For weeks now, the powers that be over at The Walking Dead have been teasing us with tidbits about a mysterious “new threat.” When Wetpaint Entertainment caught up exclusively with David Morrissey (The Governor) at Hyundai’s The Walking Dead 10th Anniversary party during San Diego Comic-Con 2013 last month, he gave us a bit more info on the latest obstacle for survivors.
He also addresses The Gov’s “dark” mental state and what it’s like to shoot scenes with one eye. Check out the complete interview below!
Wetpaint Entertainment: What do you know about Season 4 at this point?
David Morrissey: We're shooting it right now, so I know all that stuff about it. I just can't tell you anything about it. There’s a whole new threat in the season that we have to deal with, which you get to know about. And the Governor is out there on the road, and he's dealing with a lot of the darkness that's inside of him. At the end of Season 3, you saw this switch going off in his head, and it's about him trying to control that switch and find out what it is about himself. He learns a lot about himself in Season 3, and in Season 4, it's about which guy's going to win, the good guy or the bad guy? And it's inside him, an internal battle.
How would you describe the overall arc of the fourth season? Where do you think you guys are heading?
Well, I don't know where we're heading. We get the scripts on a weekly basis, so we don't know where it's going. But this new threat is the thing that's, overall, is the thing for us. The zombies are the same threat they've always been, but with this added extra, it makes the world a very, very dangerous place. And people start to sort of react in different ways.
You say threat, not person.
It's not a threat that you're going to be able to kill very easily. So it's something that happens within the world, another thing, and it's very dangerous. And I think when you see it, there's a lot of identity with it, for us in our world, as well, I think so. You'll get it. But each person reacts to it very differently.
Almost everything your character loves is now dead. Where do you go from here?
Well, it's about whether you can find anything else to love, or whether that lack of love, the lack of having nothing to live for makes him an even more dangerous man. When you start caring in this world, it's a very dangerous thing because you've got something to lose. And he's the man without anything to lose. That's a very dangerous thing. So it's about that really. It's about whether he can find that in this world, and whether it wants it. Whether he wants to die. He's in a very, very dark place.
Does the Governor have any friends now?
It's a weird question because it's about whether it's a world that you want friends in. Do you want to lose things? Do you want to fall in love? Do you want to have companionship? It's a very dangerous thing. The question is, do you ever want to be friends with the Governor? You know what I mean? Is he a man you want to sort of latch on to? There's the question, and you'll find out in Season 4.
How did you decide which eye you would lose?
I didn't have any say in that actually. I got to work, and they stuck it in. And I was like, oh, I guess it's that one then.
Was it difficult?
It's really difficult to wear because I bump into things. I get terrible headaches. It really is. It's strange, and I made the terrible mistake very early on where I had this major fight scene I had to do, and I rehearsed it with two eyes. So I said to the stunt guy, "Yeah. I can do that," and then he comes in. I'll hit him, and it will be fine. And then they said, "OK, let's put it on." Oh, this looks completely different. Now, I can't see anybody that's over there.
Is it a proper eye patch?
Oh, yeah, it's a proper eye patch. So then, I had to relearn the whole fight with only one eye. So that is really difficult. But I'm constantly, hitting my head, bumping into people. It's a riot.
The Walking Dead Season 4 premieres October 13 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC. Will you tune in?