By Sandra Kraisirideja
Two controversial characters are joining the cast of “The Walking Dead” and they happen to be two of most memorable from the comic book: Michonne and The Governor.
Danai Gurira will portray Michonne and David Morrissey will take on the role of The Governor.
Morrissey said he read Robert Kirkman’s novel “Rise of the Governor” in preparation for the role rather than the comic books, although he did get to those later. “The complexity of the character is something we’re going for in the show,” said Morrissey, who takes his lead from the novel as much as the comic book.
“I think we are much more in the spirit of the novel. That’s where the heart and soul [of the character] is,” he said.
Gurira said she found the role of Michonne to be “daunting” because the character is her own entity and has her own fan base. Gurira said that like Michonne she trusts her own instincts and does find aspects of herself that allow her to understand the character.
Michonne and The Governor are beyond survival and are actually thriving, Gurira said. “They have figured out a hostile world and how to make it work for them. Stepping into that mindset is actually kind of thrilling,’ she added.
Since taking on the role of Michonne, Gurira said her nephews, who are big time fans of the show, think she is the “coolest chick they have ever met. I’ve got mad cool cred,” she said.
Executive producer Gale Anne Hurd and showrunner Glen Mazzara said the time was right time to introduce Michonne and the Governor to the TV show.
“We wanted to open up the world,” Mazzara said. “The first two seasons is our group trying to find a safe haven. When that farm is overrun there are no more safe havens. Now the story is how do you live in this world? The Walkers are not going away. There’s no help coming. What do we do? This is about different people trying different strategies to try and rebuild their lives. That’s the story we’re telling in season three.”
The third season will have 16 episodes, an increase from 13 in season two.
“The intensity from the end of season two is the launching point and we just have a really, really great tight story to tell this season,” Mazzara said. “We’re all excited about The Governor, Michonne and Woodbury and the prison and everything that Daryl Dixon is doing.”
Season three of “The Walking Dead” will premiere on AMC on Oct. 14.