Major spoilers below for The Walking Dead's latest episode, "One More," so be warned!
Once it was confirmed that The X-Files and Terminator 2 vet Robert Patrick was joining the cast of The Walking Dead during its extended Season 10 run, fans knew it wouldn't be a plain-Jane cameo. And boy, did the episode "One More" deliver the goods with his character Mays, as well as his OTHER character, Mays' super-tragic brother-captive. But according to Patrick, the biggest takeaway from his character's introduction and bloody exit has little to do with Mays, but should be an ominous warning about Seth Gilliam's Father Gabriel.
When CinemaBlend had the pleasure of speaking with Robert Patrick ahead of his Walking Dead debut, I asked if Mays' actions against Father Gabriel and Ross Marquand's Aaron were solely because they took his stuff, or if he's just a chaotic and unhinged person in general. Perhaps understandably, the actor did not see Mays as being mentally unstable or even villainous, but saw him as someone who conformed to the times to keep himself above ground. Here's how Patrick explained it:
Mays' death was the first major shock of The Walking Dead's "One More," as it definitely didn't feel 100% justified in the moment for Father Gabriel to slam Aaron's spiked mace-hand into Mays' head. To Father Gabriel, Mays' confession wasn't something to balance with a priest's forgiveness, but rather an omen of what could come later if they allowed Mays to follow them back to Alexandria. And that was even before Gabriel and Aaron stumbled upon the bearded hostage and corpses in the attic, putting Gabriel's impulsive actions under a more questionable light.
From Mays' perspective, however, he comes home to find two strangers taking his possibly hard-earned food, drink and shelter, while also putting themselves in the position to stumble upon his chained-up brother. That's a big old no-no, but not one that Mays appeared willing to punish them for beyond that intense Russian Roulette sequence. In his mind, Father Gabriel's words and guidance were effective enough tools to bring him back around to religious concepts, and had earned the two men a "get out of Mays' jail free" card. So to Robert Patrick, Mays' change of heart being rewarded with murder is a major warning sign that Seth Gilliam's priest is no longer led by ethics and morals. Here's how Patrick views Mays and what he says the character's untimely death implies about Gabriel:
To be sure, Robert Patrick likely doesn't have full access to exactly where Father Gabriel's story is going in The Walking Dead's future, at least unless showrunner Angela Kang & Co. chose to share the full scope of things with the Sons of Anarchy vet ahead of filming his guest role. So there's no reason to take his words as gospel, but there has definitely been something different on the rise within Father Gabriel that isn't quite so godly or divine. Considering the comic character had already been killed off by this point in the narrative, it's exciting to think about The Walking Dead's creative team finding more ways to defy expectations with the character in the wake of Mays' murder.
How comfortable will Aaron be after all this? Will he share Mays' disturbing story with others in Alexandria? And perhaps the most important question of all: Did Mays have an estranged third brother that will allow Robert Patrick to return to The Walking Dead in the eleventh and final season? I'm guessing that third one is a no, but at least we know there are lots of other interesting new characters coming to the show soon.
Having already given viewers more insight into Maggie's big return and her new friends, as well as Daryl's first big love interest (who might have been doomed), The Walking Dead's extended Season 10 run has three episodes left to go on AMC, so be sure to keep watching every Sunday night at 9:00 p.m. ET. And for god's sakes, don't be taking your brother's bread and shit, even if your family is hungry.
Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.
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