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David Morrissey joins The Walking Dead as key villain

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Story by Jack Foley

BRITISH actor David Morrissey has landed a key role in the third season of AMC drama The Walking Dead.

The Thorne star will play the Governor, the evil villain who is a fan favourite in Robert Kirkman’s graphic novels.

He will be recurring on the third season, which has already been expanded to 16 episodes in line with demand.

In the comics, the Governor, or Philip as he is also known, is first encountered by Rick and his group when they find a new settlement of survivors in Woodbury.

But while Rick is a compassionate leader, the Governor’s sadistic methods of leadership are anything but… albeit counter-balanced with a personal struggle involving his daughter.

Morrissey’s casting in the role removes speculation surrounding Michael Rooker’s return, as many fans had predicted that his character, Merle, might eventually return as the twisted Governor.

But fresh rumours are mounting that Morrissey’s arrival could mark the departure of Jon Bernthal, who may be written out. The actor fuelled speculation by reportedly being linked to former Walking Dead showrunner Frank Darabont’s new drama pilot for TNT.

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