With season 3 of The Walking Dead, AMC is taking the series into beloved fan territory and introducing two very important characters. Casting has already been secured for both Michonne, the zombie-toting, katana-wielding woman seen briefly in season 2 – and the Governor, who, like Rick, is a “lawman” who abides by his own set of rules, What’s left is for producers Glen Mazzara and Robert Kirkman to fill in the bit parts – i.e., characters integral to the process of a TV show, but not a part of the graphic novels.

Among those characters is Milton, who is not necessarily the Governor’s right-hand man, but an individual that focuses on the details. In essence, Milton could be considered the Governor’s sense of reasoning, helping him make the tough decisions for the betterment of his Woodbury community.

Dallas Roberts, who was last seen on AMC in the criminally underrated Rubicon, will play the role of Milton. Entertainment Weekly has the first look at the character, who appears unassuming, but given the nature of The Walking Dead, should surprise audiences. Here’s what Robert Kirkman, creator of The Walking Dead comic and Executive Producer on the show, had to say about the character:

“Milton is the details guy. He’s the guy that works with the Governor, who is monitoring all situations and is trying to help the Governor make sense of this world that they’re living in. He’s not exactly a scientist, but he’s a smart guy that is trying to find out how zombies behave. Watching him do his little experiments is going to be a lot of fun.”

Based on that description it would be safe to assume Milton will be audiences’ source of information regarding the “zombie” epidemic in the series. While last season gave some idea as to how the infection works, Milton’s studying of the walkers should help better inform Rick’s group, and viewers.

Showrunner Glen Mazzara feels that Milton is a perfect example of the type of survival yet unseen in The Walking Dead thus far. He’s not an “efficient zombie killer” but is just as capable of getting by without being “deft enough to kill every walker.” Mazzara also praised Roberts’ performance as Milton, saying, “[He] adds a lot of heart and humanity to Woodbury, which further complicates what that is.”

After a season that was light on progress, and focused heavily on the relationships between characters, it’s about time for The Walking Dead to start kicking things into gear and getting to – as Kirkman calls it – “the good stuff.” A better understanding of the world outside of Rick’s group has been relayed in bits and pieces, but this season has the potential of setting up a lot of important plot details. How the series will incorporate these new elements and characters is unclear – they have altered the look of the Governor quite substantially – but fans are certainly ready to find out.

The Walking Dead returns to AMC on October 14, 2012.

Source: Entertainment Weekly