Love him, hate him or couldn’t care less, there is no denying that The Governor (David Morrissey) is a wonderful creation, and a bloody evil bastard too. When Season Four of the superb Walking Dead was announced, we all wondered if The Governor would be returning after his thrilling, and violent exit in Season Three.
New showrunner Scott Gimple had hinted that The Governor will return, and with the new series close to half way through, we haven’t seen him yet. So, when can we expect to see him, and what will he be like?
Writer Robert Kirkman and showrunner Scott Gimple revealed to THR some interesting points about The Governor’s return, and while they don’t tell us when he will be back (thankfully), what they do give away is some very intriguing ideas, and some respectful plans on bringing his character back.
“We’ve just devoted an entire season to the conflict of The Governor and [new showrunner] Scott Gimple came in and was like, ‘You know what? I’m sick of The Governor.’ He actually said that. It’s not that we don’t like that character; it’s just that we needed to give that character a break,” executive producer Robert Kirkman tells The Hollywood Reporter. “Going right back into that would seem like more retread of season three and that’s the thing we don’t want to do.”
He continued by answering the question “when will The Governor return?”
“He was never supposed to die in season three; we always knew there was a bigger story with him and taking a break from that story is going to make things more heightened when he comes back,” Kirkman explains. “These characters are having real struggles and going through a lot of really bad shit. Viewers are watching this the entire time knowing that The Governor could emerge from anywhere at any time and add another threat to whatever these characters are dealing with — it adds another layer of tension. We wouldn’t be able to do that if we move right into his story.”
However, when he does eventually return, what will he be like?
“This guy was completely driven by ego and the fact that he lost all this and it drove him to a point where he slaughtered his own people — this is not a guy who is just going to be able to come back from that. We’re going to see a very different Governor when he does come back.”
Kirkman continues by hinting at when the Governor will appear, and it will be at the worst possible time:
“We like to keep people guessing and he definitely will return this season. Just when you think things are getting to a breaking point, that’s when The Governor layer will be thrown in to make things that much more deadly and dangerous. It’s going to be a really big, memorable moment in the show.”
“The Walking Dead” returned this October with brand new episodes. Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, “The Walking Dead” tells the story of a group of survivors who travel in search of a safe and secure home in the months and years following a zombie apocalypse. The series stars Andrew Lincoln, David Morrissey, Steven Yeun, Norman Reedus, Danai Gurira, Chandler Riggs, Lauren Cohan, Scott Wilson, Melissa McBride, Chad Coleman, Sonequa Martin-Green, and Emily Kinney.
Scott Gimple is the new showrunner.
The Walking Dead returns to AMC 13th October, and if you would like more info on the series, then check out the official Facebook page.
In the highly anticipated new season, we find Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and the group fostering a thriving community in the safe haven of the prison. Sadly, in this brutal world, happiness is short-lived and walkers and outside threats are no match for danger brewing inside the fences. The group’s home and new way of life will be thoroughly tested, and their struggle to survive has never been so perilous. Season 4 also introduces several new characters including Bob Stookey (Lawrence Gilliard Jr., The Wire).