'Walking Dead' Teasers: Governor's Creepy Return Explained

Walking Dead governor(Spoiler alert: stop reading now if you aren't caught up with the latest Walking Dead.) So much went down in last Sunday's episode, "Internment," it's almost easy to forget about the shocking final moment, what with all the walker mayhem, unpleasant bloody mucus, and eyebrow-raising automatic weaponry. (By the way, why not shoot down the herd of zombies before they caved in the fence?)

You'd think our survivors would get a quick breather, maybe a week to regroup before dealing with the next life-threatening disaster, but no such luck. As we saw in the last ominous scene, the Governor's back, and it seems unlikely he's there on behalf of the Welcome Wagon.

Want to speculate about what this villain's got planned? I've got some really great teasers from showrunner Scott Gimple and the man himself, actor David Morrissey.


Why was the Governor staring at the prison?

He’s looking for safety, and the main thing for the prison is it’s the safe place to be. It’s the alternative of our world in the zombie apocalypse. The prison is a place of protection, not a place of incarceration. He’s looking at the building, I would suggest, rather than the people in it. Although the people in it are an inconvenience, because they’re in his way of getting safety. But it’s more about the building than the people.  -- Morrisey

What can we expect to see next?

What you see at the end of this last episode is that he’s fit, he looks well, he looks healthy —  so he’s ready for confrontation in whatever form that takes. So our questions are piqued at the end of episode 5 and that’s where we’ll go in episode 6. We’ll see a bit more of where he’s been in the ensuing months. I think it’s fair to say that at the end of season 3 we left him in a very difficult space. He had turned on his own people and he didn’t do that with any pleasure. He’s not somebody who was doing that in any premeditated way. It comes out of him in a quite spontaneous anger. It’s like a red mist has descended on him and I think what we’ll see in the coming episodes is someone who is coming to terms with that new person that we saw at the end of season 3 — whether he’s embracing that person or fighting that person. That is what we will see. He’s changed. He’s definitely changed. That is fair to say. And what we will see is where that change has taken him. -- Morrisey

We will be really getting into who this guy is, to further define this guy. He did something very pronounced at the end of the season that defines him a certain way that affected him a great deal. That’s changed him a great deal. So we will see who this man is now. There will absolutely be a flashback element to filling in some of those blanks. More so, I would say, than we did with rejoining the prison. -- Gimple

Hmmmm, so the Governor has changed. How so, exactly?

He’s still the man that we know. It’s not like we can erase his past or change the character totally. He is a man who is aware of himself now. I think the Governor at the beginning of season 3 was a man who was building a future. He had a future for Woodbury. He had a plan for Woodbury. And those plans get smashed. And certainly the future for his daughter and any sort of cure experiment that he and Milton were exploring — that’s out the window now. We leave him with himself and his two henchmen — he’s lost everything. So he is a man that has lost everything. And I think what we see coming up is how he deals with that loss. He’s a dangerous man still and he knows how dangerous he is. He knows what he’s capable of and that is a very dangerous thing. And like I said, it’s about whether he embraces that man and how dangerous he is, or whether he fights him. That’s the question coming in — which character is he happy to be? Which character is he trying to be? We see him at the end of episode 5 and he’s standing outside that prison and looking at that prison and we don’t know whether he’s come in peace or come in war. We don’t know that yet. So we have to wait for that reveal in the upcoming episodes. He might have had an about face, but we don’t know. -- Morrisey

We know what he did. He killed those people. We know that Rick welcomed basically the remaining people in. That town did very much make up that man’s identity. And his purpose. And everything he was fighting for. And asking the question, what’s left after that?— we’re gonna see. We’re gonna answer that question. We’re gonna show that. -- Gimple

Does he think of himself as a villain?

I think he’s intelligent enough to know that there is something that can take over himself. I don’t think he’s totally happy with the capabilities that he’s shown. It was never in his plan to turn on his own people. And the loss of his daughter has done something terrible to his brain. That’s the fight he will have going forward. I think once anybody has committed an act like that or done something like that, they know their capabilities, and it’s about whether they can keep control of themselves. Because they really know now — it’s that cliché of “you wouldn’t like me when I’m angry” — there’s a sense from him that he knows where his anger can take him. And that’s his battle. And will certainly be his battle in season 4. -- Morrisey

He was very comfortable in the identity he had forged for himself, and the purpose that gave him. Being stripped away of all these things brings him down to the core of who he is. And also, I would say the man that the Governor is in the zombie apocalypse at Woodbury is not necessarily the man he was before the turn. Being stripped of that identity puts him back at day 1 as far as who he is. -- Gimple

Will the Governor's storyline include any of the big moments from the comics, presented in a new way to fit with the TV version of events?

I’ve read the comics for so long now — first as a civilian and now working on the show — that sometimes I even forget the stuff that winds up in there being remixed. But with the Governor, absolutely there is stuff like that that fits under the umbrella in terms of what we might see coming up. -- Gimple

Can we expect his character to be expanded in any way?

I am just very excited to dig into this character and that people will see all sorts of sides of him that we hinted at before. Just as I was totally curious about the audience reaction to what happened with Rick and Carol, there’s moment after moment regarding the Governor and his story where people might have those arguments on both sides. -- Gimple

It sounds to me like we'll be getting way more into who the Governor is and what makes him tick, and maybe even develop some sympathy in the process. My guess is that he's going to want to take over the prison, and in the few episodes leading up to the mid-season break, they'll tee up another nail-biting confrontation of some kind. By the end of season 4, Rick and the survivors will have to leave the prison, maybe at the Governor's hand, and the Governor will die in the process.

But those are just my shots in the dark -- the great thing about this show is that even us comics fans have no way of accurately predicting where this story's going to go.

What do you think is going to happen next with the Governor? Do you think there's a chance he'll join the survivors somehow?

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