I'm fully aware that David Morrissey's Governor is constantly been criticized in the aspect of character or storyline. I'll admit, I like the approach taken by the writers with the Governor, but it could use improvement. I thought Season 3 could wrap his storyline nicely, but it didn't, which is the main reason I'm skeptical of Sunday's 'Live Bait', though I trust Scott Gimple to add another dimension to the Governor. His standalone episodes stretch across this and the next episode, giving him a lot of time to be reintroduced. After that we have the midseason finale, which is the final assault on the Prison. It has a tank. Lots of deaths. Governor dies, right?
I'm not too sure.
I found an article that shares some interesting information which will be divided: (You don't have to read the whole article, just the bold part.)
David Morrissey - The Governor on zombie drama The Walking Dead - received a true villain's welcome at this year's Comic-Con in San Diego. "Ten thousand people started booing me and I just loved it," the Liverpool-born actor says on the line from London. "I walked to the front of the stage and did a Liam Gallagher pose in the sense of 'bring it on!' and the boos went higher and higher. I've never been booed with such affection in my life."
Introduced last season, The Governor quickly established himself as the character fans loved to hate. At times civil and charming, he could turn murderous in an instant and was often found relaxing in his zombie-head-filled man-cave.
Last seen gunning down his own people in the season three finale, he returns this week in an episode based in part on novel Rise of the Governor, detailing the character's backstory. According to whispers about the upcoming season finale - and judging on past form - the return of The Governor spells bad news for Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his not-so-merry band of survivors holed up at the prison.
Morrissey admits he was delighted to make it out of last season alive.
"I think every character (actor) is surprised when they get to the end of every episode," he says with a laugh. "I love the show and any extra time on it is great for me."
The AMC series is a ratings phenomenon in the US, where the season four premiere drew 16.1 million viewers, shattering the series' own season three record as most-watched drama in US cable history.
And with an audience of about 13 million, it's more popular than the vast majority of free-to-air dramas, too.
With a nation of bloggers desperate for information, Morrissey is under strict instructions not to reveal any spoilers - although he is willing to drop a few hints.
"What we find in season four is a man dealing with that knowledge that he can snap in such a violent way," he says.
"It's one thing to be planning to attack what you consider your enemy, but to suddenly be turning on your own people is a different psyche.
"We pick him up … dealing with this massacre."
The 49-year-old was well-known in Britain long before The Walking Dead, starring in quality dramas including State of Play, Blackpool, The Deal and Nowhere Boy. There was also a strange nine-month period where he was expected to take over as Doctor Who from David Tennant, after he played "The Next Doctor" in the 2008 Christmas special.
Showrunner Russell T Davies asked Morrissey if he wouldn't mind playing along …
"For nine months my kids kept coming up to me saying, 'Are you the next Doctor Who?' and I had to say, 'I can't tell you,' " he says with a laugh. "People were just obsessed with it, in a way that was very good groundwork for the obsession on The Walking Dead - it made me realise what a great fanbase can do. I rode that one."
That obsessive fanbase has catapulted Morrissey - whose early foray into Hollywood films like Basic Instinct 2 and The Reaping were not conspicuous successes - to another level of fame in the US.
"Here in the UK it's on one level, I think people have known me for a long time from various things, but in America it's very full on, it's the biggest show in America so of course people (gather) when you're walking down the street," he says. "But I think the eye patch helps - it does now and then give me about 100 yards safety without the eye patch!"
By the time we go to print, Morrissey is expected to be back on the Atlanta set shooting the second half of season four.
"The people in Atlanta love the show but they're very protective of it, they know we live there and they're happy to have it, but they leave you alone," he says.
"It's polite and loving."
AMC clearly believes Morrissey has a big future with the network, having cast him as the lead in a new pilot, Line of Sight, from the screenwriter of 2 Guns. Morrissey may well be the only actor ever to hope a pilot doesn't progress to series.
"I loved doing it … but really I'm hoping that I can stay with The Walking Dead for as long as I possibly can because it's so good."
So he might not die in the midseason finale after all, emphasis on might. This may be untrue but I'm not sure what to believe. I don't see his storyline extend past the midseason finale, but if he doesn't die by the end of Season 4, then will have milked WAAAAAAYY too far. The season is scheduled to complete filming on the 22nd of November, so it is chronologically correct, if not factual.
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