(Warning: stop reading now if you aren't caught up on season 4 of The Walking Dead!) Here's a rumor that's either good news or bad news, depending on how you feel about the Governor: what we saw during the "Too Far Gone" midseason finale may not have been the end of that particular character.
I know, I know -- he got shot in the damn head, right? So he can't have survived, and he won't be coming back as a zombie. Right? RIGHT?
Well, according to ComicBook.com, all we saw was Lilly pointing the gun at the Governor’s head and pulling the trigger. So we never got confirmation that he died, and get this: actor David Morrisey has dropped a serious tease that the eye-patched villain could be returning.
Put on your tinfoil-wrapped conspiracy hats and ponder Morrisey's cagey statement about whether we'll ever see the Governor again:
Something happened to him. I feel like a shady politician where I can't confirm and I can't deny anything. Certainly, bad things befell him at the end of the last episode but we just have to wait and see.
ComicBook.com is theorizing that AMC may have deliberately chosen to not show the Governor's death so the door is open to bringing him back. Oddly, there's a press photo of the Governor's head wound, but the image was never aired during the midseason finale:
Personally, I call bullshit. We might see him again in a flashback or something, but I doubt his death will turn out to be a red herring. I mean, the writers know how maddening that would be, don't you think? Plus, Walking Dead producer Gale Anne Hurd flat-out stated that his character died:
That was a head shot! Lilly shot him.
She's less forthcoming about what happened to baby Judith, naturally:
First of all, I don't think you'd ever want to see a baby being killed. That's probably a line we won't cross. But at the same time, habeas corpus. We'll have to be just like them, wondering.
Morrisey has also done interviews in which he describes learning his character was going to be killed off:
I did get the death call [from Scott] and it's always a sad one. I knew the Governor wasn't someone who was going to be in it forever. I was very sad because I loved being in the show and working with everybody.
So I'd say his teasing about the Governor's return was just that, a tease. It's time for the story to move on, as evidenced in AMC's just-released promo art for the second half of season 4:
Hurd says this about what comes next:
Our characters are very much on the run, not as a group but split up, and they're all in jeopardy because -- as we've learned -- being on the road alone is a difficult and dangerous place to be. It will also give us an opportunity to get to know who they are and whether they have the will to survive. How much have they changed after this devastation and can they retain their humanity?
What's your call -- do you think there's a chance the Governor will really return to the show?
Images via AMC