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Sep 2, 2019

Doomfist main, Slytherin, and the actor behind Walt Yoshida AMC's The Terror, Lee Shorten sits down to talk about his experience on the show and more. The Terror: Infamy, the second season of AMC's horror anthology, centers on a series of bizarre deaths that haunt a Japanese American community, and a young man's journey to understand and combat the malevolent entity responsible. In addition, the series is one of the first depicting the internment of Japanese Americans on such a massive scale – complete with authentically recreated camps in scope and scale as post-WWII.

As Walt, Shorten plays Chester’s oldest childhood friend and a Japanese American struggling to protect his family and friends amid the horrors of WWII and the Japanese American Internment Camps. When it comes to his character, Walt represents a personality between Chester and Ken who are polar opposites.

Shorten came into The Terror's cast after working on Man in The High Castle, as well, another Yoshida, and was looking to work on another project with the same producer. A big fan of horror, take a listen to hear about why he loves the genre and how The Terror: Infamy uses both the monstrosities of the United States and a Japanese ghost story to tell a relevant story while also shedding a light on an often-ignored part of our history.

While there were technical difficulties with the beginning of the interview, the audio picks up as Shorten describes what it's like to play Walt and how he got into character to film one of the most devastating scenes of the season so far in episode two.