In "The Walking Dead" comic book series by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard, one of the most dangerous villains to date wasn't one of the undead herds plaguing the desperate survivors. It was a man known only as The Governor.
TV Guide has revealed the first picture of David Morrissey ("Doctor Who: The Next Doctor") as The Governor from the upcoming third season of AMC's "The Walking Dead." As in the comic book series, The Governor will be the leader of a rival settlement of survivors in the town of Woodbury who comes into violent conflict with Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his group.
For comparison's sake, this is what The Governor looks like in the comic book.
And while The Governor on the TV series is lacking the distinctive facial hair of his comic book counterpart, Kirkman told TV Guide that the major elements of The Governor's character will remain intact.
"The Governor in the show is definitely going to be The Governor in the comic," said Kirkman. "While I think that people are going to like the character, I don't think it will be because he is doing likable things. I don't think it will be because he appears heroic. I think that he's definitely going to be a character that people love to hate and are absolutely entertained by, but also somewhat terrified of. He's definitely going to be a very important character and a very nuanced character. We are not going to be watering him down."
"Having The Governor in the mix is going to fundamentally change the show in all kinds of awesome and exiting ways," continued Kirkman. "And David Morrissey totally rocks!"
Last month, a preview picture of Danai Gurira as Michonne was also released. And if "The Walking Dead" continues to adapt The Governor's storyline then other characters from the comic book series may also appear this season.
"The Walking Dead" season three will stagger onto AMC this October.