‘Walking Dead’ Season 4 Character Death Spoiled by AMC ‘Line of Sight’ Pilot Casting?

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When we last saw David Morrissey on The Walking Dead, he was putting the lead to a gaggle of his foot soldiers and riding off into the sunset of an unsure future – mostly flockless, his whitening finger tips freed from their grip on the cliff’s edge of sanity. The Governor surprisingly survived season three and was announced as a series regular for the fourth season, with a pair of standalone episodes reportedly set to feature him, but will the character make it out of season four alive? We won’t have a firm answer for quite some time, but it look’s like Morrissey has already booked a back-up plan.

AMC has announced that Morrissey will headline Line of Sight, a drama/sci-fi pilot from Brotherhood creator Blake Masters about an NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) investigator who survives a mysterious plane crash only to be emotionally worn down by his hunt into the cause of the crash.

Silence of the Lambs director Jonathan Demme will direct the pilot, which will be shot in Atlanta – a not insignificant detail thanks to Morrissey’s day job (which also films in Atlanta) and AMC’s attempts to assure people that this news isn’t an automatic death sentence for The Governor and Morrissey’s time on The Walking Dead.

Here’s AMC:

We are huge fans of David Morrissey and are glad he’ll be doing double duty for AMC viewers through his work on The Walking Dead and our pilot for Line of Sight, both of which are produced in Atlanta.

See, nothing to worry about. Of course, Line of Sight is just a pilot, not a full blown series… yet.

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AMC didn’t address whether Morrissey would be able to continue doing double duty – Atlanta based or not – were the concept to make it to series, and they won’t and shouldn’t until such a situation presents itself. Still, it’s hard to imagine that The Governor’s one good eye will keep blinking past this season anyway, and this move makes perfect sense for both the network and for Morrissey.

A well-regarded actor whose most notable work has been done on British television (BlackpoolState of Play), Morrissey has benefited from playing The Governor – but with no Woodbury this season, it’s at least possible that the best of his Walking Dead work may be in the past, and Line of Sight sounds like a cerebral and meaty project that could allow Morrissey to showcase more range, opening him up to even more opportunities than The Walking Dead has.

For the network, this provides them an opportunity to keep a talented actor in their tent (calling to mind the way that Low Winter Sun‘s cast AMC alumni like Lennie James and David Costabile). It also gives this new project a shot of buzz at a time when AMC is about to lose Breaking Bad, Mad Men, and the cache that those two shows brought to a network that now has The Walking Dead, and a trio of shows (Low Winter Sun, The Killing, and Hell of Wheels) that while not absent virtue, have failed to secure as firm a place in the zeitgeist as those other offerings.


The Walking Dead returns to AMC on October 13th. Stay tuned to Screen Rant for any future updates on Line of Sight

Source: THR

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  1. After the 15th episode of last season they raised the stakes way to much to let him live to this season. It’s one of the big reasons I’m only going to give this season about 2-3 episodes to pull me back in to loving this show.

    • I gave up on the show a long time ago, if people only knew how amazing this show could have been if they would have just followed the comic…

      • If they followed the comic they would essentially lose their base audience since we already know what happens. I for one am very happy that they made changes, as I’m sure a lot of people are considering it’s great ratings.

  2. ^^^ agreed. Last seasons ending was a letdown, they were talking about war and it.ended up being a little fight. Im starting to lose faith in this show. It seems every season, except for season one, tgeres one or two episodes that capture your interest. Example the episode where shane killed the barn walkers and the episode when morgan returned.

  3. Lets face it, Season 1 was and will always be the Best.

    • Agreed, but Season 4 does look like it has the potential to find those heights again.


    The Governor shouldn’t have lived past the end of last season. They are going to ruin some of the great characters ahead (Abraham, The Hunters) by keeping the Governor around.

    • I’ve watched this happen in other shows I’ve loved. Villains were supposed to die at some point and they keep them around. Sylar for heroes, although he added a lot before it evolved into the Sylar show towards the end. Than Boyd Crowder for Justified was originally supposed to die in the first episode of the show but got such a strong reaction from viewers they kept him on since than. In both of these cases keeping the bad guy around turned out to be good moves for the series, I’m just not sure the same will happen here sadly.

  5. Not that it matters much to me… Since the comics fate him to die anyway, but isn’t it a bit spoilerific to include the picture of the Governor in the article listing, whether or not you use his name in the title of the article?

  6. Good, hope he dies. The Governor sucks…

    Doesn’t really count as a spoiler

  8. he portrayed him well, even though i felt his character after a while was just being the same and i wanted it to be over with (but apparently they couldn’t do that at the season 3 finale).

    p.s. i hate those standalone episodes

    • I am I intrigued, I have ben Interested in this awesome show it was available to the every day Joe-shmoe. I’m consumed by the story and an wondering if I could be a part of it. 5’8″ 120 pounds, muscular and experienced with guns and country living. I truly believe I wound fit the look for your incredible show. Anything you need, I can provide. Just asks! 5’8″ 120 lb super muscular brunette, long hair, green eyes and an onscreen attitude that would be hard to pass up . I hope to hear from you, I believed I would make a good fit, even for a simple 3 second casting. Let me mine, awesome people! I’d live to be a small part in your masterpiece! Thdnjs so much for your time! I guarantee I won’t disappoint you!

      Kelly Resler

      • This girl most smoke crack, right?

        • Think its bath salts…

      • At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone on this board is now dumber for having read it.

  9. walking dead sucks, it needs to die already

  10. The show is following the comic’s direction just taking slightly different path & combinding stories… Most likely 100% we will see the “finale” we were suppose to see last season at the Prison – this season.. people that read the comics know what I mean (governor, tyrese’s sister, tyrese baby, But substitute Lori for Hershel or Beth etc.).. its going in the right direction just combined stories.

    I also think they will combined Carl’s devolpment and The Hunters arc into this season.. Maybe Hunters work for Govenor??
    s*** will go down with Carl and he will also kill a kid his age the Prison.

    I also think they show might fully leave out “Abraham” let Bob Stookey become him but an alchoholic – ppl wouldn’t feel as bad if alchoholic gets a crossbow in the eye.

    I do have a hunch calling it now.. the show will introduce another character not in the comics – much like Darryl.. it will be Rick’s brother! hes only briefly mentioned in comics, but I think its big opportunity on the show. get another family member back. give carl & rick some joy for now, until they kill him off in some awesome way.

  11. Govenor,As a leader, he is better than Rick

  12. Finally he died.Thanks god.He is a pervert

    • How is he a pervert