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The Walking Dead: Is Bringing Back a Major Villain

Published on December 31st, 2020 | Updated on December 31st, 2020 | By FanFest

The Walking Dead has a lot of content coming in the next couple of years. There are three television series set for 2021 and two more television spinoffs have been announced, including Tales of The Walking Dead, which will explore backstories and other one-off stories set in The Walking Dead universe. Tales is exciting because it can bring characters back to the screen who may have been killed off.  There’s a long list of characters that could return and even a list of actors who are lobbying for the return of their character!

On last night’s The Walking Dead Christmas Special, Chief Content Creator of TWD, Scott Gimple, let fans in on one story that was headed our way. “We’re working on something with one of the great Walking Dead villains of all time, and it’s coming together,” said Gimple.

Gimple could be hinting at the return of the Governor, who was played by David Morrissey.

“Obviously, The Walking Dead comes from a graphic novel series by Robert Kirkman. There’s three novels within that: The Rise of the Governor, The Road to Woodbury, and The Fall of the Governor. They are brilliant stories,” Morrissey previously told Digital Spy. “If I returned, I’d love to return, in a filmic way, to tell those stories.”

The novels that Morrissey references were written by Jay Bonansinga in collaboration with Robert Kirkman. The novels explore the rise and fall of the Governor and how his character comes to be the one we know on the show.  The novels are excellent and some of the best work in The Walking Dead Universe.

Sonequa Martin-Green, who played Sasha, who heard about the spinoff series, Tales of The Walking Dead, said she also wants in.  As well, Michael Cudlitz, who played Abraham, has previously hinted that he’d be returning too.

“I’m hoping actually to have some information into the new year. We’re just sort of trying to sequence it with the rest of the things we’re working on,” the Tales creator, Scott Gimple, said in an interview with on the future of TWD Universe. “It’s been announced. It’s a serious endeavor right now. But as far as the when of it all, we’re getting closer to that.”

Another character who has said they’d like to return is Ryan Hurst, who played the recently killed Beta on The Walking Dead.  The possibilities are endless.  However, Michael Rooker, who played Merle, confirmed that he was not coming back to reprise his character.

However, there’s plenty of excitement from other former cast, such as Sonequa Martin-Green!

“I’d love it,” said Martin-Green to EW. “I’d loooooove it. I love Sasha. I love The Walking Dead. That was my family before this family. What a blessing, by the way, that I’ve been able to be in two situations back to back that were so familiar that have such reach. I would love to. That would be so much fun.”

Martin-Green is interested in exploring her backstory. “It would be interesting,” she said. “I was always interested in backstory. Of course, I am as an actor with every character that I play. But as the years went on as Sasha, I was finding so much joy in developing so much backstory that no one would ever know. That’s one of the great things about being an actor in TV, is that you get to build so much life over the years and over the seasons.”

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, the man in charge of The Walking Dead Universe, Scott Gimple, gave a very in-depth interview regarding the future of The Walking Dead and the other shows and films.

Gimple is most excited when he talks about the in-development of Tales of The Walking Dead, a proposed anthology show that has not yet been greenlit.

“The very charge of that show is being different … stories that we just couldn’t tell on any of the other shows. And to be different from each other, week to week. Some weeks, abject horror. Some weeks, black comedy. Different time periods in the apocalypse. Different kinds of characters. Some episodes that have one character and maybe a lot of dead people,” he said.

“And then there will be sprinklings of things that we are familiar with: characters that we’ve lost on the show and their past, seeing how they wound up in the situations [in which] they wound up, or the people that they wound up [as]. And there’s some interesting crossovers. There’s a few stories that are like, ‘Oh, wow, that affected that,’ ‘That person affected that; we never knew that.’ … Places or situations that affected our characters, we see how those came to be independent of our characters; with new characters.”

What do you think of all of this new information regarding The Walking Dead anthology? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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