First Image of the Governor from ‘The Walking Dead’ Season 3

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Since production began several weeks ago, season 3 of The Walking Dead hasn’t exactly been shrouded in mystery. In fact, with series creator and executive producer Robert Kirkman taking point on discussing various highly anticipated additions to the series, fans should be well-educated on what they can expect to see when the new season kicks off this October on AMC.

After a long season on Hershel’s farm that consisted mostly of characters bickering with one another, fans are certainly eager to see the series move past the slow circling-of-the-drain that led to the death of several key characters, so that The Walking Dead can now introduce players like the sword-weilding Michonne (Danai Gurira) and the infamous Governor (David Morrissey).

Even at first glance, the look of Morrissey as The Governor is considerably different from that of the comic book incarnation, an interpretation that will likely earn the ire of many an Internet commenter (because you can’t be truly bad without a handle-bar mustache). Considering many had thought Danny Trejo would be perfect for the role, and actor Tom Savini actively campaigned to be cast as The Governor based on his own uncanny resemblance to the character, it should come as no surprise that in handing the role to Morrissey, the producers were interested in portraying the character’s physical appearance in a completely different fashion.

Regardless of how The Governor looks, the more important factor should be the way in which he behaves – and those who have witnessed the extent of his evil in the comic books, will undoubtedly be expecting a far more diluted version for the television series.

Not so, says Kirkman, who is eager to assuage viewers’ fear that losing his signature facial hair and donning a tight-fitting vest will cause The Governor to somehow become a kinder, gentler antagonist for Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and the group of survivors to deal with.

Kirkman stated:

“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.”

“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!”

David Morrissey The Governor Full First Image of the Governor from The Walking Dead Season 3

Perhaps, since season 2 ended with Rick laying down the law in regards to his expectations of the group, the introduction of The Governor will at first be an inviting alternative to Rick’s increasingly demanding form of leadership that will only to turn into abject horror, as The Governor’s true nature is revealed.

Either way, considering the important character additions, the change of locale (the prison), and hearing Kirkman describe season 3 as “getting to the good stuff,” the next chapter of The Walking Dead sounds like a welcome departure from the slow pace of season 2 that many viewers found so frustrating. Additionally, with a villain like The Governor on hand to provide the characters a distraction from one another, perhaps season 3 will produce fewer meme-inspiring moments commenting on the parental skills of Rick and Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies).

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The Walking Dead returns to AMC Sunday nights @9pm this fall.

Source: TV Guide

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  1. Man I can’t wait until October. I’ve never read the comics but from what I’ve read about the governor this season should be memorable

  2. All I can say is that people will be surprised on how good Morrissey is in this role. The pace is faster(more in tone of the last 3 episodes where things just seem to always go haywire). Gurira fits to Michonne perfectly and will have a huge fanbase along with another members of the cast. Hold on people, season 3 is going to surprise a lot of fans

  3. The Prison episodes of the comics are some of the most memorable and emotional. I know that reading the comics first gives me a differerent and almost annoying perspective. As I always find myself comparing paper to screen, to which I can only assume most people in my position are too. But I hope the writers don’t wreck it too much, sincerely I do, but I’m sure (hope) this actor can portray the gov and his twisted ideals.

    • I hope to hell they end the prison arc the same as the comics…

      • Im almost 100% positive that this will not happen. I doubt AMC will allow the season to end the way the prison storyline ended in the comics. Especially with regards to the Grimes family’s outcome.

        • Hmmmm….some of them probably won’t happen the way you picture it, as far as it being detailed, i.e. Michonne. You may say something along the lines of that act(Don’t want to give it away for people who haven’t read the comics but for those of you who have should know what I am talking about)where The Governor is about to do the deed while her screaming, hitting her and all then it cuts into end of episode or something like that where people will know what is going to happen but it really doesn’t show what happens. As far as Lori, I think the baby may be born first before she meets the end. But as far as all the Governor and having that sick crazy personality I sense you will see that translate real well.
          I think people tend to forget that AMC has given more leeway to Kirkman with the show’s success. Is it as much as he would like? No, of course not but it’s a lot more than season 1 & 2 which is saying a lot. Will it be as dark as it could be on a HBO or Starz? No, of course not due to it being on basic cable but it doesn’t have to portray every single detail, just hints of it to get the point out to people and I think with Kirkman now the leader in this series you will see a lot of his influences as it goes on

          • On AMC giving the show more leeway, I love how after season 1 was such a success, the turned around and said, “OK, Season 2! More episodes! Wait, what’s that? No, we won’t give you more budget. Instead we’re going to fund this live-action IMDB message board show that airs RIGHT AFTER YOURS!”

            The show is getting back on track. Rick became Rick in the last few episodes, I just hope they can faithfully develop Lori into the character she was in the comics, after the prison.

            • I agree with the whole budget thing. I think most of it had to do them being reserved on how the turnout would be within ratings for the show. With the show turning a strong rating in Season 2 even with a dragging 1st half it must have given AMC confidence in Kirkman to let him run the show more as oppose to Frank. Either way it worked out for the show with Frank going his way and letting Kirkman now run the show as he sees it fit. You will probably see more things within the comic books but also some things that will be different from the comic book.

  4. David Morrissey looks to be seriously bad-ass in that pic
    which augers well for him to be an intimidating figure.
    I like the casting and changed look of the character.

  5. By the looks of the photo the governor seems like the Anti-Rick (even more so than shane was). and looks much different than the comics sleazy look, and it appears he gets his fashion ques from han solo.

  6. ughh still such a long wait governer is gonna be awesome

  7. The fact that he doesn’t look like the character in the comics really doesn’t matter to me.
    Those who have read them know it’s not his look that matters. It’s how he acts, what he does and what he represents that matters.
    Those who haven’t read the comics should get ready to have their minds blown, TWD is about to get crazy.
    The Prison, Michonne, The Governor = Epic Madness

    • Right on!

      • i cant wait till season 3 ..but its no fun to know everything from the comic. rip it up yeah

    • I’m of the same opinion, it doesn’t matter what the Governor looks like in the TV series, if they can retain the villainous character, then it’ll be good. I don’t really connect the comic anymore with the series other than being a jumping point. It’s all cool.

  8. I don’t get why any sane person would continue to follow Rick Grimes ? I would’ve ditched him the first chance I got. That family that left during the first season made the smartest decision of their lives.

    All he does is get everyone killed repeatedly.

    • I agree totally. Other than Daryl i wouldnt follow anyone of them on it. Except Maggie…………

  9. This image was posted on other sites weeks ago….. As someone who reads the books, I don’t really understand why they chose the look they did for “the governor”, but as long as they get the persona right of won’t matter. I’m just pumped they’re incorporating more of the book into the series.

    • I agree. It’s going to be awesome!

      • Anyone see Merle yet?
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        He is back with one less hand. Sounds like he has a hook for his hand and is part of the Governor’s crew. This is going to be crazy. LOL

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          Merle most definitely hates Rick and blames him for being one handed. I think Merle being with the governor when Rick stumbles into Woodbury is what will lead to the governor taking Rick’s hand. At Merle’s request for “justice”.

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            I think Merle is going to play a role in how this whole “Rick” issue comes into play. On the set photos the guy just looks bada** along with his hook in place of the right hand, LOL.

  10. Foolish!! Rick Ganster man, I wouldn’t wNt no one els take over the group Yo! I hope Rick beat the crap out of this guy though.

  11. Foolish!! Rick Ganster man, I wouldn’t wNt no one els take over the group Yo! I hope Rick beat the hell out of this guy though.

  12. Foolish. Rick Ganster man, I wouldn’t wNt no one els take over the group Yo, I hope Rick beat the hell out of this guy though.

  13. I love shane so much. But he died in Season two. :(
    I wish to see another cool man in Season 3.

  14. I dunno i always imagined the governor as a person with a hispanic heritage.. perfect match would ve been danny trejo :D( i think it s even mentioned in the rise of the governor book that hes latino or sth.).. I hope they dont f*** it up, in the comics the governor is in my eyes the best character maybe neville will be better but i cant say that seeing him in just 1 issue. I hope y’all read the comic cause it s still better than the show… season 2 went a bit downhill sorry

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