The Walking Dead’s David Morrissey Discusses the Return of The Governor
He’s baaack. Last night’s episode of The Walking Dead brought with it the creepy return of The Governor (David Morrissey), who has been keeping quiet since he killed many of his own Woodbury citizens in the Season 3 finale last year.
The Governor returned at the very end of Season 4, Episode 5: “Internment,” leaving us wondering just what his next plan of attack will be. In a new Entertainment Weeklyinterview, the man who plays The Gov., David Morrissey, hints at the character’s upcoming plans.
“He’s looking for safety, and the main thing for the prison is it’s the safe place to be,” David told the magazine about The Governor’s arrival at the prison. “It’s the alternative of our world in the zombie apocalypse. The prison is a place of protection, not a place of incarceration, so that’s why he’s looking at it. He’s looking at the building, I would suggest, rather than the people in it.”
The biggest question on our minds is what The Governor plans to do now. Is the once charismatic leader ready to make peace or is he coming back to the prison to start up another devastating attack?
“He’s ready for confrontation in whatever form that takes,” David explained. “I think it’s fair to say that at the end of Season 3 we left him in a very difficult space. He had turned on his own people and he didn’t do that with any pleasure. He’s not somebody who was doing that in any premeditated way… I think what we’ll see in the coming episodes is someone who is coming to terms with that new person that we saw at the end of Season 3 — whether he’s embracing that person or fighting that person.”
Since embracing that “new” person would mean living a life of rage and murder, we’re forced to confront The Governor’s character all together.
“He’s still the man that we know. It’s not like we can erase his past or change the character totally,” David explained. “I think The Governor at the beginning of Season 3 was a man who was building a future. He had a future for Woodbury. He had a plan for Woodbury. And those plans get smashed. We leave him with himself and his two henchmen — he’s lost everything… And I think what we see coming up is how he deals with that loss. He’s a dangerous man still and he knows how dangerous he is. He knows what he’s capable of and that is a very dangerous thing. And like I said, it’s about whether he embraces that man and how dangerous he is, or whether he fights him.”
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The Walking Dead Season 4 airs on Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.