Ever since the announcement that the Governor would be involved in Season 3 of ‘The Walking Dead’, fans have been waiting anxiously for his arrival. While the first look at the character did leave much to be desired, it’s what makes the man tick that will convince viewers that David Morrissey has truly personified the man.
While most are familiar with the character through the comic books, Morrissey actually used Robert Kirkman’s graphic novel ‘Rise of the Governor’ as inspiration for his role:
“As any actor, you like to work on your back story, and I had a whole book of it. That was great. My inspiration and starting point for the Governor is all the scripts the guys have been writing for me. That’s where it’s born, really, for me. That’s where I’m creating the character with the writers, (executive producer) Glen (Mazzara) and everybody else.”
In an interview with MTV, Mazzara got to the root of the Governor’s motivation and insanity and why he’ll be a great addition to the storyline next season:
“I think he believes that this apocalypse is all about him. This is his opportunity to become a great man in world history. He’ll be the one to rebuild civilization. He’ll be the one to lead people out of the darkness, and they conquered the zombies. Well, that’s a tall order, for anyone. But that’s what he wants. He feels that this is his opportunity. That makes him quite driven to achieve that goal. That’s exciting to see what this man is willing to do to achieve that.”
And if there was any doubt that Morrissey could handle the role, Laurie Holden (Andrea on the show), who has quite a few scenes with the man had this to say:
“I can’t give anything away, but I will say that he’s charming, devious, sexy and unbelievably evil. I think people are going to be knocked out, because he’s a wonderful actor, he’s fantastic. I can’t imagine anyone else playing the Governor.”
Not yet convinced? Then make sure you check out the Season 3 trailer for the show to see how wonderful Morriessy has done with the role so far! All this has me excited to see what ‘The Walking Dead’ has in store when it begins airing on AMC on October 14th!