Several actors on the show are British – Frank Dillane, you, your ‘brother’ Sam Underwood… what’s that like?

“It’s really fun, I was saying at Comicon that all these Brits and Australians, we’re doing this scene in the back of like four pickup trucks, with guns and American army uniforms. Frank and I were just like: ‘How weird is this?’ We have no attachment to this stuff, we have no memory of it, it’s not really a part of our culture – and we’re doing such an American show. We were all there going: ‘What are we doing here?’ We’re all talking about football or music or whatever – we have such British references and yet we’re telling this American story – a border story – with militia, guns, uniforms and all this. It’s one of those really odd things, kind of sitting there going: ‘What are we doing here?!’”

Fear The Walking Dead seems to contain a bit more on social commentary than The Walking Dead with its issues of gun control and borders – do you agree?

“They are just two completely different shows, I think. Personally I’m more interested in the world of Fear The Walking Dead because, like you say, they tell stories and are dealing with a timescale very soon after the collapse of civilisation. You’re dealing with a very different subject matter, with people having lost something who still have memories of what they’ve lost. You don’t have to make it interesting or make characters extreme, because you really get to tell stories that are very human and very detailed. The ideas of race or religion or any of these things – there still a part of the conversation in some way, and that allows the world to have more humanity.”

Why does Troy react so negatively to gun control?

“You’ve got to understand Troy’s isolated personally. He’s an isolated, introverted person. So anything that he’s believed or gone through he’s really believed because he’s never had to be challenged in any way. It’s hard to judge somebody who has never had those stops and balances. I think if you staunchly believe something and been brought up in this environment that has always revolved around those ideas, taking away any of those things is like taking away part of who you are. It’s easy for audiences to judge Troy’s actions as being ‘evil’ but you’ve got to kind of put that under the lens of somebody who has such an isolated idea and has only ever had one upbringing, has left school and hasn’t had any of the kind of influences that you need in order to form a balanced judgement.

“When things are taken away, they mean everything to Troy because they are fundamentally the building blocks of who he is. For Troy, things are constantly taken away, things that he has relied on have been taken away slowly and carefully. I think what’s interesting is by the end of the season Troy’s actually gained more than any other character because the taking away of those things has led him to have to have more influences and interact with more people.”

What’s your worst FTWD gross-out moment?

“That spoon scene. I have such a thing about eyes – if anything goes near it I’m not happy about it. I couldn’t see it obviously the thing in the eye, but they put this noise on it which is the spoon scraping against the bone of the eye socket, and I was just like: ‘That is the worst thing I could ever imagine’. This noise, the details of the noise! I was like: ‘Oh yeah, I’ve seen this a hundred times, I can deal with this’, but that noise… watching the finished product with this noise of the metal against bone and the back of the socket lifting the eye – I was like: ‘That’s it for me, that’s me done, that’s too much.’ It’s funny, when you put real honest detail in, it’s amazing how, you just kind of have a visceral reaction. Even talking about it makes me feel ill…”

Sorry Daniel.

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