‘The Walking Dead’ season 8 premiere teases a big character from the comics — here’s what to know

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Warning: There are massive spoilers ahead for “The Walking Dead.”

Sunday’s eighth season premiere of “The Walking Dead” managed to bring together it’s entire large cast to screen, while also finding time to introduce one more character who should become important this season.

Early on the episode, Carl comes across a man ranting about getting shot and having a microwave thrown at him. He then starts citing quotes from the Quran. If you can’t recall it, AMC released the scene ahead of the season’s premiere. You can watch it here.

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Later on the episode, we get a good look at the man’s face when Carl returns to the abandoned gas station to bring him food. 

While some viewers may have been groaning over the addition of yet another character to the bloated cast, comic fans were hyped to see the character. That’s Siddiq! 

Who is Siddiq? 

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Siddiq is an Arab-American who’s introduced in issue #127 of the comic

His entry onto the show is a little surprising now because he doesn’t appear in the comics until after the “All Out War” story arc occurring this season. At that time, the comic flashes forward two years and Siddiq is part of a construction crew building up Alexandria’s thriving community.

In addition to being a handy man, Siddiq is a skilled fisherman in the comics. It’s a chance meetup with Michonne while out at sea that lands him in Alexandria. 

Will this be a different version of Siddiq? 

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In April, TVLine reported that “an innately likable Muslim American” would be joining the cast. The casting call referred to the character as “Abbud,” but shows and films are known to put out fake names during casting. “The Walking Dead” casting directors told INSIDER when they were casting for Negan, he went by the name of Orin.

During the episode premiere, Entertainment Weekly’s Dalton Ross confirmed that was indeed Siddiq

Avi Nash (“Silicon Valley”) was cast for the part, even if it is a slightly different interpretation of the character. Fan favorites including Carol and Michonne have had some big screen departures from their original comic counterparts.

According to TVLine, “Abbud” the character has been on his own for a while and it’s caused him to be a bit jittery.

Why his entrance onto the TV show is interesting

In the comics, we learn Siddiq was a member of the Oceanside community. That’s the very same group viewers saw on the show’s seventh season. 

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The only difference is that the show version of Oceanside is an all-female community. Tara was told that Negan’s men killed off all of the men in their group. It’s not clear whether or not Siddiq will have an altered background on the show or if he’ll wind up being a lone male survivor of the Oceanside community who hasn’t been able to reunite with his people.

The character will almost certainly cross paths with Rick this season

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If you paid close attention to the season premiere, some of Rick’s final words on the episode are, “Have mercy prevail over my wrath.”

Those words should sound familiar because they were uttered by Nash’s character when Carl ran into him.

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“That has a significant place in terms of a character that’s introduced,” “The Walking Dead” executive producer and episode director Greg Nicotero told INSIDER of the repetition of the quote on the season premiere. 

We’ll have to wait until next week to possibly see more of Siddiq. Until then, follow along with more of our coverage from the season premiere here

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