The British actor joins the cast of the AMC survival horror series’ upcoming third season, putting a face to the most terrifying name that “The Walking Dead” has ever seen. Despite fan-lobbied actors John Hawkes and Tom Savini being passed over for the role, the Governor has found a home in Morrissey—and “Walking Dead” executive producer and comics creator Robert Kirkman couldn’t be more excited.
“More than any other actor, David Morrissey came in and wanted to embrace everything that there is to the Governor,” Kirkman told MTV News about Morrissey’s casting. “He knew this is a complicated character, and he knew this was a character that people are going to hate to love.”
“He recognized that this character is a villain,” he continued. “A lot of people came in and were like, ’But he’s a good guy inside, right?’ They want that nuance, and that’s definitely important. We definitely have that. The Governor isn’t a one-note character; there are a lot of layers to that onion. But this is a sadistic guy. David Morrissey, more than any other actor, really wanted to sink his teeth into that role. He wants to embrace everything there is about the Governor.”
And make no mistake, there is a lot of sadism to the character. In the comic books, the Governor commands and executes more horrible deeds than any other character on “Walking Dead” could even dream of. Kirkman promises things will be no different with the Governor’s television counterpart.
“It was really important to me that no one gets the sense that we’re neutering the Governor from the comics or holding anything back in any way,” said Kirkman. “We’re definitely going to do the character justice, and season three will be that much crazier and that much more intense because of it.”
“I think he’s really going to knock it out of the park,” he added. “He has tremendous scale and scope to his acting abilities. I think people are going to be shocked and amazed by the things we do with the Governor in season three. I think people are going to quickly realize that David Morrissey is an awesome guy for the role.”
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