Characters / The Walking Dead TV Show Woodbury Survivors

Survivors introduced at Woodbury in the television show The Walking Dead:

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A walled town in Georgia with over 70 survivors and many pre-apocalyptic comforts. What initially seems to be an idyllic oasis is revealed to have a dark underbelly, as Woodbury is run by the tyrannical Governor, who robs and kills outsiders and stages gladiator fights to entertain the populace. They wage war with Rick's group, losing dozens of their own, before the Governor's true nature is revealed, at which point they join their former enemy at the prison. The abandoned town is later burned to the ground by the Governor, who later kills the few Woodbury survivors in his final attack on the prison.
  • Adaptation Origin Connection: Woodbury becomes part of Michonne and Tyreese's respective Story Arcs before officially joining Rick's group. In the comics, they both encountered Woodbury while already being members on Rick's team.
  • Bread and Circuses: The town features staged fighting matches between soldiers, complete with defanged zombies.
  • Celebrity Paradox: During the penultimate episode of Season 2, Rick mentions Senoia, Georgia, the city that stands in for Woodbury.
  • Death by Adaptation: In the comics and novels Woodbury actually lasts for quite a while even after the Governor's death, and when it does eventually fall apart there's still some survivors left. In the show, a large majority of its residents are killed thoughout Season 3 and the town is abandoned and destroyed long before the Governor meets his end in the Season 4 mid-finale. And the remaining Woodbury residents are killed either during the final prison attack or shortly afterwards by the Flu.
  • Disaster Scavengers: The Woodbury army loots and scavenges for supplies, including killing other groups to get them.
  • Gladiator Games: The Governor occasionally held fights for the crowd's entertainment.
  • Kill 'em All: As of "Too Far Gone", all of the original Woodbury survivors are dead. Most of them are killed during their war with Rick's group, while the survivors die as a result of the flu or the Governor's final attack.
  • Killed Offscreen: Word of God states that all of the Woodbury residents are dead, which means that those who inexplicably vanished from the show actually died either when the Governor kills the majority of them or when the flu killed off the rest of them.
  • Not Using the "Z" Word: They call zombies "biters."
  • Redshirt Army: They lose dozens of unnamed soldiers in their war with the prison.
  • Stepford Suburbia: The town seems too good to be true. It is.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Initially Tim and Crowley fill this role. After they are killed by Michonne fairly early into the Woodbury storyline, they are replaced by Martinez and Shumpert.
  • Town with a Dark Secret: The citizens are largely unaware that the Governor is a psychopath.

The Blake Family

     The Governor 

The Governor (real name: Philip Blake/alias: Brian Heriot)
"Welcome to Woodbury!"
Portrayed by: David Morrissey

"You can lose a lot of soldiers but still win the game."

The Governor is the leader of Woodbury, a closed-off and seemingly peaceful community of survivors. He's apparently an upstanding and charismatic leader to his people, but he harbors dark secrets that only his inner circle knows about. At the end of Season 3, he brutally massacres most of Woodbury before disappearing with his last two supporters.

When they abandon him, The Governor becomes a broken man and is only pulled out of it months later when he finds a family needing protection. Taking the alias "Brian Heriot", he soon comes to encounter another group of survivors and despite his attempts to atone for past mistakes, is consumed by his desire to take revenge on Rick and the prison group. He ultimately dies in Season Four's mid-season finale, having lost everything including his new family and the prison, and Rick's group is forced to move on in the wake of the devastation he leaves.
  • Abusive Parents: His father beat him and his brother.
  • Action Dad: Villainous version.
  • Action Survivor: Worked an office job and a normal suburban life before the end of the world.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: He has long unkempt hair in the comic along with a much more overall menacing appearance. He dons a look similar to his comic appearance in Season 4, however, though this trope still pretty much stands. It should be noted however that his other counterpart, Philip Blake, is described as a muscular, Tall, Dark, and Handsome man.
  • Adaptational Badass: He seems to be physically superior to his comic book counterpart, and nearly beats Rick to death in a hand to hand fight. By contrast, his comic counterpart is mostly a long-ranged fighter.
  • Adaptational Intelligence: He is extremely cunning compared to his comic counterpart. He relies on his support network a lot less than his comic counterpart, for example.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Inverted, though not really Adaptational Heroism, since he's still very much a bad guy. That said, this version of the Governor has several Pet the Dog moments and, at least at first, seems to genuinely care for the well-being of Woodbury's citizens. This stands in stark contrast to his unrepentant psycho of a counterpart in the comic. He also doesn't rape Michonne like he does in the comics or have an overall He-Man Woman Hater vibe coming off him.
    • He also sincerely cares about his zombified daughter Penny, ultimately wants her to be safe and normal again, and breaks down in tears when she's killed. Compare this to his comic counterpart Brian, who's "Love" for her is portrayed in a far more twisted manner to the point that it's heavily implied that he lusts after her.
  • Adopt the Dog: Lilly's Family.
  • And Starring: David Morrisey gets the "And" treatment.
  • Antagonistic Governor: He is the leader of Woodbury, and is one of the most dangerous villains the group ever faces.
  • Arch-Enemy: For Michonne. This is one sided in his part at first, but it became mutual after Andrea's death.
  • Ascended Extra: Sort of. In the comics, his younger brother Brian is the one who became the Governor and Philip only serves as a Death by Origin Story for the former.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Deconstructed. Especially in the Season 3 finale and the Season 4 mid-season finale.
  • The Atoner: If his reappearance in Season 4 is something to go by, the Governor was trying to make up his past mistakes by helping a family in need. Subverted when he murders Martinez. He's visibly affected by it afterward. But then he murders Pete.
  • Authority Equals Ass Kicking: Starts getting deconstructed in the last half of Season 3. By Season 4, it completely is.
  • Ax-Crazy: He keeps decapitated heads of people he has had killed in fish tanks and stares at them for hours. In the mid-Season 4 finale, he goes Katana Crazy when he beheads Hershel in front of everyone to start the third battle for the prison.
  • Bad Boss: He murders his entire militia after they are routed at the prison and refuse to obey his orders to go back and fight. He later gets his entire second group killed (sans Lilly and Tara) by invading the prison a second time, including himself.
  • Badass Longcoat: He is occasionally seen wearing one starting with the mid-season finale.
  • Bait the Dog: At first, he seems to be a benevolent leader who is looking out for the survivors for the community. Then the wounded soldier that his men discover tells him where his comrades are and it all goes downhill from there.
  • Beard of Sorrow: He sports a massive, unkept one post-Woodbury.
  • Berserk Button: His authority and power being questioned or threatened. You can see how he barely keeps himself from snapping. This comes to a head in the Season 3 finale when he guns down his entire militia for wanting to give up on the prison.
  • Big Bad: Specifically in Season 3 and the first half of Season 4. Even after his death, he still has a lingering effect on the show, and for the next few seasons until Negan's arrival, no Big Bad ever truly matches his body count, level of power and threat.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: His public face is that of a stern but fatherly leader, when in truth he's a sociopath with a massive Messianic Archetype complex willing to use walkers as weapons and flips out and kills his entire militia when they refuse to perpetuate his revenge-driven feud with Rick's group.
  • Blood Knight: Anytime he gets involved in a violent act, he starts smirking like he's having the time of his life. Merle also says that the Governor always said not to waste bullets on walkers you could kill otherwise, but that he always suspected that the Governor beat and stabbed walkers to death because he liked it.
  • Boom, Headshot: After being impaled by Michonne, Lilly finished the job by doing this.
  • Break the Haughty: After the events of the Season 3 finale and "Live Bait", Phillip was left for dead by his men, nearly starved to death and was later brought in by a family that, if he was in his Social Darwinist mindset from Season 3, he would consider "weak". Ultimately returns to his old ways when he hooks up with Martinez's new group.
  • The Cameo: Returns in season 5 as a hallucination to a dying Tyreese.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Only is portrayed as this in the dying Tyreese's hallucination, hamming it up about how evil he really was and how Tyreese was stupid to not see it. Chad L. Coleman also weighed in and said that Tyreese saw the Governor as a figure representing Death itself, hence why the Governor was far more malicious in his hallucination.
  • Character Development: He does become slightly more sane in Season 4, if only temporarily. For one thing, he no longer hates Michonne, realizing that Penny was dead the entire time. He also plans to give the prison group a chance to leave peacefully.
  • Chasing Your Tail: Fights Andrea while chasing her throughout the season 3 episode "Pray".
  • Chronic Villainy: Just when you think he's turning a new leaf, he's back to his power hungry and Darwinist mindset in "Dead Weight". Some things just never change. This ultimately gets both him and most of his group killed.
  • Climax Boss: His second attack on the prison kicks the heroes out of it and changes everything for them as a result.
  • Cold Sniper: In "Home".
  • Come with Me If You Want to Live: In "Live Bait", Meghan, whom he had befriended, grows distant from him because she saw him put out her reanimated grandfather. Later in the episode, as a bunch of walkers close in on them, he calls out to her and she runs towards him to be carried off, having earned her trust once again.
  • Composite Character: The TV version of the Governor is a combination of brothers Philip and Brian Blake in the comic and book, as he's both the Governor and the real father of Penny.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: After jumping off the deep end, he kidnaps Andrea and tortures her, then tortures Milton for helping Andrea. He then tries to force Milton to kill Andrea against his will. He succeeds in a way after he mortally wounds Milton and leaves him in the room to zombify and bite Andrea.
  • Consummate Liar: His claims to the citizens of Woodbury about the National Guard soldiers getting killed by walkers and his branding of Rick's group as "terrorists" after they attack the town to rescue Glenn and Maggie.
  • Crusading Widower: Villainous example.
  • Cultured Badass: Loves tea, golf, public speeches... and blood baths.
  • Dark Is Evil: He is dressed mostly in black clothes.
  • Dark Messiah: Being an Ax-Crazy person with messiah complex will make you this by default.
  • A Day in the Limelight: In "Live Bait" and "Dead Weight", the audience is given a look at what's happened to him since his last appearance in Season 3.
  • Dead Person Conversation: His ghost haunts the dying Tyreese in season 5, taunting him over how he was fooled and how now he must "pay the bill."
  • A Death in the Limelight: The last three episodes of the first half of Season 4 were heavily focused on him until he was ultimately killed-off in the mid-season finale.
  • Death Seeker: Becomes one in Season 4 after losing his empire, killing his followers, and being abandoned by Martinez and Shumpert. He blindly wanders for several months before running into Lilly's family.
  • Declaration of Protection: Towards the family headed by Lilly after her father passed away he had befriended, especially Meghan, in "Live Bait".
  • Demoted to Dragon/Dragon-in-Chief: In "Dead Weight" the Governor is briefly made The Dragon of Martinez's group. However, he proves to be the bigger man and takes control of the group by the end of the episode.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: He's the Big Bad of Season 3 but met his end only at the mid-season 4 finale.
  • The Dreaded: Goes with being a Hero Killer. Merle even invokes this during a conversation with Hershel. The fact that he matches Rick on killing the most named characters proves this. Later, the prison group are noticeably shocked and scared when he reappears. His appearance to the dying Tyreese proves that he still has a slight hold over the heroes' psyches long after his death.
  • Establishing Character Moment: His introductory episode had him walking the line between "stern but good" and "a little too demanding, in a creepy way", until he walks into an armed camp of US soldiers, telling them about their missing comrade, waving a white flag. Then he whips out a pistol and his people gun them all down as part of an ambush.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Has a photograph of a wife and daughter, both of whom are seemingly deceased, much like the comics. It turns out, however, his daughter, Penny, is a walker and he keeps her hidden.
  • Evil Costume Switch: After losing Penny, in addition to his Eyepatch of Power, he began wearing much darker clothes, like a black coat. His hair also appeared more disheveled.
  • Evil Counterpart: He's Rick's, representing the worst that Officer Friendly could become: a brutal dictator driven insane with grief who could not recover.
  • Evil Overlord: Of Woodbury, although most of the town considers him a benevolent leader. They finally learn the truth the hard way when he guns the majority of them down. In the next season, basically he repeats history when he takes control of Martinez's new group by killing Martinez and Pete, then turning them into another militia that invades the prison a second time. And once again, they all die, including him.
  • Eye Scream: In "Made to Suffer", he's given an Eyepatch of Power after being stabbed in the eye with a glass shard, by Michonne.
  • A Father to His Men: After Merle had killed Gargulio, the Governor correctly tells him Gargulio's name. Also, regardless of his Blatant Lies about people who invade, he does seem to genuinely want to keep Woodbury's people safe and happy. This is subverted however after his breakdown, when he cares far more about revenge and power than protecting his people.
  • Famous Last Words: "Kill 'em all."
  • Faux Affably Evil: He may have been a good person at one point, but now his entire demeanor has become one of false reassurance hiding lie after lie.
  • Fingore: Bites Merle's ring and pinky fingers off before killing him.
  • Fisticuffs Boss: His final fight is a slugfest with Rick in the mid-season 4 finale.
  • Flunky Boss: Merle fought him when he was with a dozen Woodbury Mooks.
  • Foil:
    • It is not mentioned, but he is one to Michonne. Both lost those precious to them, but while Michonne became an outsider and managed to retain her humanity, the Governor became a ruthless sociopath who gathered people to manipulate. This is taken further when they both meet a family that accepts them as a Parental Substitute. When the Governor entered the Chambler family as a Parental Substitute, he merely did so to replace them with what he lost, while Michonne legitimately becomes a Parental Substitute to Carol and eventually gets with Rick after a while.
    • He's also one to Rick. Especially in Season 4, where there are extremely strong parallels between his actions post Season 3 and what Rick went through toward the start of the series. In season 5 it becomes more apparent when Rick moves into Alexandria and begins to act more like the Governor until he realizes he's starting to slip.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: He had a very average life before the zombie outbreak.
  • Gunboat Diplomacy: Shows up to the prison for the final battle with two hostages, a tank, and a bunch of brainwashed, combat-ready people and orders Rick to leave or else.
  • Handicapped Badass: Being partly crippled by losing an eye doesn't stop him from kicking ass.
  • The Heavy: For events past Season 3 he's this. His second attack on the prison completely changed the group's lives since he ruined it and lead to the group finding Terminus and various other survivors.
  • Hero Killer: Gives this impression to all of the people around him, especially after the Season 3 mid-season finale. He also causes the deaths of Axel, Merle, Milton, Andrea, and Hershel before he died and nearly killed Rick during their final battle.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: He exemplifies this in both the comic and the TV show.
  • Iconic Item: His black eyepatch, despite its late arrival, due to its part in creating his comic counterpart's image. The action figure based on him even has two heads that can be attached to the body, with and without the eye patch.
  • Iconic Outfit: His black vest and long coat.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: He's stabbed by Michonne In the Back while he's busy strangling Rick. Lilly later comes by to finish him with a bullet to the head.
  • It's All About Me: He has one of the most grossly bloated egos in the series. He laughs when Rick tries to propose s peaceful boundary between their two camps, incredulous that Rick is trying to make a decision, and makes it clear from the get go that he believes himself in charge of the meeting when he declares he's only there for Rick's surrender. During their sit down The Governor is condescending to Rick and seems to think he's scolding a child for much of their talk.
  • I've Come Too Far: In the episode "Too Far Gone", he returns to the prison determined to keep his own group safe and force Rick's group to leave. Rick pleads that they both can live at the prison and desperately tries to convince him that they aren't too far gone. The Governor calls him a liar and beheads Hershel.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: The entire point of his Character Development (or lack of) in Season 4.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: He survives Season 3. Finally meets his demise in "Too Far Gone" when Michonne impales him with her sword while he's distracted trying to strangle Rick, and Lilly later finishes the job with a headshot.
  • Karmic Death: Like with many of his victims, he ultimately is left for dead with a headshot by Michonne. And despite his massive ego he ultimately ends up as just another devoured corpse in the overrun prison yard, having utterly failed in everything he's tried. He's even put out of his misery by the woman he loved.
  • Kick the Dog: Too many to list.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: His murders of Allen and Martinez.
  • The Leader: Of Woodbury. He's a combination of Types I, II, and IV.
  • Lightning Bruiser: In a fight he's very fast, but still extremely powerful with a gun and can hit like a Mack truck, as Rick learned the hard way.
  • Like a Daughter to Me: He runs into a small family in an apartment, more or less adopting their little girl Meghan, who becomes a sort of Replacement Goldfish to Penny.
  • Line-of-Sight Name: He takes the alias of Brian Heriot from a name written on the side of a barn being used for messages left to others.
  • The Lost Lenore: Both his wife and Penny.
  • Love Redeems: It appears that the Governor himself is turning over a new leaf as of "Live Bait". He opens up to a little girl about how he lost his eye and fights off a number of walkers to keep her safe. Ultimately, however, it's subverted in how he quickly goes back to his old ways.
  • Madness Mantra: Apparently, after Penny got bit, he lost it. From taking careful notes on food and sanitation and the like, he instead filled page after page with slash marks.
  • Man Bites Man: Bites Merle's fingers off when fighting him.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Lies and manipulates the citizens of Woodbury into following him, pulling the wool over their eyes on a number of issues while increasing their loyalty to him.
  • May–December Romance: Quite likely with Rowan. Then with Andrea. And then with Lilly.
  • Might Makes Right:
    Rick: We have sick people here. Children.
    The Governor: *shrugs* I have a tank. Doesn't seem like there's much to talk about.
  • Moral Myopia: As evidenced during his conversation with Milton during "Arrows on the Doorpost".
    The Governor: (on killing everyone at the prison) It's the only way to prevent a slaughter.
    Milton: ... That is a slaughter.
    The Governor: Not on our end.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: In "Dead Weight" he briefly feels bad about murdering Martinez. He gets over it and decides to take over the group instead.
  • Mythology Gag: In "Live Bait", he takes part of his alias from a storyline in the comic: Brian Heriot.
  • Narcissist: Of the Ax-Crazy, despotic variety. Unlike his psychopathic counterpart in the comics, Phillip Blake genuinely aspires (at least initially) to make Woodbury a secure and thriving community under his rule in the aftermath of the Zombie Apocalypse. However, whatever noble intentions he has are massively undermined by the fact that he is an unhinged megalomaniac who is extremely hostile and contemptuous towards all forms of authority besides his own. While he once had a family whom he genuinely cared for and remains capable of forming genuine attachments with other characters (like Andrea and Lilly), Phillip is mercilessly brutal to all who fail to provide him with the unwavering devotion to which he feels entitled regardless of how close they are to him. Despite imposing such lofty expectations on those around him, he sees no problem deceiving, manipulating and killing others to get what he wants.
  • Nothing Personal: To Michonne and Hershel, when he kidnaps them, he admits that he eventually accepted that his daughter was already dead before Michonne killed Penny. And he also seems to slightly regret having captured Hershel, admitting he is a good man.
  • Obviously Evil: In the second half of Season 3, he walks around in a black longcoat wearing an eye-patch.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Despite saying he dislikes nicknames, he initially refuses to tell Andrea his real name. Later, in "Killer Within", he tells Andrea his name is Phillip, but she's the only one who ever addresses him as such.
  • Papa Wolf: Violently loses it when Michonne kills his undead daughter, Penny. Later, he kills three walkers with his bare hands to save Meghan, a little girl he met in "Live Bait".
  • Pet the Dog: He helps out a relatively naive family out of pure altruism.
  • Perma-Stubble: Unlike his counterpart's Danny Trejo-esque mustache.
  • Perspective Flip: The episode "Live Bait" gives insight to his feelings towards losing his family, mostly his daughter when he was unable to protect her from Michonne.
  • Plot Armor: Tons of it. Minor characters will literally walk into bullets for him. And he survives Season 3 without having to fight Rick, much to the ire of fans. His armor finally breaks in the mid-Season 4 finale when he invades the prison again. Here he does fight Rick, beats his ass, and get impaled by Michonne while he's distracted. Lilly later finishes him off.
  • The Promise: Gives one to Meghan at the end of "Live Bait" to always keep her safe. He fails.
  • Promotion To Love Interest: For Andrea. In the comics, they were never acquainted both romantically and sexually.
  • Psychotic Smirk: When Rick and the group come back to rescue Daryl while firing at his henchmen, causing the townspeople to run in panic, he's the only one that seems to enjoy this.
  • Race Lift: His comics counterpart was of partial Latin descent.
  • Reality Ensues: He tries to change for the better, but fails because he's still insane.
  • Redemption Rejection: When the Governor attempts to take the prison for his group, Rick makes an offer to share the prison and live in peace. The Governor responds by calling Rick a liar and decapitating Hershel.
  • Red Right Hand: Shortly after losing his eye, the wound begins to bleed his bandages red, just as he pits Merle against his brother, Daryl.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Meghan for his dead daughter and possibly Lilly for his wife.
  • The Rival: To Rick, since they don't hate each other enough to be considered arch-enemies. At least until Season 4.
  • Sanity Slippage: Milton suggested that he was very different before all hell broke loose. Also, despite already being unhinged when we meet him, he clearly gets even worse after he loses an eye and his undead daughter to Michonne.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After killing Martinez and noticing weak leadership from Pete, he leaves Martinez's camp along with Tara, Lilly, Meghan, and Alisha. Subverted when they run into a muddy quicksand pit infested with trapped walkers, forcing them to return, and ultimately forcing him to usurp control of the group.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The more masculine one compared to his Non-Action Guy friend Milton.
  • Shut Up, Kirk!: "Liar", in response to Rick's speech to him and his militia.
  • Sinister Scraping Sound: He drags around a shovel to scare Andrea when he's chasing her in a warehouse.
  • The Social Darwinist: His "Kill or die" lecture seems like this.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: The Governor doesn't survive the prison attack in the comics. Subverted in that he dies in the third prison attack, which is much more closely modeled on the comic one. Not only that, since Philip Blake is a Posthumous Character and only serves a Death by Origin Story for his younger brother Brian, who is the one who becomes the Governor in the comics.
  • Stepford Smiler: He smiles a lot to charm Andrea, hiding just how insane he is underneath it all. He later also uses this a lot to try to put Rick at ease during negotiations. It looks very fake, though it's subverted when he talks about when his wife died. He's clearly trying to maintain the charming persona but he's clearly grieving. It's the only point in their conversation when Rick empathizes with him and no doubt the only moment of sincerity from the Governor.
  • Sympathetic P.O.V.: His debut episodes in Season 4 highlight the Reconstruction of the Governor from nothing to meeting a new surrogate family, protecting them and re-establishing his position as a leader.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Tall, dark-haired, and a bonafide Chick Magnet.
  • Team Killer: He will not hesitate to take down his subordinates if he thinks they are no longer useful to him.
  • Thousand-Yard Stare: By Season 4, he has absolutely no reaction to a walker mere feet away from him.
  • Two First Names: His last name is a gender neutral first name.
  • Übermensch: The show is pretty much dedicated on showing that he has his own set of morality.
  • The Unfettered: He clearly has no moral restrictions. Shane, at his worst, looks like a bratty kid in comparison.
  • Villainous B.S.O.D.: In his debut episode of Season 4. He's entirely lifeless until he meets Lilly and her family.
  • Villain Episode: In Season 4, the episodes "Live Bait" and "Dead Weight".
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left!: After he snaps and guns down the entire militia save Shumpert and Martinez, he just hops back in his truck and continues down the road, not seen again until Season 4.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Overlaps with being A Father to His Men. He does seem to care about the people of Woodbury, but he antagonizes another group to provide for them. He also won't think twice on dispatching his subordinates if he sees it fit. In the Season 3 finale he snaps, and reveals himself to others as the villain by gunning down most of his people.
  • Villainous Breakdown:
    • First, his Suddenly SHOUTING! for Penny to "Look at me!" so that he can see some humanity in her (which does not exist). He goes into a complete breakdown later, after Michonne kills Penny and then stabs him in the eye with a shard of glass.
    • He gets even worse at the end of Season 3, massacring half his own town for next to no reason when the prison attack fails and the people go Screw This, I'm Outta Here!.
    • In the mid-season finale for Season 4, he goes gradually more nuts. First, he decapitates Hershel when Rick refuses to leave. Then, when Meghan dies, he casually headshots her body to prevent her coming back, then sacrifices his group by pointlessly destroying the prison.
  • Would Hit a Girl: After Michonne puts a sword through his undead-daughter's head, he gets in a knock-down-drag-out-fight with her and holds nothing back.
    • When he explains to the captured Michonne and Hershel that he's going to invade the prison again, Hershel asks him that if he knows what it's like to lose a daughter, how can he go through with taking away his? The Governor coldly replies "Because they're not mine."
  • Would Hurt a Child: Knew that there were young children at the prison, and still ordered his army to attack and "kill them all".
  • You Have Failed Me:
    • After finding out that Merle failed to kill Michonne then lied about it, he turns Woodbury against Merle with an accusation of betraying the town.
    • Later he guns down most of the Woodbury Militia after they retreat from the prison and refuse to return.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: After noticing weak leadership from Martinez he decides to kill him.
  • You Killed My Father: Goes both ways. The ultimately fatal attack on Penny results in him taking this position towards Michonne. In Season 4, the majority of the prison group were very pissed at him for killing Hershel, as two of them were his actual daughters while the rest of the majority considers him the Team Dad.
  • You Wouldn't Shoot Me: In response to his murder of his men, Allen holds him at gun point to stop. The Governor pauses, then shoots him in the head in disappointment.
  • Zombie Advocate: Zig-Zagged. He kept his undead daughter Penny locked away in hopes that Milton will find a "cure". However, he also kept other walkers for staged fights, stating that it teaches the Woodbury residents not to be afraid of them. Another reason he kept them is for assaulting other groups if necessary.


Penny Blake
"Daddy still loves you..."
Portrayed by: Kylie Ann Syzmanski

The Governor's daughter, she was turned into a Walker some time prior to the meeting with the prison group. Unable to cope with his loss, The Governor kept her captive in his apartment and continued to care for her, not believing she was truly dead. Michonne discovers her during the raid on Woodbury, and, disgusted, kills her. The grieving Governor swears vengeance upon Michonne and it leads to a brutal war with Rick's group.

Other Woodbury Survivors


Milton Mamet
Portrayed by: Dallas Roberts

Milton is the Governor's chief scientist who conducts experiments on the zombies, attempting to learn how they function and ways to control them. He is the only member of Woodbury who knew the Governor before the Zombie Apocalypse. Milton turns on the Governor when he realizes how insane he has become, but is murdered by him.
  • Alliterative Name: His first and last name starts with an M.
  • And Then John Was a Zombie: The Governor stabs him and leaves him locked in a room with Andrea so that when he dies and turns he will kill her. This plan succeeds, and Milton's zombie bites her on the collarbone before she manages to put him down.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: His aversion to human interaction, lack of social skills, and focus on his work suggests he has some kind of disorder, which was confirmed by Dallas Roberts in an interview.
  • Apocalyptic Log: He is recording as many events as possible that occurred in the Zombie Apocalypse to make sure that there is a history of at least some of the things that happened. When he meets Hershel, he asks questions about the different events that have happened to his group and how they dealt with them to add to his history.
  • Bad Liar: Whenever Milton is required to lie, he tends to break out into a pretty strong stutter, complete with a lot of "Uh's." Also, when the Governor asks him if he was involved in the walkers Woodbury wanted to use for its raid on the prison being burned, he literally doesn't even try to respond, he just contemplates for a few seconds, then walks away silently.
  • The Consigliere: He may not be The Dragon, but The Governor treats him as his most trusted ally, until "Prey".
  • Decomposite Character: His Heel–Face Turn and his disapproval of the Governor's methods are similar to the comic version of Dr. Stevens.
  • The Dog Bites Back: After being punched and tortured by the Governor for betraying him and then ordered to murder Andrea, Milton attempts to stab the Governor but fails and is stabbed.
  • The Evil Genius: In a Punch-Clock Villain kind of way for the Governor's inner circle.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Calmly instructs Andrea on how to escape while dying.
  • Fake Guest Star: In Season 3, he appears in almost every single episode after his debut, and plays a key role in the events of the season.
  • Friendly Enemy: To the main cast. Milton is just doing things For Science!, so despite being on the "opposite team", he makes chit chat with Hershel in "Arrow on the Doorpost" and doesn't antagonize the others. Too bad he is firmly in the thrall of the Governor and spying for him.
  • Gutted Like a Fish: He gets stabbed in the stomach and left to die a slow death by the Governor, so that when he comes back as a walker he will eat a tied up Andrea.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: The Governor has been his (best) friend way before the Zombie Apocalypse began.
  • Hidden Badass: He torches the Governor's zombie pit to impair the Governor in his attack on the prison. When tortured afterwards, the Governor remarks that he never thought Milton had the courage to do something like that.
  • Honest Advisor: One of his jobs for the Governor.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: He knows the Governor has gone off the deep end in his desire to kill Michonne and kill the prison group, but refuses to leave because Philip was Milton's best friend since before the apocalypse, and he still thinks that the man he knew exists in the Governor. He's wrong, and gets killed by the Governor.
  • The Mole: He at first informs the Governor of Andrea's actions to go to the prison the first time, after Andrea trusted Milton to help her. Later, he assists Andrea in escaping Woodbury.
  • Nice Guy: He's rather polite around pretty much anyone, and has a very kind and civil conversation with Hershel when they meet.
  • Non-Action Guy: He's clearly uncomfortable outside of his lab, especially when going with Merle to get fresh walkers for the Woodbury arena.
  • No Social Skills: He's pretty helpless when trying to talk to people. He either comes off as creepy or completely flustered depending on who he is talking to.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: He does not approve of many of the actions the Governor has taken with regards to the National Guard group and prison survivors.
  • Reluctant Mad Scientist: While he may disapprove of some of the Governor's actions, he has no problem experimenting upon walkers and trying to figure out how they work.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The absolute sensitive guy to both the Governor and Merle's manly man.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: He's the scientific advisor to the Governor, and is one of the only people in the entire show with glasses.
  • Spot of Tea: He makes a very good cup of tea that the Governor enjoys. According to an executive producer, it's an in-joke about a writer who loves drinking tea.
  • Token Good Teammate: When the Governor starts to go off the deep end, he graduates to this from Punch-Clock Villain. He is the only member of the Governor's inner circle who argues against the decision to kill Rick's group, allows Andrea to escape to warn them, and burned the captured walkers so they can't be used against the prison.
  • Zombie Advocate: His main project seems to be finding out whether or not the walkers have any semblance of humanity left. Possibly because he has relatively little experience dealing with them. It's implied the main reason he's trying to find out is because the Governor hopes that his undead daughter still has some semblance of humanity or memories of her father left.


Caesar Martinez
Portrayed by: Jose Pablo Cantillo

Martinez is a member of the Woodbury militia and one of the Governor's most trusted soldiers. His family was killed by walkers, giving him an extreme hatred of the undead. After the Governor massacred most of his army, Martinez abandoned him and formed his own group of survivors, later reencountering the Governor with the Chambler family. When The Governor realizes he knows too much about his past with Woodbury, he kills his former lieutenant when offered a joint leadership of the group, and takes over.
  • Adaptational Badass: He's more action oriented and has more fight scenes compared to the comics.
  • Adaptational Sexuality: His comic counterpart was Word of Gay, but he mentions a dead wife and kids.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Zig-Zagged. Compared to his Ambiguously Evil comic counterpart, he is The Dragon of the group opposed to the heroes' group in the show. However, he's an Anti-Villain who's Not So Different from them.
  • Anti-Villain: He's not that different from the members of the group and wants to do whatever it takes to protect Woodbury. Unfortunately, he is under the command of insane dictator and is willing to Kick the Dog to ensure Woodbury's security. He does look uncomfortable or outright horrified with several of the Governor's actions as well, but never verbally objects to them, even when the Governor murders the entirety of the Woodbury Militia. However, he does later abandon the Governor and start his own group, whose members seem to genuinely look up to and support Martinez.
  • Batter Up!: His primary melee weapon, which has "eat me" engraved on it.
  • Beard of Evil: Shorter than that of Shumpert. Doubles as Badass Beard
  • Blood Knight: It's subtle, but he clearly enjoys killing walkers more than most. He explains to Daryl that it is because they killed his family.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Taunting The Governor more than helped bring about his demise.
  • Cerebus Retcon: Him being a Blood Knight towards walkers stemmed from the death of his family at their hands (or mouths).
  • Crusading Widower: His family was killed by walkers.
  • Dance Battler: Is seen using Capoeira against Merle during their "fight".
  • A Death in the Limelight: He gets much more screentime and characterization in the episode "Dead Weight" than in any of his previous appearances, although he dies roughly halfway through the episode.
  • Decomposite Character: The bulk of comic Martinez's storyline, including his death, goes to Bob Lamson in Season 5.
  • Devoured by the Horde: His ultimate fate when the Governor feeds him to a pit of captive walkers, in Season 4's "Dead Weight".
  • The Dragon: Originally The Brute, he became the Governor's Dragon after Merle was accused of treason.
  • Dragon Ascendant: Becomes the leader of his own band of survivors after abandoning the Governor. After "Brian" joins his group, it doesn't take long for Martinez to be betrayed.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Had a wife and kids that got killed by walkers.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He's visibly shocked when the Governor kills everyone in the Woodbury militia except him and Shumpert.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: He and Daryl share cigarettes and get to know each other while Rick and the Governor attempt negotiations.
  • He Knows Too Much: After the Governor joins his group, he decides that Martinez is a liability due to knowing the truth about him.
  • Hidden Depths: Although he acts like an antagonistic Jerkass to Daryl, after they fight walkers together they bond over cigarettes and Martinez reveals that he enjoys fighting walkers so much because he lost his family to them. He also becomes the leader of his own camp in Season 4, and his people look up to and respect him.
  • Idiot Ball/Too Dumb to Live: Playing golf with The Governor, drunk, alone and unarmed.
  • Intimidation Demonstration: Flamboyantly dispatches several Walkers right in front of Daryl, showing what he's capable of. Daryl follows suit.
  • Jerkass: He's pretty rude to both Andrea and Daryl, although he and Daryl reach a bit of an understanding.
    • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He has a soft spot for children, going out of his way to save some a couple of times. He is also pretty affable and friendly to everybody after starting his own group.
  • Karmic Death: He was very supportive on the Governor's tactics to use walkers as weapons against people and created the walker pits to capture them. When he's Devoured by the Horde when dropped into one of his own pits it is kind of ironic.
  • Laser-Guided Karma/Hoist by His Own Petard: As stated in the above trope, he dies from his own walker pit by the man he thought he could trust.
  • Last-Name Basis: He has yet to be called anything other than Martinez.
  • The Musketeer: Uses a Heckler & Koch MP5K as his main gun and switches to a baseball bat for close quarters.
  • Nice Hat: He's always seen wearing a backwards baseball cap in the first half of Season 3, but starts wearing it less in the second half.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: His children were killed by Walkers, giving him an extreme hatred of them that has turned him into a Blood Knight.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: The night after the failed prison assault, Martinez, along with Shumpert, abandon the Governor when they realize he's lost his mind. He and the Governor meet again, though.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: The only time he has a shirt with sleeves is when he wears a blue hoodie briefly before his gladiator fight. When it becomes fall in the latter half of Season 3 he starts wearing a brown jacket due to the cold weather.
  • Smug Snake: When he gets his own group, Martinez believes that he's above the Governor and starts to rub his leadership in his face. Turns out the Governor saw through this and killed him.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: He survived a lot longer than his comic counterpart, possibly owing to taking a quite different tack from the drawn version of the character. Until he was killed in Season 4's "Dead Weight", anyway.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Survives with Shumpert and the Governer in Season 3 and becomes the leader of his own group in Season 4, but he is killed by the Governor halfway through "Dead Weight".
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: In his gladiator battle against Merle, which shows how ripped he is.
  • Weapon Twirling: Has a habit of twirling his baseball bat before caving in a walker's head.
  • We Can Rule Together: A subverted example. Martinez believes he's the top dog when he offers to rule his group with The Governor as equals, but The Governor isn't having it and kills him, leaving him as the group's leader.
  • Worthy Opponent: Considers Daryl one.



Portrayed by:Travis Love

Shumpert is one of the Governor's elite soldiers. He uses a bow and arrow as his primary weapon. Alongside Caesar, he abandons the Governor after he massacres most of Woodbury. He died in the Time Skip between Seasons 3 and 4.
  • Ascended Extra: Shumpert used to be a barely seen Woodbury Guard who didn't speak, but he eventually got lines and a more prominent role in the story, as one of only two remaining guards for the Governor.
  • Badass Beard/Beard of Evil: A big curly one adding to his Scary Black Man status.
  • Black Best Friend: Appears to be very close to Martinez.
  • The Brute: As part of Woodbury's Five-Bad Band.
  • Bus Crash: Got killed sometime after him and Martinez ditched the Governor, and his death is recounted to the Governor by Martinez.
  • Canon Foreigner: Never appeared in the comics. However, he seems to have a lot in common with Bruce Cooper.
  • Death Seeker: Martinez told the Governor that Shumpert didn't even try to avoid the walker which killed him.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Witnessing the Governor kill the rest of the Woodbury Militia broke something in Shumpert according to Martinez, and he became reckless when dealing with walkers, which eventually got him killed.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: He survives Season 3, making it seem like he'll become more important, and then dies offscreen in the Time Skip between seasons 3 and 4.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He's horrified when the Governor massacres everyone else in the Woodbury militia after they refuse to attack the prison again.
  • Mercy Kill: After being bitten, he was put down by Martinez.
  • Mook: In the Woodbury militia.
  • The Quiet One: He barely ever speaks, and usually only does so when pointing out walkers.
  • Scary Black Man: Gives off this vibe while being assigned to watch Andrea and Michonne after they arrive in Woodbury, as he watches them from a distance in a pretty creepy and scary manner.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Some time after the Prison battle, Caesar and him abandon the Governor when they realize he's lost his mind.
  • Villainous B.S.O.D.: Shumpert's temperament changed for the worse after the massacre, which Martinez mentions led to his death.


Portrayed by: Melissa Ponzio

Karen is citizen of Woodbury. She is a friend of Andrea and joins the militia during the conflict with Rick's group, which she joins after realizing the Governor is evil. She enters into a relationship with Tyreese at the prison, but when she comes down with a plague, Carol kills her to try to prevent the spread of the disease. Tyreese is horrified by her death, and it ultimately leads to some serious drama between him and Carol for the remainder of the season.
  • Action Girl: She was a guard at Woodbury, and her main job at the prison appears to be leading the killing of walkers that gather along the fences.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Appears very composed and reserved.
  • Canon Foreigner: She never appeared in the comics.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Initially appearing as nothing more than Andrea's friend, she had a very important role in the Season 3 finale. Specifically, she became the Sole Survivor of the Woodbury militia after The Governor slaughtered them, and ultimately encourages Tyreese, Sasha and the remaining Woodbury people to side with the prison group.
  • Contamination Situation: When she begins showing signs of having the disease which killed two other inhabitants of the prison in less than a day, Karen is isolated along David for showing symptoms in one of the cells in the prisons lower level. She and David are then murdered and burned by Carol, likely to stop the disease from spreading further.
  • Faking the Dead: How she manages to escape from The Governor's massacre of his own militia.
  • Heel–Face Turn: She's wasn't evil, just being tricked by the Governor, which she realizes after he massacres the rest of the Woodbury Militia and she survives by playing dead. Afterward, Karen joins Rick's group.
  • Killed Offscreen: Courtesy of Carol.
  • Love Interest: For Tyreese, with the two of them become a couple in the Time Skip between Season 3 and 4.
  • Mauve Shirt: Despite getting characterizations in Season 4, she is still one of the season's first casualties.
  • Playing Possum: She manages to escape the Governor's massacre of the other members of the Woodbury militia by hiding under a dead body. Luckily for her, the Governor ran out of bullets before shooting the corpse she was hiding under.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: She is one of the Woodbury residents that attempts to leave after Rick's second attack on Woodbury. She ends up joining the militia instead after Andrea convinces everyone to stay. She joins the rest of the militia in trying to go back to Woodbury after the failed attack on the Prison, and ends up being the only survivor by hiding under a dead body and because the Governor runs out of bullets while dead checking his victims.
  • Sole Survivor: She's the last remaining member of the Woodbury Militia after they're slaughtered by the Governor.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: She is murdered by Carol after becoming ill and her burnt body is found by Tyreese.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Survived the Woodburry assault and a very brutal massacre in Season 3 only to be Killed Offscreen in the third episode of the following season.

    Dr. Stevens 

Doctor Stevens

Portrayed by: Donzaleigh Abernathy

Stevens is Woodbury's doctor.
  • Decomposite Character: Comic Stevens' role and characterization are given to Milton on the show, and also Dr. Edwards at Grady Memorial.
  • Demoted to Extra: Stevens played a vital role in the Woodbury arc in the comics, but only had a couple of scenes with a few lines on the show.
  • Gender Flip: A male in the comics.
  • The Medic: She is apparently Woodbury's only doctor.
  • Race Lift: Caucasian in the comics.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: She survives past the point where her comic counterpart died, though it doesn't do much good for her in the end when she's likely killed off-screen during the Governor's massacre of the Woodbury Militia.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Disappears after the first half of Season 3, with only a few mentions of treating someone off-screen. It is possible she was among the people murdered by the Governor after the failed attack on the Prison.


Portrayed by: Alexa Nicolas

"Yeah this bow, this bow was worth more than my car. Had to kill my dad to get it..."

Haley is a member of the Woodbury militia, acting as a guard on the town's wall. She befriends Andrea after her arrival in Woodbury. She is shot by Maggie during the mission to rescue Daryl.


Portrayed by: Lawrence Kao

Tim is a member of Woodbury's militia who also acts as a referee for Woodbury's gladiator ring.


Portrayed by: Arthur Bridgers

Crowley is a member of the Woodbury militia.



Portrayed by: Lindsay Abernathy

Rowan is a citizen of Woodbury who is in a relationship with the Governor. She shows Andrea and Michonne around Woodbury after they arrive.



Portrayed by: Dave Randolph-Mayhem Davis

A newly-initiated member of the Woodbury militia.



Portrayed by: E. Roger Mitchell

Paul is a citizen of Woodbury who joins the militia.
  • Canon Foreigner: He never appeared in the comics.
  • Red Shirt: He doesn't stick around long, getting gunned down by the Governor when he massacres the Woodbury Militia.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: He is one of the Woodbury residents that attempts to leave after Rick's second attack. He ends up joining the militia instead, but after the failed attack on the prison he attempts to leave with the rest of the militia and go back to Woodbury. He ends up being the first one gunned down by the Governor for this.



Portrayed by: Meaghan Caddy

Eileen is a pregnant citizen of Woodbury. She gave birth shortly before the final raid on the prison.

    Mr. Coleman 

Michael Coleman

Portrayed by: Peter Kulas

Michael Coleman is a terminally ill resident of Woodbury who volunteers to participate in one of Milton's experiments.
  • And Then John Was a Zombie: He reanimates and tries to bite Milton, only to be put down by Andrea.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Averted, which is notable on The Walking Dead. He dies peacefully in his sleep.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Volunteers himself to be part of Milton's experiments and try to make his death worth something.
  • Happily Married: To his wife, Betty.
  • Ill Boy: He has prostate cancer.
  • It Can Think: This is the point of Milton's experiment, though it ultimately fails.
  • Odd Friendship: With Milton.
  • One-Shot Character: Only appears in "When the Dead Come Knocking."
  • Reality Ensues: He's a grim reminder that people with serious sicknesses like cancer won't last long into the apocalypse, and The Governor seems to genuinely lament that they don't have the resources to save him.

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