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‘The Walking Dead’s Governor Talks His Villainous Character

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Though ‘The Walking Dead‘ was kind enough to give us our first real look at actress Danai Gurira in the role of the sword-swinging Michonne, as well as a quick peek inside the infamous prison season 3 will take place in, one of the most keenly-anticipated aspects of ‘The Walking Dead’s third season remains David Morrissey’s portrayal of the villainous Woodbury Governor.  So before we see any official images, what does the man himself have to say?

Though ‘The Walking Dead’ has only begun shooting for its third season relatively recently, plenty of buzz surrounds the character of “The Governor,” a tyrannical human authority figure famous for opposing the comic survivors in some fairly graphic ways, sure to prove equally menacing in AMC’s interpretation of the character.  Set to be played by UK dramatic actor (and personal friend to Andrew Lincoln) David Morrissey, the actor had a few words with TV Guide illustrate his preparation for the role:

TV Guide Magazine: Besides working with an accent coach, how have you been preparing to play The Governor?

Morrissey: I’ve got the graphic novels but have only read Robert Kirkman’s [prequel] Rise of The Governor, which I thought was brilliant. There was so much in that book that I could [use], like the desire for survival above everything else. I’m finding out what his fears, anxieties and loves are so I can make him my own.

TV Guide Magazine: Have you shot in a prison before?

Morrissey: I did a show in the U.K. called ‘Out of Control,’ where we worked in an actual juvenile prison. I shadowed an officer, which gave me insight into how we treat prisoners.

TV Guide Magazine: What are you most looking forward to about joining ‘The Walking Dead?’

Morrissey: It’s the right show at the right time. My family will be joining me in Atlanta. I’ve known Andrew Lincoln [Rick] from around London; we have mutual friends. And I get to go to Comic-Con.

It should be noted that if ‘The Walking Dead’ comic’s story is to be used as any kind of guideline, The Governor himself never entered the prison facility until well toward the end of its arc, which has been said by show-runner Glen Mazzara to likely last well into a fourth season of the AMC series.  Not only that but novel ‘Rise of the Governor’ was written, and likely meant to be red after reading the comic issues, given a certain twist that occurs within the book.

What say you?  What do you think Morrissey will bring to the role?  What are you most looking forward to about ‘The Walking Dead’ season 3?  Sound off in the comments!

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