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David Morrissey returning as regular for Walking Dead's fourth season

The Walking Dead

Story by Jack Foley

[WARNING: This story contains spoilers from Sunday’s season three finale of AMC’s The Walking Dead.]

DAVID Morrissey will be returning as The Governor for The Walking Dead‘s fourth season.

The British actor had initially been signed up for a one season role to play the famed villain from Robert Kirkman’s comics.

But while the books see the character killed off following a confrontation with Rick (played in the series by Andrew Lincoln), the ending of the show’s third season was a little more ambiguous and leaves room for the character to return as an adversary.

The Hollywood Reporter states that series executive producer Kirkman was keen to avoid having to introduce a new villain each season, especially since critics and fans have been raving about Morrissey’s multi-layered performance as The Governor. He therefore doesn’t mind if the series deviates from the comics.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Kirkman teased of Morrissey’s possible return: “The potential is always there – or he could die in the next episode. This is The Walking Dead; you never know.”

Fellow executive producer Gale Anne Hurd added: “Do I want to keep David Morrissey? Yes! Do we? I can’t tell you. There are so many colors to his performance. In the comics, he’s pretty one-note, but here, he’s got so much more humanity.”

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