David Morrissey Cast as The Governor in The Walking Dead

British actor David Morrissey (The Other Boleyn Girl, Dr. Who) will be The Governor in Season 3 of The Walking Dead, premiering later this year.  The Governor is a major antagonist in the comics.

From the ever-reliable Wikipedia:

His real name is Philip Blake (although, with the release of the novel The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor (TWDRotG), in the past, it was previously ‘Brian Blake’). When the dead began to rise, Philip gathered together a large number of survivors, numbering almost 40, and established a semi-secure settlement in Woodbury (TWDRotG provides background to this, by already having a community of survivors in Woodbury, with a leader and a small group of ruthless National Guardsmen), clearing and guarding almost four city blocks, upon which he declared himself “Governor” (as “President” would be going too far). Initially appearing a fair and strong leader, Philip was truly a monster; he only helped people to benefit himself, as long as they follow his every command. Philip had a daughter (TWDRotG names her Penny) who became a zombie; he kept her tied up in his apartment, feeding her severed body parts of those who displeased him. When Rick and several survivors found Woodbury, Philip initially acts hospitable, though later turns on them and imprisons them. Attempting to find the location of the prison, Philip proceeded to mentally torture Glenn, cut off Rick’s hand, and have Michonne restrained, stripped and repeatedly raped. When the survivors escape, Michonne stays behind and, after knocking out Philip, strips and restrains him, and proceeds to torture and dismember him brutally, removing an arm, ear, eye, and penis, before escaping. Philip survived, however, and eventually, after the prison was found, he led an army to the prison, looking to take it over, telling his “soldiers” the people in the prison are monsters and killers deserving death. Only after the assault makes the prison uninhabitable and leads to the deaths of most of the survivors, do the remnants of his army turn on him and kill him, before they themselves are overwhelmed and killed by the undead.

What a bastard.

It looks like the show’s story may pick up some steam going into season three.  We’ll see how much it sticks to the source material, since the show has deviated from it quite a bit.

Sources: Comic Book Movie, Wikipedia

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