Walking Dead star reveals they received death threats
The Walking Dead star Seth Gilliam has revealed he received death threats from fans of the show.
Talking to EW, Gilliam revealed that Father Gabriel's actions behind Rick's back in season seven angered fans, much like when Laurie Holden received hate mail for Andrea shooting Daryl.
"It took a little getting used to, the death threats, and realising they were coming from 13-year-old boys in the basement of their Wisconsin home, as opposed to people who were really meaning me harm," he recalled.
"That had a profound impact on me, on just how seriously people are involved with the characters in the show."
Gilliam added that it was a "little uncomfortable" because even though he was playing a (slightly) bad guy at the time, "every actor wants to be appreciated for what they're doing".
"For a while, I felt the lines were kind of blurred because it's so personal. It was like, 'Well, wait, I didn't write these lines. This isn't me improvising on set. This is the way the plot is going'," he explained.
Back in June, Gilliam's co-star Josh McDermitt spoke out after quitting social media due to receiving death threats.
"I just know that the internet is a kind of dark and negative place, which just kind of breeds that mentality and those sorts of thoughts. I think that if people go left unchecked, there's no consequences for what they say on the internet," he explained.
The Walking Dead launches its eighth season on October 22 on AMC in the US and October 23 on FOX in the UK.
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