Episode 3 of the third season of “The Walking Dead” finally introduces the biggest villain in the comic book’s history, the Governor. The Hollywood Reporter spoke to cast members on Oct. 27 about the arrival of this character.
One big change from the comics is that Andrea (Laurie Holden) and Michonne (Danai Gurira) meet the Governor (David Morrissey) first, instead of Rick stumbling into the community.
“He picks them up in a very vulnerable place; they’ve been out in the wilderness for a long time and he admires the fact that they’ve survived,” Morrissey said. “He recognizes in Michonne that she’s a piece of work and he knows he needs soldiers and people who are not afraid of walkers who can really fight if they need to and he needs people like that in his town.”
What makes the Governor such an interesting character is that he started out just like Rick did, trying to lead a group of survivors to safety. However, over time he became a dictator, ruthless and deadly. In the first two episodes of the third season, viewers have witnessed Rick starting to travel down that road as well, especially seeing how he dealt with the prisoners.
“Michonne can’t ignore her instincts; she’s not happy with the world she’s in, what she’s hearing, what her instincts are saying about the Governor from the get-go — it’s not sitting right with her,” Gurira said.
What makes the Governor very complicated is that, while he turns out to be a very bad person, he is also very loyal to his community, or at least those who are loyal to him. He is more like Rick than anyone wants to accept.
“We’re really like magnets and very attracted to one another in the sense that we see what we believe to be a kindred spirit, but of course we all know that what you see on the surface isn’t always the truth,” Holden said. “She is in awe of the fact that this man built this town and saved all these people and that he’s so eloquent and has a kindness and a self-assurance and she feels safe for the first time in her life since this all went down.”
“The Walking Dead” airs on Sunday nights at 9 p.m. CST on AMC.
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Shawn S. Lealos is a member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle, the professional film critics’ organization of Oklahoma. He is also working on a book about the Stephen King dollar babies called “Dollar Deal.” To read more of his writing, visit shawnlealos.net.