Season Two of The Walking Dead is still far from over, but with the third season long since greenlit AMC are eager to start putting together plans for the show's future. So far the show has loosely stuck to the plot of the comics, and it seems as though this trend will continue as the iconic character of the Governor has just been cast.
I don't want to spoil the story for anyone, though of course there's no guarantee that events will unfold the same way in the show as they did in the comics. All I will say is that the Governor is bad news. He's the ruthless leader of a settlement called Woodbury, and he's probably best described as an AntiRick: ruling with brutality rather than with a great hat and an earnest expression. His introduction also brings about some of the more shocking developments in the series; when the Governor shows up, shit goes down.
I know what you're thinking, but he's not going to be played by the mighty Ahnuld. AMC have announced that English actor David Morrissey has signed on for the role, though they've not specified at what point he'll be introduced. This latest announcement suggests that the writers will continue to base each season around a particular location from the comics: the first season was the camp outside Atlanta, the current season is Hershel's farm, and it's safe to assume that the third season will be primarily set in the prison.
Morrissey will also star alongside James McAvoy and Mark Strong in Evan Creevy's crime thriller Welcome To The Punch later this year. You might remember him as the "Next Doctor" from the Christmas 2008 episode of Doctor Who, or from British drama State of Play. A sound choice, and it will be interesting to see what he does with the role.