It’s inevitable. The second half of The Walking Dead‘s third season will surely see a showdown between The Governor (David Morrissey) and Rick (Andrew Lincoln). The series has spent the first half of the season putting the two groups on a collision course, so the only thing that remains unclear is how and when it will happen.
In an interview with SFX magazine, Morrissey talks about the season-long build up between his character The Governor and Rick. Both men are more similar than you might think. Both are strong leaders with a great sense of community, but both are also considerable tyrants when it comes to the overall safety of their respective groups. Morrissey says:
What I’ve liked about the season so far is that it’s full of surprises. Obviously the stars might be aligned for Rick and the Governor to have some sort of meeting, but maybe the show will shoot that in a very surprising way. I think it’s not going to give you what you want in the way that you want it, and I think that’s what I’ve enjoyed in the second half of the season.
Interestingly, The Governor and Rick Grimes do not have a direct conflict in the comic book (that was left to Michonne). On the TV series, building the conflict between Michonne and The Governor just didn’t work, as it felt more like a plot device to get Rick inside of Woodbury and The Governor inside of the prison. Perhaps David Morrissey is teasing a more psychological showdown rather than a physical one.
The British actor also hinted at more deaths among the main cast. “As an audience you can see that no one’s safe and there are surprises within that,” Morrissey said. “What’s great about The Walking Dead is that it’s not frightened of killing off its leading actors.”
We’ve already seen so many deaths from the main cast, but it would be devastating if the writers wanted to kill off Glen or Maggie. The series would have a hard time recovering if they killed off the heart and soul of The Walking Dead. Although no one would mind if they kill off Andrea or Hershel, no one would miss them at all.
The Walking Dead return to wrap up its season three on February 10th on AMC.