Fear the Walking Dead's Garret Dillahunt on new character John Dorey: He's a man with secrets

We caught up with the Deadwood and Raising Hope actor on his explosive new role in season four of Fear the Walking Dead.

Garret Dillahunt has swapped Deadwood, South Dakota for Austin, Texas to join the cast of Fear the Walking Dead for season four. He tells us about his character, the no-nonsense gunslinger John Dorey.

You’re playi​ng new character John Dorey - what can you tell us about him?

I probably can’t tell you much more than you already know, but I sure loved playing him. He’s a fella who’s got some secrets. He’s done some things he’s not proud of - and that’s what’s driving him. He’s got a temper that he’s best off when he controls.

He’s a fella that might be more comfortable in another time. He has an affinity for a time that’s passed – a time of six-shooters and Winchesters and people taking care of themselves. He’s happy alone, but deep down he longs for some companionship.

Why do you love playing him?

I just like the conflict he’s in, his willingness to stand in the gap and the hopefulness in him. If the universe was populated with John Dorey-type people, then problems might get solved quicker. He really believes that humankind can solve the situation they’re in in the show – and that's refreshing.

Fear the Walking Dead's John Dorey and Morgan Jones

What's John’s mission in the show?

John is on the hunt for someone, and some vengeance might be wrapped up in that, or the desire for vengeance. He’s also missing a key piece of equipment he’s on the hunt for.

Would you like to see John Dorey cross over to The Walking Dead?

I think that would be a blast. I’m a fan of the original series. Melissa McBride (who plays Carol in The Walking Dead) came and hung out on set with us in Texas. It was great to talk to her and find out about the dynamic on The Walking Dead, and I could ask my silly fan questions.

I think John Dorey would fit in really well over there – I think it would be fun. It makes sense to me that if a bunch of people are mobile that they might hear of or run into each other. I’d love to see how that would play out.

What has it been like filming in Texas?

I’m friends with Kim Dickens from our time together on Deadwood and I spoke with her a lot before taking this job to find out about the show. She said how much she loves this cast and she thinks they’re beautiful souls, which is true, and she also told me that physically it’s the hardest job she’s ever had.

Fear the Walking Dead's John Dorey and Althea

I man-translated what she said into “I’m sure it’s hard, but I’m sure I’ll be fine”. But it’s so hard! And we’ve had a much more brutal winter in Austin than they’ve had in 15 years or so. There were three snowstorms recently. We’re trying to make it go with what we filmed the day before, but none of us are dressed appropriately for the weather – with long takes at night in T-shirts and jeans in 19 degrees Fahrenheit. It was rough. I’ve been impressed with everyone’s willingness to keep going.

Sometimes they have us put ice cubes in our mouths to reduce the amount of mist coming out when we speak. Certainly off-camera I’m doing a lot of teeth-chattering!

What would you like to work on next?

I always just try to do something different to the last thing – I just want it to keep it different.

Fear the Walking Dead season 4 premieres in the UK on Monday, April 23rd at 9pm.

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