Lawrence Gilliard Jr. Apologizes For Lying to Walking Dead Fans, Thanks “Bob’s Rioters”
The Walking Dead’s Bob Stookey (Lawrence Gilliard Jr.) was always looking on the bright side, and he hid his walker bite from his lady love Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) so that they could focus on the middle instead of the end. So who can blame actor Lawrence Gilliard Jr. for sharing Bob’s up-to-the-last-minute hope with Walking Dead fans?
Season 5, Episode 3 was filmed a few months ago, so Lawrence knew his character’s fate. (Comic book readers suspected it for a while, too.) The actors have to keep big secrets on this show, and occasionally do a little bit of misdirection to keep fans off the scent. Lawrence didn’t do any interviews after Bob’s big farewell in “Four Walls and a Roof,” but he did share this tweet: "Apologies TWD peeps! Apologies to everyone I've lied to in the past few months. Thanks to all of Bob's rioters! See ya around!"
If Bob dies, we riot! Poor Bob. We’ll miss his positive spirit on TWD, and we’ll miss Lawrence’s powerful acting. There’s still so much we wish we could’ve learned about Bob, including more details on his past two groups. It seemed like there was more story to be told with him, but we’ll have to leave it to our imaginations.
Sonequa Martin-Green talked to The Hollywood Reporter after Episode 3, talking about how Lawrence responded to Bob being killed off The Walking Dead. “Lawrence is a seasoned actor who has been doing this for a long time. He knows his stuff,” Sonequa said. “He took it like a professional. All of us were happy with the environment on set because he has such a good energy. The last few days we were shooting with Lawrence on set, he brought that energy. … It was a good experience, albeit a sad one, and that's because of him.”
TWD is a family and it’s hard to lose a loved one, but fans can keep in touch with Bob via Lawrence, who often tweets photos with fans. He’s good to his rioters.
Farewell, Bob/Lawrence! Keep looking on the bright side.