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Did two different men become the governor?

Tangorre March 29, 2013 User blog:Tangorre

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Just finished reading The Rise of the Governor (mild spoiler alert), which raised some really interesting questions for me. Granted, it's meant to be canon to the comic series but since Robert Kirkman has his fingers in everything I think it might reflect on things in the show too.

In the comic series (spoiler alert), the Governor goes by Phillip but is in fact Brian Blake, having assumed his brothers' name. Penny is his niece. In the TV Series, the Governor is known as Phillip and Robert Kirkman confirmed that that is indeed his real name. Here, Penny is his daughter.

So I'm curious to hear other people's thoughts on this: Are the two versions of the Governor in fact two different men? Does the TV Series represent an alternate outcome for the Blake Family, where Brian dies and Philip lives, but in both cases rise to leading Woodbury?

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