Walking Dead producer teases Governor's return (+ why we haven't seen him yet)

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Oct 3, 2013, 4:38 PM EDT

If you’ve seen some of those cast pics and early trailers for The Walking Dead season four, you might’ve forgotten that David Morrissey (the Governor) was promoted to a full-fledged member of the cast. So why the media blackout?

According to producer Gale Anne Hurd, they made a very deliberate decision to leave Morrissey out of the early trailer and pics to differentiate the promotional campaign from season three — and to leave us wondering what the heck the eyepatch-wearing baddie is up to after going insane at the end of last year.

Here’s Hurd’s explanation:

"We did that for reason being we don't want people to focus too much on, 'Oh, you know, Season 4 is going to be exactly like Season 3.' Then all the questions are, 'Is he going to be in the first episode? How much of a focus is going to be on the Governor?'"

When asked when we’ll first see the post-Woodbury Governor, Hurd remained mum. Consider our curiosity piqued. 

Hurd also opened up a bit about the obvious increase in zombie activity in the early footage we’ve seen, and recent buzz that the undead menace will be a lot more threatening in year four:

“It's important to get a sense collectively of what people want, but also realize if it is not an organic outgrowth of where our characters and world are at a particular point then we can't necessarily accommodate it. It's true that there are more and more walkers in the world. At some point this calm period at the Prison is going to end, and it's they're going to encounter them when they go on runs, they're going to encounter walkers at the Prison; it's inevitable.”

The new season premieres Oct. 13 on AMC.

(Via Zap2It)