Robert Kirkman says he hoped fans would think one of the show's most anticipated characters had finally arrived in the final scene of Sunday's episode
(Spoiler warning: Don't read if you still plan to watch last night's episode of "The Walking Dead," entitled "Nebraska.")
Fans of the "Walking Dead" comics have wondered throughout the series when their main villain, The Governor, might make an appearance on the show.
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It seemed like the moment may have come Sunday night, when Rick, Glenn and Hershel met two strangers in a bar, Dave and Tony.
At least, "Walking Dead" creator Robert Kirkman wanted you to think one of the pair might have been The Governor. (Kirkman writes for the show as well as writing the comics.)
"I feel like when you're watching that scene, the way Dave is friendly and manipulative, and comes in, and is this clear threat … If you've read the comic book series, you're going to think that that guy is going to be the Governor," Kirkman told TheWrap.
"And you're going to think, 'Oh my gosh, they've totally introduced this guy who's a really important character to the comic book series.'
"And then he dies at the end of the episode. It makes it that much more shocking. I don't know. We like playing with people's expectations like that."
Which explains the other big shocker in "Nebraska": Lori's car crash.
Check out a preview of next week's episode, "Triggerfinger," which shows that Rick's wife survived the crash — but not without a ravenous complication: