Oct. 31, 2010
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60 min.
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The Walking Dead

In the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse, a small group of survivors travel across the country in search of a new home away from the hordes. Rick Grimes, who was a police officer in the old world, leads the group. As their situation grows more and more grim, the group's desperation to survive pushes them to do almost anything to stay alive.

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David Mark Morrissey (born June 21, 1964) is an English actor, director, producer, and screenwriter. ...

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The Governor ~ "Go through the fences. Get in your cars, get your guns. We go in, kill them all!"

As a child, Philip Blake had a bad relationship with his father, who was physically abusive to him and his brother. The futility of his brother's attempts to stand up for him against his father had a strong effect on his development and caused him to think of heroes as fools who get themselves and others hurt. In spite of this, Philip grew up to be a family man, having had a wife and daughter named Penny. He was dissatisfied with his plain, mediocre life. He was an office drone, working for a younger boss who frequently hounded him. His wife died in a car accident eighteen months prior to the outbreak, leaving him and his daughter to rely on one another.

Philip and nine other survivors holed themselves up in apartment for an unspecified amount of time, before moving out, picking up new group members along the way, and eventually coming upon the abandoned Woodbury. As they secure the town and settle in (whilst their size continues to increase), Philip establishes a leadership role and is branded the nickname The Governor.

Penny was infected and reanimated, though when exactly this happened remains to be known. Philip could not come to terms with her death and kept her zombified body locked in his closet.

In Season 3, The Governor played off a facade of a congenial man, but, in reality, was a volatile and depraved sociopath. He was a smooth talker, easily able to talk his way out of situations using his "charm", and was able to use his manipulative abilities to coerce others into doing his own bidding. He was obsessed with protecting the people that he cared about by taking charge and doing what he saw as the only way of survival for his people, which included killing anyone who was a potential threat to them. He also had dark secrets, such as keeping his zombified daughter in a closet and having fish tanks filled with walker and human heads. Throughout Season 3, he gradually became a much more cold-hearted and barbaric person. His dark personality was only exacerbated when Michonne broke into his house and killed his zombified daughter, thus triggering homicidal desires within him. From then on, he lost most of his sanity and only desired to be on a warpath, seeking retaliation on Michonne and Rick's group (the latter having attacked him and "taken" Woodbury away from him).

In Season 4, after wandering alone for months following the fall of Woodbury, The Governor adopted a "makeshift family" that he found whilst wandering and retains much of his old self. However, he lied to them, keeping his past and his violent nature a secret, while convincing himself that he is doing this to protect them (which is true). According to his actor, David Morrissey, The Governor was genuinely fighting himself in a "Jekyll-and-Hyde" manner. This battle with himself ultimately proved to be fruitless, as he returns to his old actions to protect his new family by killing Caesar Martinez and later Pete Dolgen and attempting to take the prison from Rick's group by holding Hershel and Michonne hostage, eventually brutally killing Hershel and almost suceeding to kill Rick. He dies an unremorseful mass murderer, and is put down by one of the very people he swore to protect, yet failed to.

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03x07 - When the Dead Come Knocking
Season 3, Episode 07
02x10 - 18 Miles Out
Season 2, Episode 10
06x11 - Knots Untie
Season 6, Episode 11
09x03 - Warning Signs
Season 9, Episode 03
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