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.
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.
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 (Blackpool, State 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