In a chat with MTV, series creator Robert Kirkman revealed why David Morrissey landed the role of The Governor in the show's third season:
"More than any other actor, David Morrissey came in and wanted to embrace everything that there is to the Governor. He knew this is a complicated character, and he knew this was a character that people are going to hate to love," Kirkman said. "He recognized that this character is a villain. A lot of people came in and were like, 'But he's a good guy inside, right?' They want that nuance, and that's definitely important. We definitely have that. The Governor isn't a one-note character; there are a lot of layers to that onion. But this is a sadistic guy. David Morrissey, more than any other actor, really wanted to sink his teeth into that role. He wants to embrace everything there is about the Governor."
Meanwhile, IFC spoke with John Hawkes, the man rumored to have been a contender for The Governor. Hawkes said:
“They were kind enough to show interest. It just felt like it wasn’t right for me. I think they’re going to find someone who will do a better job than I would have, and I think they’ll be happy in the end.”
And, finally, AMC has spilled some MAJOR spoilers, confirming what we have been suspecting all along. CONSIDER THIS A SPOILER WARNING.
In this ad for The Walking Dead season 2 limited edition Blu-ray set, a description for the collection reads: "This special limited edition Blu-Ray includes all 13 episodes on 4 discs, including bonus features such as: the making of the barn, an extended zombie gut scene, Shane's last episode, full Comic Con coverage with panel, comic book vs episode comparison, and more!"
"Shane's last episode"? Yep, looks like this is the end for Jon Bernthal's character. This was suspected when Bernthal jumped aboard Frank Darabont's upcoming new series, L.A. Noir.
*Updated* To express the severity of this "leak," AMC reps have issued the following statement: "The post on the AMC store was completely unauthorized. The matter is currently under investigation."