The Walking Dead Q&A: Dallas Roberts On The Season 3 Finale -- 'It's Epic!'
Dallas Roberts (left); Dallas as Milton with Michael Rooker (Merle) and David Morrissey (The Governor) (top right); with Laurie Holden (Andrea) and Michonne (bottom right) -- Gene Page/AMCClay Enos
"The Walking Dead's" The Governor dropped a zombie bomb on the prison, strapped Andrea to a dentist's chair in his torture chamber, and - last week - bit off Merle Dixon's fingers during a duel to the death just outside Woodbury, but Milton Mamet is still hoping his leader and friend can come back from the brink.
"Is the core of that person still in this sort of man who seems to be going mad, and, is there a way to pull that back?" actor Dallas Roberts told AccessHollywood.com of Milton's thoughts on his friend, Phillip, who is gearing up for a bloodbath with the prison gang in the show's Season 3 finale this Sunday night on AMC. "I think Milton will fight, as hard as he can to pull The Governor back."
That may or may not be possible at this point, and Dallas (who this summer will appear in CBS' returning Poppy Montgomery-fronted drama "Unforgettable") hinted about some of the challenges ahead for those trying to keep peace on "The Walking Dead." But first, Access had to ask him about Milton's rather meticulous Season 3 look.
AccessHollywood.com: Milton takes great care of his clothing. Everyone else is wearing combat pants or jeans and wrinkled clothing. Is he using the power to iron on a regular basis?
Dallas Roberts: Yeah, I have to think that somehow he's harnessed solar energy to set up a dry cleaning area in the back of Woodbury.
Access: Obviously Milton doesn't have to do a lot of zombie fighting, but his appearance is very important to this character. Is that something you sort of pulled from when playing this part?
Dallas: You know... it was something stuck on him. When I showed up, they were like, 'No dirt on him, he's tucked in.' Those were choices that were made sort of before I showed up. So I sort of went with them. In fact, I kind of played him the other way, that he's so not aware that his exterior sends any message whatsoever, that he's always just had sort of pressed shirts, so you just have pressed shirts now and I don't even think he necessarily clocks the fact he's different from everyone else in the town in that [way].
Access: How big of an influence do you think Andrea is on Milton at this point?
Dallas: I think that's been the fun part about playing Milton. Obviously, when she first shows up in Woodbury, she can't have been the first pretty young thing who fell under The Governor's spell, and Milton must have seen that happen time and time again, so I don't think he afforded her much respect or sort of even thought, and then being confronted with her and [Andrea] showing him that she has value to him and to the community has made him sort of rethink that and now he's got his two people in Woodbury -- The Governor and Andrea and they're both going in opposite directions and he's trying to figure out which way to go -- with one of them or by himself. He's torn between two lovers as it were (laughs).
Access: Ha! Do you think he's afraid of The Governor at all at this point? I thought that the line that they gave you about hoping they catch whoever burned the zombie pit -- it was very brave of Milton to say that. Is he turning into a different man now because of what's happened with Andrea?