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The Walking Dead has Cast Its Biggest Villain


The Governor is a character any fan of the Walking Dead comic series will be familiar with, as the megalomaniacal leader of a unusually large and secure settlement of survivors. To say almost anything more would be to reveal spoilers. As somebody who doesn’t watch or read The Walking Dead, I took it upon myself to read his character article on Wikipedia, and believe me: it’s the kind of story that I wouldn’t expect to make it to network television without some parts (this is both a zombie pun and not a zombie pun) edited out.

So, here’s the man that AMC has tapped to portray the murderous leader (Doctor Who fans, prepare for some cognitive dissonance):

David Morrissey, a British actor and veteran of The Other Boleyn Girl and Being Human, is on the list to be the Governor (real name Phillip Blake) in Season 3 of TWD, which, unlike the previous two seasons, will include sixteen rather than thirteen episodes. (Doctor Who fans may recognize him as the man who thought he was the Doctor from the 2008 DW Christmas special, hence the cognitive dissonance. But, hey, a big opportunity to improveme on your Six Degrees of Doctor Who game.)

On an unrelated note, somebody needs to tell AMC to get a Walking Dead tie in with this game and call it The Running Dead.

(via Deadline.)

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  • http://twitter.com/JinxyBlastwave Jinxy Blastwave

    He was also in the phenomenal State of Play miniseries, which is definitely worth your time.  James McAvoy, Bill Nighy, John Simm, and Kelly Macdonald also starred.  Looking forward to seeing him as the Governor, that’s going to be epic.

  • http://twitter.com/greyatmosphere Eleanor

    The wikipedia article doesn’t even include the worst (for me) part of his character. They’re almost certainly not going to put that in the show.

  • Anonymous

    Okay..I’m okay with that. He’s a good actor and I think he can pull it off even if he doesn’t immediately strike me as the ‘evil scumbag’ type that does…the things we’re not talking about.

    (It says something that when I had to think what the ‘worst thing’ the governor does is, I come up with multiple possible answers.)

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  • John Wao

    I’m not familiar with Mr. Morrissey so I have to say I’m underwhelmed. 
    I would have cast Josh Holloway or Henry Ian Cusick.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Amanda-LaPergola/81300432 Amanda LaPergola

    Ahem.

    WHERE’S MICHONNE?

  • Anonymous