The Walking Dead last night (Sunday, February 10) saw many fans of the FX show confused by new Walker Big Richie. Negan (played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan) returned to the Sanctuary in last night’s episode, which airs in the UK tonight at 9pm on Fox and NOW TV, and saw a zombified Big Richie and seemed to recognise him, leaving fans racking their brains to remember if he had previously appeared in The Walking Dead. FX viewers were left wondering who Big Richie is and who is the actor who plays him.
Big Richie was a Walker who Negan seemed to recognise when he went back to the Sanctuary in last night’s The Walking Dead season nine, episode nine, titled Adaptation.
On seeing Big Richie, Negan remarked on how he was “loyal to the end”.
However, he does not appear to have appeared on The Walking Dead before.
Fans on Twitter were left wondering who Big Richie was, with one asking: “Why does Negan want to keep this walker?”
Another Walking Dead fan provided the best answer we have so far for who Big Richie is, tweeting: “It’s one of his lieutenants, Big Richie. Probably was hard to see him as last one standing. So it means he is definitely alone.”
Although Big Richie and Negan seem to have a relationship of some sort, that didn’t stop Negan from killing his former colleague.
Negan initially keeps Big Richie alive, locking him in the courtyard of the Sanctuary.
However, after Big Richie draws in five more Walkers, Negan has no choice but to kill them with a pipe.
Negan then tells Big Richie their situation isn’t going to work out and caves his former lieutenant’s head in with the pipe.
Who plays Big Richie?
According to the Walking Dead Fandom page, Big Richie is played by stuntman Anthony DiRocco.
The stuntman has been working in film and TV since 2007 and has been doing stunts on The Walking Dead since 2015 when he was the stunt double to Benedict Samuel, who played Owen in five episodes of the FX show.
Other TV shows DiRocco has performed stunts on include The Vampire Diaries, Sleepy Hollow and The Originals.
On film, he has performed stunts in The Ring sequel Rings, Ben Affleck film Live By Night and the Robert De Niro-starring Dirty Grandpa.
On The Walking Dead, he has performed stunts while disguised as multiple Walkers.
He was also the stunt double for former Walking Dead lead actor Andrew Lincoln, who played Rick Grimes, in 2018 episode The Key.
The stuntman is also an actor, appearing in TV series like Chuck, Castle and MacGyver.
The Walking Dead season 9 continues tonight at 9pm on Fox
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