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The Walking Dead TV Show Governor Will Be Different Than The Comic Book Version

Posted By: Matt McGloin
Sun, 10/28/2012 - 10:51


It's Sunday once again and with Halloween right around the corner - fittingly enough - we get treated to another episode of The Walking Dead.

This particular episode, "Walk With Me," happens to be rather special for fans of the comic book as it introduces none other than character of The Governor.

The Governor is played by David Morrissey, also known for playing the almost-Doctor in the 2008 Doctor Who Christmas Special, "The Next Doctor."

Morrissey recently spoke to The Collider about his character in the TV show and offered up that it's a different take than the comic book counterpart. For fans of both the comics and the show, this is not too surprising seeing how the TV show has taken different routes at times, which does help to keep things fresh.

However, when it comes to the character of The Governor, comic book fans are pretty intense; such as as when a first look at David Morrissey as The Governor was released, fans were left scratching their heads, to say the least.

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:3738:]]Morrissey is no stranger to that sort of fandom as he experienced similar reactions to his Doctor Who episode. So, depending on how you look at it -- how Morrissey describes The Governor may either slightly upset you or intrigue you.

If we read between the lines, it seems as if The Governor might be on AMC's The Walking Dead for the long haul and that this version of The Governor is more at his beginning stages, so it's quite possible that we might get to see the comic book Governor eventually.

It’s important to say that The Governor in the comic books arrives fully formed. He’s sadistic. He’s quite out there. He’s quite an evil guy. My Governor is not like that. You arrive with him much more as a leader who’s caring for his community and who has humanity about himself. As the audience, you get to know him in a different way because he has private moments with the audience. But, he’s much earlier in his life and his genesis than The Governor we meet in the book. I think that, if they had started with that Governor who was in the book, he’d have a very short shelf life. He’s evil. He’s going to do bad things, and then he is going to die. My Governor is different. He’s much more of the politician, and he’s much more recognizable for that. Those are the main differences. Since I’ve taken on the role, I’ve gotten to know how much people care about it.

We also get a few details on Merle Dixon, played by Michael Rooker, in that Merle is a part of The Governor's Cabinet. Also, if you are wondering if we will see The Governor's arena, Morrissey was pretty tight lipped, but offered:

I can’t tell you anything about that. I know that, in the book, he does some crazy stuff with the arena, but I can’t tell you about that in our show. If he doesn’t do that, he does something similar, maybe.

The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9pm ET on AMC.