‘The Walking Dead’ star says it’s not his fault Negan escaped the prison cell: ‘Father Gabriel slammed the f—ing gate shut’

Father Gabriel is not taking the blame for Negan's escape. Or, at least Seth Gilliam isn't.

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Father Gabriel is not taking the blame for Negan’s escape. Or, at least Seth Gilliam isn’t.
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  • Don’t go telling Seth Gilliam that Father Gabriel is to blame for Negan’s jail cell escape on “The Walking Dead.
  • During an appearance Saturday at New Jersey’s Walker Stalker Con in Edison, NJ, Gilliam maintained Gabriel’s innocence claiming a guard should have been watching over Negan.
  • “Father Gabriel slammed the f—ing gate shut and it locked. And there was a f—ing guard standing by,” said Gilliam during a panel INSIDER attended.

On the season nine mid-season finale of “The Walking Dead,” Jesus was killed, the Whisperers were revealed, and, Negan escaped from his cell after years of being jailed.

It seems like Father Gabriel (Seth Gilliam), the last one who spoke with Negan, would be to blame, but Gilliam doesn’t agree with that assessment one bit.

“I think he’d be pissed at the guard that he left on duty when he slammed the gate – shut and locked,” Gilliam said at Walker Stalker New Jersey panel in Edison, NJ Saturday afternoon when asked by a fan how Gabriel will feel once he finds out Negan is free from his holding place.

INSIDER was on hand for the panel in which Gilliam took the stage with Pollyanna McIntosh, who played Anne/Jadis on the show until she flew off with Rick in a helicopter during season nine.

“There was a guard on duty when Gabriel slammed the cell door, locked, who was in charge of making sure that Negan did not get out,” he reiterated.

Negan looked like he was ready to be up to no good once he stepped free from his cell.

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Negan looked like he was ready to be up to no good once he stepped free from his cell.
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“No, Father Gabriel did not let Negan out on purpose,” he continued, fired up, but in a humerous tone. “Father Gabriel slammed the f—ing gate shut and it locked. And there was a f—ing guard standing by. Next f—ing question.”

Mic drop.

Gilliam has been vocal about this on social media, too. His Twitter account is locked, but for those who are able to see his tweets, he pointed out the same exact thing after the episode aired.

Seth Gilliam has been defending Father Gabriel since the season nine mid-season finale of

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Seth Gilliam has been defending Father Gabriel since the season nine mid-season finale of “The Walking Dead” aired.
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@TheSethGilliam/Twitter, @wogga1969/Twitter

What kind of impact will Negan’s escape have on Alexandria and the rest of the survivors moving forward on “The Walking Dead”?

Negan finds his cell door curiously open.

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Negan finds his cell door curiously open.
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“When we open up in the first episode back in the new season, we will find out what it is that Negan is up to,” showrunner Angela Kang told INSIDER of what Negan will be up to on the rest of the season.

“He’s certainly been sick of being stuck inside that cell, both Negan and Jeffrey,” Kang added. “So it was fun to kind of have him out and about and I think there’s a pretty cool story to be told there that I hope that fans will enjoy who have enjoyed Negan from the start or who are kind of just enjoying seeing his evolution in the character.”

A teaser, which aired on “Talking Dead,” showed Negan with a shovel heading into a home in Alexandria. We’ll have to wait to see what comes of that when the show returns to AMC in February 2019.

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