The Governor is a fictional character from the comic book series The Walking Dead, and will be introduced in the third season of the American television series of the same name.
In 2009, The Governor was ranked as IGN's 86th Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time.
It was shown that his public name, aside from 'The Governor', was Philip Blake; however, with the release of the canonical novel The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor, it was revealed that his actual name was Brian Blake. Phillip was revealed to be his deceased brother.
When the dead began to rise, Philip gathered together a large number of survivors, numbering almost 40, and established a semi-secure settlement in Woodbury (the novel provides background to this, by already having a community of survivors in Woodbury, with a leader and a small group of ruthless National Guardsmen), clearing and guarding almost four city blocks, upon which he declared himself "Governor" (as "President" would be going too far). Initially appearing a fair and strong leader, Brian was truly a monster; he only helped people to benefit himself, as long as they followed his every command. He had a daughter (the novel refers to as 'Penny') who became a zombie; he kept her tied up in his apartment, feeding her severed body parts of those who displeased him
Kirkman and Darabont announced that the Governor will be introduced in the television series during the third season. The character will be portrayed by David Morrissey.
When Rick and several survivors found Woodbury, Philip initially acts hospitable, though later turns on them and imprisons them. Attempting to find the location of the prison, Philip proceeded to mentally torture Glenn, cut off Rick's hand, and have Michonne restrained, stripped and repeatedly raped. When the survivors escape, Michonne stays behind and, after knocking out Philip, restrains him, and proceeds to torture and dismember him brutally, removing an arm, ear, eye, and a specific part of male anatomy before escaping.
Philip survived, however, and eventually, after the prison was found, he led an army to the prison, looking to take it over, telling his "soldiers" the people in the prison are monsters and killers deserving death. Only after the assault makes the prison uninhabitable and leads to the deaths of most of the survivors, do the remnants of his army turn on him and kill him, before they themselves are overwhelmed and killed by the undead.