David Morrissey expresses interest in playing The Governor again


While it’s certainly looking like Negan will continue to be on The Walking Dead for the foreseeable future, there’s another dear departed TWD villain the fans and his actor have not forgotten.

Former TWD actor David Morrissey recently expressed interest in reprising his role as The Governor.

While he obviously knows bringing back the character outright would be an impractical idea to say the least, he stills believes a prequel project would be a good way to go.

"I would love to play the role again, however there are no plans to do it. Not to my knowledge anyway. He was a character that I felt had great depth and complexity. Not just a cardboard baddy. A lot of my inspiration for the role came from the books written by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga. I think these books are fantastic and I think it would be wonderful to do a mini series of them."

The stories Morrissey is referring to are a set of prequel novels written by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga.

The first novel Rise of the Governor centered around the character’s backstory leading up to his eventual rise to power in the town of Woodbury which included gunning down its previous leader.

The subsequent novels The Road to Woodbury and The Fall of the Governor showed life in Woodbury from the point of view of some of its residents leading up to the big confrontation at the prison.

While Morrissey is certainly correct that a series could be conceivably made out of this, there are a couple of speed bumps.

First, by his own admission, AMC has shown no indication they would be interested in making it.  On the other hand, Scott Gimple has made no secret about expanding TWD brand, including more spinoffs, so it’s theoretically possible this would be one of them, especially with Morrissey more than willing to be part of it.

The other problem is that at this too much time may have passed at this point.  With would be projects like this, the longer they take, the harder it is to get them off the ground.

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Perhaps more importantly, the longer it takes to develop, the more likely it is the audience will eventually stop caring and move on, even if it eventually gets made (see the box office for Independence Day: Resurgence) 

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