The Governor has recently returned and baffled the viewers with very contradictory actions in the last two episodes of The Walking Dead. Have you seen last Sunday's episode? If not, watch it first, because SPOILERS are coming.
In the season 3 finale, we saw The Governor butchering the entire Woodbury army. Then it was only episode 406, Live Bait, that picked up this storyline and revealed that the antagonist maniac had spent a lot of time in the wilderness alone. We thought that the experience might have changed him entirely after seeing him helping a family and retrieving oxygen masks for the sick… Then last Sunday's episode, Dead Weight, featured a much less kind governor again, who fed his old henchman, Martinez to the zombies and killed Pete for not getting supplies. Was this another butchery by a crazy man, or how are we to read the acts of The Governor now?
The two latest episodes introduced two very different side of the antagonist. Which one is his true self? In an interview to EW, has explained how he sees the psyche of his own characer:
Well, the thing about him is I think he’s a man that we see struggling to stay away from that awful responsibility of leadership. He doesn’t want that. He wants to be led. He wants to protect the people he loves. And he’ll do anything he can to protect them, even be subservient if that’s what is needed. He’s in that community with Martinez and I think he just wants to be a quiet civilian, really. But he sees weak leadership around him. He sees the people there who say, “We’ll protect you,” and they’re not able to protect them. They’re not able to protect the people he loves. So he’s forced to take responsibility the only way he knows how and with the thing that has served him in the past, and that is being ruthlessly vigilant when it comes to his duty in leadership and protection.
He’s putting a crown on his head that he doesn’t want. But nobody else but him is worthy of wearing it.
The audience sees the man at his lowest and his meanest and his most vulnerable and his most loving. They see every aspect of him. And they have secrets about the Governor that no other character has. They might be secrets that are terrible secrets of destruction, but they might also be secrets of love and vulnerability. And only the audience has that relationship with him. That’s what I love about the character, that his relationship with the audience is total.
So what do you think? Does this make sense? What is your relationship to this multi-layered, mysterious character? Love him? Hate him? Let me know in the comments.