David Morrissey, who was recently cast as the lead in AMC’s new series Line of Sight, said he has no plans to leave The Walking Dead anytime soon.
In Line of Sight, Morrissey plays Lewis Bernt, a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator who survives a mysterious crash and goes on a mission to discover the cause of the accident.
The 49-year-old British actor was promoted to series regular on The Walking Dead earlier this year after initially signing on for one season. Morrissey told Entertainment Weekly that he hoped his character, the Governor, would live to see another season, despite being largely absent in season four thus far.
“I had a little hiatus on The Walking Dead and we filmed that pilot. So I’m waiting to see. But I like The Walking Dead. I am part of The Walking Dead,” Morrissey said. “I really hope to make it to season 5 of The Walking Dead. I don’t know what’s going to happen — that’s an AMC decision, not mine. But I really consider myself to be a Walking Dead actor, and I consider myself to be the Governor and that’s where I am with this at the moment.”
“That was a nice little break for me, and I hope it happens, but I don’t know how it will happen. It’s been made very clear to me that this is my show. The Walking Dead is my show and I’m very proud of it and I want to be a part of that. Suffice it to say I am a Walking Dead actor and that is the show that I employed to do, and the show I love.”
SPOILER ALERT AHEAD. DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVEN’T WATCHED LAST SUNDAY’S EPISODE OF THE WALKING DEAD.
The Governor made a brief appearance at the end of last Sunday’s episode, “Internment.” He is seen looking on from a distance as Rick and Carl tend to their crops the morning after taking out dozens of fence-crashing zombies. In a preview for next week’s episode, “Live Bait,” we see the Governor sitting by a fire with three tents behind him — one for him, and two for his remaining henchmen, Caesar (Jose Pablo Cantillo), and Shumpert (Travis Love) — as a female zombie approaches.
In a separate interview with Entertainment Weekly, David Morrissey said the Governor sees the prison as one of the safest places to be during a zombie apocalypse, and that he is less concerned with seeking revenge against Rick and the other survivors.
“He’s looking at the building, I would suggest, rather than the people in it. Although the people in it are an inconvenience, because they’re in his way of getting safety. But it’s more about the building than the people.”
Morrissey also said the next episode will reveal a little bit more about what the Governor has been up to since the failed assault on the prison and the massacre of the Woodbury survivors, which he said he didn’t do “with any pleasure” or spontaneous anger.
“It’s like a red mist has descended on him and I think what we’ll see in the coming episodes is someone who is coming to terms with that new person that we saw at the end of season 3 — whether he’s embracing that person or fighting that person,” Morrissey said.