For now, I’m going to treat this as a RUMOR even though previous casting rumors have been mostly correct.
Walking Dead Producers/Showrunners have said for a while now that a new character named Harold will be appearing in Season 3 to help fill the spot that Dale/Jeffrey DeMunn left in the cast. But more recently a casting notice let slip a possible new character named Manuel, a middle-aged, hispanic man. Now, TVLine’s Michael Ausiello is saying that the Manuel character will serve as comic relief for the show.
“AMC’s monster hit will be adding to its canvas a recurring character named Manuel, who I’m told is strong, smart, kinda blue-collar and potentially the comic relief that the show has never really had.”
Ausiello’s comment is kind of in line with a supposed “leaked” casting call put out by AMC.
[MANUEL] 30 to 40, Hispanic, a working class survivor, he is confident, physically skilled, a leader when necessary, capable and smart. Has a terrific sense of humor where you wouldn’t expect one. Recurring.”
It is also rumored that Manuel is a prisoner from the prison we will be seeing in Season 3.