The already diverse cast continues to grow for AMC’s smash zombie series The Walking Dead as according to executive producer Robert Kirkman, the show has added another “villain” by the name of Milton, to be played by Dallas Roberts. He will be the brains behind the operations of The Governor (David Morrissey), the chief antagonist of Rick Grimes and his band of survivors.
In addition to Morrissey (and now Roberts) season three of AMC’s flagship series will also add Danai Gurira as sword-wielding-fan-favourite Michonne and a number of supporting characters that will inhabit the Governor-controlled town of Woodbury.
Kirkman had this to say:
“Milton is the details guy. He’s the guy that works with the Governor, who is monitoring all situations and is trying to help the Governor make sense of this world that they’re living in. He’s not exactly a scientist, but he’s a smart guy that is trying to find out how zombies behave. Watching him do his little experiments is going to be a lot of fun.”
Showrunner Glenn 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, andDallashas 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.”
It sounds as if this character of Milton isn’t a villain in the traditional sense but more of your misguided lackey type – one driven by the burning desire to please his boss (and will go to questionable lengths to do so). As for Dallas Roberts, he is far from a household name but has had prominent rolls in films such as 3:10 to Yuma, Walk the Line and this year’s The Grey.
The Walking Dead returns to the small screen October 14.