(Spoilers) The Walking Dead: Dallas Roberts Gives A Great Interview on ‘Milton’s Twisted Fate’ (Entertainably.com)

You don’t want to miss this interview with Dallas Roberts from Entertainably.com by Lesley Goldberg, unless you’re so pissed off at the shitty season finale that or the way Laurie Holden had the rug pulled out from under her that you want nothing to do with the show until you calm down. Actually, if so, you wouldn’t have bothered to read this far, so check it out below!

‘Walking Dead’ Postmortem: Dallas Roberts on Milton’s Twisted Fate | Entertainably.

There’s also some great links (though because of a technical difficulty on someone’s part, the introduction is one big hyperlink to a blank Pinterest page, so ignore that link). A few points of interest in the Lesley Goldberg interview:

  • After the original shoot (read about the gruesome version of the ending you didn’t see here), Roberts and Holden were called back to re-shoot (what we assume was the aired version) two months later.
  • In fact, the scene was re-written a few times.
  • He wonders if it was Mazarra’s idea to have Andrea killed off (though signs point to Kirkman making the call)
  • First, it was a wrench that Milton left on the floor for Andrea to grab rather than the pair of pliers, and Milton was going to be shot in the stomach rather than stabbed
  • He didn’t get a “death dinner” like Holden did, but he’s cool with it and understands (he ‘basically just existed in Woodbury’)

Maybe we’re reading too much into it, but we get the feeling that the interview was curious about the decision to re-shoot the scene… the day the episode started (re)shooting was the day she found out about Andrea’s death, Holden says. Okay, you might have noticed a pattern in several of the last few pieces covering the finale; we think it was a rotten (so to speak) way to treat a cast member. Kirkman has said (almost verbatim) that in Season 4 we’ll understand why it was important to the plot/character arcs to come to kill her off.* We’ve “Pressed” other blog entries and articles written by others (mainly fans of the comic, like we are) such as this one here that we strongly agree with. So unless we find out new information, we’re going to do our best to stop bitching about it repeatedly. Update: Whoop! we just found one on EW.com on ‘the ending you didn’t see’, and those are always worth “Pressing” on to you guys.

Clearly, this was before the re-shoot--his glasses are on and he looks more like he'd been dead for days, not minutes (good choice to make the transformation more subtle and scary)

Clearly, this was before the re-shoot–his glasses are on and he looks more like he’d been dead for days, not minutes (good choice to make the transformation more subtle and scary)

*Then again, he also boasted the finale would give total closure to the prison arc; sorry, but we call bullshit on that. Ugh, that episode wasn’t finale material, maybe the only really interesting thing was Carl finally saying what he REALLY thinks to Rick, and seeing the way he carelessly tossed his father’s sheriff’s badge at his feet.

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This Just In- AMC Releases Pics/Video Of Alternate, Gorier Final Milton VS. Andrea Scene From The Walking Dead Season Three Finale (SPOILERS)

Spoiler Alert If You Have Not Seen Welcome TO The Tombs, AKA The Walking Dead Season Three Finale Yet And Plan To …Last Warning!

No, Dude, Seriously! Just stay off the internet unless it’s an emergency until you watch the episode; it’s not only here but plastered everywhere online!

 

This alternate version would have been too brutal and taken away the suspense in the last act of “Welcome To The Tombs.” We agree they went the right way, since the reveal was much more effective. Not thrilled that it happened, but the suspense of not knowing Andrea‘s fate until Rick, Michonne, Tyreese and Daryl did was one of the few things the finale did right. Who would have killed Milton? Would she still have been able to take herself out? Maybe they would have integrated it with a scene of the rescue team kicking the door open exactly a split-second too late, then have been greeted with the sight you see in the “featured image” above, quickly blew his brains out, and held Andrea as she died? That would have taken away her kill, not to mention– OK, let’s back up a little…

Here’s the link to the Comicbook.com blog that first caught our eye about the alternate ending.

Below are a sample or two;  AMC owns all the copyrights. Click on the below photo (or use this link) to go to the AMC featurette that spills the info in the first place…  and this writer actually felt very unsettled after watching this particular “Inside the Episode” –for one, Andrea’s raw, primal scream of pain and terror caused hairs on the back of my neck to rise in a chill– so for what it’s worth…  heads up.

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Oh, and about the photos, two things: First, EEK, that doesn’t look like her neck he’s biting into (though maybe the Andrea-haters would have loved to see it) and wouldn’t he go for the exposed part of her neck instead of deciding to start by gnawing his way through what looks to be a leather coat? You don’t see Walkers bite through clothing very much. In fact, I can’t remember a time when they bit something other than exposed flesh. Also, Milton lost his glasses before he even got stabbed. What, did he turn and then feel around, find his glasses, and put them back on?  In the on-air version, the glasses weren’t even there when the episode began.

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The more we think about it, the more we realize what a shitty version of the scene this would have been. Terrible idea. Wonder who made the call on using the more suspenseful, subtle version? Good call, whoever you are.

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Fuck!

Another great reason to go the less in-your-face route: how did he decompose so fast in literally less than 3 minutes? I know poor Milton bled out, but come on–do someone’s teeth go from white and healthy to yellow and rotted-looking the instant they turn? Yes, it is more showy, but so distractingly inconsistent with others that turned to walkers so fast we would have been pulled  at least some viewers out of the episode (not that we were super-invested in the first place). Merle got rotten really fast too, but the scene was so emotional and perfectly acted we forgave it.  The zombie-fied version we saw of Milton in the aired version was actually much scarier, and more subtle, and we could focus on the scene (though I feel bad for Dallas Roberts having to go through the 3-4 hours in the make-up chair–including those contacts– to have no-one see the result anywhere but in a “behind the scenes” feature).

I know how the safety works.
Well, I’m not going anywhere.
I tried.
You did …you did.

Do you think they picked the right version to air? Feel free to sound off…