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[Movies] Dallas Roberts Talks About What to Expect For Walking Dead Season Finale
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 03.29.2013

Dallas Roberts recently spoke with IGN about his role as Milton on this season of The Walking Dead, the season finale and more. Check out the highlights:

On how Milton feels about the Governor heading into the finale: "You know, I think the Governor's his friend, and he's watching his friend come unglued. Lose a little bit of the narrative in terms of Woodbury and start to become sort of self-involved in a way that he's not happy with. So I think he loves the Governor, very much, and wants to bring some reason back into the discourse."

On whether Milton is caught up in a false vision of the Governor: "It's one of the things I think the show does really well. Milton spends the first half of this series trying to figure out whether there's a spark of who the person used to be in the undead people. Then he spends the latter half trying to see if there's a spark of Philip left in the Governor. So I think it remains to be seen whether it's a false vision or not. But I know that Milton hopes beyond hope that it's a true vision."

On whether Milton regrets stopping Andrea from killing the Governor: "I think there's a difference between killing the undead and killing real people. And I think Milton thinks, 'We have to give him [Philip] the chance, there's got to be another way to go about it.' He's the guy without a plan, but he knows that's not the plan. Yeah, I don't think he regrets it."

On whether Milton has romantic feelings for the Governor: "He's entirely asexual, Milton. [Laughs] That, I think, would sort of oversimplify the relationship. I don't think Milton has any romantic notions on anyone. I think he's as afraid of people and human interaction as he is of the undead people outside the town walls."

On whether Milton will be the guy to kill the Governor: "[Laughs] I can neither confirm nor deny anything, but it's fun to watch the fans put forth their theories and guess what's going to happen. It's fun to see everybody's take on it. A great part about the show is that the fandom is so rabid, and I mean that in the best possible way. They're so devoted. Everybody's got their own ideas about how it's going to go down."

On whether Milton would be capable of it: "To kill Philip? He could. I guess, like everyone, when your back's against the wall, you would tend to choose -- it's biologically imperative that you choose yourself, if there's a choice between the two. But you know, I could also foresee a situation where he would give himself, sacrifice himself, for the greater good. There are lots of possibilities for what might happen with Milton in the future."

On whether the finale was the most intense for him production-wise: "No, they're all sort of intense in their ways. It felt like the one we spent the most time on, certainly."

On whether his work for The Good Wife and Unforgottable will preclude him being on season four: "No, it doesn't mean that. There's language in the contract that allows me to do all three. It's a strange situation because AMC, I don't even know if they're officially announced that there's going to be a Season 4 of The Walking Dead. You know, they should probably just announce that there's going to be a Season 11 now, but they do one step at a time. No, it's not necessarily a death nail for Milton."

On if he's seen any scripts for season four: "No, I know that the writers are in the room cranking out the early magic, but we don't tend to see them until production starts again. Then they get rolled out one by one. It's not like you see five at a time or anything. You just get one, and then you get the next one. So we sort of experience it the same way the audience does, one hour at a time."

On whether he's talked to anyone about where Milton might go next season: "Yeah, the fun part about long-form, open-ended television is that sometimes, like when I say, 'Where do we think Milton's going?' they'll say, 'We don't know,' and they mean it. They're figuring out how the stories are going to play out and what that's going to be on the fly. There's been some stuff back and forth, but you learn working in television that they'll say, 'Oh, he's gonna end up doing this or that,' and then four months later he's doing something completely different, because the ideas changed and they're able to put it up on the screen so fast. It's a really interesting process and it keep you on your toes."

On whether he would still feel like he belongs in Woodbury: "Yeah, I think that when the outbreak happened, he and the Governor and the people around them, they're sort of banded survivors. They manage to create a place with some -- they've got the walls built, they've got the provisions taken care of, and they've managed to create a place where there was a semblance of society and a return to normalcy and, in Milton's case, the ability to study the outbreak and figure out what's going on. I think that Woodbury is Milton's true hope for the center that's gonna figure this thing out and bring about the next world."

On whether there would be any progress in Milton's scientific work: "You know, Milton's there with old equipment running off too little power. I think early in the season when he had his Mr. Coleman/Andrea moment in the lab there, I think that really shook him, because he really did believe that he was going to find that spark, and that didn't go down that way. So that shook him, but then when the Governor asks, "Do you still believe that there's a spark left," referring to Penny, he says, "Yes, I do." So I think he'll keep fighting for that idea, for sure...The great thing about it is that I don't know that they've decided whether it's true or not. It's frustrating and beautiful at the same time. I don't know that anyone, including Kirkman and the people from whom the brain is flowing forth, I think everyone is still wrestling with it."

On who he thinks the best leader on the show is: "I'm gonna go with Hershel. [Laughs] He seems wise and not so hotheaded. Although, he's had his crazy moments, too. I think leading by collective is probably going to be the best for all."


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