Walking Dead's Governor explains his terrifying man-cave

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Jan 14, 2013, 2:52 PM EST

After the buildup of seeing the Governor as a vicious, evil character in the Walking Dead comics—the seemingly nice-but-shady man we met last week on the hit AMC series didn't seem too familiar. At least, not until that shocking final scene. So what did it all mean? Spoilers ahead!

David Morrissey, who plays the TV version of the Governor, is bringing quite a bit more nuance to one of the series' greatest baddies. He seems nice enough, keeping the town of Woodbury safe and inspiring the citizens, at least until he takes out a National Guard unit and slaughters the few remaining troops for their supplies.

But then things got really weird really fast, as we were introduced to the Governor's "man-cave," filled with twitchy zombie heads waterlogged in aquariums. Of course, the iconic reveal was no surprise to readers of the comic. But it didn't lessen the fact that it was creepy as hell.

For Morrissey, the Governor's creepy hobby is just another way to cope in the post-apocalypse. He told Dread Central:

"Well, for me there is a sense of: if you're going to survive in this world you'd better have a thick skin and be able to desensitize yourself to the things that you are going to see around you. And I certainly think there's a sense of the Governor doing that. It's also his plaything. It's his man cave. It's where he goes, so it's about where he looks into the deepest place inside himself and that's where he goes for that. That room is very special to him."
Morrissey takes the deep, dark secret concept even further, explaining how that room of heads represents the seedy underbelly of society itself:
"[Y]ou walk out onto any suburban street in the US or the UK or anywhere and you never know what's behind those drapes. So, I feel it's reflective--it can be reflective of any community, and ourselves as well. But I like that the audience has a different relationship with the Governor than the other characters in the show. We get to see him in a personal place where the other characters don't. So we as an audience have a relationship with him that nobody else has, and that's what I really like about it."
What do you think? Do you like the small-screen version of the Governor, or do you prefer the pure evil version from the comics?

(Via Dread Central)