The Walking Dead's Eugene quits social media

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From Digital Spy

The Walking Dead star Josh McDermitt has deleted his social media accounts.

The actor – who plays survivor Eugene Porter on the popular zombie drama – offered no explanation for the sudden removal of his Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook accounts.

Although McDermitt has shied away from giving a reason for his decision, he has received death threats and online abuse in recent weeks, with some viewers at home directing their fury at the poor actor after his (fictional) character Eugene betrayed Rick Grimes and defected to Negan.

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It's just a TV show, people.

And let's not pretend that we would all be Daryl Dixon if we were taken prisoner by Negan.

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In a video shared on the night of the season seven finale, which saw Eugene prove his loyalty by openly declaring that he was definitely Negan, McDermitt said he had no time for death threats.

"Don't send me death threats, because I will report all that shit to the cops," he said. "I'm just sick of it.

"You can hate Eugene, I don't care. You can think whatever you want. But when you start saying you hope I die, I don't know if you're talking about Josh or Eugene. I gotta report that shit, so, just don't be an asshole.

"And just stop complaining. Just stop complaining about everything on the internet. Just go spend time with your family or friends or loved ones. Just get off the internet.

"I love you, I do. I love you guys."

We love you too, Josh.

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Related: What's next for The Walking Dead? Here's how season 8 could go down

Looking ahead to season eight, showrunner Scott Gimple teased what's in store for Eugene and the fallout from his decision to defect.

"He has still not found the strength to get over his fear," he said. "He's still Negan after seeing everything Sasha is doing.

"I don't think it looks good for Eugene. But with everything Sasha said to him, maybe his courage is just lying dormant."

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