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Spoiler Warning: If you haven't seen last Sunday's episode of The Walking Dead, then I suggest you give this article a miss. It's a shame really, because it's a bloody good article if I do so myself...

Despite all the dying, re-animating and then re-dying that occurred in Episode 5 of The Walking Dead Season 4, it was the very last moments which provided the biggest shock.

We finally saw the familiar face of Season 3's megalomaniac adversary, The Governor (although to be honest, he doesn't really govern anyone anymore, so perhaps a name change is in order?). In the closing seconds of Episode 5 The Governor could be seen spying the gang's prison eagerly. So are we looking at another Rick vs. The Governor throw-down? Well, Entertainment Weekly caught up with to discuss what the remainder of Season 4 has in store for everyone's favorite supporting-cast-massacring-mad-man.

Firstly, Morrissey explains what's currently motivating The Governor, and surprisingly, it's not as nefarious as you might imagine. He states:

He's looking for safety, and the main thing for the prison is it's the safe place to be. It's the alternative of our world in the zombie apocalypse. The prison is a place of protection, not a place of incarceration, so that's why he's looking at it. He's looking at the building, I would suggest, rather than the people in it. Although the people in it are an inconvenience, because they're in his way of getting safety. But it's more about the building than the people.

But what has happened to our erstwhile Governor in the intervening months between Season 3 and 4? Well, according to Morrissey, he's certainly a different man:

What you see at the end of this last episode is that he's fit, he looks well, he looks healthy — so he's ready for confrontation in whatever form that takes. So our questions are piqued at the end of episode 5 and that's where we'll go in episode 6. We'll see a bit more of where he's been in the ensuing months. I think it's fair to say that at the end of season 3 we left him in a very difficult space. He had turned on his own people and he didn't do that with any pleasure. He's not somebody who was doing that in any premeditated way. It comes out of him in a quite spontaneous anger. It's like a red mist has descended on him and I think what we'll see in the coming episodes is someone who is coming to terms with that new person that we saw at the end of season 3 — whether he's embracing that person or fighting that person. That is what we will see. He's changed. He's definitely changed. That is fair to say. And what we will see is where that change has taken him.

But, we shouldn't assume The Governor is all evil — indeed, he may have used the months alone to do some serious soul-searching. He continues:

I think he's intelligent enough to know that there is something that can take over himself. I don't think he's totally happy with the capabilities that he's shown. It was never in his plan to turn on his own people. And the loss of his daughter has done something terrible to his brain. That's the fight he will have going forward. I think once anybody has committed an act like that or done something like that, they know their capabilities, and it's about whether they can keep control of themselves. Because they really know now — it's that cliché of "you wouldn't like me when I'm angry" — there's a sense from him that he knows where his anger can take him. And that's his battle. And will certainly be his battle in season 4.

What do you think? Are you glad The Governor has returned? Or did you prefer Season 4 without him? Let us know below.


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