AMC’s Walking Dead is giving fans of the comic book a thrill this season as it should align with the comics closely with the addition of the kitana-swinging badass Michonne (Danai Gurira), the introduction of the Governor (David Morrissey) and the community of Woodbury. But fans of both the comic and the television series should remember that some of the show’s most memorable moments have come from Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus), an original character that is so popular that he will be introduced into the comics in an upcoming story. In Season 3, another original character will be introduced to the Walking Dead saga when Milton shows up as the Governor’s right hand man. Milton will be played by Dallas Roberts who was most recently seen on The Good Wife in a recurring role as Juliana Margulies’ brother and AMC faithfuls will remember Roberts as Miles Fiedler on the short-lived conspiracy series, Rubicon.
“He’s not exactly a scientist,” executive producer Robert Kirkman exclusively told EW, describing him as the Governor’s details guy. “But he’s a smart guy that is trying to find out how zombies behave.”
Showrunner Glen Mazzara added, “We were examining, ‘How do people survive in this apocalyptic world, and what can people contribute?’ And we didn’t think it was plausible that every single character we meet is an efficient zombie killer. We just didn’t buy that everyone we know would be active and deft enough to kill every walker. We wanted to show how other people survive, and Dallas has come in and helped us establish that character. He just adds a lot of heart and humanity to Woodbury, which further complicates what that is. That is a real town with real people and real survivors. It’s not necessarily a group of bad guys.”
And that’s the beauty of The Governor. He doesn’t see himself as a bad guy. But it will be nice to see him play off of Milton and in turn, have this intellectual influence over The Governor. Milton feels like he’s been influenced by Dr. Eugene Porter, a Woodbury character in the comics who claimed to have known what caused the zombie apocalypse but was tied heavily with Abraham, another character that has yet to be introduced on the series.
I’m excited whenever original cast members are added to The Walking Dead lore because both sets of fans are in the dark about them and their motives, which makes for more surprises. Another aspect I’m looking forward to is the experiments because up until now we’ve only seen our protagonists running away from walkers who give chase and eat the guts of the living. Yet this season we’ll see Michonne’s “pet” walkers who accompany her and their relationship to her. To have them in a controlled environment and be experimented on should provide some fun television moments. Ultimately we may learn a lot about these zombies through Milton’s poking and prodding. Season 3 can’t start soon enough!
Look for more information about the upcoming season of The Walking Dead right here and set your TV alarms to “scare” this fall when it premieres October 14.
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