Credit: Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC Photo: The Governor’s Walking Dead Season 4 Promo Picture

The Woodbury survivors and Team Prison may have joined forces at the end of The Walking Dead Season 3, with former Woodbury residents seeking shelter in the prison, but as far as we know The Governor (David Morrissey) is still at-large and hasn’t learned to cope with his rage issues just yet.

Given the character’s ominous absence from every Season 4 sneak peek and photo thus far, we know that he’ll be used as a looming threat for much of the season until he shows up when we “least expect it”, according to executive producer Robert Kirkman. We know that The Gov is not in either of Season 4’s first two episodes, but everything after that is fair game.

Thankfully, a TV Guide article about TWD’s highly-anticipated fourth season sheds some light on when and how viewers can expect to be reintroduced to this one-eyed villain. Though we bet the cast has been instructed to reveal very little (if anything) about the big bad, Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes) did spill some details.

“We're going to meet again," the actor says of his on-screen nemisis. "And there will be blood, as they say.”

TV Guide also notes, “The Governor's whereabouts will be revealed in two flashback episodes later this season.” We’ve already told you a bit about The Governor’s two instalments, but the flashback element is entirely new.

Credit: Gene Page/AMC Photo: The Governor Gets Ready to Fire His Gun on The Walking Dead Season 3, Episode 9

Apparently new showrunner Scott Gimple plans to use flashbacks throughout the season as a storytelling device, especially when introducing new characters such as Bob Stookey (Lawrence Gilliard Jr.).

“Every character has a ­beginning, middle and end, and we service those stories," executive producer and special-makeup-effects supervisor Greg Nicotero says. "There are little mini arcs among some of the bigger story arcs, so everything has its place and all the pieces fit together."

Andrew is equally enthused about the new storytelling structure, explaining, “It's not as kinetic or action packed — it's a much quieter season and very much more about the character development. Don't get me wrong: We've still got some insane action sequences, but they're being driven a lot more by story.”

Are you excited by The Governor’s flashbacks, or would you prefer to see him in the present instead? Weigh in below!

The Walking Dead Season 4 premieres on October 13 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.

Source: TV Guide