that remains layered on top of their hopes for survival.

It is definitely going to be interesting to watch whether or not Rick decides to let the new people in, or tries to use them as scapegoats in his plan to save the group he is already dedicated to.

Tell us, HollywoodLifers — Do you want to see Rick stay in charge, or do you think it’s time for someone new to take over? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, and don’t forget to watch The Walking Dead season 5 premiere on Sunday, Oct. 12, at 9/8c!

— Lauren Cox

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