Walking Dead S4: Fan fave [REDACTED] returning as series regular

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Jan 25, 2016, 4:21 PM EST (Updated)

As promised, the season-three finale of The Walking Dead killed off a mind-boggling 27 people. But there were still a few survivors, and one of them will apparently be coming back next year.

Spoilers ahead!

The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that David Morrissey will be as a “series regular”  in season four, which makes sense after watching the season-three finale. Morrissey portrayed the Governor in season three, and became a fan-favorite villain who finally descended into full-on madness Sunday night.

Morrissey’s character was last seen riding off with two of his most trusted lieutenants, after slaughtering half of Woodbury because they questioned his orders to attack the prison.

With the final scenes focusing on Andrea’s death and the exodus from Woodbury, the Governor’s fate remained a major question as the episode faded to black. When the show returns around October, we should get some answers.

As fans of the comic know, the Governor died during the war between Rick's group and Woodbury’s forces, so this marks a pretty major deviation from Robert Kirkman’s comic storyline. Considering that Morrissey was a true highlight of season three, it makes sense that the writers would want to keep him around.

It also makes you wonder whether the Governor’s fate might’ve been one of those “creative differences” between outgoing showrunner Glen Mazzara and the suits at AMC?

The end of season three was an interesting setup for season four, with Rick’s gang taking on the remnants of Woodbury and (apparently) doubling down at the prison. With an absolutely insane version of the Governor still lingering in the shadows, it’ll definitely be interesting to see what new showrunner Scott Gimple has in the works.

So what’d you think of the finale? Are you glad to hear Morrissey will be sticking around for the foreseeable future?

(Via The Hollywood Reporter)

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