Since it’s only a few days old, there is the slightest chance that some of you may not have seen The Walking Dead‘s season finale yet. I certainly applaud you for looking danger in the face by reading this far, realize that the following paragraphs are probably going to spoil the show for you.
BEWARE OF SPOILERS BELOW THE MILTON!
That is, if the show didn’t spoil itself for you, as it kind of did for us, offering a finale that served only as the ending to a season instead of serving any sort of finalizing. Twenty-seven deaths were promised and delivered, and while the Governor’s mass-murdering rampage of potential deserters was messy and sadistic, there were two deaths that actually made the guy into the evil son of a bitch that the comics made him out to be.
Okay, we’re free from the stragglers, so now we can dive into the fact that the deaths of Milton and Andrea, though understated, made for one of the more interesting scene sequences of the series. Of course, it could just be that I really fucking hated Andrea since her non-suicide in the first season, and Milton was about as whitebread a character as I can imagine, so I’ve been waiting for these people to die for weeks. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Dallas “Milton” Roberts revealed the way their deaths were originally to be handled. If you’ll recall, the Governor stabs Milton, leaving him incapacitated in front of a tied-up Andrea, with the intentions of Milton’s zombified body rising and putting the bite on Andrea. Beyond my wildest expectations, it actually happened that way. But Roberts explains the more brutal, less emotional send-off the two would have shared.
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 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. 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. 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.
So there you have it. We could have seen a bloody and defeated Andrea and a Milton that was actually active onscreen, instead of just having acts passively applied to him after the fact. I guess we’ll just have to take pleasure in the fact that next season won’t start up with anyone desperately looking for anybody else. Oh, that’s right, the Governor is coming back. Maybe in season five.