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Was The Walking Dead’s Milton Based on Showrunner Scott Gimple?

If we’re honest, most of us are more like The Walking Dead’s Milton Mamet (Dallas Roberts) than Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) or Michonne (Danai Gurira).

Daryl and Michonne seem built for the zombie apocalypse, but Milton was just a smart (see: nerdy), kind, occasionally dryly funny guy who used to telecommute for work, didn’t have close family, and ended up taking shelter at Woodbury when the outbreak happened. He got lucky … for a while, anyway.

Milton wasn’t featured in Robert Kirkman’s comic books, he was created for TWD Season 3. But apparently RK said Milton was based on someone else. Maybe the new showrunner sheriff in town, Scott M. (for Milhouse) Gimple?

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Scott recently talked to The Walking Deadcast and they read off a fan question, asking, "Are you the writer that Kirkman alluded to when he said Milton was modeled after a writer that drinks tea all the time?" Scott groaned and said, “I have no comment on that one.” Ha! The podcast interviewer laughed and said, “That answers that question!”

Poor Scott. But poor Milton, too. Maybe he would never be a fan’s No. 1 draft pick for zombie apocalypse inspiration, but he was a good guy. He did his best. He even got to bond with our beloved Hershel Greene (Scott Wilson) before he zombiefied. If only Milton had started on Team Prison instead of Team Woodbury, he could’ve had his own badass transformation, alaCarol Peletier (Melissa McBride).

Be proud to be a Milton man, Scott! Besides, it’s better than someone saying Eugene was based on you.

The Walking Dead Season 5 premieres in October on AMC.

Source: Comic Book Resources