Is Father Gabriel Blindness Showing Fans What Walkers See?
Are the walkers half blind and deaf?
Seth Gilliam said, “That episode was definitely a roller coaster ride for Father Gabriel. Gabriel mentions the possibility of hope and then something appears. It’s example after example that God is still with us,” added the actor.
During the episode, whatever infection Father Gabriel has appears to be making him blind. It’s unclear if this means that he’s slowly turning into a walker or simply going blind, possibly due to getting too close to radioactive waste.
If it’s the former, it’s possible that Father Gabriel is showing us the point-of-view of a walker.
Seth Gilliam Talks Father Gabriel Blindness
“There is still hope. There is still purpose,” said Seth Gilliam. “But to wind up back in the hand of Negan and the Saviors, I’m interested to see what that does to Father Gabriel. He had so many things going his way, proving his point to himself, but to unspool like that… I’m wondering what’s left for Father Gabriel.”
In addition to his moral dilemmas, which are most stressed when Dr. Carson is shot, he’s also got another huge problem. If Father Gabriel is about to turn, the antibiotics he found may show a slow-paced change from alive to undead.
But, this all depends on walker science that hasn’t been covered before.
What Happens When Walker Blood…
“He’s definitely no doing well,” said executive producer Denise Huth about Father Gabriel’s illness. “The science, we never really know…but it makes sense.” She confirmed that Negan had seen others get sick before. “We know that’s a rule. What happens when the guts get in your eye or your mouth?”
At the end of the episode, Negan also mentioned using zombie guts for biochemical warfare. Basically, he wants to make every flesh wound a kill shot. If the Saviors coat their weapons and their bullets in zombie guts, then every injury should imply death.
As for Father Gabriel, he could be a walker example of this phenomenon. However, there’s still a chance that he’s going blind due to radioactive waste, rather than anything to do with the infection.
Plus, this likely means that the walkers are near-blind, since they only see fire.
Do you think Father Gabriel will survive Season 8 of The Walking Dead?