When Fear the Walking Dead returns for its third season on Sunday night, it will do so with a new batch of characters.
Brothers Troy and Jake Otto will be coming along upon the groups arrival at a military base near the Mexican/American border. Jake will serve as the better behaved brother of the two, played by Sam Underwood. Troy, on the other hand, will be the new villainous figure on the AMC series showing shades of The Walking Dead's Governor.
In an exclusive interview with ComicBook.com, Troy Otto actor Dan Sharman offered the first introduction to his character.
"What I can say is that Troy is somebody who is perfectly adapted to this world that is now the new norm," Sharman said. "You know, he is totally in the place where he fits with everything extreme, everything that has happened and so he is a prepper and he's a militia member, he has spent many years preparing for the end of the world, although he didn't realize it would look like this. He's so adept and so, he's so ready for this. He has also been on the fringes of society his whole life, so when you meet Troy, you get to see somebody who has been almost validated by this apocalypse, validated and has been found to be useful in this new world."
Feeling competitive within his own family, Troy might be feeling as though he is living in his brother's shadow at times. "Troy is almost the black sheep of this family, but he has a brother who is a lawyer and is so diametrically opposite to him, but rewarded in the old world," Sharman said. "And his father is set up as somebody who knows that Troy is a fiery and unreliable son, in some ways. And so there's a very diverse mix of relationships now because it's always been fractious, this relationship."
"He's had a very hard childhood, Troy. And so the relationships he has with his father are very complex and difficult and abusive and his relationship with his brother has tons of history of guilt and kinda of abandonment, but also adoration and everything you get from that kind of golden brother."
Within his introductory episode, Troy will receive a facelift in the form of a spoon being drilled straight into his eye. Given his military style being paired with an eyepatch, quick comparisons to the Governor will be made but Sharman doesn't see him that way.
"I love The Governor in season three of The Walking Dead," Sharman said. "I think he's a very different beast. I mean, other than my covered eye, for a little bit of this, I kind of see him as a much more emotionally unstable and much more... He's almost like a cross between Tybalt from Romeo and Juliet and Iago and Othello. It's much a more emotional hotbed of madness, I think, than The Governor."
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