One year later, with the premiere of Season 4 of The Walking Dead coming up soon, fans are still dissecting the highly dramatic events of the Season 3 finale. Especially with what happened to the character of Milton, played by .
Anyone yet to see the Season 3 finale yet (and if you're one of these, get on it sharpish!), there's big SPOILERS coming up, so tread tentatively. So, at the end of last season...
As we all remember, it was a particularly gruesome series of events. Milton is tortured by The Governor () for his betrayal, before being ordered to kill Andrea () in exchange for release. Instead, Milton attacks The Governor, but is easily overcome and stabbed several times. Left to reanimate, Milton tells Anthea to kill him as he transforms. She frees himself from her bindings just as reanimates into zombie form. And he bites her, just before she manages to kill him with some pliers...
WOW! It was an epic end to the action-packed season, one few of us have managed to prize from our heads. Now Entertainment Weekly have done a TON of reporting on the finale and have come up with some insider info. Namely, what had originally happened instead.
Here's what Dallas Roberts, Milton himself, had to say to EW about the original scene that was filmed after the finale aired last year:
“Originally, the beating scene that started the episode wasn’t there. Originally, I showed up and was led into the room where Andrea was…and then [The Governor] shot me in the stomach, completely unexpectedly.… There was a lot more of Milton trying to open the door and him trying to free her from the chains. And then there was a section where he was going to wrap the chain around the neck and try to choke her to death before he turned so she wouldn’t have to deal with Walker Milton, or Biter Milton, as it were.…They both desperately wanted for that to work but at that point he had bled out so much. So he pulls and pulls and pulls but he doesn’t get it done and he falls against the wall and is passed out. And he never comes back from that until he turns into a walker…And then at the end of that, it was just Tyreese and someone else who found her. Rick and Daryl and Michonne weren’t there. So it was essentially the same idea, except you saw me taking chunks out of Laurie Holden in that version.”
So, things could have been very different! Sounds like it would have been an emotional scene to watch, with the weakening Milton desperately struggling to pull the chain around Andrea's neck. And guess what? There's more! According to a separate interview he did later with EW Radio, it was Tyreese () who killed him in said scene!
I can't decide which ending I prefer. I personally L.O.V.E.D the original ending, but this turn of events looks equally intense. Here's some snippets of what the real life Tyreese and Sasha () had to say about it all.
Coleman: "it was really powerful. I hope they dig it up. I’d love to see it.”
Martin-Green: "it was extremely powerful. I will say though, to be honest, I liked what happened better because it needed that. Andrea needed that goodbye. She needed to be united with her family. That was really important to show. So, I loved shooting what we did, but I love the way it ended up.”
So, they both think it's powerful - you could have used a thesaurus guys! Still, it sounds like they felt the showmakers made the right choice. Do you? Check out more from their chat with EW here!
Anybody who couldn't read that article, get caught up pronto on the events of Season 3! There's not long till the new season of The Walking Dead launches now on October 15th.