The Walking Dead television series has set itself apart from its comic book source by not only deviating from the original plot but also adding new characters to the cast. In the first season there were a handful of new faces, all pretty forgettable except for Daryl Dixon and his loudmouth, racist brother Merle – who’s expected to return this season. Now another new character is joining the series, Milton, a resident of the of Woodbury community that’s over seen by another Season 3 newcomer, the Governor (David Morrisey). Milton will be played by Dallas Roberts (Rubicon, The Good Wife) and here’s what Walking Dead creator, Robert Kirkman told Entertainment Weekly about the new guy,
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.
Experiments? On zombies? Oh this is going to be fun. Especially if they stay true to the book concerning this one thing about the Governor that I can’t get into right now ’cause spoilers. If you’ve read the comics you might know what I’m talking about. Y’know, why the Governor might be personally invested in learning more about zombies.
Anyway, showrunner Glen Mazzara continues explaining how Milton sought to make himself useful in the zombie-laden apocalypse,
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.
Sounds to like he’ll make an interesting addition, what do you guys think?