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'Walking Dead' star reveals alternate version of season finale twist

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The Walking Dead's Dallas Roberts has revealed that an alternate version of his character Milton's death was conceived for the season finale.

'Welcome to the Tombs' brought The Walking Dead's third season to a close with Milton rejecting The Governor's command to kill Andrea, only to be stabbed by his former friend and end up biting Andrea once he transformed into a zombie.

Dallas Roberts

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Dallas Roberts

Laurie Holden as Andrea in 'The Walking Dead'

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Laurie Holden as Andrea



Roberts has now revealed to Entertainment Weekly that Milton originally faced a different death in the finale.

"Originally, the beating scene that started the episode wasn't there," he explained. "Originally, I showed up and was led into the room where Andrea was and I took the tools out – the instruments of torture that were laid on the table - and then he shot me in the stomach, completely unexpectedly. And then I was left to bleed out in the same idea basically - you're going to kill her now."

Roberts went on to reveal: "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.

"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. And then they called us back a few months later to reshoot it and made all those changes."

The Governor (David Morrissey) in The Walking Dead S03E16: 'Welcome to the Tombs'

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The Governor (David Morrissey) in The Walking Dead



He added: "So now you're not sure if I've gotten her until after that door opens, and I think that's probably why they did it."

Roberts also stressed that he understands why Milton was chosen to be one of the major characters to die in the finale.

"I've heard [that Milton should have survived] from several people, and I think that Milton easily could have turned into some sort of power-broker [in Woodbury now that The Governor's gone], but they obviously decided The Governor was too valuable to kill right now," he said.

It was reported earlier in the week that David Morrissey has been contracted to play The Governor again in season four.

The Walking Dead is expected to return this fall.

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