Credit: Gene Page/AMC Photo: People Panic in the Prison on The Walking Dead Season 4, Episode 2: “Infected”

Just when we thought we had The Governor (David Morrissey) understood and pegged as a reformed bad guy trying to do good, he surprised us. Spoiler alert: This big bad still knows how to murder for power, offing both Pete and Martinez when he deemed them too weak to protect his family, and taking over as leader of this new group as a result.

Showrunner Scott Gimple chatted with The Hollywood Reporter about The Walking Dead Season 4 , Episode 7: “Dead Weight” and talked all about the end of the first half of the season, including exactly why The Governor is coveting the prison. Namely, does he want the secure abode to better protect Lilly, Tara, and Meghan, or does he want it to enact revenge on Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his group? We have a hunch it’s a little bit of both, but let’s let Mr. Gimple do the talking.

I wouldn't want to get into that story because I think that's a super interesting question that the story answers, because that really is the question: Is he the same guy? Upon seeing them, does this restart his warmth for revenge? That is a very different thing from what he's been doing. That's a question the story answers,” Scott reasons.

And while the showrunner didn’t want to delve into The Governor’s motivation too much in advance of the mid-season finale, he did  explain how murdering Martinez fit in with The Governor’s current psychological state. “One of the most pronounced moments in our story is the big moment when he strikes Martinez (Jose Pablo Cantillo) right after Martinez says he couldn't have another wife and child because he isn't sure he could keep them safe,” Scott points out. “That represses him on that point, and Martinez doesn't really provide him much of an answer. The Governor is surprised and he kills Martinez. It seems like that very much trips the alarm for him.”

We kinda thought Martinez had it coming as soon as he started yapping about Woodbury, but as The Gov.’s post-murder cry proved, he didn’t really want to murder the weak leader. Instead, he was forced to in order to best protect his family.

At the very end of Episode 7, The Governor was locked and loaded, aiming his gun at Michonne (Danai Gurira) so clearly there’s no love lost between those two, but we still tend to think he only wants the prison because of the security it offers. If he happens to kill any Team Prison members during the turf war, then we suppose that will just be a silver lining for him.

We’ve said our peace, but why do you think The Governor has his eye set on the prison? Vote below!

The Walking Dead airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter