The Walking Dead star David Morrissey has promised an explosive mid-season finale to the zombie drama next month.
The actor says the plotline will involve a number of different characters and will be a surprise to viewers.
He told Vulture: “I will say it’s not just about Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and [my character] the Governor. Lots of different relationships within those communities explode and implode in the next episode. It plays out in a surprising way.”
The star went on to explain that he sees his character, the Governor, as troubled rather than evil.
He said: “This man is trying to desensitise himself to this terrible world he’s found himself in. I think there is a coincidence in there, a slight sense of a troubled man, I really do.”
And the actor also opened up about the research he conducted to develop the character after he won the role.
He said: “I read a little bit about cults and cult leaders. I read anything about the corruption of power. The 48 Laws of Power was quite interesting.
“The Black Death and the Transformation of the West is a wonderful series of essays about the plague and Europe in the thirteenth century, and how towns and villages ghettoised themselves against this terrible plague and how they walled themselves in.
“I also read The Things They Carried, about a man, who is a good man, in the middle of this hellish situation, and how as an adult he carries that on, trying to square the things he’d done in the war. That book was really important to me to see how people turn.
“[George Orwell’s] 1984 I read thinking about how one is able to manipulate a group of people. I think the Governor’s got some mind control over his populace… I read many things.”
And it seems David’s extensive research worked well – he regularly receives positive messages from fans on Twitter.
He said: “I get a lot of messages via that. They’ve all been positive. Even the negative ones, which are basically, ‘I hate your guts.’ I take that as a positive thing!”
The show’s final episode this year airs in the UK on Friday 7 December on FX UK and in the US on AMC this Sunday 2 December.
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