'Walking Dead' Producer Gale Anne Hurd: People Want the Governor to Redeem Himself
So… has he changed? Has the Governor’s post-Woodbury walkabout left him a new man, or rather, returned to the man we’ve seen hints that he once was, before “the turn,” before he lost his wife and daughter Penny? Or is the "Walking Dead” villain destined to make a comeback to evildoing, with Rick, Michonne, and the other prison dwellers taking the top spots on his hit list?
We’re down to just one more episode — Sunday’s “Dead Weight” — before the Dec. 1 midseason finale, and “TWD” producer Gale Anne Hurd talked to Yahoo TV about why the Governor fascinates viewers, the new approaches writers have used to tell stories this season, and the “incredibly intense” midseason finale.
Last week, we caught up with the Governor, a character we had all been waiting for. What is it about the Governor that fascinates fans so much? He really has become an epic character on the series.
I think that the Governor was certainly a character that a lot of fans of the comic book and the novels very much wanted to see on the show. The novel gave a lot more backstory, as well as a fully, well‑rounded character, because readers got to see him become the Governor, whereas in the comic book, he was already the Governor. We were able to do a little bit of both in the TV series.
So there was already a huge [desire] to see him by people who were familiar with the character, but then even fans who haven't delved into the greater “Walking Dead” world, I think, are really compelled by David Morrissey's portrayal of the Governor.
In spite of everything he’s done, it’s difficult not to like him. He was almost huggable in those scenes with Meghan, the little girl, in “Live Bait.”
I know, exactly. He's got incredible charisma. I keep reading online that people want him to have had a change of heart. They want him to be redeemed. I think that's a tribute to not only the writing, but also to David, who is bringing the character to life.
David Morrissey talks about the Governor's motivations in this "Talking Dead" clip:
The approach to the way the stories have unfolded so far this season has been unique. Why the decision to focus in on just a few characters at a time for certain episodes, or, as with last week’s “Live Bait,” just one regular character, the Governor?