"The Walking Dead" returns to AMC tonight to finish out season three with eight more thrilling episodes. And with the second half of the season comes a different looking Governor, one who more closely resembles the villain from the comics, as David Morrisey said in an interview on Sunday, the day of the second half premiere.
The Governor lost an eye as the first half of the season closed, the result of a fight with Michonne (Danai Gurira) and a shard of glass. He also lost his zombified daughter, as Michonne killed -- or rather, re-killed -- her, as well.
Aside from the fact that David Morrisey's eye patch will be on his right eye, the opposite side as in the comics -- as sticklers will point out -- what other surprises does the Governor have in store for Rick and the crew?
In the embedded video interview, Morrissey says that:
He's [the Governor] in quite a dark place. The one thing that he really loves is his daughter and I think that's what gave him his humanity -- the semblance of humanity that he had. He had something to live for, some hope. Michonne has taken that away from him. He's hurting and the question is how long will that hurt survive? How far will he go on that hurt?
Andrea and the Governor began a relationship of sorts before the mid-season finale. However, that relationship was built on lies. Now, Andrea has seen what the Governor is truly capable of, and what he really is: evil.
Once Michonne destroys his world ... there's no room for [Andrea] to get inside his conscience. That's a dangerous place to be. I think what she [Andrea] would be hoping for... is that the Governor re-finds his humanity and this caring side that she feels he's had. If [his humanity] comes back... and he decides that his search for revenge is a bad thing, it will come back via her.
Will Andrea side with the Governor or with Rick's team? Morrisey doesn't say, but he does say that Andrea has a unique quality, to be able to "get the people's ear, and that's both good and bad for him."
As the mid-season finale closed, Daryl and brother Merle were reunited. It seems, though, that the Governor is ready to pit the two against each other in the zombie "Octagon" that we saw earlier in the season.
What does that mean for the fate of Daryl and Merle? And what will the death toll be like in the second half of the season? It's already believed that we will see more deaths on Rick's team. Who will die, though?
The second half of the third season of the Walking Dead premieres tonight, Feb. 10, 2013, on AMC.