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Fear The Walking Dead's Garrett Dillahunt Reveals Who Killed Cameron

In many ways, Fear the Walking Dead still feels like a relatively young series. The AMC series spun-off from the network's blockbuster zombie series The Walking Dead way back in 2015, and is now well into its sixth season on the air. Over that already lengthy run, faces too numerous to count have entered and departed the zombie apocalypse.

One of the most welcome faces to enter the Fear the Walking Dead fray since the series began would have to be that of John Dorie played by Garret Dillahunt, an actor who's become one of the most intriguing supporting players in Hollywood recently. That's particularly true if you're looking for an actor with a grizzled, tough-guy Western look who can also play the affable and credulous everyman.

That's just the sort of character Fear the Walking Dead's John Dorie is, and Dillahunt has been making the most out of the role since joining the series back in season 4. The years since have found John at the center of several major storylines. This season, the former detective found himself "resettled," and again playing law man in one of the many territories ruled by fearsome Pioneers leader Virginia (Colby Minifie).

Most recently, Dillahunt's Dorie also found himself in the middle of a murder mystery in the town of Lawton. That mystery found Dorie hunting down the killer of his fellow Ranger Cameron (Noah Kyle), and by episode's end the question of who did the deed was far from clear. Per Dillahunt himself, Cameron's real killer should be far less in doubt, with the actor pointing his finger in the general direction of Virginia herself.

Garret Dillahunt thinks it's pretty clear Virginia was behind Cameron's murder

If you've seen the episode (entitled "The Key"), you know the murder is pinned on Cameron's lover Janis (Holly Curran), who faced a most brutal punishment for her supposed crime. You might also know that Janis was hardly the likeliest suspect in Cameron's zombification investigation. Per his recent comments to Decider, Dillahunt is of the opinion that Janis clearly was innocent, and Virginia likely put the hit out on Cameron herself. 

"Well, I feel it's clear that obviously Janis didn't do that. She's been set up, and she's trying, she knows she's going to die. With her last act she's trying to do me a favor and save me. I think it's clear that Virginia had Cameron killed. I don't know who exactly did it, but I think it's clear by the end that [John] understands he's been completely hoodwinked."

Not for nothing, but Dillahunt's interpretation of the action in "The Key" makes a lot more sense as it more than fits Virginia's style of leadership (read: homicidal). While we wait to see if John is really willing to let sleeping walkers lie, Dillahunt himself remains beyond happy with how the noir-tinged Western episode played out.

"I was pretty excited to have such an intricate, complex sort of '70s film version of a Fear the Walking Dead episode," Dillahunt said, adding, "it's sort of this paced, character driven study almost of a man losing his mind a little bit. I was so pleased that they took the time to do that."

"The Key" was a Fear the Walking Dead rarity indeed. It was also one of the series' best episodes to date. Here's hoping we get more of this kind of tale moving forward.