When we saw the first shot of The Governor (David Morrissey) in The Walking Dead Season 4, Episode 6: “Live Bait”, we immediately knew that he’d seen better days. He was thinner than we remember, his clothes were wrinkled and disheveled, and most noticeably, he looked like a yeti.
Since The Gov. we saw in Episode 6 was fresh off of the Woodbury massacre, he clearly hadn’t had access to a razor for quite some time. His beard was out of control (we bet he could hide some leftovers in there!) and his face was just generally hairy. In short, it wasn’t a good look for him.
TWD is known for creating an incredibly realistic version of the post-apocalyptic world, but did David Morrissey really grow the beard that The Gov. was rocking in Episode 6?
Thankfully, not quite. Though David did start growing a beard during the TWD hiatus, he needed to film scenes in which The Governor was clean-shaven first, so when he arrived on set they shaved his own facial hair and gave him a special, fake beard to wear when the time came for him to be fuzzy.
In an interview with Vulture David talked about how he physically transformed himself into The Governor we now see on Season 4, or should we say, “Brian Heriot”. “I grew a beard, but it would take me five years to grow my hair like he had, so that is a wig,” he explained. “When I got to Georgia they told me, ‘Oh, we're starting with this shot outside in Episode 5 where you're clean-shaven.’ So I shaved my own beard off which looked just like the beard they made for me to put on. That was quite weird.”
We’re kinda glad David didn’t have to walk around sporting that face pet in real life, but apparently the weight loss was totally real. He notes that he “took off” some poundage in an effort to make The Governor’s journey seem more realistic. “If he's been out in the wilderness for a long time he's gonna be pretty emaciated. I mean he's a man who doesn't eat spaghetti hoops, so you know he doesn't get a lot of carbs in his diet.”
Um, can we just say that we love David even more for referring to SpaghettiOs as “spaghetti hoops”? David has already confirmed that The Gov. will be on-hand for the rest of Season 4, so it looks like we’re in for much more of the spaghetti hoop hating villain.
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The Walking Dead airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET.