After a year of endless speculation—would it be Michael Rooker? Tom Savini? John Hawkes?—the role of The Walking Dead’s ultra-badguy The Governor has finally been cast: English thesp David Morrissey. As we say at Stately Beat Manor, when in doubt, go Brit. Morrissey is a BAFTA-winning actor who has starred in a number of UK productions such as Meadowlands, State of Play, and The Deal.
As WALKING DEAD readers know, as opposed to the somewhat civilized groups we’ve seen so far, The Governor is a sadistic overlord who rules his band of survivors through cruelty and brutality.
In other words, say goodbye to those optimistic, carefree stories you’ve gotten used to. The Governor will be the centerpiece of Season 3, which has been expanded to 16 episodes.
Still to be cast: sword-wielding badass Michonne.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.