Are you one of those people that absolutely needs more Walking Dead to get you through your day? Do you start to get the shakes between seasons, mind filled with anticipation and angst, alternating between cursing Robert Kirkman and praising him? Well, the creator of the zombie-infested world of The Walking Dead may have the answer for you – one more prequel novel!
Kirkman, in an effort to spread the zombie plague even further across the globe, has developed two of these prequels so far, each having to do with the life of the Governor before the events that take place in the series as it stands today. The Rise of the Governor and The Road to Woodbury are the first two, and a third is in the works.
As many already know, the Governor will be making his first appearance this season and Kirkman wants people to know a little about him and how he came to be the hard-ass that he is today.
In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Kirkman had this to say:
Yeah. I don’t want to reveal it, but I’m pretty excited about the third one because the plot’s gonna… Ah, I’ll go ahead and say it: The second novel progresses the Governor’s timeline a lot more and is getting you closer and closer to the events that occurred in the comic book series. And so some of the events in the comic book series are actually going to appear in the third novel. The third novel is going to be a whole new story but you’re actually going to get to see Rick Grimes and Michonne and some of the other characters, which you haven’t seen in the novel series thus far.
But the Governor is just a bad guy, right? Why do we want to hear about the villain’s rise to asshole-ness? Apparently, Kirkman doesn’t see it as being that simple:
One of the things that interests me the most about the Walking Dead is that we here in this world read these stories and we go, ‘Okay, this person’s evil, this person is doing bad things, this person is clearly a villain.’ But when you try to empathize with what these people are living for, what they’re going through, and how their world view is changing… look, many of the things that the Governor does are indefensible and basically evil. But, for the most part, the majority of the decisions he’s making and the actions he’s taking are the kind of things that you would have to do to be a leader in this world. That’s a little terrifying and it’s supposed to be a little uncomfortable but, you know, there’s definitely a lot of grey areas going on in this guy’s life.
The previous books have gotten positive reviews and Kirkman is pretty religious about maintaining continuity within the story, so for those die-hards who desperately need more Walking Dead, this may be just the right level of fix.
For the rest of us, The Walking Dead season 3 airs on October 14th. You can also catch a marathon on AMC the day before, starting at 10am on October 13th and running all the way up to the premiere.
Thanks to blastr for the undead luvin.