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Published: Saturday, February 9, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

The Governor's madness grows as 'Dead' returns

  • David Morrisey as The Governor brushes the hair of his zombie daughter Penny (Kylie Szymanski) in"The Walking Dead."

    AMC

    David Morrisey as The Governor brushes the hair of his zombie daughter Penny (Kylie Szymanski) in"The Walking Dead."

"Brother against brother," says The Governor fiercely. "Winner goes free. Fight to the death."
Is this any way to run a town?
AMC's zombie drama "The Walking Dead" ended the first half of this season with a wrenching faceoff: Roughneck brothers Merle and Daryl were pitted in a bloody test of loyalty to The Governor as he rallied his flock -- the residents of Woodbury, Ga. -- to goad them on.
That was in December.
Things haven't settled down as the hit horror serial returns for another eight episodes 9 p.m. Sunday.
The death match continues. The Governor, played by David Morrissey, is increasingly oppressive, even deranged.
"With Woodbury, he has built a sanctuary, a place of safety where humanity can start again," Morrissey said. "But the negative side of power is like a wobbly tooth for him. He just can't stop sticking his tongue in there. There's something gloriously painful about it, and he likes that."
He seems to be losing his marbles as he sees threats both within and beyond the town walls.
This has placed on his enemies list not only the zombies -- with their ploddingly persistent appetite for human flesh -- but also mortals, who are far less predictable.
"The new problem that has emerged in Season 3 is human beings. What you have now is two communities of humans in conflict. That's much more complicated."
Will The Governor be back to rule over the ultimate gated community? Morrissey is cagey when replying to that question: "Contractually, I'm there for five years. But that's not to say that I don't die at the end of this season, or whenever."
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