Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - WEEK IN MOVIES -

WHEN The Walk­ing Dead re­turns from its mid- sea­son fi­nale, Aus­tralian ac­tor Bene­dict Sa­muel will also be back as the mys­te­ri­ous “Al­pha Wolf”.

Who is this dan­ger­ous stranger and what does he want? Don’t even think about quizzing Sa­muel for plot spoil­ers – he’s as in the dark as the rest of us.

“It’s all kept on the down- low, and on a need- to- know ba­sis,” he says.

For the time be­ing, all Sa­muel will say is his char­ac­ter is “enig­matic” – and trou­ble.

“I’d say he’s a charmer, a charm­ing lit­tle wolf,” Sa­muel says. “He’s com­pletely and ut­terly un­pre­dictable, which makes it a re­ally ex­cit­ing thing to play.”

The ac­tor ad­mits he’s been blown away by peo­ple’s re­sponses when he tells them he’s joined the cast of one of TV’s most- talked- about se­ries – es­pe­cially his friends.

“I find it amaz­ing. Peo­ple are like, ‘ Be­cause this hap­pened, I’m pre­dict­ing this will hap­pen’, and then they go on to ex­plain their the­o­ries. And I’m like, ‘ You are re­ally in­vested’,” he laughs.

“I like it. It’s a trib­ute to the show that it can in­voke that kind of re­ac­tion in peo­ple.”

Sa­muel has fin­ished his stint on the se­ries and is now back in Aus­tralia. His lat­est pro­ject, Fox­tel’s Se­cret City, is set for re­lease soon, and he’s en­joy­ing a much- needed break.

“I’m re­ally happy with where I’m at now,” he says.

“Any job takes time to achieve what you want to do, and I think I am achiev­ing that now. I will feel very happy when I can sit back and re­flect on it all.” FX, MON­DAY, 1.30PM; 8.30PM

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