by Brett White
If you aren't caught up on the third season of "The Walking Dead," or if you haven't seen last night's season finale, you may want to steer clear of this news. The sheer knowledge of this human being's involvement in season 4 of "The Walking Dead" is itself a spoiler. The casting news comes from The Hollywood Reporter, so we can be reasonably sure that it's not a truly delightful April Fool's Day joke.
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For those of you that did watch last night's bloodbath--er, we mean episode, it will come as no surprise to you that David Morrissey will be reprising his role as the Governor full time when the zombie drama returns in October. Hollywood Reporter mentions that Morrissey was initially only signed on for season 3, but his nuanced portrayal of the maniacally sadistic character guaranteed him a stay of execution in last night's episode.
"The Walking Dead" often takes detours from the comics, something that Morrissey should be thankful for upon learning he'll be back full time next season. However much pain the television iteration went through this season is nothing compared to the physical... unpleasantries he encounters in the comic books.
Morrissey joins the show as it continues to climb in the ratings; Super Hero Hype reports that the finale drew the series' biggest numbers ever; 12.4 million people tuned in to watch the season finale, making it the TV champ of the night and the week. A cable program mopping the floor with major network competition would have been unthinkable as recently as five years ago, but "The Walking Dead" has proven that thought incorrect.
The hit AMC drama returns for its fourth season with Morrissey joining up as a series regular, replacing those unlucky characters that didn't make it out of season 3 alive.
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