Fans of "The Walking Dead" series and comics are excited about the idea of The Governor coming to the small screen. The character poses a unique problem for the creators of the show. Will they be able to make him as evil and as hated on the show as he is in the comic book?
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If you are not familiar with the comic book version of "The Walking Dead," The Governor is the ruthless head of a large group of bloodthirsty survivors. In the comic, he chops Rick's hand off, kills Tyresse (who is not on the show as of this writing), beats and rapes Michonne, leads an assault on the prison, and shoots and kills Lori and the baby. He keeps the heads of his victims in TV sets in his apartment and watches them for mindless entertainment.
Chances are good that we will not see all of the crimes mentioned above on TV. Production issues, censorship, the flow of the show, and other reasons might keep some of these travesties to the comics. We may see other horrendous acts on TV not seen in the comics to make him as evil as possible. Kevin Eastman, though, has done a great job of pushing the envelope in the comic to make The Governor one of the most evil baddies ever to grace the inked pages in the history of the medium.
The third season of "The Walking Dead" brings two integral characters to unrealistic life. Michonne and The Governor are two of the characters who have made the comic book version of the show one of the most successful properties on the market. If either of these characters fall short when compared to their comic counterparts, the creators of the show should expect a backlash from the fans. The Governor, for example, cannot simply be killed off after an episode or two. He has to be there for weeks or months as the greatest thorn in Rick's side. When all is said and done, The Governor needs to make a stronger impact on Rick and the group than Shane ever did.
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