I just let out a giant sigh of relief: Robert Kirkman, the brains behind “The Walking Dead” comic book, spoke with MTV recently about the casting of The Governor, one of the most notorious villains in the series.
In the short interview, Kirkman said the television medium won’t be an excuse to “tone down” The Governor’s nature. And that’s interesting to hear for a couple of reasons. One is that we’ll see how hard AMC pushes the envelope. We know they get away with things other network stations don’t, and we can chalk that up to AMC’s awesomeness. (Skip the next paragraph if you don’t want character spoilers.)
But (and this is the second part), The Governor is disgusting. Not only does he rape, kill and maim, he also keeps his zombiefied daughter captive in his house. And is shown in the comic passionately kissing her on the mouth. The guy just isn’t all there, obviously, so it’ll be interesting to see how writers handle this character for the small screen.
Kirkman also said David Morrissey is eager to portray the character.
He recognized that this character is a villain. 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.
Now I’m really looking forward to seeing what Morrissey can do.