“The Walking Dead” finally gets itself a real human villain in all its shades of darkness: The Governor. David Morrissey is yet another British actor, along with lead Andrew Lincoln, to grace the show with his presence.
During a press conference Monday, Morrissey talked a bit about his character and how he doesn’t see him as a cult leader, rather as a good leader “whether we like it or not.”
He listened to a lot of different Southerners to create his accent, which is actually relatively mild compared to, say, Kyra Sedgwick’s honey-dropped Brenda Leigh Johnson. He admits that a few syllables here and there may have been cribbed from Bill Clinton.
He also said we will get some back story about the Governor in bits and pieces.
As a Brit, he was taken aback a bit by the heat here, though relatively speaking the summer of 2012 wasn’t nearly as bad as 2010 or 2011. “It’s very hot,” he said. “It’s very buggy. There are snakes and ticks and chiggers and all sorts of things. It’s a challenging environment. But I love it.”
How about the room full of dead heads, and not the Grateful Dead kind? “It’s his play thing. It’s his man cave where he goes. There, he looks into that deep place inside himself. That room is very special to him.”
Creator Robert Kirkman joined in as well. He noted that Milton, the scientific-like dude, is not really a scientist but merely a “very intelligent individual who thinks, ‘Wait a minute. This isn’t going away. Let’s do some due diligence and figure out how to better handle the zombies. We’ll get to see a lot more of him. He comes up with theories as the season progresses. There are a lot more things he can do to help them survive and cope in this world. I’m looking forward to everyone seeing that stuff.
He noted that the Governor has built a world that has enabled the survivors not only to harbor hope but to think about their future. Rick’s crew has mostly been focused on survival.
Naturally, the two camps will interact. “It’s important to get to know these characters” in Woodbury, Kirkman said. “We wanted to do something different. We had two successful seasons but we didn’t want to just have them in the woods killing more zombies. We’re doing new things, going into new territory.”
UPDATE: “The Walking Dead” ratings actually climbed from week two, from 9.55 million for episode 2 to 10.51 million Sunday night, approaching the 10.87 million opening night. The 18-49 rating bounced up from 5.1 week two to 5.4 week three.
The fourth episode this Sunday will feature both the prison and Woodbury. We know from the end of episode two that someone is spying on them. Based on the teaser, we know more walkers get into the prison and the two prisoners who were supposed to stay by themselves don’t. A sanctuary this is not.