The Governor (David Morrissey) may not have been a good guy, but he was a great character for The Walking Dead.
Philip/The Governor/Brian/One-Eye Bri just left us in Season 4, Episode 8, during the Governor vs. Team Prison battle that was won by the walkers who now get to take over the cell blocks. (Enjoy spaghetti Tuesdays on Wednesdays, guys!)
The Walking Dead’s cast and producers took a look back on the big bad’s journey in a new Tribute to The Governor post by AMC. In the 4-minute video (watch it below), they basically psychoanalyze The Gov. to better understand his actions.
Danai Gurira (Michonne) describes her character’s nemesis as “a charismatic sociopath.” Comic book writer/executive producer Robert Kirkman says, “He’s really just kind of a mess and he’s kind of a loose cannon.” However, “he’s a fantastic manipulator” who can make people feel whatever he wants in order to get something out of them. Showrunner Scott Gimple says, "He can't let go of being the monster, the monster has been his power."
David Morrissey adds, "In order to survive, you have to not care. … He actually welcomes destruction." Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes) laughs, putting it succinctly with, "He has issues, that guy."
Yep. And when young Meghan died, it was basically over for him. Without his new Penny, he had no tether to humanity. “The most dangerous person is the person that has nothing to lose,” David says.
However, The Gov. was never a two-dimensional mustache-twirling villain. You could always source even his worst actions to some mental or emotional state. Scott said, when he thinks back on what The Governor has done, he’s very understanding about it — even if that means he’s sympathizing too much with the guy.
We don’t really sympathize too much with One-Eye Bri, but David was a great addition to the show, and we will miss seeing him every so often. "It's been such a great privilege and a pleasure for me to be on this show,” David says at the end of the video, in a message to fans. “I've loved every minute of it. And I've loved your feedback. So thank you for all your support, and keep watching."
We will! Thanks for the memories, man.
The Walking Dead Season 4 returns on Sunday, February 9 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.
Source: AMC on YouTube