Robert Kirkman On The Governor’s Return In THE WALKING DEAD Season 4
The Walking Dead season 3 ended a bit anticlimactically with the Governor (David Morrissey) gunning down his followers and running off into the woods, avoiding the final confrontation with Rick and his crew we had all been waiting for. Season 4 has been thrilling so far, though we’re waiting to see the eye patched Governor menace the prison inhabitants again. He could pop up at any time, and Walking Dead creator and executive producer Robert Kirkman says that’s part of the fun. Kirkman recently spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about season 4 and what the Governor is up to while he’s wandering the wilderness.
Kirkman said that the decision to put the Governor up on the shelf for a little while was a unanimous decision, but new showrunner Scott Gimple really wanted the character to take a break. Part of the reason was the new threats the survivors are facing (the flu and Carol killing sick people) made the return of the Governor that much more scary:
We’ve just devoted an entire season to the conflict of the Governor and [new showrunner] Scott Gimple came in and was like, ‘You know what? I’m sick of the Governor.’ He actually said that. It’s not that we don’t like that character; it’s just that we needed to give that character a break. Going right back into that would seem like more retread of season three, and that’s the thing we don’t want to do.
He was never supposed to die in season three; we always knew there was a bigger story with him, and taking a break from that story is going to make things more heightened when he comes back. These characters are having real struggles and going through a lot of really bad shit. Viewers are watching this the entire time knowing that the Governor could emerge from anywhere at any time and add another threat to whatever these characters are dealing with — it adds another layer of tension. We wouldn’t be able to do that if we move right into his story.
When the Governor comes back, he’s going to be a different guy. We saw him start to crack up and get rid of the smooth politician mask he used to woo the citizens of Woodbury and Andrea. When he does come back, which Kirkman will only say is sometime this season, he will be a different person:
The Governor is going to see quite a leap in who he is and what his motives are. The Governor that we saw at the end of season three was this homicidal maniac who lost control of his town, and we haven’t seen him for a long time. He’s been stewing, and we may be seeing a very different Governor when we finally do catch up to him. We like to keep people guessing, and he definitely will return this season. Just when you think things are getting to a breaking point, that’s when the Governor layer will be thrown in to make things that much more deadly and dangerous. It’s going to be a really big, memorable moment in the show.
I personally think we’ll see the Governor around the mid-season finale time. We’ve still yet to see Abraham Ford and his traveling companions, so there’s a lot more story left. The Governor will hit Rick and his group hard, and they will not be prepared. With the group divided over the flu and the power structure in flux, things aren’t looking too good for the survivors. The Governor is probably watching and waiting for his opportunity to strike. You can read the full interview by clicking the source link below to see a little more Kirman and even Gimple.When do you think the Governor will return? Do you think we’ll finally get the showdown we’ve been waiting for?
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Source : Hollywood Reporter