Can’t wait for the new season of AMC’s The Walking Dead? Neither can we, and the first image of David Morrissey as the Governor hit the web today. TV Guide posted the image earlier Friday afternoon and even though he’s sans goatee and long locks, Morrissey looks fiercely villainous in this snapshot.
Together with this first image of Danai Gurira as Michonne, and we’ve got one heavily anticipated season 3 of The Walking Dead. The new characters should blow the character dynamics apart this season as both are major characters in the comics and helps fill the hole left behind major losses in Season 2.
We’ll remind you what showrunner Glen Mazarra had to say about casting Morrissey in the important role, one that had a marvelous run in Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard’s Walking Dead comics.
“We had a list of actors we talked about, discussed and pursued, as who would be right for this role. And David Morrissey was someone whose work I was not really familiar with. But he came in and read and I just thought was terrific. He really had a lot of the qualities that we were looking for in the Governor. I don’t want to give away any story by saying what those qualities were but he had a take on the governor and he understood what the role was. Some actors realize they’re going to play a villain and they say, well, yes, but he’s not really so bad. David was saying, ‘This is the role of a lifetime and I’m excited to play this.’”
Well, what do you think of David Morrissey as The Governor? Does it bother you he’s not sporting the facial hair and long locks… yet? Or does it even matter? Personally we can’t wait to see Morrissey in action; his work is largely based in British television and theater so this will be a big debut for American audiences. If he starts out with a clean-shaven face and grows the hair over time, that would be a cool transformation shown on television, especially once audiences are acquainted with his evil. The Walking Dead was intense last season, but this season promises to be even bigger and better, especially with Michonne and the Governor in the mix.