'Walking Dead' Season Finale: What's Going to Happen to Milton?
Milton (Dallas Roberts) - The Walking Dead - Season 3, Episode 5 - Say the Word
Milton, played by Dallas Roberts, was one of the few people the Governor seemed to trust, but after Milton spilled some secrets to Andrea and barbecued the Gov's walker pit, it's safe to say that his days in Woodbury, or anywhere, could be numbered.
Roberts, whom viewers also know from his gigs on "The Good Wife," "The L Word," and another AMC drama, "Rubicon," talked to Yahoo! TV about how the season finale sheds more light on Milton's mysterious past, why his character finally lashed out at Rick Grimes's enemy, and why he can muster up some sympathy for his apocalypse leader; and he also talked about his (many) other upcoming TV and movie projects.
Congratulations -- you made it to the season finale, which certainly wasn't a sure thing, since Milton had just started to stand up to the Governor.
Yes, exactly. Often the best way to survive an episode is to not be in it. (Laughs)
We're still a little worried for Milton, though, after his bold moves against the Governor. Obviously you can't spoil anything, but will we see Milton in the season finale?
Yeah, you'll most certainly see Milton again. He's made it clear to the Governor that it's going to go one way or the other. Yeah, we'll see which way that is.
What was his main motivation for finally standing up to his pal Phillip? Andrea told him when he said that he belonged in Woodbury that he needed to take some action if he was going to stay. Was that his main motivator, or has he finally just decided that the Governor has gone too far?
It's a tricky line. Milton is seeing the Governor preparing this room for the torture of Michonne. In fact, we went back and forth about that with the producers. Like, if someone came into my brother's house and stabbed his eye out and killed his daughter in front of him, I probably would help him build the torture room and assist in the torturing of that individual.
Milton has lived in an uncomfortable detente with the Governor in terms of the brutality necessary to have Woodbury survive. The Governor is starting to put his personal vendettas above the greater good of the populace. I think that's when Milton decided to go, "Hey, maybe we should get back to the idea we had at the beginning, which was to create this community that's going to survive this situation."
You just touched on something interesting, and Milton is the only character who's really reminded us of it; but although obviously the Governor has gone way over the line, it's not like he doesn't have good reason to hate Michonne. He asked Milton, 'Do you believe there's some of the original life, personality, left in the walkers?' And if you do believe that, then Michonne did kill his daughter. And took his eye out.
Yeah. And she did it by sneaking into his house and by, to my understanding, and just as an audience member -- Milton doesn't know half of what went on between them, except he knows that she did that -- that was a relatively unprovoked attack. He hadn't done anything necessarily bad except for maybe talking Andrea into staying. So, yeah, there is some justification for his wanting to get her back in that room, Michonne.