First Image of David Morrissey as the Governor in AMC’s THE WALKING DEAD

     June 7, 2012


Summer is great and all, but it just delays the arrival of the next season of AMC’s epic zombie series, The Walking Dead (though the network is airing a marathon of the first two seasons this July).  A new character will join the show when it returns for its third season this fall, a villainous man known as The Governor.  We already brought you the first look of another new character, the katana-wielding Michonne (Danai Gurira).  And we also brought you the casting news when BAFTA-nominated British actor David Morrissey (State of Play) won the role of the Governor.  Now, we’re pleased to share the first look of Morrissey in Governor get-up with you!  For those of you unfamiliar with the character from the Robert Kirkman comic series, the Governor leads a small survivor settlement known as Woodbury; needless to say, he and Rick (Andrew Lincoln) don’t see eye to eye.  Hit the jump to get a look at the Governor.

Have a look at governor-the-walking-deadMorrissey as the Governor below (via TV Guide).  The Governor looks to be a sure feature of The Walking Dead’s upcoming 16-episode season.  On introducing the character to the television audience, Kirkman said:

“Seeing The Walking Dead come to life on AMC has been a real thrill for me, obviously, and moving into Season 3 I’m even more excited than ever because now I feel like we’re really getting to ‘the good stuff.  Having The Governor in the mix is going to fundamentally change the show in all kinds of awesome and exiting ways. And David Morrissey totally rocks!”

Also, for fans who are worried about the Governor’s viciousness being diluted down for television, Kirkman addresses your fears:

The Governor in the show is definitely going to be The Governor in the comic.  I think that he’s definitely going to be a character that people love to hate and are absolutely entertained by, but also somewhat terrified of. He’s definitely going to be a very important character and a very nuanced character. We are not going to be watering him down.”

Check out the press release from Morrissey’s casting below for more character details:

AMCthe-walking-dead-governor-david-morrissey announced today that David Morrissey has been cast in the role of The Governor in the networks’ critically acclaimed hit series, “The Walking Dead.”  The Governor, a character from Robert Kirkman’s graphic novel, is the leader of Woodbury, a small settlement of survivors, and becomes the chief antagonist for Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his group.

The Governor will appear in “The Walking Dead” season three, a 16-episode order from AMC, which begins production this spring in Atlanta.

A BAFTA Award nominee, Morrissey has appeared in many acclaimed British series including “State of Play,” “Meadowlands,” “The Deal” and “Blackpool.” Along with his celebrated work in television, Morrissey is also known for his leading roles in feature films such as The Reaping, The Other Boleyn Girl, Centurion, The Water Horse, Nowhere Boy and Blitz. He recently wrapped Welcome to the Punch opposite James McAvoy and Mark Strong. Morrissey is represented by The Collective and Troika in the UK.

“The Walking Dead” season two airs Sundays at 9pm on AMC.


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  • zillabeast

    He looks rather terrifying.

  • David

    Im honestly glad that he doesnt look like the Governer in the comics, but i hope he loses his eye, hell look even scarier than he does in this. Season 3 baby, bring it on!!!

  • Tully90

    Awesome! I cannot wait for this season, he looks really good and I hope they make him as ruthless and violent as he is in the comics.

  • Daniel

    He looks pretty nasty in his own right (and the clothes are pretty much spot on), but minus the long hair and goatee he still doesn’t look like the Governor.

    • artkid12

      I agree, he looks nothing like the governor!

  • Zac

    I wonder if Rick will be losing his hand? Any word on that?

    • Mello Mastikan

      I’ve been wondering that as well. With all the changes they’ve made, I doubt it.

  • LEM

    Based on the comic book pics the actor to play the part should have been Danny Trejo.

    • Colin

      Every part should belong to Danny Trejo.

      • LEM

        True. It is funny though if you image search “Danny Trejo The Governor” it is uncanny and seems like they owe him money based on likeness alone. I haven’t read the books and have no clue if the character is anything like a typical Trejo bad guy but the image is dead on.

  • TMD

    sooooo Conan Obrien is playing the Governor? Just sayin.

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  • Charles Sinster

    So with the season 3 tv WD coming out in Oct we will get our third version of the governor by Kirkmen. It will be interesting to see if the Governor we meet in the comic and the character you come to know in “the rise of the Governor” will somehow be transitioned into the one character where you can see traits of all three.
    Also I was wondering if “Penny” will be included in the tv series ?

  • Gary

    The ‘penny thing’ is a fairly essential to the story so I don’t see how they can’t put her in. Especially after ‘Rise of the Governor’ she can’t b left out.

  • Al

    A Brit gets to be the big bad nasty again! Way to go Hollywood typecasting! Seriously though, I liked the idea of the Governor being a redneck. Get T-Bag from Prison Break. Ultimate Governor :->