Spoiler, spoiler, I’m your man. If I can’t spoil it, then you probably already know about it from watching the show. You were warned, sort of.
If you’d ask most people about the fate of The Walking Dead‘s Governor at the end of the midseason finale, they’d probably offer such descriptions as “dead as a doornail,” “bullet-brained,” or possibly just “that one-eyed dead bastard that lopped Herschel’s head off.” In nearly all scenarios, the character’s death would almost certainly take center stage. So it’s something of a surprise that actor David Morrissey is playing coy about whether or not fans will get to see the character again once the fourth season returns. Of course, maybe it’s not a surprise at all, given no one likes leaving things up in the air anymore without specifically drawing attention to themselves by saying, “We’re leaving it all up in the air!”
Morrissey shared his thoughts for an interview with Press Association, saying, “Something happened to him. I feel like a shady politician where I can’t confirm and I can’t deny anything.” And instead of possibly nodding or winking to the interviewer on the sly, the actor throws some more watered-down gas on top of the fire. “Certainly, bad things befell him at the end of the last episode but we just have to wait and see,” he said, probably flipping off everyone in the room and doing a Michael Jackson-esque spin on one foot.
We know from co-creator Gale Anne Hurd that the Gov is definitely dead and won’t somehow be taken to a makeshift hospital to treat his wounds. But there is always the possibility for a flashback, which is mostly how we experienced the Governor this season anyway during his standalone episodes. Hell, Herschel might also get a flashback. And you get a flashback! And you get a flashback!
Something that definitely isn’t up for discussion is how appreciative Morrissey is of the series’ huge fanbase, and how nice people are to him, even when hating him for his onscreen antics. But join me in taking things a step too far by overanalyzing his words.
He says he finds it “so heartwarming to be amongst [the fans] — even though they boo me because I’m the villain! But that means I’m doing a good job.” He then says, “I love being on The Walking Dead. I love playing the Governor and it’s given me such a great connection with the public.” Now, considering he said those words fairly recently, months after he would have been finished filming scenes as the Governor, why would he continue to use the present tense when talking about the role? Does that mean he’s still the Governor?
Okay, enough of that. He probably won’t be coming back in proper form and showrunner Scott Gimple probably told him to dodge questions however he felt necessary. In any case, the Walking Dead marathon starts today, so you’ll be able to relive some of his viciousness over the next couple of days.