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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
You did …you did.
Do you think they picked the right version to air? Feel free to sound off…
- ‘Walking Dead’ Spoilers: Who is Returning for Season Four? | Just Jared (thehiltonburnellfiles.wordpress.com)
- ‘The Walking Dead’: Why ‘Welcome To The Tombs’ Killed Off A Major Character (huffingtonpost.com)
- The Good, The Bad and The Worse: The Walking Dead Finale (sarahonthego.com)
- ‘Walking Dead’ Postmortem: Dallas Roberts on Milton’s Twisted Fate (entertainably.com)